Monday, January 16, 2017

Walker's Wisconsin, dumping ground for cut rate companies?

Wages in Wisconsin have headed downward. Scott Walker's policies have taken it's toll on labor.



And yet, Walker would have you dream of better days ahead..."careers that pay more than the minimum wage:"
Scott Walker: "The left claims that they're for American workers and they've just got really lame ideas — things like the minimum wage. Instead of focusing on that, we need to talk about how we get people ... the careers that pay far more than the minimum wage."
Minimum wage? Don't be ridiculous.

And yet the state he's created and is selling to employers in other states is just the opposite of careers that pay more, or may someday offer more. Twin Cities:
Diversified Manufacturing Corp. will be leaving Newport for Wisconsin in June, taking about 120 jobs with it.

But why leave its Minnesota roots for Wisconsin?
The reason why may haunt Wisconsin for some time. We may become a magnet for cheap cut rate companies that aren't labor friendly:
Company owner Rishikesh “Ram” Motilall said he was drawn to Wisconsin because he finds the cost of business to be lower there. And he worries about the business impact should efforts in the Twin Cities to raise the minimum wage and increase sick time expand statewide.
We would hate to see higher minimum wages and expanded sick time. But Scott Walker believes in a dynamic "free market" wonderland businesses keeps demanding:
Diversified Manufacturing received about 15 acres of free land, tax increment financing, and assistance with setting up the site from the city, Prescott’s Mayor David Hovel said,
By the way, I ran across this minimum wage tidbit that sounded very very familiar. Republicans are using this Frank Luntz ploy to death:
The survey of 1,000 business executives across the country was conducted by LuntzGlobal, the firm run by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, and obtained by a liberal watchdog group called the Center for Media and Democracy. (The slide deck is here, and the full questionnaire is here.) Among the most interesting findings: 80 percent of respondents said they supported raising their state's minimum wage, while only eight percent opposed it. "That’s where it’s undeniable that they support the increase,” Luntz told state chamber executives in a webinar describing the results,
Walker used Frank Luntz's messaging scheme to its fullest, more familiar BS:
Luntz then provided some tips on how to defuse that support, such as suggesting other poverty-reduction methods like the Earned Income Tax Credit. “Where you might find some comfort if you are opposing it in your state is, 'how big of a priority is it against other priorities?'” he said. "Most folks think there are bigger priorities ... So when you put it up against other issues, you can find other alternatives and other things to focus on. But in isolation, and you ask about the minimum wage, it's definitely a winner.

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