It goes without saying that corporate expansions and hirings at this early point in the year must surely have been started well before the actual announcements are made, yet it took the following article to point that out, finally, in the newspaper that supported his run for governor.
Unfortunately, Gov. Walker thought he could get away with taking full credit for all the jobs created under Democratic Gov. James Doyle.
jsonline: Walker recently took credit in a widely reported press conference for creating 125 jobs at a state manufacturing plant, even though then-Gov. Jim Doyle announced the same new jobs back in December.
Last week, Walker traveled to Curt Manufacturing near Eau Claire to award a $625,000 transportation grant to the second largest manufacturer of trailer hitches and towing products in the United States. "This project directly creates 125 new jobs and indirectly creates 129 jobs … Didn't Doyle announce the creation of 125 new jobs at the same business late last year?
Indeed he did.
In a Dec. 16 news release, the Department of Commerce announced the Doyle administration was awarding Curt Manufacturing $400,000 in tax credits and $11 million in tax-free bonds under a program created by the federal government's 2009 stimulus package.
Asked if it was fair to use the transportation grant to recycle a five-month-old jobs announcement, Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie responded by calling the governor the state's "#1 jobs cheerleader."
Oh, that’s what Walker meant.