Thursday, December 3, 2015

Walker Economy Flops, Wisconsin in Decline: wages down, higher paying jobs disappear!!!

After 5 years, Scott Walker's big talk about bringing in higher paying jobs instead of committing to a minimum wage hike was a miserable failure.

But then so was his similar plan as a presidential candidate:
Roll back living wage, minimum wage, prevailing wage, equal pay: Walker campaigned against raising the minimum wage. “It is a job-killing agenda,” he said. “It’s done for political expediency. It’s a cheap headline.”
Wrong, and wrong again:
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."

Who's now got the track record proving how lame his own ideas were? This is all on Scott Walker, and no one else. JS:
Median household income fell by a significant margin in two-thirds of Wisconsin counties from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The trend mirrors the nation, which saw median income decline by 7.5% to $53,482, after adjusting for inflation.

"We've taken a definite step downward," said Tim Smeeding, professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Things don't look good."
Where are the jobs paying two or three times the minimum wage?

Jobs in which a person without a college education could earn a middle-class wage disappeared only to be replaced by mostly low-wage positions. The sagging incomes show a middle class that is struggling.
Rural conservative true believers got a Scott Walker shocker:
The rural areas of the state saw some of the steepest declines in income, according to comparisons of the 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 American Community Survey figures.
Now that we've made getting food stamps harder and health care out of reach: 
Falling incomes translate into increased poverty down the line. In Milwaukee County, the percentage of people living in poverty increased by 3.9 points to 21.9%. More than half of the counties in the state saw increases in the portions of people living in poverty.
For a detailed look at all this, check out Jake's Economic TA Funhouse! 

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