Statement from WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer on Today’s Jobs Announcement

MADISON — Governor Scott Walker today announced that Wisconsin created more than 9,000 new jobs in June, as the national economy only created 18,000 in the same month.

WMC President/CEO Kurt R. Bauer issued the following statement:

“Recent rankings and surveys have shown that business leaders here and nationally like what is happening in Wisconsin. But the most important measure of success is job growth. Today’s positive report shows that the business-friendly policies advanced by Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature are rebuilding the foundation that leads to private sector job creation. There is only one explanation why Wisconsin saw such high job growth compared to the nation as a whole; we had the courage to finally make the tough decisions necessary to end the era of chronic budget deficits and begin to reform the policies that have blocked job creators.

We have more work to do, but Wisconsin is heading in the right direction and we can’t afford to go backwards.”

In the first six months of this year, Governor Walker and the Legislature approved an aggressive agenda of reforms aimed at improving the state’s business climate to encourage job creation. Walker and the Legislature approved lawsuit reforms, regulation relief, tax cuts, a manufacturers income tax credit and a balanced budget with no tax increases.

The Wisconsin economy has created nearly 40,000 new jobs since January. A recent WMC survey of CEOs found that 88 percent say Wisconsin is on the right track, and more than 50 percent said they will be creating jobs. CEO Magazine this year reported that Wisconsin has the 24th best business climate, up from 41st last year.

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