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March 29, 2012
Contact: Rep. Cory Mason (608) 266-0634
Democratic Weekly Radio Address: "Republicans Leave Jobs Bills Undone"
MADISON - Today Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address. The topic this week is how Republicans ended the legislative session this month without acting on more than 60 jobs bills, many of which had the potential to put people back to work quickly and help reverse Wisconsin's job losses over the past year.

A written transcript of the address is below:

"When the gavel came down on the Republican-controlled legislative session, more than 60 bills designed to create jobs and grow our economy died. Republicans blatantly disregarded Wisconsin’s job crisis and turned their back on dozens of measures that could have helped Wisconsin’s struggling families.

Since Gov. Walker took office, our state’s jobs numbers have gone in only one direction - down. While the nation as a whole has added jobs 17 straight months, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state over the past year – despite the governor’s promise to create 250,000 jobs.

Our citizens needed legislators to be focused on creating good-paying jobs for Wisconsin’s middle-class families. Instead, Republicans focused on their extreme social agenda and they let more than five dozen bills that might have created jobs or spurred our economy die at the end of the session.

Some of the bills that died were Democratic bills that would have trained workers and helped our state’s employers. Other jobs and economic growth bills that were killed were authored by Republicans.

Over and over Democrats called for votes on bills that could create jobs quickly. But instead of moving forward with any of these bills during the final weeks of session, Republicans pushed through bills that privatize our public schools, take away local control, and set women’s health care and women’s rights back decades.

Because Gov. Walker failed to roll up his sleeves and lead, he failed to even accomplish what he called his two biggest jobs priorities. The governor pulled the plug on venture capital legislation and Republicans rejected a common-sense, bipartisan compromise on mining.

At a time when our state has fallen behind on jobs and people continue to struggle, the people of Wisconsin deserve better. Far better. Let’s commit to working together to do better when it comes to ensuring the economic security of Wisconsin’s working families."