Fall Session will be about Jobs
With the recalls now over, the Legislature can finally return to the top issue still facing Wisconsin: creating jobs and improving the economy.
It’s important to note the incredible accomplishments we’ve already made this session:
· A series of pro-jobs legislation in the special session on jobs at the start of the session, including targeted tax breaks for small businesses;
· The creation of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a public-private partnership replacing the Department of Commerce, with the sole purpose of focusing on the economy;
· Balancing the state budget without raising taxes, sending a positive signal to job creators looking to grow or relocate to Wisconsin;
· Turning a $3 billion structural deficit into a surplus in six months;
· Freezing property taxes and passing the first permanent property tax cap in WI history; and
· Seeing real results in the real world, including:
o Lower jobless rate than the national average, as well as surrounding states Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan;
o A 17-point jump in CEO Magazine’s ranking of business-friendly states, the greatest one-year increase in the magazine’s history; and
o Significant improvement in the WMC 2011 Economic Outlook survey, in which 88 percent of CEOs surveyed said Wisconsin was on the right track, up from a dismal 10% last year.
But there’s much work to be done. The fluctuating national economy still shows cause for concern, and the protests and recalls have given businesses unnecessary reason to worry about the stability of Wisconsin’s political environment.
The Republican Fall Agenda is going to reflect Wisconsin's top priority: jobs.