Amid a new quarterly data report released Wednesday, December 18, showing Wisconsin continues to lag the nation in job creation and is 37th in private-sector job growth is the new revelation that the Koch Brothers and their corporate funded front group ALEC are behind earlier “reports” that paint a better economic outlook of the state.
Daniel Bice reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Koch brothers' foundation backed rosy May report on Wisconsin economy, that a policy paper “Rich States, Poor States” tying right to work and Act 10 with improved economic performance for Wisconsin was commissioned by none other than anti-union billionaires Charles and David Koch and pushed out by their right-wing front group the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.
ALEC is a group of corporations and politicians that coordinate policy and push model bills in states across the country dealing with everything from voter suppression, attacks on unions, decreases consumer protection law, roll back of environmental standards to the defunding and privatization of public education.
The bogus report tries to connect job growth to Gov. Walker’s union-busting policies. This is no surprise since the Koch Brothers have donated generous amounts to Gov. Walker’s campaign and are so close to the Governor that a one-on-one phone call from David Koch talking about planting fake protestors into the crowds at Madison to cause trouble and even flying Walker "out to Cali for a good time" is not out of the ordinary.
The truth is that right to work has zero impact on job growth, has never created a single job and has no links to improved economic performance. States with right to work laws have lower wages for all workers, an increased number of accidents and deaths on the job as workers voices are stifled and depressed economies. Along with stripping workers of their rights at work, Act 10 and other decisions from Gov. Walker are expected to cost the state 18,000 full-time jobs a year.
The link between the Koch Brothers and the bogus economic report was exposed in internal ALEC documents leaked internal to The Guardian. You may have seen recent news articles about the proposed ALEC pledge where members promised to place the needs of the organization before the needs of constituents. Or, the backlash and funding crisis ALEC is in after pushing Stand your Ground Laws, attacks on union and voter suppression laws across the country.
Under, Scott Walker’s reign Wisconsin has been plagued by a lack of job growth. The State of Working Wisconsin report by University of Wisconsin-Madison COWS shows that if Wisconsin had kept pace with the rest of the country we would have 33,000 additional jobs for workers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports in December 2013, Wisconsin continued to trail the national rate of job creation, as it has since July 2011…under the pace of job creation since Walker took office, Wisconsin is unlikely to achieve Walker's job creation goals during his first term, and that Wisconsin faces a chronic laggard in job creation.
The facts are clear: if we want jobs, we need a new Governor in 2014.