Your Views: Trek’s numbers show hypocrisy of Mary Burke

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Millionaire gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s hypocrisy grows every day.

Burke is hypocritical, saying she would “outlaw donations from outside the state.” While wanting to limit conservative fundraising, Burke received a third of her funds from out-of-state, including the pro-abortion group EMILY’s List. She surely knows that federal courts said limiting outside money in Oregon and Vermont was unconstitutional. But Burke never lets reality get in the way of her dishonest talking points.

Burke is a hypocrite about the issue of Trek outsourcing the production of 99 percent of its bikes overseas. Burke touts her experience as a Trek executive and has put forth an economic plan that calls for in-sourcing and hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Burke advocates for the very policies that make companies like Trek outsource jobs overseas.

It’s hypocritical for Burke to advocate for American jobs and higher wages when Trek does everything it can to avoid them. Burke touts her executive experience at Trek. Trek took taxpayer money from Wisconsin and sent manufacturing jobs overseas in order to enrich its bottom line with cheap labor.

In the last 25 years, the only time Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has been higher than the national average was when Burke served as Jim Doyle’s chief job creator. The state’s job growth rate during Burke’s tenure never topped 1 percent, lagging the nation every year and ranking 42nd in the United States.

Burke would destroy the positive gains Wisconsin has made under Gov. Scott Walker.



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