Walker won't make another job-creation promise
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he won't make another job-creation promise like he did four years ago, a pledge he's all but certain not to fulfill by the end of his term in December.
Walker said his economic development plan to be unveiled in coming weeks will be a detailed proposal about how to grow quality jobs, but it won't include a specific promise of how many jobs would be created.
"It's not only about the number of jobs, it's about the quality of jobs," Walker said when asked whether he would be making a new pledge. He spoke after an appearance at Forte Research Systems in Madison, a clinical research software developer that plans to add 55 jobs over the next three years.
Walker's central campaign promise during his 2010 run for governor was that the state would add 250,000 private sector jobs during his first term. Through July, about 103,000 jobs have been added.
Walker's Democratic opponent for re-election, former state Commerce Department secretary and Trek Bicycles executive Mary Burke, has hammered Walker for not living up to the jobs promise. Her economic development plan, unveiled in May, does not include a specific job-creation number. Burke instead has said her goal is to produce a thriving economy that puts Wisconsin in the top 10 nationwide.
Walker should be judged on how well Wisconsin's economy is performing compared with other states, Burke said in a statement.
"He had four years to get the job done," Burke said. "He told us he should be held accountable. Well, he failed, and I'm confident that on Election Day voters will hold him accountable and vote for a new direction."