Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Barrett's Job Plan Is Working, Walker's Left Holding An Empty Bag

From Channel 12 WISN-TV:
A new survey shows that the job outlook in the Milwaukee metro area is among the most promising in the nation.

The report from Milwaukee-based Manpower is a snapshot of the nation's economy -- a forecast of what employers expect to do over the next few months.

The report shows that, while metro Milwaukee is still feeling the pain of thousands of jobs lost, it appears to be turning in the right direction.

It shows 21 percent of local employers will add staff over the next quarter, while only 5 percent expect to cut jobs. Those numbers tie Milwaukee for fifth-best in the country.

"I'm not sure that there's anything that sets us apart, and it's going to surprise a lot of people, but durable goods manufacturing is one of the industry sectors that's going to do well this quarter," said Melanie Cosgrove-Holmes, Manpower's vice president.

The report's findings -- that nearly 70 percent of local employers plan to maintain staffing levels --may be especially good news for those who currently have jobs.
There is no doubt that a great part of the reason for this turn around in Milwaukee's economic climate is Tom Barrett's hard work in selling Milwaukee as a good place for businesses to open up shop here. A lot of Barrett's work has been done by using agencies like the Milwaukee 7, who helped land some of the newest business to come here.

Meanwhile, Scott Walker who has been busy running around the state telling people how he is going to create 25o billion jobs (but in reality is actually causing more and more unemployment) had dismissed the Milwaukee 7 as nothing more than "lipstick on a pig."

The odd thing is that the right wingers keep crowing about how Walker is going all over the place glad handing people and schmoozing up to big businesses, all the while Milwaukee County is falling down around our ears. At the same time, they criticize Barrett for not campaigning enough, but the City of Milwaukee has a balanced budget and is in much better condition than the County in every aspect.

I can't wait to see the looks of surprise and dismay when they realize that the governor's race is going to come down to a comparison of resumes, and Walker's holding nothing more than a greasy paper bag.


  1. What an interesting report. First, the report written by a firm in Milwaukee, which sort of questions possible bias. Second, it's based upon projections, not actual data. Third, it's comparing Milwaukee to the rest of the nation, but doesn't specify the areas that Milwaukee is competing against. And fourth, I'm fairly sure that these projections have something to do with ingeteam moving to Milwaukee, which of course, had nothing to do with Barrett. And finally, if the report is true, then wouldn't Walker share some of the credit since Milwaukee is in Milwaukee County?

  2. Ingeteam is coming to Milwaukee due to a large part the hard work of M7, which Barrett is co-chair of. The City of Milwaukee has put in an annual amount of $150,000 compared to Milwaukee County's $25K. That is six times as much money and a lot more work. Meanwhile, Walker is now trying to pull the "me, too" routine when he was the one that called M7 the equivalent of "putting lipstick on a pig" during his Gloom and Doom tour.

  3. You don't know that, Capper. You don't know that Ingeteam coming to Milwaukee was due in "large part" to M7.

  4. Aaron, I know Walker is dropping in the polls, but do you have to resort to lies?

    Milwaukee 7 did have a lot to do with Ingeteam coming to Milwaukee:

    A lot of the credit for Ingeteam coming to Milwaukee goes to M7, the regional economic development group, along with Barrett and Doyle, said Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.