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Jan 29, 201912:00 PMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

It depends on where you stand: Opposing views of economic ‘glass’ both have merit

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Vos spoke of a state that doesn’t need to be “fixed” when it comes to economic performance, even if there’s room for improvement.

“You simply can’t ignore the facts,” said Vos, who represents a district in southeast Wisconsin. “The Wisconsin unemployment rate is at its 11th straight month at or below 3 percent. New businesses are up nearly 7 percent. We’re seeing the fewest mortgage foreclosures in 18 years. Exports have increased by 3.2 percent. Tourism spending now tops $20 billion. And Wisconsin families have the lowest tax burden in nearly 50 years. Economists agree the state economy is the best in decades.”

Vos also noted areas where the Republican-controlled Legislature could work with the governor’s office.

“Things like enhancing internet access, preventing homelessness, improving foster care, and cutting middle-class taxes should all be slam dunks. Wisconsinites want us to work together and these are shared priorities that we can begin working on,” he said.

Governors and legislators can affect the economic climate in their respective states, although national and international factors play the dominant roles. The opportunity facing Evers and the GOP legislature is not to diminish or threaten progress already made, but to help embed economic prosperity in a larger base.

Half-empty or half-full, Wisconsin’s economic glass is always fragile. Lack of cooperation will most likely spill some water.

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Jan 30, 2019 09:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Tom, unfortunately the people of Wisconsin found out that the Voss-Walker glass was over half full of polluted manure water they had created. They then topped off the glass with the scandalous lame-duck legislation which prevents our new Governor from cleaning up their mess. We are also severely hamstrung with the $4B Foxconn disaster, as they are now revealing what was obvious to most taxpayers before it was forced upon us. Keep in mind the only reason Voss and Fitzgerald are in the majority is due to cheating the voters with their gerrymandering.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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