NEW RICHMOND, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker continues to meet with Wisconsinites to hear their concerns, before he puts his next state budget together.
Thursday in New Richmond, the Republican Walker attended a listening session attended by over 200 employees at Bosch Packaging Technology. He was also planning a similar session at Trego in far northwest Wisconsin.
Workers and their bosses have brought up numerous concerns in similar events the governor has held in recent weeks.
Thursday, Walker further explained his reasons for not pursuing right-to-work legislation like the law passed in neighboring Michigan this week. The governor said it would take away from his five main priorities for the next session – to create jobs, train workers, transform education, reform government, and invest in infrastructure.
Meanwhile, back in Madison, Democrats challenged Walker’s claim that he has created 86,000 jobs. The numbers come from the U.S. Labor Department’s quarterly employer surveys, which are much more complete than the samples taken for the monthly unemployment reports.
State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says the monthly figures are the ones used for years to measure job growth – and Tate says Walker’s ignoring them because he doesn’t like what they say.
The monthly data shows that Wisconsin only added 25,000-plus private sector jobs in 2011. Walker has promised a quarter-million new jobs in his current four-year term.