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Walker uses Ill. tax increase to bolster Wisconsin

Scott Walker takes the oath of office from Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson in Madison on Jan. 3. Walker is making a pitch to Illinois businesses to move their companies north of the border. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal/Craig Schreiner)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is rolling out the welcome mat to Illinois businesses hours after lawmakers there approved a 66 percent income tax increase.

Walker has proposed tax cuts on small businesses in Wisconsin and those that move to the state. He said those measures and others will make Wisconsin a more welcoming place to do business and on Tuesday and again on Wednesday he specifically targeted companies in Illinois.

The Republican referenced an old Wisconsin advertising campaign that targeted Illinois called “Escape to Wisconsin.” Walker said he is renewing that call to Illinois businesses, encouraging them to “Escape to Wisconsin.”

Walker said, “You are welcome here. Our talented work force stands ready to help you grow and prosper.”

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  1. Great news for Wisconsin!

  2. I agree that Wisconsin needs to be more business-friendly (lower taxes and blowing up Commerce will help that)… BUT… and this is a huge BUT…. we need to be careful we are not simply winning a race to the bottom. Use this advantage to recruit high-paying jobs like stem-cell research, green technology, and healthcare information technology (like Epic). We don’t need to create 250,000 $10/hour jobs for simpletons… it would be better not to create any and have those people leave the state for the south.

  3. Is taking advantage of another state’s economic crisis Scott Walker’s definition of a job-creation program?

    But then again, Illinois was quick to take advantage of Scott Walker’s inaugural fumble when he lost Wisconsin’s job-creating $810 million rail-transportation grant, as was California, New York and other states, so …

  4. No Ms Jeffries, LEARNING from another’s state’s economic crisis and spending responsibly is what Mr. Walker is doing.

    Creating an employeer friendly environment will create jobs.

    I wonder how Talgo likes the new Illinois tax structure? Hmmm.

  5. Didn’t IL raise their tax from 3% to 5%? Still better than the 7% I pay here. But then again, I’ll pay the extra to not live in IL. You generally get what you pay for.

    Let’s just make sure the jobs we are creating pay a living wage (i.e. not $10/hour).

  6. Oh, okay, “Concrete Scott” Walker is only trying to LEARN something about economics.
    Let’s all hope that happens quickly. Still, I wonder if Scott Walker learned anything from this Journal Sentinel poll: .

  7. The MJS ? Now thats a legit bipartisan source. Can you post a link to the National Enquirer next time Karen.

  8. Poor, poor Ms. Jeffries. I guess Santa left you a lump of coal in lieu of that spiffy Lionel train.

    Get over it. Continued whining will not bring it back.

  9. My concern with Scott Walker is Milwaukee County is the fourth poorest county in the United States as reported on the news and Mayor Barrett has blame there too but how can anybody justify Walkers economic decisions as walker was Milwaukee County Executive. We had very poor canidates running for Govenor.

  10. I’d like to once again sincerely thank the Messers Fletcher and Kaufert for repeatedly illustrating the type of support behind His Excellency Scott Walker, the Governor of the State of Wisconsin. I encourage them to continue doing so and to continue to ignore what the majority voices say, such as: .

  11. Great JS Online poll regarding jobs creation, except one thing: The people responding have NO clue as to job creation. The Revenue Department projects that 190,000 jobs would have been added without any political change, so an additional 60,000 is not that huge of a jump. Scott Walker hardly went out on a limb.

    6,000 people responding to a JS Online survey is hardly represents a statistical majority for the state.

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