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Wis. jobs hotline has so far produced few leads

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker jokes with Great Northern Corp. employee Kenny Lane on Sept. 8 during a tour of the company's production line in Chippewa Falls. Records show the 113 calls logged to Walker's jobs hotline haven't created any new jobs. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jobs hotline for businesses looking to expand or relocate to Wisconsin has so far produced few leads.

The hotline was one element of Gov. Scott Walker’s broader campaign plan last year for creating 250,000 jobs during his first term.

The log for the hotline through Aug. 25 was released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request.

The records show the 113 calls logged don’t appear to have created any new jobs yet since the hotline was created Jan. 28.

The records also show about 39 percent of the calls didn’t receive a return call within the 24-hour goal set by the governor.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie acknowledged the administration needed to do more to encourage people to call the hotline with specific and concrete proposals.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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