Watch or read: Wisconsin tax cuts did more harm than good, study finds

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A new study has found that recent tax cuts in Wisconsin actually hurt the state’s economy. Comparing Kansas to Wisconsin, the study found that 30 percent more jobs could have been created from 2011 to 2015 if it were not for the tax cuts, and that unemployment and poverty rates would have been lower. > Wisconsin Public Television

Preliminary data show May to be 2017’s worst Wisconsin jobs month


Wisconsin added 14,800 non-farm jobs in April, but took a downswing in May, losing 3,200 private and 1,600 government jobs. That makes May the worst month in 2017 for jobs in Wisconsin, according to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. > The Cap Times

Annual report card released on state’s economic, environmental and social sustainability

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Believing “what gets measured gets managed”, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has released its annual State of Wisconsin Sustainability Report, which measures our economic, environmental and social performance in areas such as employment, business startups, electricity rates, solar installations, rate of stroke, percent of water with high lead levels, and many other measurable. > Press release

A tale of two metros: Job growth in Milwaukee area vs. Madison area


2016 was Wisconsin’s worst year for private sector job growth since 2009, and metro Milwaukee was a negatively contributing factor. Milwaukee and Kenosha counties saw significant losses, and even metro Milwaukee as a whole showed less gain than the state’s anemic overall growth of 0.50 percent. Dane and Winnebago counties, meanwhile, enjoyed growth four times the state average.  > BizTimes Milwaukee

Jobs numbers are the elephant in Scott Walker’s office, says Rep. Hesselbein


3,776. That’s the number of manufacturing jobs lost in Wisconsin in 2016. Not gained, lost. And while the U.S. economy added hundreds of thousands of jobs monthly, Wisconsin averaged less than a thousand. Gov. Walker thinks he’s big and bold. But there’s nothing big or bold about what Gov. Walker has done with Wisconsin’s economy. > The Cap Times

To the Editor: Despite Walker’s statements, wages and jobs in Wisconsin still lag the nation


Dear Editor: Gov. Walker repeatedly touts Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of 3.4 percent as evidence that his policies are working. However, Bureau of Labor Statistics data cast a dark shadow on the governor’s statements. The reality is that job growth is modest, wages are lagging for the working class, and those at the top are doing far better than the typical working class Wisconsinite. > The Cap Times

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate now lowest since 2000


Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to a 17-year low of 3.2%, down from 3.4% in March and well below the late-2009 peak of 9.2%. The state’s jobless rate has paralleled a consistent decline in the national unemployment rate, which fell to 4.4%. Wisconsin’s unemployment has trended below the national rate for more than 30 years. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel