Lawmaker’s column fails reality test
In response to the Jan. 17 column by Rep. Petersen, when he talks about an anticipated 63,000 “well-paid” jobs to be created in Wisconsin by 2015, I am a bit leery based on Wisconsin’s decreasing standing in well-paid jobs.
According to many resources, such as Forbes (www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45kikd/42-wisconsin/), job growth in Wisconsin is increasingly worse and it is planned to remain so through 2016.
How Rep. Petersen can continue to verbalize this, despite reality, is a bit alarming.
I don’t know if he really believes the information or is trying to remain politically viable.
Next, while he proudly mentions putting money (our tax dollars) into a rainy day fund, again patting himself on the back, he might remember Governor Thompson returning tax dollars to the taxpayers rather than putting it into a “rainy day fund.”
As a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, I’m wondering why he does not feel a need to return the money to the taxpayer.
Again, his talk does not match his actions.
Finally, I’d like him to give examples of how Wisconsin is a great place to live and work when productivity is up, wages are down, people are working multiple jobs to earn less than what they had in the past just to make ends meet and businesses are closing due to lack of customers.
I’m starting to wonder if he actually lives in reality.
Please, Rep. Petersen, provide resources for your information and please, return our tax dollars rather than placing them in a “rainy day fund.”
One can only hope that the future will be brighter, despite the forecasts, and it may be, if the actions and words of our legislators were more congruent.