Remember when Mitt Romney said the U.S. needs to be adding 500,000 jobs a month, but it turns out that kind of job growth almost never happens? This weekend, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wrestled with his pledge to create 250,000 jobs in his state during his first term. So far, he has led the state in losing more jobs than other in the country. But if voters don’t recall him next month, Governor Walker said, he could still reach his mark. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
It appears it will be difficult for Walker to achieve his job-creation goal. Jobs data is available through March, and from this April to December 2014, Walker would have to create nearly 7,400 private-sector jobs a month, or 88,800 a year, to meet his mark.
Nothing close to that has happened over the past two decades. The most private-sector job growth came in 1994, when 72,400 jobs were added, according to average annual employment figures from the state Department of Workforce Development.
No wonder he’s directing voters’ attention to California this morning (tweet above).
Meanwhile, this weekend Wisconsin Republicans said they’re not out to pass a law banning union shops in the state. “It just wouldn’t pass,” Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Wisconsin State Journal. Recalls of Republicans over last year’s stripping of union rights have erased the Republican majority in the chamber. They’re down to a even split, with an empty seat and one GOP member who votes with Democrats on labor questions.