After a week filled with developments in the state budget negotiations, Gwyn brings us up to speed and anticipates what could happen in the week ahead. Then, we crack open the archives of the Wheeler Report to examine the history behind a recent key court ruling. All this, plus a tribute to an outgoing member of the Walker Administration, on this week’s episode of The Wheelercast.
Tuesday could see a huge development in the State Budget drama. Wisconsin lawmakers are also working on an incentive package to try to lure Foxconn’s proposed new plant. State Representative Samantha Kerkman took to social media to help her constituents during and in the aftermath of the flood. All this and more in this jam-packed episode of The Wheelercast.
You may have taken a few days off last week, but the state budget negotiators did not. Gwyn Guenther brings us up to speed on the latest on the transportation budget gridlock, takes a look at an ongoing dispute between Minnesota and Wisconsin and pays tribute to a former State Senator.
Over the weekend the Wisconsin State Journal’s Matthew DeFour asked for my thoughts on how Wisconsin’s declining unemployment numbers might impact upcoming elections.
Republican strategist Brian Fraley said for many voters trying to gauge how the broader economy is doing, the unemployment rate provides an easily understood statistic similar to the Dow Jones industrial average: “No one really knows what it is, but if the Dow Jones is high, that’s good, right?”
The latest Marquette Law School Poll gauged public awareness of the unemployment rate in Wisconsin and found 37 percent correctly said it is in the 2 to 4 percent range. Another 35 percent thought it was in the 4 to 6 percent range, 12 percent thought it was higher than 6 percent and 14 percent didn’t know.
Fraley said he expects Republican incumbents next year to play up the state reaching the lowest unemployment level in Wisconsin’s history should it reach that milestone.
“It’s definitely something they will champion,” Fraley said.
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