Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Gard says business climate is great

It looks like John Gard didn't get the memo with the Republican talking points about how terrible the business climate is in Wisconsin.

Gard says things are looking up,with United Health Group's plans to create 1,000 jobs, and a $617-million Coast Guard contract won by Manitowoc Marine that shows "our hometown businesses can compete in a global economy."

On top of that, there's the announcement that state economic development help is bringing 113 new jobs to Chilton, and another 500 jobs in New London, at Bemis, which moved its corporate headquarters to Neenah in May, to become the eighth largest publicly traded company in Wisconsin with $3.5 billion in annual net sales. The Green Bay Press Gazette has more.

Let's see if they get Gard back on the GOP message of gloom and doom, or if he keeps telling the truth about job growth in northeastern Wisconsin.

Jay Bullock says there is plenty of good economic development news, if conservatives would take off the blinders.

UPDATE 2: Business climate: Sunny and warm.


At 10:24 PM, Blogger Troy Fullerton said...

Doesn't this remind you of when Doyle was trying to take credit for a growing WI economy while Kerry was campaigning in the state saying how awful the economy was under Bush?

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Captain Ron said...

For the record, the 1000 United Health Group jobs are call center jobs. I have worked in a call center before. For one, you're looking at jobs that are just above minimum wage. The turnover rate is probably the highest of any industry. Nobody gives a crap about the company, just putting in their time. So in short, these are unattractive, low-paying jobs that are 1 step away from being outsourced to India.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Xoff said...

The newspaper story says they pay $11 an hour or $23,000 a year.

I don't know about Green Bay, but a lot of people in Milwaukee would line up for a job at that rate.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

John-boy was probably in his barn milking when that memo came out.


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