• WisPolitics

2015-16 Legislature: Printable directory | Leadership rosters | New faces


Monday, January 18, 2010

 10:26 PM 

Jobs top priority, Decker tells "UpFront"

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker said on Sunday's "UpFront with Mike Gousha" that job creation will be the continued focus as the Legislature returns to session.

The Center on Wisconsin Strategy reported the state lost more than 163,800 jobs between December 2007 and November 2009 as recession gripped the state and national economy.

Decker, D-Weston, noted that the Legislature tripled the amount of investor tax credits in the last state budget, which he said has spurred some job creation, and that the focus now will be on helping businesses in the state expand through passage of the CORE Jobs Act.

"We're really going to gear it to small businesses in the state of Wisconsin," Decker said.

Decker also said the state has boosted its spending on infrastructure, which is creating construction and construction equipment manufacturing jobs and giving businesses improved infrastructure to use.

"It's our responsibility to keep the roads and the bridges and the airports and the harbors going," Decker said. "Those are all something that makes a better, more safe and efficient transportation system, and those are Wisconsin companies hiring Wisconsin workers."

Decker credited the federal economic stimulus plan with helping to stave off steep budget cuts and defended the state's new requirement that businesses in Wisconsin headquartered elsewhere pay state income tax, saying it is fair and that 87 percent of Wisconsin companies were not affected by it.

Decker said he is "very confident" that Democrats would retain their hold on the state Senate in the face of what some expect could be a rocky year for Dems.

"We're not giving ground to the Republicans on any area," Decker said. "We think we can compete with them on taxes or education or job development or health care. So we think we're on good solid ground."

Also on the program, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett discussed what he described as his final major compromise on governance reform for Milwaukee Public Schools.

Barrett's compromise plan retains his original call that the mayor appoint the MPS superintendent, but it would now grant the board veto power over the appointment.

Barrett said the compromise would set up a system of accountability and governance similar to city government.

The plan has been met with a cool reception thus far, and Decker said on the program that legislation to change the district's governance would likely not move forward until there was community support for the idea. At this point, Decker said he believe there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure.


Comments: 0

Post a Comment

Back to Quorum Call main page

: See newer blog items : : See older blog items :

Quorum Call site feed
Advertisement
Advertisement

wispolitics.com Social News

Follow Us

ABOUT THE BLOG

WisPolitics coverage of news from the Wisconsin Legislature.

BLOG CONTRIBUTORS
Editor: JR Ross
Reporters: Chris Thompson, David Wise

LINKS
· Quorum Call site feed
· Quorum Call on Twitter

LEGISLATIVE LINKS

SESSION INFO
· InSession: Senate | Assembly
· Audio/video coverage
· Session calendar

SEARCH
· Bill database
· Lobbying information
· Notification service

LEGISLATORS
· Download a printable directory
· Leadership rosters
· New faces in 2013
· Find your legislator
· Senate home pages
· Assembly home pages

ARCHIVE

· December 2009
· January 2010
· February 2010
· March 2010
· April 2010
· December 2010
· January 2011
· February 2011
· April 2011
· May 2011
· June 2011
· July 2011
· August 2011
· September 2011
· October 2011
· November 2011
· January 2012
· February 2012
· March 2012
· July 2012
· November 2012
· December 2012
· January 2013
· February 2013
· March 2013
· April 2013
· May 2013
· June 2013
· September 2013
· October 2013
· November 2013
· December 2013
· January 2014
· February 2014
· March 2014
· April 2014
· June 2014
· November 2014
· December 2014
· January 2015
· February 2015
· March 2015
· April 2015
· May 2015
· June 2015
· July 2015
· September 2015
· October 2015
· November 2015
· January 2016
· February 2016
· March 2016
· November 2016
· December 2016
· January 2017
· February 2017
Copyright ©2012 WisPolitics.com All rights reserved. | WisOpinion.com | WisBusiness.com  |  Website development by wisnet.com LLC  | Website design by Makin’ Hey Communications