The Business Journal of Milwaukee
by Stacy Vogel Davis
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he has a plan to create 250,000 jobs and bring 10,000 new businesses to the state by the end of his first term as governor.
Walker was speaking at a conference sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce in Madison where job creation became the focus of speeches from the two favorites in the upcoming gubernatorial election.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic favorite, touted his experience working with the Milwaukee 7 and the city's landing of hundreds of new jobs from firms Republic Airways Holding Inc., the parent of Midwest Airlines, and Ingeteam, a Spanish firm that will build its first U.S. plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.
Barrett said he was the only candidate with a proven track record of creating jobs.
Walker, the Republican front runner who spoke after Barrett, boldly promised to create thousands of jobs by lowering the tax burden on corporations and individuals. His plan to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin also included a fazing out of taxes on retirement income, a cap on property taxes, lowering the regulatory burden for business and tort reform.
Another candidate for governor, Republican Mark Neumann, could not attend the conference.