Like a tried and true career politician, Thomas Nelson will say and do anything to get elected. Nelson claims to be a lot of things but facts are stubborn and Nelson’s record of reckless spending has cost Wisconsin taxpayers their incomes, jobs and livelihoods. The numbers speak for themselves.
- Unemployment in the state was at nearly 8%.
- Labor force participation decreased by nearly 7,000 from 2008.
- Wisconsin faced a record $6.6 billion deficit – the largest deficit gap in state history!
Here is what media outlets were saying at the time…
- Herald Times Reporter, Feb. 20, 2009: “The bill will raise taxes on businesses by $215 million over the next three years. It also creates a tax on hospital revenue.”
- Associated Press, June 13, 2009: “There’s plenty not to like in a budget that raises $2.1 in taxes and fees, lays off up to 1,400 state workers…”
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 27, 2009: “The Legislature on Friday sent Gov. Jim Doyle a budget that closes the biggest deficit in state history with tax increases, federal stimulus cash, aid cuts for schools and local government, and furloughs of workers.”
- Associated Press, June 27, 2009: “Lawmakers gave final approval to a state budget deal early Friday evening, ending a messy process marked by days of secret meetings and all-night debates.”
In response to Nelson’s record, Mike Gallagher released the following statement: