In a ranking of governors where Politifact rated at least five statements, Walker is the #1 most dishonest governor in America.
While Oregon governor John Kitzhaber led the nation in honesty with 100% of his statements being ranked true or mostly true, Walker edged-out Texas Governor Rick Perry and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee with only 22% of 51 statements rated true or mostly true.
Here is the top five most dishonest governors in America, according to Politifact:
1) Scott Walker, WI 22%
2) Rick Perry, TX 25%
3) Lincoln Chafee, RI 25%
4) Chris Christie, NJ 38%
5) Bob Mcconnell 44%
How does Governor Walker spend his workdays? Check out this interactive chart, developed by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The Center obtained Walker’s calendars through an open records request, then developed a database of all calendar entries. The Center also breaks down the companies Walker met with and the donations made to Walker by each company, so you can get a sense of how money impacts access to Walker’s time.
Wausau Paper will be closing its historic mill in Brokaw, laying off about 450 people. The mill first opened more than 100 years ago.
Meanwhile, Gov. Walker signed bills into law yesterday that:
- Allow homeowners to use deadly force against trespassers
- Cap attorney fees
- Allow school officials to use standardized tests to discipline or fire teachers
- Allow liquor sales to start at 6 a.m.
These new laws are the product of what Walker calls his “laser-focus” on jobs.
The law that eliminated collective bargaining for public employees also increased the number of appointments Scott Walker could make, allowing the governor to hire his friends and pay them generously. Cindy Archer, the woman whose home was raided by the FBI as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, was just one of the beneficiaries.
The governor could funnel such a huge increase into the job because earlier this year Republicans who control the Legislature went along with his plan to give him more political appointments. The change allows department secretaries to go around the normal hiring process and name whomever they want as chief counsel, communications director and legislative liaison.
Archer isn’t the only one benefiting from the new system. One employee kept the same job and saw an 18% boost in pay; another is making 10% more than what her predecessor did.
The political appointments were created in the same legislation that eliminated most collective bargaining for public employees and required them to pay more for their health care and pensions. Paying more for benefits is costing an average state employee making $50,000 a year about $4,400, or 9%. Walker insisted most employees had to pay those costs because the state is “broke.”
But by far the biggest boost has gone to the job held by Archer, who is making 65% more than the woman who held the job before her.
Archer started drawing a paycheck for the job Aug. 22 but has never shown up for it because she is on paid medical leave. Administration officials say she earned the paid leave during an earlier stint as a state employee that ended eight years ago, in 2003.
Until taking the new job, Archer was making $124,000 as Walker’s deputy administration secretary. Before that, she was Walker’s top aide when he was Milwaukee County executive
Great article from the Center on Policy and Budget Priorities. Education is under assault and Scott Walker is leading the charge in his attempts to destroy our state.
Changes to education spending (dollars per child) from FY11 to FY12. The chart reflects an analysis of the state budget documents for the 24 states that had the necessary data available.
Wisconsin is leading the country in slashing education funding.
From Eric Compas, who admits that “Interpretation of this map requires caution for several reasons: 1) it doesn’t include all forms of ID that can be used (e.g. military IDs) for which detailed data isn’t available, 2) many drivers have licenses without a current address, 3) many drivers are not of voting age, and 4) the data are not from the same year.”
But the map is, as advertised, a visual representation of potential voter disenfranchisement in Wisconsin.
This Voter ID requirement disproportionately affects minorities and students. Whatever other rhetoric WI Republicans use to describe it, what it’s really about is disenfranchising Democrat voters. That’s why they’re pushing this through before the recall elections.