State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Governor Walker, WEDC Must Do More to Help Wisconsin Companies

“I also am renewing my call for WEDC to discuss not only Oscar Mayer but the many other vital Wisconsin companies we need to keep in Wisconsin, at our board meeting next week.”

By - Nov 6th, 2015 09:57 am

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today about questions surrounding the Walker Administration’s involvement in trying to prevent the closure of Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant:

“In light of this week’s announced closure of the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, the people of Wisconsin deserve to know what Governor Walker knew in advance and what steps – if any – the governor and his administration took to try and prevent it.

“For months, there have been signals that the Oscar Mayer plant was making major moves and its uncertain future has been well-documented in the media. One media outlet in June even had the headline ‘Goodbye, Oscar Mayer?’. Given the obvious warning signs, I am deeply concerned to hear Governor Walker and top state jobs officials may not have taken aggressive steps to keep these jobs here in our state.

“I am calling for an extraordinary session to immediately address Wisconsin’s jobs crisis. We must take immediate, proactive steps to avoid more of these devastating corporate announcements. The Governor and WEDC must take more significant proactive measures to help Wisconsin companies to not only maintain their presence but also expand their operations here in Wisconsin.

“I also am renewing my call for WEDC to discuss not only Oscar Mayer but the many other vital Wisconsin companies we need to keep in Wisconsin, at our board meeting next week.”

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