State Senate Democratic Committee
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Wisconsin Republicans Stand with Trump

After Republicans passed the controversial Right-to-Work law, Wisconsin saw the highest number of mass layoffs since Gov. Walker took office.

By - Apr 11th, 2016 02:00 pm
Donald Trump. Image from campaign website.

Donald Trump. Image from campaign website.

MADISON – Wisconsin Republicans have once again found themselves in the familiar position of embracing legislation touted by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. After their Right-to-Work law was ruled unconstitutional on Friday, Legislative Republicans were quick to defend the controversial provision backed largely by wealthy special interests. Billionaires like Donald Trump have supported the policy because it helps drive down wages, weaken local business contracts and make it easier for out-of-state corporations to undercut Wisconsin workers.

“Few people want to see Wisconsin’s unconstitutional Right-to-Work law reinstated more than Donald Trump,” said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. “Right-to-Work policies that drive down worker wages and weaken local business contracts have helped make him the billionaire he is today. It’s not surprising that Wisconsin Republicans are siding with Donald Trump and his billionaire friends given the GOP’s track record of selling out working families and local small businesses over the last five years.”

After Republicans passed the controversial Right-to-Work law, Wisconsin saw the highest number of mass layoffs since Gov. Walker took office. As wages have stagnated, workers and businesses affected by the changes have looked to relocate to neighboring states with more favorable economic opportunities.

“With 16 consecutive quarters of below-average job creation under their belt, it should come as no surprise that Wisconsin Republicans would continue supporting Donald Trump backed Right-to-Work policies,” added Ullsvik. “Voters have had enough of these misguided Republican policies that favor the ultra-rich over hardworking citizens. In November, families eager to change the status quo will have a clear choice between the Republican race to the bottom and pro-growth Democratic policies that will move our state forward.”

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5 thoughts on “Wisconsin Republicans Stand with Trump”

  1. AG says:

    This press release makes no sense. If right to work drives down wages, why would companies lay people off because of it? That wouldn’t make sense. Correlation does not mean causation.

    On the flip side, we have companies such as Briggs and Straton who said it was because of the business climate that they decided to move their Georgia work to Wisconsin. They were finally in a place to get the unions to agree to competitive wages and benefits and thus could make the move. It was a win/win/win for Briggs, the union, and Wisconsin.

  2. Vincent Hanna says:

    If the climate here is so wonderful AG, why isn’t the state’s economy stronger? Why have the Walker Years been mostly a bust? I’ve seen research suggesting companies don’t flock to right-to-work states because so many other factors go into those decisions. But it’s a relief to see that you continue to nitpick and attack every press release that in any way criticizes Republicans or the status quo. Have no fear, the Status Quo Defender is Here!

  3. AG says:

    I only attack the ones that don’t make sense. 😉

    If you can explain how they can rationalize that a law they say lowers wages is also responsible for companies laying off works, please let me know. I’d also take any sort of evidence that the right to work law is what made some companies move.

  4. Vincent Hanna says:

    I’m not here to defend press releases. They are almost always nonsense. But you are very selective in the ones you take the time to criticize. You never say anything about ones from Americans for Prosperity or Club for Growth or GOP Legislators or Scott Walker.

  5. Thomas says:

    The Walker people dismissed critics of Act 10 for saying “the sky would fall… ” The sky fell on Wisconsin. Our state lagged behind most other states throughout the national economic recovery that has been happening since July of 2009 elsewhere.

    Had Walker accepted the 800 million dollars of federal stimulus funds for a fast train from Milwaukee to Madison, we could have been among the first states to recover from the Great Recession of late 2007 to mid 2009. Walker declined that stimulus due to arithmetic that indicated to some that we could have lost money on that deal – even as others suggested that it could have taken a hundred years or more to show a loss on one tenth of one million dollars a year in operating budgets …

    Then Walker said he was not interested in “right to work for less” legislation – until his legislature passed such a bill, after which he signed it … WI wages and job growth continue to lag. A bad “beat goes on.”

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