New Report Shows What We Have Always Known: Scott Walker’s Economy Isn’t About Helping Everyday Wisconsinites
Report shows under Scott Walker and the Republican's control from 2009 to 2013, the top 1% saw their incomes grow by 12%, while the other 99% only saw a 4.7% increase in their incomes
MADISON – A recent report showed under Scott Walker and the Republican’s control from 2009 to 2013, the top 1% saw their incomes grow by 12%, while the other 99% only saw a 4.7% increase in their incomes, resulting in a growing wealth inequality gap between the richest and everyday Wisconsinites.
Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst at the Wisconsin Budget Project. noted Wisconsin’s businesses, and thus the economy, are suffering because only a small percentage of the population has money to spend on a range of goods and services.
“This is what happens when you follow the voodoo economics Scott Walker and the Republican’s preach, prioritizing tax breaks and special favors for those at the top instead of working for everyday Wisconsinites,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Friday. “Democrats have an economic vision to raise incomes across the board and allow people to participate more fully in our economy and help grow businesses across our state.”
This report offers a number of solutions to the headache Walker and the Republicans have caused, including leveling the tax rate for people of all incomes, raising the minimum wage, and making sure working class families have access to healthcare.
“The solutions offered in the report are things Democrats have been advocating for years. It’s time Walker and the Republicans stepped up and helped everyone in our state get ahead, not just those at the top,” Laning concluded.
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