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  •  He's no longer counting jobs (29+ / 0-)

    He's already scrubbed the 250,000 jobs promise from everywhere he can.

    Now he's counting "new businesses" and says he's created 17,000 of them.  Yup, he's counting condo associations, Boy Scout Troops, volunteer fire departments, and anyone registering an LLC (like out of state landlords).  Of course it's BS, but he's selling it.

    The whole purpose of WEDC is supposed to be job creation, but in reality it's just a source of jobs for the kids of donors and a vehicle to funnel tax dollars to corporations with little to no oversight.

    Burke needs to keep hitting Walker where it hurts:  his actual record as Governor as well as his past and current corruption.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:21:53 PM PDT

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    •  Don't forget shell corporations (19+ / 0-)

      if WI corporate law includes them.

      In New York, the Department of State Division of Corporations routinely reflects 200k, 300k or more new corporations registered with them per year.  A large chunk of them are little more than shell corporations to shield people from liability, hold corporate assets, etc, and aren't actually what people would consider to be active business enterprises.

      Still we get a lot of real new business registered here, but it's hard to keep track of what is a real business and what is a shell simply based on the raw number that is publicized.  Rule of thumb - 50% or more are shells.

      "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

      by Darth Stateworker on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:31:36 PM PDT

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    •  But he IS counting "jobs" 2200+ new jobs this week (12+ / 0-)

      As you say, these are not jobs by any measure, but this propaganda was also announced this week by the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

      Secretary Newson Announces $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grants

      In 2013-14 so far, they claim credit for 2200+ new repeating temporary summer non-paying jobs for high school students, of course. But you can be sure he'll count all of them. An he'll add in last year's count. His claims go far beyond double-dipping - fraudulent accounting is his friend.

      After all, it's entirely due to the gererosity of Snotty hisself.

      "Youth Apprenticeship has experienced a significant increase in state funding under Governor Walker's leadership and is part of his agenda to develop Wisconsin's workforce and prepare the current and future generation of workers to obtain the skills training needed for jobs that employers need to fill."
      In other news, The Grothman is endorsed by The Santorum.

      It goes on, and on, and on, and on....

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:50:35 PM PDT

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      •  It would be funny if it weren't so incredibly sad (6+ / 0-)

        I'm not even sure Grothman has even moved into his carpetbagged district yet.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:03:37 PM PDT

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      •  Are you sure those are non-paying? (5+ / 0-)
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        If so ... what is the grant money for?

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 03:52:39 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe to administer them? (11+ / 0-)

          If the youth are apprentices, there may be something in it for the businesses who take them on and presumably teach/mentor them. Who knows? Everything in this state is now pretty much a scam.

        •  This program is public education privatization (8+ / 0-)

          disguised as an apprenticeship. It's called the youth apprenticeship program not to be confused with an actual skilled trade apprenticeship (electricians, plumbers, etc.).

          High school students get to attend vocational classes at a vocational school at no charge.

          This is not a job in any way, but Walker is certain to count these 2200 public school students as new jobs because it's called an apprenticeship - sort of.

          The money ends up in the pockets of a non-profit program coordinator/administrator and as subsidies to the students' high school and a campus run by the Wisconsin Technical College System.

          Businesses don't get a dime of the grant money.

          A local partnership that is awarded a grant ... may not use any of the grant moneys awarded to provide funding to a business that is operated for profit or to a nonprofit organization that represents business interests.
          These students are eligible for summer jobs and employment after graduation, but the state youth apprenticeship grant has nothing to do with that. It's prohibited, in fact.

          They might be offered an internship or a hands-on mentoring opportunity. Or a real job.

          It's sometimes not much different than exploitation of child labor or borderline indentured labor.

          "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

          by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:07:22 PM PDT

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          •  Well, here's what I know about the (3+ / 0-)
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            Youth Apprenticeship Program, which may or may not be connected to this grant:

            A. Generally, students are obliged to obtain their own placements (but in some regions and disciplines, the local coordinator plays a significant role in facilitating placements).

            B. The students enroll in a tech-voc course, typically but not always at the nearest WTCS campus.

            C. The students receive high school and in some cases dual 2-year college credit for the course.

            D. The employer who agrees to hire the student must pay for the student, and must agree to provide certain specific training, supervision, mentoring, and evaluation. E.g., a student hired as a YAP worker at an automobile repair shop must be provided with training and work in automobile repair, as opposed to just answering phones and putting the tools away.

            E. The program can run across either 1 or 2 years of high school. At the end the student receives a certificate if the student booked a mandated minimum number of work hours.

            All in all, it's actually a pretty reasonable program.

            To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

            by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:42:25 PM PDT

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            •  It is an excellent program, imo. (2+ / 0-)
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              My only gripe is that I know that Walker will count these student funding grants as if they are new jobs. They are not. If the student is employed as a result of this program, then Walker will count this as two jobs. Walker has counted Scouting volunteers as new jobs.

              The Wisconsin vocational education system was developed in Wisconsin back in 1911 and became the model for the federal vocational and apprenticeship programs. Unemployment insurance grew from that.

              It's a maximum of 2 years and the grant is capped at $900/student/yr. I think the program should offer more than this. It was and still is a successful program. But Walker has been squeezing money from the public school funds and directing it to the public/private and charter schools. He is harming public education overall, imo.

              The incentive to hire the students who make it through the program are rather obvious. Often, their instructor already works for their future employer. They get practical training that's current and relevant.

              The grant money goes to the people who coordinate the various organizations. They are charged with connecting students with schools and employers and tracking the progress and followup. And some of the $900 subsidizes their course work.

              They expect 80% to get their high school diploma and 60%+ to be hired upon graduation. As you say, there are minimum hours, work assignments, and pay rates that are required. That depends on the course of study and the type of work available and appropriate, of course.

              Your example of an automotive repair vocational student is a good choice. It's one of the more popular courses.

              I'm more familiar with Blackhawk Tech in Rock County personally. It's been a few decades, but we used to hire a lot of folks through that path. Same with Rock Valley College in Rockford. These were coordinators and employment resources for dozens of additional resources.

              "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

              by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 07:55:30 AM PDT

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    •  But isn't jobs the thing he ran on? (6+ / 0-)

      Now he's moving the metric to something else?

       Why not count hats or glasses of beer consumed?

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:04:27 PM PDT

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    •  Can't scrub (13+ / 0-)

      Here you go.

      "New businesses" are obviously pointless unless they actually employ anyone in much the same way that pieces of paper at the Department of Financial Institutions don't.  If Walker didn't mean that, he shouldn't have tied it in with the 250,000 jobs promise.  Funny thing is, "gold standard" QCEW also tracks the number of entities reporting jobs as well as the number of jobs.  In Walker's first three years, that total grew 8,234 (from 2010Q4 to 2013Q4).  I don't know why he feels the need to make things up about it since this is on course to hit 10,000.  Maybe it's his nature and he just can't help himself.

      WEDC was, as you know, audited, which found (page 11):

      in the absence of verified performance information, we did not assess the effectiveness of WEDC’s economic development programs.
      So, um, there is zero audited verification of any jobs being created or retained as a result of the WEDC's actions.

      (Do you remember Walker's ballyhoo about his Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission?  Yeah, that has managed to find that the WEDC could save $5,000 by paying employees monthly instead of biweekly, completely missing the kickbacks and jobs failure.  The fact that the W,F&A Commission is directly attached to the Governor's office is entirely coincidental).

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:55:56 PM PDT

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