In today\'s JSOnline, Chandler McKelvey, former secretary of development serving under Gov. Lee Dreyfus, lays into the ridiculousness of the Walker Administration and their claims of “open for business”. In the column, Mr. McKelvey decries the Governor’s “short-term” thinking and points out how detrimental that is to the long-term future of our great state and our quality of life.
The things that create the conditions that lead to the growth of good jobs are a skilled, educated, stable and dedicated workforce, a substantial group of highly educated and motivated entrepreneurs, above-average infrastructure and government services, a high overall quality of life and a sufficient pool of investment capital. Low tax rates, lax regulations and enfeebled employees come in way down the list of factors that create a positive business environment.
So what is Wisconsin doing now? For one, we are doing everything we can to demoralize our workers. It doesn’t take a particularly wise person to see that the attack on public employees is part of an attack on all workers.
We also are taking steps to ensure that the quality of the education provided by Wisconsin schools and state universities is going to decline. And we are putting up signs on the Illinois border announcing that “Wisconsin is Open for Business”?
The only employers likely to be attracted by those blandishments are those whose primary objective is to make quick profits based on low taxes, feeble environmental regulations and the ability to exploit their employees. We would be foolish to think that those particular companies are the ones on which we want to build our economic future.