The good news, if you believe Scott Walker, is that exports are expected to break the state record.
The bad news is that the top two exports are our jobs and our tax dollars:
Wisconsin business leaders say the state is headed in the right direction, yet one in five plans to cut staff in the next six months, the largest percentage in more than three years, according to a semi-annual survey conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.It's enough to make a person sick, but don't you dare, because they're also taking away your healthcare coverage:
Twenty percent said they plan layoffs in the first half of 2013, the highest since June 2009, when 41 percent expected job cuts.
One in four chief executives, or 24 percent, said they will add employees, down from 44 percent a year ago and 62 percent last June.
Health care is the No. 2 business concern, after the economic slowdown, the poll showed.So, we're losing even more jobs, our healthcare coverage and our tax dollars. How do the folks of WMC, one of Walker's major supporters and drivers of his agenda feel about this?
With 13 percent saying their health insurance costs have increased more than 20 percent in the past year, up from 8 percent a year ago, more employers say they are dropping health coverage for their workers. Five percent say they do not offer health insurance now, and 9 percent say they will end health benefits, up from 2 percent a year ago.
CEOs were gung-ho on the state, though, with 93 percent saying "things in Wisconsin are going in the right direction" and 40 percent describing state government as "very pro-business."Where's John Doe when you really need him?