This ripple effect was seen in businesses cutting their workers' pay if not laying them off altogether. Sometimes the businesses had to close, causing mass lay offs. If the laid off workers were lucky enough to find a job, it was for much less money than they were making before.
Walker apologists would dismiss my arguments out of hand and blame the loss for other reasons if not deny it altogether.
Sadly, the proof is in the pudding, and what a sour pudding it is:
New federal data shows consumer spending in Wisconsin grew slower than the national average and slower than personal income from 2011 to 2012.Keep in mind that these pitiful numbers are from only Walker's first year in office. I have no doubts that the following years will show that these numbers have only gotten worse, meaning that people are making even less and subsequently spending even less.
The U.S. Department of Commerce released its first state-by-state breakdown of consumer spending on Thursday. It shows a 3% increase in Wisconsin from 2011 to 2012. The biggest jump was in spending for motor vehicles and parts. That grew 6%.
Nationally, consumer spending grew an average of 4.1% from 2011 to 2012.
But income gains in Wisconsin have been slower as well. Nationally, personal income increased 4.2% from 2011 to 2012. In Wisconsin, it grew only 3.9%. Real personal income, which takes inflation into account, grew even slower.
No, Walker's agenda is most definitely not working. He needs to be removed from office with all due haste and real change needs to happen before we can even hope that things get better.