Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
I wrote the following piece for the latest edition of Conservative Digest that includes articles by Governor-elect Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor-elect Rebecca Kleefisch, state Senator Mary Lazich, state Senator Glenn Grothman, state Representative Jim Ott, Congressman Paul Ryan, Congressman Tom Petri, Reza Kahlili of FoxNews.com, Sarah Palin, Rich Lowry of the National Review, and James Wigderson.
To hear Zach Brandon’s assessment, one would believe
Brandon, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under Governor Jim Doyle, was addressing the Special Legislative Council Study Committee on Strategic Job Creation at the state Capitol on August 25, 2010. The committee assignment, in part, was to “study and make recommendations to promote strategic development of high-wage jobs and an educated and skilled workforce in the state.” One of the proposed methods to bolster job creation was to promote “green jobs and industries utilizing solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass technologies, including technologies for converting farm wastes to energy.” The committee’s mission was flawed from the very beginning.
Controlled by legislative Democrats, the committee stacked the invited panel of experts with public sector representatives, including
Sitting, observing, and listening in the hearing room, my skepticism-meter was jumping. Joanna Richard, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development also had me shaking my head when she called the massive federal stimulus expenditures a “God-send.” Apparently Richard either dismissed or ignored an Associated Press analysis from earlier this year that found, “A federal spending surge of more than $20 billion for roads and bridges in President Barack Obama's first stimulus has had no effect on local unemployment rates” and that “it didn't matter if a lot of money was spent on highways or none at all: Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless. The stimulus spending only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry.”
During the all-day hearing, there were no slides, charts, graphs, power point presentations or even mentions about Wisconsin’s abysmal business climate, rated as one of the ten worst among all states by The Tax Foundation, rules and regulations that have put a stranglehold on businesses, and our horrendous budget deficit and tax and spending fever.
Committee Chair, state Senator Robert Wirch (R-Kenosha) couldn’t hold back from chuckling when he informed everyone that the committee had specifically invited two representatives from the private sector to testify but both cancelled. Too bad. The committee could have gotten a necessary earful. The Business Services page on the state of Wisconsin web site says, “
In early 2009, legislative Republicans convened a roundtable in Brown Deer of close to three dozen business owners from
If you run a business, the message should be crystal clear: You now have loyal friends in the new Governor and the people controlling the state Senate and state Assembly. There’s an entirely new attitude about doing business in