December 22, 2011

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Scott Walker Recall: Little Progress With Job Creation Could Create Hurdle For Governor

BY SCOTT BAUER  |  ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  LINK TO ARTICLE

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has made little progress fulfilling a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs over four years, making the pledge that was a key to getting him elected last year a potentially significant hurdle as he fights off recall efforts.

Walker hasn’t been shy about the promise, even saying shortly before taking office that he wanted it branded on the foreheads of his top Cabinet officials. But the Republican has distanced himself in recent months, talking more about building a better environment to create jobs and how Wisconsin’s future is tied to a national economy beyond his control.

The new governor wasn’t expected to have to defend his jobs promise so soon. But after successfully pushing through a law that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers and made Wisconsin the epicenter of a nationwide fight over union rights, Walker was targeted for recall.

Recall organizers say they have gathered more than half a million signatures, just shy of the 540,208 they need to force an election in mid-2012. The Democratic Party and other critics, meanwhile, have been hammering Walker on jobs numbers.

Read more at The Huffington Post.