Barrett and Walker trade barbs on job promises

    Guv rivals Tom Barrett and Scott Walker exchanged verbal jabs this week over their promises to create jobs if elected governor.
    Barrett ripped Walker’s pledge to create 250,000 jobs in his first term, saying the Milwaukee Co. exec "just pulled that number out of the air."
    Barrett said he won’t choose a number but adds he’d like to see in his first three years as governor the state recover the 180,000 jobs that have been shed over the last two years.
    Walker responded that Barrett’s jobs plan amounted to relying on federal money to create jobs.
    “It’s extremely disappointing that Mayor Barrett’s jobs plan is to take an $800 million Washington handout for a train that will only create 55 jobs at a rate of $14.5 million per job,” Walker said in a press release. “This is yet another example of wasting our taxpayer money and looking to government to create jobs."
    Meanwhile, GOP guv candidate Mark Neumann unveiled what he called his blueprint for “honest” budgeting and job creation, saying one of his first priorities is to end practices like using gas tax revenue for non-transportation costs.
    Neumann also got in a dig on Barrett and Walker over their jobs claims.
    “Does this mean that if I promise to create 300,000 jobs in two years, I win the numbers game?” Neumann asked.

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