As Gov. Walker met with business leaders at the second of his invitation-only “job creation” forums Tuesday, dozens protested his job-killing policies of tax cuts and corporate welfare and his refusal to give working people a seat at the table. Forum organizers turned away a delegation of unemployed people asking to attend to add their voices to the job-creation talks.
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“Walker slammed the door on jobs for me twice,” said Patrick Fuhrman, an unemployed land surveyor who lost his livelihood first when Walker killed high-speed rail projects and then when the governor’s new restrictions made siting wind mills almost impossible in Wisconsin. “Tax cuts don’t work. Walker has to stop putting money into the pockets of rich corporations and put it directly into creating jobs for hardworking people like us .”
“Gov. Walker put a damper on my dreams,” said Jeremy Mitchell. Mitchell has been unable to find a good job since he laid off by a nonprofit organization serving developmentally disabled and mentally ill people when Walker’s budget cuts decimated funding for human services programs. “His cuts hurt the most vulnerable and do nothing to create jobs.”
The job creation forum was held at the Milwaukee Association of Commerce, 765 N. Milwaukee St. Although Gov. Walker’s office has announced a third forum to be held in Green Bay, the time, date, and location have not been disclosed just as for the first two meetings.