On the day of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's tight recall election, Democrats and union opponents watch poised for a loss.Talks of a recount swirl despite Walker's polling showing he hasn't broken through the 50 percent threshold. However, he's fairing better than Democrat Tom Barrett who hasn't polled higher than roughly 45 percent since April.Walker's not the only one facing recall. His lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, and three Republican state senators also face the gallows....more
The current budget crisis and union protests in Wisconsin have put me in a reflective mood lately. And I'd also be lying if I said that the current situation down in Madison did not have some factor in our decision to move to another state.
My husband and I made the decision to pack up and move from Wisconsin to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for several reasons. One of them being the job market.
Budget crisis aside, the job market in Wisconsin is not very good, no matter how people try to spin things. The good paying manufacturing jobs have gone to either non-union, right to work states or overseas. Jobs that are comparable in pay to the old jobs require a degree. In other words, the person who got into the mill right out of high school and has worked at the same job for many, many years has to settle for something that pays a lot less than what they were earning.