E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.
Moving Wisconsin Forward
With the election now behind us, I am more committed than ever to focus on helping the people of our state create 250,000 jobs by 2015.
This week I met with my Cabinet, held an office staff meeting, visited with factory workers, and talked directly to Wisconsin citizens about our positive plan to move Wisconsin forward.
Major Job Expansions in Wisconsin
We have recently had a number of major job announcements in Wisconsin. Instead of looking to other states for expansion, I am pleased these Wisconsin based businesses made the decision to grow their companies in our great state. These announcements underscore the need to continue to create an environment that encourages private sector job growth.
- Ashley Furniture broke ground on a Whitehall plant expansion that will add 225 jobs and invest more than $6 million in the 80,000 square-foot addition;
- Spancrete broke ground in Manitowoc for an expansion that will create 30 jobs;
- Fi-Med Management of Wauwatosa is planning an expansion of its medical software services, creating up to 145 jobs;
- Plexus Corp. of Neenah is planning to create up to 350 jobs related to the company’s decision to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Neenah; and,
- Total Administrative Services Corp. of Madison is planning to expand and upgrade its capacity, which will create up to 102 new jobs.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
In honor of the Year of the Veteran, all Wisconsin state government agencies teamed up to help our troops call home. We were able to collect nearly 1,500 gently-used cellular phones for donation to the non-profit “Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc.”
Department of Administration employee, Betsy Paque, came up with the idea of organizing a drive for “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” While working in the Division of Enterprise Technology, Betsy saw many old state cell phones pile up and wanted to find a way to recycle the phones, while giving back. Betsy’s support and promotion of the drive was instrumental in the success of the program.
For every donated phone valued at just $5, “Cell Phones for Soldiers” is able to provide two-and-one-half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. By donating nearly 1,500 gently-used cellular phones to “Cell Phones for Soldiers,” state employees provided troops with over 3,600 hours of free communication with loved ones back home.
A picture of all of the cell phones donated by state employees can be viewed by clicking here.
Just Ask the Governor: Part XII
Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.
Question: Where are these 30,000 jobs?
Answer: My administration was asked this exact question last year by a reporter. On March 18, 2011 we responded:
We are tabulating our job creation number based on the Department of Workforce Development’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). DWD basically puts out the Current Employment Survey (CES) every month, which are initial estimates of jobs. Then about 6-9 months later once hard data has been tabulated (no longer an estimate) they release the QCEW data. Typically quarterly and annual QCEW data is released approximately nine months after the end of the year.
QCEW actual job count data is drawn from more than 96% of all Wisconsin businesses counting each and every employee. The CES monthly jobs estimates that are often reported by the media represent a survey of approximately 3.5% of Wisconsin employers. CES data is subject to considerable revision and is much less accurate and more volatile than actual job counts.
In fact, nearly all economists agree that the QCEW actual job count is much more accurate than CES monthly estimates. According to an article written by the Associated Press: University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Andrew Reschovsky says the data [QCEW, the actual job count] is more accurate [than CES, monthly estimates]. Wells Fargo Fund Management economist Brian Jacobsen agrees.
My administration has been 100% consistent in using data that most accurately portrays the state of Wisconsin’s economy.
The most recent actual job count data, which has been signed off on by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.
It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker