RACINE – Once June 5 hits and Gov. Scott Walker is securely re-elected, “our economy is going to take off like a rocket,” state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said Monday during a meeting with The Journal Times Editorial Board.
Vos, co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, met with the editorial board on Monday along with state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, who faces a recall election; Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch; and state Rep. David Craig, R-Big Bend, who represents Waterford.
Their message leading up to the June 5 recall election was about the positive changes Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature put into law — particularly collective bargaining changes, which they said has saved the state over $1 billion.
Wisconsin has also done a lot to help businesses, the four said during the meeting. The group mentioned Wanggaard’s bill to create technical education diplomas for high school students. Craig also talked about Wisconsin’s contrast to Illinois, which he said is now facing tax increases.
But the Republicans said there needs to be certainty for businesses in order to give them the confidence to expand going forward.
“If you would talk to any business person, the one thing they always want is certainty and we have given them anything but,” Vos said.
Once Walker wins the recall, Vos said employers will be able to look ahead and know what the next two years will look like.
“We can invest and create jobs here because at worst we are not going to see tax increases or more regulations. At best hopefully it will get better,” Vos said.
Huebsch said he agreed companies want certainty. But he said there is another factor, besides the recall: “the fate of Obamacare.”
“Many small to medium sized businesses are still waiting to see how much they are going to have to pay for that,” Huebsch said.
Likewise, Vos added that some small businesses are waiting to add employees because of the potential added cost it could bring.
But even after the June 5 election, Republicans admitted there is no total certainty. Vos said he thinks Walker will win the recall, but if Walker loses and Democrats end up with a majority in the state Senate, Vos said unions could spend additional millions to put the Assembly back in Democratic hands as well.