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Tommy Thompson on Jobs

Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI)


FactCheck: Unemployment down while governor, but not 2.1%

Thompson claimed that when he was governor, Wisconsin's unemployment rate dipped to 2.1 percent and was lowest in the nation for more than three years running. Federal statistics refuted the "lowest in the nation" claim, and the 2.1 percent is on target only if you cite preliminary numbers from a less-preferred statistical method. We rated that claim False.
Source: FactCheck.org on 2012 Wisc. Senate debate , Sep 27, 2012

State government actively promotes private job creation

The governor established the Wisconsin Strategic Development Commission. As minority leader of the state assembly, I was appointed to serve on the 22-member commission. We examined all aspects of government activity that affect business development. The commission recommended a comprehensive change in state policies, including improving the state's transportation system, enhancing state business development programs, and changing state government's high tax and spending policies.

Although the governor began implementing some of its recommendations before the 1986 election, it was too little too late. It still was not something he strongly believed in. I made it clear during the campaign that I would use state government to actively promote private sector job creation. I told voters I believed that the state "should focus on creating jobs and income." And I promised I would play a hands-on role in making it happen.

Source: Power to the People, by Tommy Thompson, p.149 , Sep 1, 1996

State instead of federal rules for animal operations.

Thompson signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on AFOs 99-MGC3 on Nov 22, 1999

Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis.

Thompson signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference letter:

Dear President Clinton:

On behalf of the farmers and ranchers of the states comprising the Midwestern Governorsí Conference, we ask for your assistance in addressing the current farm crisis. While the majority of the US economy is prospering, the agricultural sector is at a critical stage and needs your immediate attention. Our farmers and ranchers are paying operating expenses that have continued to rise, while they are receiving prices for commodities and livestock that have dropped, in some instances, to 50-year lows. To further compound the problem, drought conditions in some areas and flooding in others have devastated crops.

We are aware that many national farm organizations are putting forth various plans to provide both short-and long-term relief to our nationís agricultural producers. While we believe long-term solutions are essential, the current situation demands a more immediate response. We, therefore, urge you to act quickly to provide federal financial assistance to farmers and ranchers including dedicated direct aid to those producers impacted by drought or other natural disasters. Immediate direct payments could allow some farmers and ranchers to continue in business this year.

In addition, changes to the current crop insurance program that will increase participation and expand coverage are needed in the short-term. The development of new risk management products is also necessary. Furthermore, export market development and regulatory relief are needed in 1999 to prevent further disruptions in our ability to produce an abundant, wholesome supply of food while competing in a global agricultural economy. Immediate action is needed to make it possible for US farmers and ranchers to compete fairly and to continue to feed people throughout the world.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to working with you on these important issues.

Source: Letter from Midwestern Governors' Conf. to Pres. Clinton 99-MGC5 on Sep 14, 1999

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