How Walker Turned 'Job Creation' Into a Goodie Bag for Campaign Donors

When Scott Walker was elected Wisconsin governor in 2010, he came into office with a playbook he’d followed as the Milwaukee County executive: he declared an emergency.

Taxes: too high. Public benefits: too generous. Businesses: too burdened. Unions: too coddled.

One of his first acts in January 2011 was to call an emergency session of the state legislature. One of the first pieces of legislation he signed as governor, Act 7, privatized the state’s department of commerce by turning...

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