Photo by: Mike De Sisti
Richard Diaz (right) of Milwaukee shouts during a protest Tuesday at a Job Creation Forum at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. The protest was led by the Service Employees International Union.
Led by Wisconsin Jobs Now, a coalition of community and labor groups led by the Service Employees International Union, the protesters said providing tax breaks for companies that add jobs – a policy advocated by Walker – will do little to reduce the unemployment rate.
Instead, Walker should ask the Legislature to spend more on job-generating activities such as building roads and renovating housing for low-income people, said Jeremy Mitchell, one of the protesters.
“That’s the best answer,” said Mitchell, who’s unemployed. Mitchell said he worked for a nonprofit group home operator, but his position was eliminated recently because of cuts in state funding for services for mentally ill people.
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