Every political candidate promises to create jobs. But when Scott Walker was campaigning to be the governor of Wisconsin, he put a finer point on it.
He promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term. His strategy for making it happen is familiar: tax breaks for businesses that make new hires, and for companies that relocate to Wisconsin.
We recently traveled to Wisconsin to talk to Scott Walker and businesses around the state. Turns out, it's very hard to figure out which jobs were created because of Walker's programs, and which would have been created anyway.
(Side note: You've probably heard about Scott Walker in a different context: his fight with Wisconsin's public unions. That story is not part of today's podcast.)
- Listen to "How To Create A Job," a recent This American Life episode featuring Planet Money.
- Read "Smart Jobs," a special report from Planet Money and Wired Magazine.
- Check out "How Do You Create A Job?," a Planet Money podcast.