Job creation is priority

April 1, 2010

By Chris Sinicki, 20th District State Representative

The most important thing we can do in the state Legislature is to pursue policies that get Wisconsin back on firm economic ground. That means doing everything we can to make sure there is a good paying job for everyone who is looking for work.

We have taken important steps toward that goal in the Legislature. The 2009-11 state budget we passed last year included over $200 million worth of tax incentives designed to attract, keep, and expand business in our state. The results really speak for themselves:

  • Republic Airways will be keeping 800 jobs in Oak Creek and move 800 new jobs to the region this year.
  • Mercury Marine is staying in Fond du Lac, saving 850 manufacturing jobs and adding several hundred more to the area.
  • Enzymatic Therapy in Green Bay is moving their Utah plant to Wisconsin and consolidating all their operations in Green Bay-saving 280 jobs and creating 100 additional positions.
  • Rapid Diagnostek and VitalMedix, two of Minnesota’s most promising biotechnology startups, left Minnesota and have relocated to Wisconsin. In fact, about 20 biotech firms are expanding or relocating to Wisconsin.

In addition, the Assembly followed up these measures this year with the New Market Jobs Credits Bill. This bill, which passed by a vote of 93-1, is modeled on a successful federal program that has already encouraged more than $8.3 billion in investments to finance manufacturing ventures, grocery-anchored retail centers, health care facilities, and mixed-use real estate projects in hard-hit urban and rural areas. Data show that every $1 of foregone tax revenues under this program leverages about $12 of private investment in distressed communities.

There is much more to do. Job creation will continue to be my highest priority as we move forward in the remaining months of the legislative session. Working families are the foundation of our state’s economy; our recovery will not be complete until everyone who needs a job can find one. We in the Legislature must continue to act as quickly as possible to provide relief to aid workers and job creators.

Chris Sinicki is the state representative for Wisconsin’s 20th state Assembly District, which includes southern Bay View, St. Francis, Cudahy, the airport, and other parts of the south side. Her website is and she can be reached at (888) 534-0020 or

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