Hey! Did you know Scott Walker came to Racine yesterday? Betcha you didn't unless you were a CEO of a prominent corporation - Scooter's "listening session" wasn't for the masses and it sure wasn't announced to the public to attend.
Walker and his "cabinet" traveled over to Modine Manufacturing to discuss the stubborn unemployment problem facing the city of Racine. The panel decided the problem wasn't a lack of jobs - it was a lack of education because according to Modine CEO, area schools are "performing below level." They know this even though they spoke with no one from Unified or from Gateway - who actually do have some pretty nifty programs to train students for the workplace.
Heaven forbid they should actually talk to a person who is out of work and looking for a job. Thanks anyway, but Mister CEO who makes a comfortable six figures is perfectly able to explain why you don't have a job, sir.
This is the newest twist to rationalize their failing - it's not us, it's you.
A compliant, Gordy Kacala, from the Racine County Economic Development Corporation was happy to throw unemployed residents under the bus in an effort to keep his job. He jumped the shark a tad by praising his interactions with the troubled WEDC by claiming "we can't be happier."
Well of course he can't - they're just writing checks and filing no paperwork or asking for follow-up. What's to be unhappy about?
Poor Gordy and his slightly too enthusiastic praise for WEDC had to walk back his comments after the "listening session."
Also blamed was the limited supply of vacant industrial land. Seriously...in Racine. These guys are beginning to really scrape the bottom of the barrel for excuses for why every mid-west state is beating them in job creation. Their next excuse will be that Lake Michigan is located too close to the lake.