6.25.2009

Michigan gets the GM line, Wisconsin gets nothing

A couple of weeks ago I said that Janesville would not get the new GM car line. I had hoped that I would be wrong, but the Janesville Gazette is reporting that Michigan will get the new product. The story hasn't been confirmed by GM yet, but it doesn't look good.

It's a sad thing for a county that has 12.9% unemployment and a city with 14.3%.

The real issue, however, is what now? Up until this announcement our state's leaders have done nothing to move our economy forward and find a way to rebuild after losing GM. The only focus has been trying to lure GM back with incentives and cash. It didn't work; it was never going to work. It has been nearly a year since we found out about the plant's closing and we have no plan for Janesville or Rock County.

There are no more excuses. There are no more second-chances. We need to reform the business climate in Wisconsin and create an atmosphere that will attract jobs, not drive them away. Unfortunately, given our representatives' track records, I'm betting they wait and hope that someone else will do it for them.