The Democratic gubernatorial candidate says her goal is to make Wisconsin a top ten economy. Former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke released her jobs plan this week that involves investing
in entrepreneurs and higher education. On AM 1170 WFDL’s Between the Lines program Burke says the most important component of her plan centers around workforce development. "My plan shows that we need 670,000 more degree holders in Wisconsin by 2025," Burke said. "This could be a certificate, an associates degree, but we need to make sure our workforce has more skills than we have currently."
Burke proposes to significantly increase the state’s capital venture fund. "Over four years it would be taking it from $30 million to $120 million," Burke said. Burke’s plan also calls for increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over a two year period. "Before making this decision I talked with business people across the state, both small businesses and those with large companies and I asked them what there thoughts were.
Would it affect job creation in their companies? They said they support it." Burke says the figures show governor Walker’s approach isn’t working. "Our economy is lagging under governor Walker. Out of the ten midwestern states we're ninth in job growth."