Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to place signs proclaiming “Wisconsin: Open for Business” on the state boundaries with Minnesota and Illinois.
“These signs proudly proclaim Wisconsin is open for business,” Walker said in a written statement. “Along with the symbolic nature of these signs, there are going to be substantive changes to the way our state government treats job creators.”
Walker, a Republican, is trying to highlight his campaign message that low taxes will spur job creation. He’s also hoping that Wisconsin will stand out from the Democratic governors in Minnesota and Illinois. The news release cites the recent income tax hike in Illinois and Governor Dayton’s support for an income tax hike on top earners.
Walker’s aide didn’t respond to a question as to whether Walker would quickly pay the $58 million his state owes Minnesota. Gov. Dayton wrote to Walker on Friday asking he pay the bill immediately.
Update: From Walker’s Press Secretary, Cullen Werwie:
“Governor Walker is working with Secretary Chandler to review all of the options available for payment to Minnesota for tax reciprocity. On Friday, Governor Walker was scheduled to talk to Governor Dayton over the phone to talk about the tax reciprocity deal, until Governor Dayton cancelled that phone call. We are still working to reschedule the call.”