Yesterday, Scott Walker got the news that a company they he had hoped would locate in Wisconsin, Pastificio Rana, had instead decided to build a new plant in Illinois instead.
Pastifico Rana is a family-owned business from Italy and expects to hire 70 workers initially:
“Our pasta company is thrilled to be launching our U.S. operations in Illinois starting later this year,” said Gian Luca Rana CEO of Pastificio Rana. “We feel Illinois and the Chicago region provide us a great location to recruit employees, and to market our products and deliver them to our customers across the United States.”
This news comes after earlier disappointing news that since Governor Walker has taken office, he has been outpaced in job growth by his Democratic rival to the South, Governor Pat Quinn.
Walker was informed that he lost Pastificio bid shortly before a speech to the Menonimee Falls Chamber of Commerce. While on a phone call with Pastificio Rana CEO Gian Luca Rana, Walker was overheard by several passerbys as dumbfoundedly asking, "What was all that one in a million talk?!?"
With anger in his heart, a spurned Walker took the podium and lashed out at Illinois for their plan at shared sacrifice instead of balancing EVERYTHING on the backs of the middle class.
Humorously, Walker claimed that the wealthy and businesses were leaving Illinois in droves-- even though Illinois' taxes on business and the wealthy are still lower than Wisconsin and, of course, there is no evidence of a mass exodus of Illinois' wealthy.
Walker also made the absurd claim that raising taxes on the wealthy two months ago, somehow caused their current budget shortfall... even though it is obviously impossible to know what effect raising taxes will have on the budget until the tax revenues are collected.