Quinn, Walker spar over state economic growth

April 17, 2012

Lauren Chooljian and the Associated Press

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are exchanging jabs over which state reigns supreme for economic growth.

Walker told Illinois business groups in Springfield Tuesday that if he isn't re-elected, his state will experience the financial issues that Illinois is currently facing. He said that unlike Illinois leaders, he has put Wisconsin on sound financial footing without raising taxes or worsening unemployment.

Meanwhile, Quinn told reporters at an unrelated event that Illinois is way ahead of Wisconsin in job growth, and the state is making investments in infrastructure.

"That's what we're doing to create jobs. We think our approach of investing in important things and investing in human beings and their education is the best way to get job creation and so far we are way ahead of Wisconsin," Quinn said.
Walker said his visit to Illinois was a campaign stop. The Republican governor is facing a recall election in June, primarily because he restricted union bargaining rights for state workers. Union workers protested his Tuesday visit.