MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) – President Obama promoted tax breaks for businesses that move into cities hurt by the departures of older plants.
Obama made his first visit to Wisconsin in over a year by touring and speaking at the Master Lock plant in Milwaukee which brought back 100 jobs from China in early 2011.
The Democratic president reinforced ideas from his State-of-the-Union address in suggesting a minimum tax on multi-national companies – so U-S firms cannot escape taxes by moving profits and jobs overseas. With his jacket off and shirt-sleeves up, Obama stood in front a crate that said “Made in the U-S-A” as he prodded Congress to approve his tax changes.
He cited a recovery in American manufacturing as he urged companies to quote, “Ask what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.
” The Milwaukee trip was the first stop in a three-day swing that includes campaign fund-raisers in California and Washington State.
Governor Scott Walker, fighting a flu bug, greeted Obama at the airport and presented him with a Milwaukee Brewers’ jersey with his name and the Number-One on it.
The Republican Walker, who’s been extremely critical of Obama’s policies, told a pool reporter he appreciated the president’s focus on manufacturing and quote,
“We’ll leave politics for another day.”
But 100 of Walker’s detractors didn’t give politics a rest. They showed up at Master Lock and chanted for the governor’s recall – even though the governor wasn’t there.