In regards to Hubert Hoffman’s letter (Tribune, Jan. 25), the expression "statistics don’t lie but liars use statistics" seems to apply.
Hoffman detailed how between 2011 and 2016 Wisconsin’s median household income rose 7.2 percent, the poverty rate dropped 10 percent and unemployment rate dropped 57 percent. He proudly credited these great results to Wisconsin’s Republican policies.
Median family income between 2011/2016: Wisconsin $67,994/$72,891, +7.2 percent with a Republican governor and Legislature. Minnesota went from $76,090/$83,344, +9.5 percent (notice Minnesota income is 14 percent higher than Wisconsin) with a Democratic governor and a split Legislature. United States went from $65,564 to $71,062, +7.2 percent with a Democratic president and split Congress.
Hoffman brags the Republicans lowered unemployment 57 percent and poverty 10 percent. Minnesota dropped unemployment 52 percent and poverty 22 percent. Their current unemployment rate is 3.3 percent and the poverty rate of 9.1 percent is 22 percent lower than Wisconsin’s.
The United States has an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent and a poverty level of 12.7 percent, down 20 percent since 2011.
The poorest five states as of 2015 are Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama and Kentucky, all Republican states. So it seems Democratic policies are way more effective than Republican.
So before you throw some numbers around and credit the Republicans, consider that there are lots of factors affecting the economy and it can and will recover in spite of politicians.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken billions of dollars from education and test scores are beginning to show that. Our roads are among the worst in the nation and yet Walker has extra money to propose tax credits this election year. Again, liars use statistics.
Randy Dammon, La Crosse