Evers: Farm plan from Trump on tariffs a "silly notion"

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation states agriculture contributes 354,000 jobs to the state's economy – or 10 percent of the total employment.

So, a move like the one the Trump administration made Tuesday could determine which of the eight Democratic candidates left running for governor will win August 14th.

The announced move is a $12 billion aid program to farmers who've been hurt by President Trump's growing tariffs and trade war. The aid proposed by the Department of Agriculture will go to soybean, cotton, dairy, corn, hog and other farmers and kick in around Labor Day.

The department calls this is a "short-term" plan to help U.S. farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs from china.

Democrat front-runner for governor, Tony Evers, said Tuesday the tariffs are causing the problem and calls the plan from the Trump administration a "silly notion."

"You know, my hometown is Plymouth - cheese capital the world. They've been in national news, talking about how that's impact ... how those tariffs are absolutely killing them,” he said to WEAU 13 News on Tuesday. “To say 'Yeah, let's just continue on, but we're going to throw people some bones,' that doesn't cut it with me.

“Scott Walker, frankly, should have been out front against those tariffs. He's afraid to take on his buddy Donald Trump. I get that, but the bottom line is he has to stick up her Wisconsin."

Both of Wisconsin's U.S. senators came out with critical statements against the move.

"The better option is to take action to make it easier for our farmers – and manufacturers – to sell their goods at fair prices to consumers around the world," a part of the release from Republican Ron Johnson said.

Democrat Tammy Baldwin’s statement said, in part, "Without prompt action, we could lose farmers and the rural businesses they support and depend on at an even more rapid rate."

WEAU reached out to the state republican party for comment, but, they referred to two of Walker's tweets from last month on the topic of tariffs.

“The @POTUS is right. The best answer is for all of the G7 countries to get rid of tariffs, period. American workers win if we compete on a level playing field!” he tweeted on June 9th.

Walker also replied on June 25th, tweeting: “At the G7, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump said that no tariffs should be on the table. I said again today that no tariffs is good for WI manufacturers and farmers. We can win if we compete on a level playing field."

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Both of Wisconsin's U.S. senators have written to President Donald Trump, raising concerns about the harm of tariffs on businesses in the state.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson sent Trump a letter last week after he held a round table with businesses in Milwaukee where they detailed damages caused by the tariffs. On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin also wrote Trump, saying tariffs are hurting the state's agriculture economy.

Baldwin says retaliatory tariffs are depressing commodity prices and "crushing the spending power of farmers to buy equipment and pay their bills." She's calling on the Trump administration to develop a plan to provide farmers with immediately support from tariffs.

Johnson on Tuesday also spoke out against the tariffs during a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

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