In Scott Walker’s state, Democrats seek outsourcing penalties

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one of the polling leaders in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is still a cipher on offshore outsourcing and the H-1B issue. But Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced anti-outsourcing legislation that could shed light on Walker's views, if the bill makes it to his desk.

The legislation cuts state benefits to any company that sends jobs out of state or offshore. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), the assistant minority leader, and one of 23 state senators and representatives, all Democrats, who have signed on to the bill.

Specifically, Senate bill 211, says that a business with state operations that "outsources work from this state to another state or country" is ineligible to receive any grants or loans from a state agency, as well as a tax exemption. The bill would also bar any benefits "for a period of 5 years."

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