Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) criticized the Biden administration’s handling of supply chain issues in an interview on Wednesday. Johnson said, “Democrats’ policies hurt the very people they claim to want to help.”

Johnson in part blamed the Biden administration’s move towards a COVID vaccination mandate, saying that it is having a huge impact on trucking and healthcare. He said, “The government should get out of the way, but that’s not what Democrats want to do. Democrats, they want to grow government, increase taxes.”

Johnson said there are only a few ways out of the debt crisis, “either the debt bomb goes off or we inflate our way out of it. I’m afraid that we’re probably going to inflate our way out of it, and people need to understand what that means.” Johnson said he believes it will hurt retirees and the lower-income bracket earners the most.

Wisconsin Representative Thomas Tiffany (R-WI-07) also referenced the rising cost of living in a tweet where he said, “Prices for staples we rely on continue to rise, thanks to reckless and unsustainable government spending.”

Inflation and rising prices are impacting every state in the country, including Wisconsin.

The Center Square reported, “Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce President Kurt Bauer on Wednesday said customers are having a tough time finding things on the shelves and businesses in the state are having a tougher time making things or getting them to the marketplace.”

Bauer told The Center Square that, “We survey our membership twice a year, and workforce shortages were the number one issue followed by supply chain shortages.”

He said that for Wisconsinites, the biggest worry is the possibility of an energy shortage. Bauer said, “We’ve been asking questions on whether there will be the kinds of energy supply shortages that we saw down in Texas. It makes us nervous. Manufacturers are the number one consumers of energy in the state, by far.”

“This is a direct result of anti-fossil fuel policies from not just the Biden Administration, but from some state governments,” Bauer said.

A letter written by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction also shared concerns about supply shortages and how they will impact school lunches and the free meals program run by the schools.

The letter said, “The USDA is aware of the supply chain issues, shortages, and substitutions that need to be made in order to serve students meals.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the shortages are also impacting Wisconsin’s book supply, writing that readers are urged to buy books early, because booksellers and publishing experts say that printing books will take longer and not occur as often.

Groceries and construction equipment are also in short supply. “You’re really running with a less than full workforce,” Wisconsin Grocers Association President Brandon Scholz told TMJ 4. “That’s dominating the entire chain.”

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