Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Things to consider as Kohler/DNR 'open house' looms

People who follow this blog know it has been raising questions about a plan to convert a wetland-rich nature preserve 

and, of special note, publicly-owned acreage inside popular Kohler Andrae State Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline, into a privately-owned, high-end golf course.

Of note is an upcoming public, 'open house' session which DNR management has scheduled in Sheboygan next week to explain how changes may be made in the master plan governing the operation of the state park to accommodate the proposed golf course operation.

So for your consideration:

*  Here is the latest from Friends of the Black River Forest, the grassroots group opposing the proposed golf course project/ public land grab:


DNR Open House set to initiate amendment process to Kohler-Andrae State Park Master Plan
Public Rally, 4p.m. against giving our State land to a Corporation for its private profit.

click here to read DNR notice
This begins the process in which we all MUST participate to save our parks from being sold and given away to companies for their private profit. The DNR with the National Park Service and the Natural Resources Board will determine if the Kohler Andrae Park Master Plan will be amended to allow the Kohler Company to use up to 20 acres of our state park land for its private profit. The DNR states in this Open House Notice that one use of land will be for "A" maintenance building. It is in fact 3 buildings totaling almost 24,000 sq. feet along with an asphalt parking lot just north of the park entry... Please put August 24 on your calendars. We cannot allow this Governor and the DNR to establish this precedent. Kohler Andrae Park is the second most visited in the state with over 400,000 visitors yearly. If you haven't taken action yet let this be your cause. Send your comments on this DNR form FBRF letter to the Natural Resources Board on intitiating amendment, click here
No doubt people will be able to leave comments at the open house, or send them.

So a few more things about all this:

*  I said this open house session is being planned by DNR management - - people Scott Walker put there to do his bidding and that of his donors and corporate enablers - - and not the DNR line workers who are most likely to be  staffing the open house. 

I feel for these dedicated, and in many cases, career DNR employers who signed on in an earlier era when the department really was a conservation, science-based and public service agency, and not the corporatized entity into which Walker has remade and distorted it.

You will find that sentiment in a long piece I wrote about what's become of the DNR under Walker.

I imagine they share the unhappiness and frustration in the Town of Wilson where the golf course site had long been located until the Walker administration helped the golf course developer fast-track much of the town through a jerry-rigged annexation inside a newly-drawn, and more sympathetic City of Sheboygan map.

*  As I wrote a few days ago, the 'open house' format is not the same thing as a public hearing, at which people with something to say state it for everyone to hear.

Open houses come with story boards and information stations that are spread across a large room, can fragment and diffuse a project's opponents, and mute their voice.

But just because there is an open house on the agenda doesn't mean that's the end of it. 

A public hearing can be held if people in the area and across the state who see the threat to a popular state park, wetlands and the Lake Michigan lakeshore take the time to call their legislators, and DNR headquarters in Madison, and demand a hearing. 

4 more hounds injured, one killed in WI wolf territory

I noted the other day the escalating death toll among hounds allowed to run off-leash during 'training' for the upcoming bear hunting season - - training that harasses and terrorizes both bears, and the stronger, predatory wolves which will attack the smaller, more vulnerable hounds when they run through wolf rendezvous and denning territory.

Wisconsin is thus sanctioning wolf-dog fighting, and will pay a hunter whose hound is killed this way $2,500 per dog, even if the dogs were allowed to run through know wolf activity areas, or if the owner is a repeat payment collector, and even a scofflaw.

Advocates have a legal strategy to end these animal cruelty practices.

Which go far beyond these legal wolf-dog encounters. Details, documentation here.

There is news today from the DNR that five more hunting dogs, including an English coonhound like this one
English Coonhound.jpg

were more recently thrown by their owners into thoughtless, losing fights with Wisconsin wolves, with the following consequences, the DNR reports:
1 dogs killed (English Coonhound, female, 4 years), 4 dogs injured (2 Plott Hounds, 1 English Coonhound, 1 Black and Tan Hound)Marathon depredation siteMarathon depredation location map [JPG]

Walker, Johnson offer the meekest responses to Trump's ugliness

Hey, Trump can have a bad day, Walker suggests, while Ron Johnson reveals his mild discomfort about the ugly things that come out of the President's mouth. 

Such are the courageous stances taken by our leading Wisconsin Republican office holders after the KKK and neo-nazis brought about the murder of a young peaceful protester in Charlottesville, and President Trump embraced what is politely called the 
Alt-right' and wouldn't stick with scripted condemnations that obviously were not from his damaged heart.

*  Gov. Walker today stepped forward a good 24 hours too late and a) evaded criticizing Donald Trump by name over the President's pro-white supremacy position, and b) gave Trump, overall, a broad shoutout, discounting what Trump had said, and why:

Walker said he will not measure Trump's fitness to lead the country based on a "particular day or comment," rather, he will look at how the administration's policy affects the citizens of Wisconsin
The Trump administration is "going in the right direction" with regards to dairy policy, manufacturing policy and workforce development, Walker said.
"Would I occasionally like the president to do or say things slightly different than he does? Of course. I don’t think that's unheard of," Walker said. "But I think when I look at the substance of what this administration is doing and the benefits it has for manufacturers, for farmers, for others in this state, I’ve been overall very pleased with the changes and improvements that they’ve made." 
Key Walker weasel words there: "Occasionally...slightly..."

Meanwhile, Johnson was working from the same Gutless Thesaurus, admitting in the face of rationalizations of white nationalism to being 'not entirely comfortable' with some of Trump's pronouncements, giving Walker a run for the coveted Limp Speech Award. 

Your leaders, Party of Lincoln.

On, Wisconsin.

Another day, more Ron Johnson stupidity

Because playing the KKK/Nazi/anti-semtitm word game is more fun.


Asked what POTUS should say about white nationalists, says "you tell me," says he wants to move on

Walker to apartment renters: Drop dead.

As with his official enabling of drinking water pollution by Big Ag, and the reckless sops to Foxconn that would allow the company to fill wetlands, build into lakes and re-route streams, Walker will deliver to his allies the goods and the message as he prepares to run for re-election that the 'chamber of commerce mentality' he's used to ruin the DNR by remaking it into a corporate bellhop service will be applied to any special interest which wants to make a buck by rolling back rules which are meant to ensure greater public health and safety.

Like builders who want nothing to do with life-saving, fire-suppressing sprinkler systems 

in certain new, multi-unit residential buildings.
Scott Walker administration scales back fire sprinkler rule in second reversal on issue
So landlords: Just put it in the lease: Tenants are advised to supply their own fire extinguishers, water buckets, emergency escape ladders, and protective tent shelters. 

Problem solved.

Scott Walker has not denounced Donald Trump today

[Updated from 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, August 15th] 

Nothing but regular Walker fare - - Foxconn and tourism p.r. - - on Walker's Twitter feed (a similar nothing on his official state Twitter account, too) - - many hours after Donald Trump, the leader of his party, equated people protesting racism, anti-semitism and Nazism with people embracing and racism, anti-semitism and Nazism.

Fair to say that Walker is no Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, etc. et al.

Numerous Republican leaders have called Trump out for using the Presidency to give aid and comfort to neo-nazis, KKK flag-wavers, anti-semites and Donald Duke, but not Walker.

One moral failing and failure enables another moral failing and failure; American and Wisconsin are diminished and endangered.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ron Johnson again proves being a Senator exceeds his pay grade

His suggestion
Ron Johnson, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
that Illinois pay part of the excessive goodie bag Scott Walker and his band of rubes are recklessly throwing at Foxconn has the same chance of happening as Mexico paying for Trump's wall.

Did he forget Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch taunting Illinois with border signs and cold-calling stunts?

Maybe he can convince the Cubs to pick up part of Matt Garza's contract, too.

Trump expands on his anti-science, anti-Obama stupidity

This is why it's important to watch what else Donald Trump is doing besides his intentionally-distracting Tweeting. 

So we ask: will our anti-science, anti-Obama Fool-in-Chief also order Navy vessels without hatch covers, too?
Trump to Roll Back Obama’s Flood Standards for Infrastructure
Right - - build with public funds structures that will wash away in the next Superstorm Sandy or series of thunderstorms data and science tell us are getting more frequent and destructive.

Though Scott Walker is somewhere today saying, 'Yes!'

With apologies to Bob Dylan, you don't have to be a weatherman to know that Western Wisconsin has again been hammered with storms since last summer's road-and-bridge-breaking onslaught.
But as I wrote at the time:

Despite major floods, WI has zero interest in climate change  
Yet across the state, Southern Wisconsin keeps getting soaked as both the days and nights heat up:
Thursday’s high in Madison was 87 at 4:01 p.m., 5 degrees above the normal high... Thursday’s low in Madison was 67 at 5:38 a.m., 6 degrees above the normal low... 
For meteorological summer (June through August), Madison’s precipitation total rose to 11.4 inches, 4.09 inches above normal. The 2017 total rose to 27.06 inches, 7.92 inches above normal.
And to the suffering Southeast: 
Millions in flood damage, millions of gallons of sewer overflows in Racine, Walworth, Kenosha counties
And 600 damaged properties just in Racine County two days ago.
So are these so-called 100-year storm events, or more or less weekly Wisconsin happenings?
Well, don't ask any of those science-types.
Because the state for ideological reasons has officially stopped recognizing the obvious implications of climate change and publishing such information on public sites.
But note how many of these issues were dealt with by a detailed, February, 2010 report, including data and charts showing: 
from Lake Michigan 
Wisconsin has become warmer, especially at night, and wetter...
More frequent extreme precipitation events... 
More warming at night...and more warming up north and away

A Foxconn Fever primer

[Updated throughout July, August ] Foxconn wants to build in Wisconsin, so here is a growing archive of coverage and commentary on this blog, beginning with what's most recent:

*  Walker evades leadership from #Foxconn to #Charlottesville.
On jobs, moral leadership, persistent Walker con
*  Reality, troubling numbers, no state budget mean nothing to GOP legislature.
GOP Foxconn votes proceed robotically as jobs, revenue estimates fall
* New Foxconn bill version, same environmental rollbacks, records show.
Amended Foxconn bill retains env. waivers, special privileges
*  Changing the rules to fit the players.

As WI, GOP change the rules for Foxconn, a reminder
*WI will subsidize Foxconn jobs paying nowhere near family-supporting wages.
WI now talking about <$15-per-hour Foxconn jobs
*  Now they're just wishing and hoping.
Witless Walker's farcical Foxconn fix
*  The Chicago Sun-Times 'thanks' Walker for pro-Illinois Foxconn plan
Another bad review for Walker's Foxconn deal
*  Now we look for solace to Scott Fitzgerald (!) as Foxconn gets horrible reviews.
Foxconn doubters turn their lonely eyes to...Scott Fitzgerald!
*  Foxconn is to get a pass from normal DNR reviews, which is fine with the DNR.
Stepp puts the DNR in on Foxconn env. evasion
*  Walker told his Foxconn critics to 'go suck lemons.' Then...
Sucking lemons - - or absorbing buyer's remorse - - for 26 sucking years
*  Walker's fake-news Foxconn projects are collapsing.
Foxconn taxpayer projections zoom, payroll benefits plunge
* No surprise that major WI polluting industry. wants env. exemptions.
If Foxconn is exempted from env. oversight, why not CAFOs?
Who's to say that Foxconn privileges won't be applied statewide?
And if environmental rules and laws are waived for Foxconn...  
* Does Michigan have better deal-makers than Wisconsin? 
Foxconn eyes Michigan for high tech development site
*  Water law expert says Foxconn environmental rollback endangers the deal.

Noted water law expert predicts WI officials' Foxconn 'bungle'
*  The Walker/WMC tag team.
Foxconn to locate at intersection of Walker and WMC avenues
*  Big business laughs off Foxconn project environmental concerns.
Wisconsin Biz lobby sneers at routine Wisconsin conservation guarantee
*  Walker never saw a wetland he didn't want filled.
Walker's giveaway Foxconn bill extends his war on wetlands
*  Zoo Interchange completion $$ rerouted to another project for Foxconn.
Because the I-94 Vos/Foxconn exit isn't in the Zoo Interchange
*  Foxconn process 'open,' says Walker after closed door briefing for GOP caucuses.
Walker opens 'open' Foxconn FavorFest behind closed doors
*  Walker, Ryan producing Foxconn political ads.
Walker giveth to Foxconn, taketh for his re-election
*  Walker would allow Foxconn 19th century 'environmental' practices.
'Wisconsin Valley' or Wisconsin, Inc. dead zone?
*  The Legislature pushed to re-create Wisconsin as Wisconsin, Inc.
Rushed Foxconn special session set for 11 a.m. August 1
*  SE WI communities should worry about what Walker wants to do with their budgets, tax collections:
For Foxconn, Walker bets your farm, breaks the bank(s)
*  Walker, AG and legislature could give away what's not theirs:
Foxconn favors face WI Constitutional barrier
*  GOP Wi Attorney General Brad Schimel weighs in, pre-emptively and rhetorically.
Greenlight for Foxconn in WI AG's Tweet, rhetoric
*  Walker to convert Wisconsin to Wisconn without a constitutional convention, and if you don't like it, 'go suck lemons."
Walker to sacrifice DNR, PSC and WisDot integrity for 'Wisconn'
*  The cynical pot has his say.
Walker - - Gov. Cynicism - - decries Foxconn 'cynics'
*  Walker already has '18 campaign in Foxconn frame:
About Walker's '18 election Foxconn over-under
*  In Walker's Wisconsin, some blue-collar jobs are more important than others:
Walker touts Foxconn construction jobs, threw away Amtrak's
* Walker, Trump should become the new champions of Great Lakes preservation and climate change science: 
Great Lakes water lifts Foxconn deal
*  About jobs:
3,000 Foxconn jobs would not = 3,776 WI mfg. jobs lost in '16
*  Are HB-5 $$-for-visas in the deal:
Are green cards for investment in a Foxconn-WI deal?
*  Public dollars needed:
How many WI dollars will Walker give super-wealthy Foxconn?
*  When Foxconn stiffed another state:
If you've got Foxconn fever, remember Pennsylvania's hangover
*  Vos blocked transit Foxconn workers could have used:
Vos' long transit blockade does not help Racine's Foxconn future
* Walker killed Amtrak service Foxconn might have loved: 
Amtrak line killed by Walker could have fed Foxconn


On jobs, and moral leadership, a persistent Walker con

[Updated] I gave up a few minutes of my life this morning I can't get back to see if our right-wing and perpetually-self-absorbed-and-campaigning Governor had added anything to his Twitter feed after having posted on Saturday a very few characters of condolence after the terroristic murderous mayhem in Charlottesville without mentioning terror, terrorism, the KKK, Nazis, neo-nazis, white supremacists, anti-semitism, an innocent's death, the many injuries, and so on.

I'll save you the trouble.

He did not.

Though he had time to put up several tweets with photos from the Brewers game he saw that night, the State Fair he visited, a business he stopped at, a photo op with Vice-President Pence, and more.

You say it's not his job to comment in detail on national events?


He criss-crossed the country not long ago running for President.

He went to Israel, England, Germany, France and Spain to present himself as world-leader-worthy with opinions that mattered.

He talked about the big picture, trade, taxes, farm policy, energy, and even ISIS, which he said he could defeat because he'd taken on 100,000 retirees, teachers, nurse and kids carrying protest signs at the State Capitol.

He even said he wanted to go to Washington, DC as our newly-elected President and "wreak havoc."

How does that sound now that we've seen what real havoc looks like?

Not so Presidential.

On the other hand, he's always had a moral leadership deficit, something I wrote about in early 2011 when he sprung Act 10 on an unsuspecting electorate and public sector workforce.

I forgot to mention that while failing to supplement his Twitter feed with an accurate and sensitive remark as even President Trump clumsily and belatedly managed to do, Walker did put up several more self-serving tweets about Foxconn.

That's all he cares about these days.

He's willing to distort and drain the state treasury of $3 billion, commit local government and their taxpayers to very expensive infrastructure perks for the company, and fill in wetlands with the people's water beneath stands of forests and along streams or on shorelines and at the bottom of lakes to do one thing:

To get you to forget he ever promised to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin in four years, and failed to hit the number after more than six-and-a-half years in office with a GOP-led legislature that gave him every tax cut and pro-business program in their playbook.

To get you to forget the stupidest thing that ever came out of his mouth - - a violation of Politics 101 - - that promise to deliver something numerically specific, extensive and expensive and obviously beyond the reach of a single politician, even a governor.

But remember that an arrogant Walker was riding high at the time, living the dream of a career-advancing statewide campaign by airplane and Harley ride to escape a tortuous municipal nuts-and-bolts job of Milwaukee County Executive he grabbed only as a stepping stone, nurturing the fantasy of his own Presidential campaign down the road, even writing a brash, public letter taking on the sitting President Obama and pledging to kill the administrtion-funded Amtrak connection to Madison that was a signature Jim Doyle achievement, too.

Job-creation? Republican-boilerplate. No sweat. He'll just snap his fingers and watch that WEDC he set up and chaired until it got too embarrassing - - and which we learn today to no one's surprise that it continues its sloppy, slothful, scandalous behavior by not yet verifying Foxconn's bona fides - - to run show Democrats how easy job-creation really is. 
The state's top jobs agency has yet to run a full check on the finances and market position of Foxconn Technology Group — the Taiwanese company seeking up to $2.85 billion in cash from state taxpayers in exchange for thousands of new jobs. 
In the past, taxpayers have suffered after the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. neglected to make careful checks on companies receiving state incentives. 
So during the 2018 campaign that is obviously underway, and assuming the Legislature capitulates to Walker's whim and delivers what he needs, you will hear "Foxconn!" minute-by-minute from Walker for months on end.

And if he's asked about that broken 250,000 new-jobs pledge he said he wanted his incoming cabinet appointees to tattoo on their foreheads, Walker will pivot to Foxconn, Foxconn, Foxconn, distracting and fudging the numbers as he did with a quiet amendment on Twitter this morning to Foxconn PR about spin-off jobs: 
  2 hours ago2 hours agoMore Foxconn’s historic investment will create some 22,000 ripple effect jobs -- proof hard-working WI families are winning!
Even though the projected spin-off jobs total has been lowered substantially by an independent analyst.

And potential maximum number of jobs at what Walker misleadingly keeps calling the Foxconn "ecosystem" - - where an authentic ecosystem is slated for permanent damage - - under the best of scenarios will not erase documented job losses on his watch at Oscar Mayer, Manitowoc Crane, Wausau paper, Harley-Davidson, Caterpillar - - also Terex, Walter USA and GE in Waukesha County - - or compensate for the deep damage he's done to solar, wind and Amtrak-related workforces and businesses.

And when the bloom falls off the Foxconn rose, as it has already begun to do with a smaller-by-$100 million projected Foxconn payroll and the diminished spin-off job projections making the news, Walker will just stand behind the smaller numbers he did today on his Twitter feed today without any clarification and shout "Foxconn" even louder.

PolitiFact has tracked and vetted years of Walker statements; "False" and its even-worse companion category "Pants on Fire," taken together, still exceed any other PolitiFact single grade.

So it's not surprising that someone with so little regard for the truth, and a history of calling for wreaking havoc as official US policy would fail to muster more than a few vague words about murder and mob violence by Nazi's and flag-waving KKK sympathizers in an American city.

He's proven time and time again, and historians will carve it into his post-gubernatorial assessment, that if it wasn't about himself, and couldn't be spun it to his advantage regardless of the public impact, Walker was never interested.

Monday, August 14, 2017

GOP Foxconn votes proceed robotically as jobs, revenue estimates fall

WI GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, satisfied that $252 million in highway pork for his district is safely tucked into his chamber's version of the Foxconn subsidy bill, is pushing the fast-tracked package to a floor vote Thursday.

Picture of Representative Robin Vos
The GOP-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly is also eager to pass Scott Walker's must-have pre-election $3 billion Foxconn tax-breaks and environmental rollback package - - even before they've approved the state budget now six weeks late or tackled paying to repair the state's crumbling road system - - so they gave the Foxconn package its first party-line approval Monday, despite:

*  New, more independent estimates that show thousands fewer spin-off jobs being created than company PR had suggested;

*  Updated numbers released last week that found the Foxconn payroll was overstated by $100 million.

*  The package would cost the state and localities $150 million in sales tax collections.

*  Many jobs which will produce state subsidy awards to the company will not pay family-supporting wages - - just one of many indications that as the euphoria wears off, reality is setting in - - though Vos & Co. are ignoring it.

*  Earlier actions by Vos eliminated transit connections and coordination in the same region to which Foxconn would draw employees.

Though Waukesha County Assemblyman Joel Kleefisch, (R-Oconomowoc) - - husband of GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, co-beneficiary of a six-figure, taxpayer-paid household income and apparent car-pooling champion - - said the lack of transit service to or near the Foxconn site was nothing to worry about, explaining:
...workers would “find ways to get there,” pointing to Madison’s ride share program.

Three more dogs killed in WI-sanctioned hound-wolf/bear harassment

Three more Wisconsin hunting dogs like this Walker hound
were thrown over the weekend into fatal confrontations with wolves - - bringing to ten the number of bear hounds killed by wolves in recent weeks, reports the DNR.

Owners whose hounds are killed when let loose to chase, tree and otherwise 'train' for the bear-killing season later this year are eligible for a Wisconsin-only reimbursement from public funds of $2,500 per dog.

The money can be collected even if the hound owners run their dogs where they are attracted by bait the state allows hear hunters to spread.

And the animal cruelty doesn't stop with the bear-and-wolf chasing:
Wisconsin hunters are also allowed to train their dogs against a variety of living, captive, caged wild animals, including bears. 
In some cases, small animals, like trapped raccoons, are allowed to be put into cages that roll - - so-called "roll cages" - - as part of the dogs' training.
This was the report from the DNR today:

Wildlife Services confirmed that wolves depredated the following hunting dogs over the weekend: 
- A Walker Hound on 8/12/17 in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County. - Two Walker Hounds in the same incident on 8/13/17 in the Town of Blaine, Burnett County.
More information and a caution-area map are available on the gray wolf webpage. 
Hunters are reminded to use the caution-area maps on the DNR website (, keyword "wolf depredation") to help reduce conflicts. 
Separately, more here about a wolf film presentation in Madison later this year.  

Amended WI Foxconn bill retains env. waivers, special privileges

[Update: On party line votes this afternoon, an Assembly committee approved the bill and sent it to the floor, rejecting all Democratic amendments on environmental protections, in-state hiring preferences and other commonsense guarantees.] Having lost control of the Foxconn steamroller, story and message but facing a Monday committee vote in the GOP-controlled Assembly, Walker surrogates were in spin and damage control mode over the weekend.

Their assignment - - and here is a comprehensive archive about the whole Foxconn nine yards - - was to convince fiscal realists and other skeptics that:

*  The state which currently has missed its main budget-writing-and-approval deadline and has fumbled job-creating financing for years can assess risk and and cover checks to the company totaling $3 billion of taxpayers' money;

*  While also borrowing $252 million to finish rebuilding I-94 near the Foxconn plant's probable location while the rest of our decaying state road system is full of incomplete expansions, potholes and red ink;

 * And at the same time guaranteeing the water resources on and beneath the gigantic, precedent-setting Foxconn project landscape won't be harmed by Foxconn-only exemptions from environmental oversight which remain in the fast-tracked proposed package as amended by the Assembly;

*  Even though the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has so few staffers and so little senior management commitment to anti-pollution standards that people living near large dairies routinely contend with contaminated wells because the DNR continually looks the other way.

We are being told by proponents that the only thing Foxconn will escape is the state's production of a basic, pre-construction environmental impact statement [EIS] review  - - some inconsequential 'streamlining,' we are led to believe - - just like what the Walkerites tried to slip past the public when the fatally-flawed open-pit iron mine was being fast-tracked for the pristine Penokee Hills and wetland-saturated Bad River watershed - - when the EIS process can provide scientific research, field work, documentation and assessments in the public interest, gather public comment and require an applicant's sworn responses.

An EIS is a lot more comprehensive and important than the "book report" label one business community leader so dismissively put on the procedure.

Pro-Foxconn legislators have introduced a substitute amendment to try and regain control of the narrative and allay public concerns.

I will put up a link to the amendment, and then copy out the environmental section so you can see the exemptions and waivers that are designed to give the company privileges not enjoyed - - yet -- by other project applicants.

I am italicizing key words - - and remember that in Wisconsin, the state constitution says and subsequent cases have affirmed that the waters of the state belong to everyone as a right not to be deleted by bill writing and amending.

I am also including additional a relatively-overlooked section in the amendment which provides exemptions for Foxconn from Public Service Commission oversight of transmission line relocations - - work with obvious environmental implications.
Environmental impact statements
Under current law, all state agencies are required to prepare environmental impact statements for every recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and other major actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. A state agency is required to consider an environmental impact statement in its decision-making process, but the statement has no regulatory consequence. Current federal law under the National Environmental Policy Act also requires federal agencies to prepare an environmental impact statement for any major federal action, including for federal permits that are necessary for actions in the state. Under the substitute amendment, a determination regarding the issuance of any permit or approval for a new manufacturing facility within an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone is not a major action for the purpose of the environmental impact statement requirement.

Wetlands and waterway permits exemption
Under federal law, activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill material into “navigable waters” must comply with certain guidelines contained in regulations promulgated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in order for a discharge permit to be issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE). Before ACE may issue a permit, the Department of Natural Resources must determine that the project complies with state water quality standards, including those for wetlands (water quality certification). Federal law defines “navigable waters” to be “the waters of the United States.” Generally, courts have interpreted “the waters of the United States” to exclude nonnavigable, isolated, intrastate waters (nonfederal wetlands). Under current state law, subject to exceptions, no person may discharge dredged material or fill material into a federal or nonfederal wetland unless the discharge is authorized by a wetland general permit or individual permit or the discharge is exempt from permitting requirements. Current law requires DNR to ssue wetland general permits for discharges of dredged or fill material into certain federal and nonfederal wetlands. For a discharge into a wetland that is not authorized under a wetland general permit, current law requires a person to apply for and obtain a wetland individual permit. Before DNR may issue a wetland individual permit, it must require the restoration, enhancement, creation, or preservation of other wetlands to compensate for adverse impacts to a wetland resulting from the discharge, also known as mitigation. Under current law, a wetland general or individual permit issued by DNR constitutes water quality certification.\

Under this substitute amendment, a person may, without a permit, discharge dredged material or fill material into a nonfederal wetland that is located in an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone if the discharge is related to the construction, access, or operation of a new manufacturing facility that is also located in the zone. With respect to a federal wetland located in an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone, the substitute amendment provides that no state permit is required and that the state waives water quality certification. Under the substitute amendment, a federal permit for such a discharge is still required. The substitute amendment requires any adverse impacts to functional values of federal or nonfederal wetlands in an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone to be compensated at a ratio of two acres per each acre impacted through the purchase of credits from a mitigation bank, participation in the in lieu fee subprogram or escrow subprogram administered by DNR, or completion of mitigation within this state. Under current law, the general minimum ratio is 1.2 acres for each acre affected by the discharge. If compensation occurs through participation in the in lieu fee subprogram, the substitute amendment requires DNR to identify and consider mitigation that could be conducted within the same watershed and authorizes locating mitigation outside the watershed only upon agreement of DNR and the person exempt from wetland permitting. Under current law, subject to exceptions, no person may do any of the following without a permit issued by DNR: 1) deposit any material or place any structure upon the bed of any navigable water where no bulkhead line has been established or beyond a lawfully established bulkhead line; 2) construct or maintain a bridge or construct, place, or maintain a culvert in, on, or over navigable waters; 3) construct, dredge, or enlarge any artificial water body that connects with an existing navigable waterway; 4) construct or enlarge any part of an artificial water body that is or will be located within 500 feet of the ordinary high-water mark of, but that does not or will not connect with, an existing navigable waterway; 5) grade or remove topsoil from the bank of any navigable waterway where the area exposed by the grading or removal will exceed 10,000 square feet; or 6) change the course of or straighten a navigable stream. Under the substitute amendment, DNR generally may not require a permit for any of these activities if they relate to the construction, access, or operation of a new manufacturing facility located in an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone. However, the substitute amendment provides that DNR may require a permit for the construction or maintenance of bridges and the construction or placement and maintenance of culverts in a zone if DNR determines that conditions specific to the site require restrictions in order to prevent significant adverse impacts to the public rights and interests, environmental pollution, or material injury to the riparian rights of any riparian owner.
Department of Natural Resources oversight
Except as otherwise specifically provided, the substitute amendment requires DNR to ensure that the conditions of applicable permits, licenses, and approvals under DNR's jurisdiction are met for all activities related to the construction, access, or operation of a new manufacturing facility within an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone, including permits, licenses, and approvals required under current law and any associated rules promulgated by DNR.
Public Service Commission certificates and market-based rates
This substitute amendment exempts public utility projects that primarily serve a new customer within an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone from obtaining a certificate of authority from the Public Service Commission, which current law generally requires for construction, improvement, and other projects of public utilities. The substitute amendment also exempts transmission line relocations within such a zone from obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the PSC, which current law generally requires before beginning construction of high-voltage transmission lines and associated facilities.