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A forum, news and archive begun in February, 2007 about politics and the environment in Wisconsin. And elsewhere.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:09 PM
Wisconsin would expand work requirements for food stamp recipients to parents of school-age children, under a welfare proposal with many planks but few details Gov. Scott Walker issued Monday.
Walker said his plan to require Food Share recipients to work a job or receive state job training would begin as a pilot program and not affect the children's benefits, but the measure would affect able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance. The announcement contained few other details, from where the pilot would start and when to how many people would be affected, with the governor saying he would detail the costs and savings from the plan in his budget bill.Things to note in what masquerades as compassion but is just round two of an intentionally punitive program:
Using for an undisclosed number of parents with children between the ages of 6 and 18 the same Food Share work requirements he put forward in 2013 for able-bodied adults without children.
That proposal required beneficiaries to either work 80 hours a month or receive some basic job training...and have led to 21,200 able-bodied Food Share participants in the state finding work and also led to 64,200 state residents losing their federally funded benefits.Where are those 64,200 people now? Are they starving?
Posted by James Rowen at 5:15 PM
Climate change censors driven by science denial and obeisance to polluters these days at the GOP-managed, Scott Walker-redefined "chamber of commerce mentality" Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are at it again.
Not content with having already stripped content and links from an agency webpage about climate change - - deletions I documented some years ago and which I have frequently referenced - - the ideologues intent on scrubbing science off these pages and sowing doubt and confusion about the consensus view of experts worldwide about climate change have edited, deleted and otherwise compressed to whitewash long-standing concepts and facts off a climate change page about the Great Lakes - - the same way, I will add, that Walker edited and watered-down the Wisconsin Idea, which has for decades had been the University system's historic mission statement.But there is plenty of additional evidence, despite Stepp and Walker's alternative facts, that human activity is contributing to this warming climate and presents Wisconsin with acknowledged disaster risks
The stakes are high. The Great Lakes forestry industry is worth several billion dollars, and forests are staple ecosystems in the region. Many wildlife and plant species depend on forest stability. Plus, forests are a part of the regional culture.* I'd noted in a recent post, and then again in a follow-up post, that the Minnesota DNR - - and note the obvious, that Minnesota and Wisconsin are adjoining states - - is taking a far more assertive and comprehensive approach to the issues than is Walker's DNR:
The need for action is clear: Minnesota is already feeling the impacts of climate change. We have experienced four 1,000-year rainfalls since 2002. We have watched our spruce, aspen, and birch forests retreat northward. And air pollution related to greenhouse gas emissions annually cost us more than $800 million in increased health care costs.
Addressing climate change also has the potential to grow our economy. By aggressively investing, Minnesota could add 25,000 new jobs and generate more than $2 billion in additional wages during the next 15 years. To achieve these results, Minnesota needs clean energy policies that have an immediate impact on reducing emissions from our homes, buildings, and industries. We also need long-term strategies to transform our communities and their transportation systems to reduce our use of gasoline.
We also must protect and increase the carbon stored in our wetlands, forests, and agricultural lands. These actions will not only help us address climate change, but will also support habitat and water quality, benefiting public health and wildlife. Working together, we can take steps that protect the environment, improve our health, and grow our economy.* Which is why I am continuing to monitor a remaining Wisconsin DNR page that, through oversight or genuine belief, still calls attention to the implications of climate change in Wisconsin and its relationship to human behavior.
Global climate change poses serious threats to public health, to the economies of the United States and Wisconsin and to the natural environment. We now have a clearer understanding of the role waste and materials management plays in global climate change and, most importantly, the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the waste and materials management sphere.I checked today as I do everyday, and the content on that webpage is still there, so here it is - - in its entirety:
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It included some tax cuts, but also tax increases.
That's according to the nonpartisan state Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which both parties have long cited as a neutral scorekeeper on budget matters.
The bureau determined that Walker included three tax increases in the budget totaling $49.4 million over the two-year period.But because Walker had signed a no-new-taxes pledge and consistently said (and still says) he would never raise any taxes, he and his people had to come up with alternative words to create an alternative reality about the impact of the changes to prove their case.
Walker has disputed the characterization of the tax-credit change as a tax increase, with spokesman Cullen Werwie telling us: "Decreasing a tax credit is reducing spending, not increasing taxes.”So the Walker spokesman changed the subject from taxation to spending, and because the budget Walker was proposing did reduce spending, Walker was claiming that no taxes went up:
Werwie also argues that there is a net tax decrease in the budget, so the change to the earned income credit should not be considered as an increase that violates the pledge.Except that Walker's no-new-taxes pledge was condition-free and absolute - - "to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increases taxes" - -and Walker's alternative reality included a salt-in-the-wounds kicker that also relied on the extra tax revenue collected from the poor, as PolitiFact noted:
But in balancing his budget to tackle the deficit, Walker in effect used the income tax-credit reductions as revenue raisers to partially offset the deficit-enlarging cost of his tax cuts.Scott Walker presaged Kellyanne Conway and Trump's manipulation of numbers to get around the truth.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:05 PM
'Your honor, the radar gun said I was going 85, but let me present some alternative facts. My dog Kenny was sitting right next to me and he said I never hit 60. I don't think you can prove those numbers one way or the other.'
Posted by James Rowen at 10:58 AM
Wisconsin Supreme Court orders John Doe documents in Gov. Walker case released
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of documents from John Doe investigations of Gov. Scott Walker and his associates relating to Walker's time as Milwaukee county executive and then governor.I see the same story on some state TV station websites, including Channel 15, WMTV, Madison, and WBAY, Channel 2 in Green Bay, but my cursory Google searches show nothing yet by 2 p.m. today in Milwaukee. Apologies if I've missed them.
A new batch of leaked documents provides the most complete record yet of how Gov. Scott Walker raised millions of dollars for a supposedly independent, tax-exempt group during the 2011 and 2012 recalls — activity that prompted a now-halted John Doe investigation into whether Walker's recall campaign circumvented state campaign finance law.
The newly revealed donations to the Wisconsin Club for Growth included six-figure sums from a lead producer who later stood to benefit from changes slipped into the 2013-15 state budget.
The more than 1,300 pages of documents were posted online Wednesday by Guardian US, an arm of the British-based newspaper The Guardian. It's unclear how the newspaper obtained the documents, which had previously been held under seal.The Wisconsin Attorney General intends to investigate that leak.
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The original White House page dedicated to the problem of climate change and former President Barack Obama's policies to address it is now a broken link: "The requested page '/energy/climate-change' could not be found."
Instead, the White House website features Trump's energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, "An America First Energy Plan"—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years."Predictable if the incoming Secretary of State is the sitting CEO of Exxon/Mobil and the soon-to-be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is the Oklahoma Attorney General who came to the President's attention as a cabinet pick through a blizzard of industry-friendly lawsuits aimed to weaken the impact of the EPA which Trump has pledged to break into "tidbits".
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David A. Clarke Jr., the Milwaukee County sheriff, a Fox News regular and a Trump supporter, was camped in the bar sipping Stoli Cranberi vodka. Among the other guests were Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a billionaire businessman and politician from Indonesia who is Mr. Trump’s business partner in two hotel projects there, and former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York.Of course, The Times notes the bigger story:
It was a telling destination for those visits Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Perhaps more than any other location in Mr. Trump’s far-flung real estate empire, this 263-room hotel epitomizes the convergence of Donald Trump the global businessman and Donald Trump the president-elect.
Conflicts that for months have been theoretical are now about to become real — most immediately a possible challenge by the federal government. It owns the building that houses Mr. Trump’s hotel and has granted him a 60-year lease. From the moment he is sworn in as president at noon Friday, Mr. Trump may be in violation of that lease, given a provision that appears to prohibit federal elected officials from renting the Old Post Office building, the Pennsylvania Avenue landmark that houses the hotel, from the government.
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