on which the close of public comments is fast approaching:
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The public's right to walk along Great Lakes shorelines, even adjacent to private lakefront property, remains unchanged, after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an Indiana case that sought further clarity on where people can stroll along the waterline...That's good news for Wisconsin and people who wish to walk legally north of Kohler Andrae State Park where Kohler interests want to build a privately-owned golf course in a Kohler nature preserve - -
the State of Indiana's definition for land available for public use along the Great Lakes shoreline — the "ordinary high water mark" [is] delineated by wave action and where plant life is aquatic or washed away.
Waterway and wetland permits: Ordinary High Water Mark
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Legislative leaders this week signed contracts with the national law firm Troutman Sanders to represent them in the two lawsuits. The lead attorney, former Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin, will charge $500 an hour. Other lawyers at the firm might charge less, but the contracts do not specify their rates.This GOP #UsFirst money grab is not an isolated happenstance.
|WI GOP State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald|
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MADISON, Wis. - About 2 miles of Interstate 39/90 remain closed for emergency repairs Tuesday morning, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Officials with the Wisconsin State Patrol said the emergency repairs are due to "extreme road failure" because the road is deteriorating and there are numerous potholes.* And there is the embedded presence of chronic deer wasting disease, (CWD). reported on this blog often, which Walker failed to effectively address, for years:
Deer disease keeps worsening in Wisconsin, as predictedThe DNR issued several news releases last week about more positive CWD test results in several counties last year; here is a sample:
By Bill Lueders
MADISON - Following positive test results for chronic wasting disease in wild and captive whitetail deer during the 2018 deer hunting seasons, a baiting and feeding ban in and Wood counties will be enacted, along with the renewal of a three-year ban Portage County, effective Feb. 1, 2019.
Two wild deer harvested in southern Portage County will initiate a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Waushara County, while CWD-positive detections at two Portage County captive deer farms will enact a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Wood County. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer within a county or adjacent county within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild deer that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis.And then there is the good news that Gov. Evers in his first budget will add state funding to address a long-overdue need: added dental care, principally in rural areas long underserved by providers.
Wisconsin GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel is lauding his litigation against Obamacare:
Texas and Wisconsin, joined by 20 states, filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this month asking the federal courts to obey what the Supreme Court has already recognized and hold all of Obamacare unconstitutional...
We bring this challenge to Obamacare because, as state attorneys general, we took an oath of office to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of Americans from the unconstitutional, ever-expanding intrusion of the federal government.
Remember that Obamacare helps fund Medicaid so this latest Schimel ploy if successful could make it harder for opioid addicts covered by Medicaid to receive expanded treatment - - as The [Federal] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently explained in plain English:
CMS announces new Medicaid policy to combat the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment options
While Wisconsin on Schimel's watch had the largest uptick in opioid-related emergency room admissions in one, 16-state survey.But when Evers announced his state-funded dental expansion proposal Thursday, this note in one Fox Valley media outlet's story tells you why the decay which Walker left behind for Vos to preserve will take years, and a fairly-redistricted Legislature, to repair:
FOX 11 reached out to Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for comment to see whether or not Republicans could support this proposal, however he was not available to comment.Oh: And Walker? He's in Florida.
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Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern suburbs.Evers had said several days ago he'd do just that:
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DNR wardens & local agencies investigating five weekend fatal snowmobile incidents
'Drive Sober' campaign launches in worst state for excessive drinkingHowever, the larger picture is that Wisconsin tolerates alcohol abuse in ways that other states do not.
[Wisconsin is] the only state that treats a first [OWI] offense as a civil violation rather than a crime.And pays a price in lives, medical costs criminal justice consequences and negative media.
You can add Wisconsin's persistent alcohol abuse to this compilation of negative state rankings, as Wisconsin - - as it did last year - - put ten cities on this list of the country's 20 most-drunken municipalities.
No other state came close, so call it life in the state of denial.
Green Bay named drunkest city in the US; 10 Wisconsin cities listed as top 20 drunkest
The consequences in Wisconsin lives lost, families damaged and money wasted is well-known and heavily, repeatedly documented by public officials:
The per capita alcohol consumption rate in Wisconsin is 1.3 times higher than the national rate. The alcohol consumption rate for adults is 10 percentage points above the national rate (63% vs. 53%). Heavy drinking among adults is more common in Wisconsin than the nation as a whole. Wisconsin’s rate of adult binge drinking (22%) is third highest across all states and U.S. territories. Wisconsin women of childbearing age consume alcohol at levels higher than their national peers.
Consequences of Alcohol Consumption Outpace National Rates
Given Wisconsin’s alcohol consumption patterns, it is not surprising that the rates at which Wisconsin experiences the consequences associated with alcohol use have also tended to be higher than national rates. Since 2008, rates of alcohol abuse and dependence have been higher in Wisconsin than the nation as a whole. Wisconsin's rate of death from alcohol-related liver cirrhosis has risen since 2008 as has the rate of alcohol-related deaths from causes other than liver cirrhosis. The latest available data show that Wisconsin has 1.2 times the national rate of arrests for operating while intoxicated (OWI) and almost three times the national rate of arrests for liquor law violations. However, since 2010, Wisconsin’s rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths has been similar to the national rate.
Alcohol is the most frequently consumed substance of use and misuse in Wisconsin, contributing to consequences that affect all state residents.
In 2015, alcohol was a factor in at least 2,008 deaths and 2,907 motor vehicle crash injuries in Wisconsin. In 2013, the economic burden resulting from excessive alcohol use totaled $6.8 billion dollars.
Those data were published in 2016, nearly six years after Walker and the GOP took over state government.
They reflect many of the same outcomes published in 2012 by the same officials 21 months after Walker came to power. In other words, little progress.
Also for the record:
This guest post here more than ten years ago, this one six years ago and these 2015 state findings about alcohol abuse which have not translated them
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In the End, Amazon Didn’t Win Its Own Subsidy Game
Economists have long criticized tax breaks to corporations; politicians and the public may be starting to share their skepticism.- - to a $3 billion giveaway to a wealthy corporation.
Amazon HQ2: $3 billion in state, city tax breaks draws company to New YorkThink the captains of American industry, finance and office-holders as well follow the subsidy games in the Midwest? Yup.
Op-ed: Wisconsin Deal With Foxconn Was as Bad as They Come
Gov. Scott Walker just lost his re-election bid in Wisconsin. The Foxconn deal might be a reason why.
Bloomberg View | Nov 07, 2018And who still doesn't get it? From yesterday, one guess:
If Walker had been an effective Governor and manufacturing leader for eight years, why would he be talking now about reviving manufacturing, not extending and burnishing it, let alone bringing up Foxconn - - the very manufacturing 'deal' which is burying the last molecules of Walker's legacy?
I'll add today's post to the Foxconn archive I've been maintaining since Foxconn's Day One in Walker's mind. A recent sample:
* Bloomberg News calls Foxconn 'disastrous...hollow...nakedly political.'
Meanwhile the fresh embarrassment continued.
Offhandedly, he claimed he talks with President Trump about the connections between manufacturing and workforce issues "all the time."
Sure. Like Trump who won Wisconsin cares about details like that, or needs information about anything from the incumbent Governor who lost Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin lawmakers spent Tuesday and Wednesday embroiled in a debate over how to commemorate Black History Month — specifically, whether to include former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on a list of African-Americans being honored by the Legislature...
There are no black Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature.
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MMSD COMMISSION APPROVES FIRST OF MANY OVERFLOW REDUCTION PROJECTS FOR 201902/11/19 09:19:am
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I'll today's post to the Foxconn archive I've been maintaining since Foxconn's Day One in Walker's mind.
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WALKER DONORS GOT DNR WELL PERMITS- - and enabling Lake Michigan dead zones and more green algae pollution, and shrugging off 'brown water' events, and coordinating pro-industry water, land and power grabs with the now-defeated Attorney General, GOP Assembly Speaker Vos has convened with the cooperation of fawning underlings a task force to
Vos awakens from long slumber on rural ag water pollutionAre legislative Republicans now told to include these kinds of Dear Leader compliments in official news releases, a la Team Trump, or do they do it on their own? If so, sad:
Thank you to Speaker Vos for allowing us this opportunity to dig deeper into this important issue.Message to colleagues. CYA.
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