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GOP isn't considering gas tax increase but may boost fees, Wisconsin Senate leader says
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GOP isn't considering gas tax increase but may boost fees, Wisconsin Senate leader says
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Hundreds turn out in Burlington to protest former Wisconsin governor Walker
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In all, more than seven miles of fish-unfriendly concrete installed in the early 1960s is being removed. Land will be set aside in strategic spots to serve as natural storage pools when storms and melting snow engulf the tiny river.I walked along some of that ugly, obstructing concrete 'channelization' west of S. 27th Street near Oklahoma Ave. in March - - and the sooner the river can be returned to its natural state, the better. Take a look:
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More@BernieSanders ...everyone living in poverty [in WI] is now covered...during the past two years, we provided the largest actual dollar investment into public schools in WI history...* We know that Walker made deep, damaging and ideologically-inspired cuts to public school funding, and only in the later years began to back fill the reductions because the gubernatorial campaign he lost in 2018 was looming.
Vos tweeted, on accepting Medicaid expansion: @repvos 10:50 AM - 28 Apr 2019
#neverThose federal dollars to which Wisconsinites have contributed would have extended insurance to poor people still living "in poverty," as Walker so blithely puts it - - but who who are earning just a tad above the official poverty definition and Walker's wordsmithing - - a move which also would have begun to reduce costs laid on state taxpayers, too.
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FRBF Thank You and Planning Dinner, Sunday, June 2, 2019
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Foxconn awards contracts to 'Wisconsin' firms with headquarters in Connecticut and EnglandIn January, I noticed this information in BizTimes Milwaukee too.
Foxconn general contractors based in Rhode Island, GermanyLooks like not much has changed. On, Wisconsin. Er, Connecticut...Germany...
Walker's job plan: import Chinese workers to FoxconnSo because we're adding flexibility to 'certainty' in the Walkerite/Foxconn/'Wisconsin-First' Guide to Wordsmithing,' and if a 'Wisconsin
Pants on Fire: Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald blame Tony Evers for Foxconn changes
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Of course, Walker's priority is serving the big dairy operators' agendas, including environmental deregulation, that would help them increase their market share:
State records show that one day before Walker’s October speech in Trego, in northwestern Wisconsin, the governor’s office received detailed plans from the Dairy Business Association on legal requirements and strategic options to move the program.
I'd noted those depressing, going-out-of-business trends in Wisconsin, here and also here:
And regardless of how long people in the manure zones have waited for clean water:Walker no friend to Wisconsin family farmers. Or their water.
Nancy Utesch, a long-time Kewaunee County clean water activist, sent along some comments and an update some months ago:
We in Kewaunee County share a commonality with Juneau County residents who are being poisoned through agricultural practices.
We asked the US Environmental Protection Agency for an investigation into the cause and source of well water contamination in our 2014 Safe Drinking Water Act petition, but the EPA has yet to address it.Walker gave Big Dairy a pass, so many Wisconsinites still drink contaminated water - - and GOP legislators just might keep the taps running brown:
Big dairy operations urge GOP to block fees for Tony Evers' clean drinking water plan
A lobby group representing the state's largest dairy operations on Tuesday urged lawmakers to reject Gov. Tony Evers' budget proposal to increase fees that pay for state regulators who protect drinking water from farm pollution.
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Trump EPA backs away from smog breaks for Foxconn, Indiana steel mills
When the Trump administration exempted parts of the Chicago area last year from federal limits on lung-damaging smog, it delivered a huge financial break to steel mills, chemical plants and other industries that are some of the region’s biggest polluters.
Scott Pruitt, who at the time headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, also freed the Foxconn Technology Group from spending millions of dollars on pollution-control equipment as it builds a new electronics plant in southeast Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois border in an area with some of the region’s dirtiest air.Exposed in court, Federal attorneys are conceding that Trump's EPA under dedicated EPA mission destroyer Scott Pruitt knowing eased air pollution standards so certain Chicagoland counties close to Lake Michigan and north to the Foxconn site could save money while adding smog to already unhealthy air.
“I do not see a sound technical basis for the areas we are being directed to finalize in Wisconsin,” Jennifer Liljegren, an E.P.A. physical scientist involved in the decision-making, wrote to colleagues in an email dated April 11, 2018. “I will need the wordsmithing of the legal and policy experts if we are really going to do this — I am still in disbelief.”Props to Clean Wisconsin, along with the Sierra Club for provoking the disclosures, as Twitter tells us:
Emails released Friday to @CleanWisconsinand @SierraClubshow that EPA scientists raised strong objections to a 2018 decision by Scott Pruitt, who was head of the agency at the time, to exempt most of southeastern Wisconsin from federal limits on smog.
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A key provision in Evers' funding plan would change the state's formula for funding schools to provide more money to schools that educate students who live in poverty — a change that would benefit Milwaukee Public Schools. Nearly 90% of the district's students live in poverty. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wednesday that proposal is off the table.In fact, everyone knew it was a certainty that the GOP-controlled legislature would throw out Governor Tony Evers' urban-student-teacher-friendly education funding plan.
'It's an injustice': MPS advocates see missed chance to address poverty as GOP scraps Tony Evers budgetAs I noted a few years ago with about 20 examples, when you hear "certainty" from a Wisconsin Republican gripping the levers of powers - -
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Roger Roth incorrectly says lame duck bills didn’t take any power from governor or attorney general
Roth said lame-duck laws didn’t take any power away from the incoming governor or attorney general, contradicting even the explanation from other leaders in his party...
The lame-duck bills transparently limited Evers’ and Kaul’s power on numerous fronts, including appointments, spending and rule-making.
Roth’s claim is not only wrong, it’s ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire.* Today's example from the Journal Sentinel shows the GOP is still at it:
GOP leader Robin Vos falsely claims Gov. Tony Evers made troops wait for greetingVos later said
Vos abandoned the claim Friday after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported his statement was false."It appears what was reported to us was wrong," Vos wrote in a Friday tweet. "Glad that @GovEvers did the right thing and didn't make them wait as we were told he would."Of course Evers did the right thing: you were the one who didn't.
Lt. Gov. Kleefisch apologizes to opponent over flag flap
Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has apologized to her Democratic opponent for repeatedly claiming that he kneeled during the national anthem despite his denials...
Kleefisch tweeted two weeks ago and said again on Monday that someone had told her they saw Barnes kneel during opening ceremonies of the Wisconsin State Fair this summer. But she offered no proof.* But back to Vos, who, with sidekick and partner is manure-spreading Scott Fitzgerald, worked hard to poison their relationship with voters, business and Gov. Evers with this blatant falsehood in January, fact checkers reported:
Pants on Fire: Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald blame Tony Evers for Foxconn changesMonths later, and undaunted, Vos and Fitzgerald were still at it:
Foxconn initiated steps to change state contract, Gov. Tony Evers says
Like Vos, Fitzgerald has pilloried Evers for wanting to make changes to the Foxconn contract without mentioning his talks with Woo. Last week, Fitzgerald accused Evers of seeking "a one-sided attempt to reopen the contract." He did not say why he viewed the move as one-sided in light of Evers' claim that Foxconn is the one seeking changes.
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State budget leader: GOP lawmakers strike $500M deal on school funding- - and you think, great news, Republicans
GOP lawmaker displayed holstered gun to Democratic aide in area of Capitol where weapons are bannedThe legislator, Shae Sortwell, a Republican from Manitowoc County, allegedly said the restriction was 'silly.'
Wisconsin Assembly leader Bill Kramer said he’s been carrying a concealed weapon during floor sessions, the AP reports...
Kramer told the AP he obtained a permit under Wisconsin’s concealed carry law, which went into effect in November. That law allows people who obtain a permit and go through training to carry concealed weapons in the state capitol as long as no sign is posted saying weapons are not permitted...
The Republican also admitted he’s not the only lawmaker carrying a weapon to work.Kramer did not run for re-election after losing his leadership position and eventually being found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault.
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Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn sues Flats on the Fox over unpaid fees for parking spacesCooperate? Navigate? No, Litigate! With eyes and wallets focused on the small picture:
[Updated continuously from June, 2017] This archive with more than 320 posts, and even more links and references track, explain and unmask Wisconsin's public awards of $4.5 billion in state and local funds, plus waivers of routine judicial and environmental reviews, for a
promised now- cancelledperhaps back-on-again-but-smaller?? Foxconn factory development that would require a massive daily diversion of Lake Michigan water and produce nearly 800 tons of air pollution emissions annually over Racine County open space, farm and wetlands.
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|WI GOP Assembly Speaker and lame-duck power broker Robin Voe|
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Join us in the City of Sheboygan, the Spirit on the Lake, for the 2019 Annual Conference
Each year, during our Annual Conference, we tackle issues and obstacles that face the health and conservation of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and their communities. It is our mission not only to educate and protect our member mayors from threats that arise from water pollution and damaging weather events but also to defend the greatest source of freshwater in the world from invasive species, pollution and depletion.
Our conference theme this year is Living Blue: Transforming Waterfronts and the three pillars of the conference are social and community engagement, economic growth and sustainable strength in waterfront communities.
247-acre nature preserve/potential lakeshore golf course. Steve Back photo.
In the decision, the judge found that the project will require deforesting over half the site and significant regrading, resulting in changes to wetland and site hydrology...the permit application must be denied.”
The judge also found that the DNR lacked sufficient information to conclude that the project would not harm water quality associated with chemical and fertilizer applications, and that some of Kohler’s submitted information was unreliable or incomplete.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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