Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WI Judge who OK'ed Foxconn diversion is ex-Walker official, GOP donor

Stop the presses.

The decision last week to approve the award by Walker's DNR of a Great Lakes diversion - - that 2018 DNR action is laid out, here - - and serve Walker's signature and heavily-politicized Foxconn project
On the shoreline 
was a former Walker administration official, Republican legislative aide and contributor to Walker and other GOP officials' campaigns, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reports

It seems that Walker's 'chamber of commerce mentality' governance continues to run deep:

Foxconn Case Judge Was Former Walker Aide, Contributor to GOP Candidates

A state administrative law judge who ruled in favor of a plan to take up to 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan mostly for a massive Foxconn manufacturing plant was a former aide to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. 
The judge, Brian Hayes, who is administrator of the state Division of Hearings and Appeals, has also contributed more than $2,100 since 1994 to Republican legislative and statewide candidates, and the state GOP, including $1,000 to former Gov. Tommy Thompson and $500 to former Gov. Scott McCallum. 
Hayes’s most recent campaign contributions were $150 in October 2010 to Walker, and $25 in 2011 and $75 in 2015 to the state Republican Party.
In addition to serving as an administrative law judge, Hayes was also Walker’s budget director and an aide to former Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard.
Walker negotiated an agreement in July 2017 that provided Foxconn with $4 billion in state and local tax breaks and other giveaways to build a liquid crystal display manufacturing plant in Racine County. 
Walker frequently touted and defended the agreement, which pledges to create 13,000 jobs, during his unsuccessful reelection campaign last year. 
The ruling by Hayes affirmed a decision in April 2018 by the state Department of Natural Resources that was challenged by numerous environmental groups.

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