DOJ Validates Concerns Regarding Mt. Pleasant Open Meetings and Free Speech Violations

Press Release: DOJ Validates Concerns Regarding Mt. Pleasant Open Meetings and Free Speech Violations

From: A BETTER MT. PLEASANT·MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

“​Community group files complaint for censoring residents living in Foxconn area at two public meetings.”

MT. PLEASANT, WI JULY 16, 2018 – During a publicly noticed meeting of the Mt. Pleasant Community Development Authority (CDA) on April 17, 2018, village residents were prevented from speaking during public comment about the redevelopment plan for Foxconn, the only item on the agenda and one which affects the land and homes where these same residents live.

When the public comment period began, CDA Chairman Rob Richardson announced that no public comments would be heard regarding items listed on the meeting agenda. Richardson asked each of the dozen or more residents who had signed up to speak (by filling out forms provided by the village which said they could speak on “any item”) if they had something to say about a subject NOT on the agenda.

Visibly confused and upset, members of the public challenged Richardson’s actions, saying he could not restrict what people had to say in a publicly noticed public comment period. Richardson replied that he had been “told” he could. Chairman Richardson continued to restrict comment topics in spite of challenges by the public.

“I have never seen anything like it in a public meeting. Governmental bodies are warned not to engage in discussions during public comment about items not on the agenda,” says Kelly Gallaher, spokesperson for the local grassroots organization A Better Mt. Pleasant. “This was the exact opposite. They were trying to stop the public from commenting about things they were preparing to debate.”

A Better Mt. Pleasant wrote to Mt. Pleasant Village Administrator Maureen Murphy the following day to express concern and ask under what authority did Mr. Richardson have to restrict the topic on which the public wished to speak.

“We received a reply the next day from Chris Smith, the newly hired village attorney. He said that since governmental bodies in Wisconsin are not required to have a public comment period, the actions of the CDA Chairman were appropriate and legal.” Gallaher says, “Mr. Smith’s opinion was not just disappointing, we felt it was wholly incorrect.”

On May 9, 2018, in the next CDA meeting, the chairman did it again. When the public comment period began, Mr. Richardson and special village legal counsel, Alan Marcuvitz, announced the CDA would hear no comments regarding items listed on the meeting agenda. Any such comments would be ruled out of order.
“Chairman Richardson read through the list of people who signed up to speak and asked each of them if they had something to say about topics not on the agenda. It was a nauseating display – with the village president sitting right beside him,” Gallaher said. “They were violating the free speech of their own neighbors – again – and not a single member of the CDA spoke up in opposition.”

On behalf of A Better Mt. Pleasant, Gallaher filed a formal request for opinion with the Wisconsin Office of Open Government and collaborated with Wisconsin State Representative Peter Barca, who contacted Attorney General Brad Schimel for guidance

On July 13, 2018 the Department of Justice forwarded their guidance to Rep. Barca, Village Attorney Smith and the Mt. Pleasant CDA.

The DOJ guidance said the actions of the CDA do not appear to comport with the policies of the open meetings law, that governmental bodies are to receive information from the public on any item during publicly noticed public comment periods, and, most importantly, governmental bodies who act to restrict topics offered by the public in public meetings may face First Amendment liability damages.

“The CDA was wrong. The village attorney was wrong,” says Gallaher. “It took months of correspondence and research, the actions of a state representative and the attorney general’s office, to tell the Village of Mt. Pleasant what any reasonable person already knew – they were illegally and inappropriately trying to censor the public. They failed at every level of public responsibility and duty.”

On Monday, July 16, 2018, Kelly Gallaher filed a formal municipal complaint with the village on behalf of A Better Mt. Pleasant.

“The DOJ guidance made it very clear it is unlikely the actions of Mt. Pleasant would be upheld in a court of law or by the Attorney General, but village officials were cautioned against restricting public comment about agenda items during a publicly noticed comment period,” Gallaher continued. “We expect a formal apology to the residents who had the right to speak and were denied. We also expect change.”

“Mt. Pleasant has an embarrassing history of violating state policies on meeting notifications, failing to approve and publish minutes of official actions, and operating with little to no accountability. This behavior must end. We are absolutely willing to take this village to court in order to bring about real institutional change.” Gallaher concludes, “it’s their choice, they can continue to be an embarrassing example of how local government should not work or they can learn to be better.”

A Better Mt. Pleasant is a nonpartisan, community organization dedicated to advancing a fair, accountable and transparent local government in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Department of Justice Guidance – July 2018
CDA Municipal Complaint – July 2018
Press Release: Mt. Pleasant Village Officials Threaten and Censor Foxconn Area Residents
Press Release: Village of Mt. Pleasant to certify blight resolution in illegal meeting
A Better Mt. Pleasant shared their post.

A brief comment about the note we published this morning and the municipal complaint which was forwarded today to the village.

We don’t care if the residents who wished to speak were Democrats or Republicans – their rights were violated for no purpose whatsoever. The arrogance displayed by the CDA, village attorney’s, and the village president who sat there and let it all happen, illustrates exactly how local government should NOT behave.

We expect apologies to these people and we expect change. If they offer neither, we are absolutely prepared to take them to court

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The Report WI Governor Scott Walker Wants to Hide From SE WI Residents

From NIKKEI Asian Review:

 

OSAKA/TAIPEI — Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, is considering producing small to midsized displays for Apple, automakers and others at its $10 billion factory planned for the U.S. state of Wisconsin, people familiar with the matter said.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Foxconn’s shift to making diversified displays for cars, personal computers, tablets, mobile devices, televisions and niche products represents a change from its previous plan to churn out large panels, mainly for TVs, at the new plant. Production of large panels would have required a more complete local supply chain and greater initial investment in equipment.

In response, Foxconn said “it is fully committed to this significant investment” in the U.S. The Taiwanese company also said the total amount of $10 billion has not changed.

The shift in Foxconn’s plans comes as global panel makers face a glut of TV displays that likely will last for years, as many Chinese companies, including BOE Technology Group, are aggressively adding capacity.

Foxconn is the first Apple supplier and one of the most notable foreign companies to respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Made in America” call. Company Chairman and founder Terry Gou last July announced the plan to build a $10 billion liquid crystal display project and create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin over four years, an investment that Trump said would not have taken place if not for his efforts to bring manufacturing back onto U.S. soil.

“Previously, Foxconn planned to build a 10.5th-generation display manufacturing factory, which is more suitable for large-sized displays,” supply chain sources told Nikkei.

“But later they figured out that it might be more feasible and efficient to build a sixth-generation display plant or an 8.5th-generation factory from which they could move some equipment from Asia.”

Workers assemble components at a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. The Taiwanese contract maker of consumer electronics is building a $10 billion plant in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.   © AP

Sixth-generation panel plants mainly turn out smaller screens for mobile phones, tablets, notebooks and wearable devices, while 8.5th-generation factories are optimal for making displays for tablets, notebooks, monitors and TVs. Both could make some niche products for medical or automotive use.

Supply chain sources suggest the incomplete local supply chain was a big obstacle to Foxconn’s previous plan to churn out large panels from a 10.5th-generation production line for TV screens in Wisconsin. “It would require other companies like Corning to also set up a glass substrate facility nearby, as it’s almost impossible to ship fragile, huge-size glass materials from a distant place,” one person said.

Eric Chiou, an analyst at market research group WitsView, said he also understood that Foxconn was “very likely to turn to small-to-medium display manufacturing for their Wisconsin project.”

“It’s a reasonable turn. And it could lower the initial cost substantially and generate returns faster,” Chiou said.

He added that Foxconn’s new facility would still aim to supply Apple’s iPhones, although it is uncertain the company will be able to secure orders from the U.S. gadget maker. Sharp, owned by Foxconn, is a smaller supplier of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays for iPhones than South Korea’s LG Display and Japan Display. Sharp also makes screens for iPads.

But Sharp is not a supplier for new iPhones in production later this year, and it does not make panels for Apple’s MacBook laptops. In addition, the U.S. lacks a domestic supply chain for final assembly of almost any consumer electronic device, such as smartphones or notebooks.

A facility focusing on small to midsized panels would also provide a foundation once Foxconn is ready to produce its organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, displays, and wants to bring that into mass production in the U.S., sources said. OLED technology needs to be built on the current LTPS — or low-temperature polysilicon — LCDs, which are widely used for screens for mobile phones such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Samsung Electronics is currently the sole supplier of premium OLED screens for the iPhone X, while LG Display could start to supply some 3 million to 5 million units of such displays for Apple for this year’s upcoming iPhone range. Japan Display and Foxconn-controlled Sharp are still struggling to develop the advanced OLED displays.

However, the change does not mean Foxconn will back away from TV manufacturing in the U.S. “It’s more practical that Foxconn takes the semifinished large-size LCD display cells from elsewhere to make them into LCD modules and assemble them into the whole TV sets in the U.S.,” said WitsView’s Chiou.

“That assembly works for LCD modules, and TV sets would bring more jobs than the front-end, large-size display manufacturing facility that relies more on automation. President Donald Trump would be happy to see that, too,” Chiou said. Industry sources also suggest that manufacturing televisions locally remains a core part of Foxconn’s investment in Wisconsin.

Foxconn responded to the Nikkei Asian Review, saying the company in the first phase of the project will harness the latest-generation LCD manufacturing technology to produce liquid crystal display panels at its Wisconsin complex. 

“[LCD panels] will be used in a wide range of applications that impact consumers’ daily lives, from the latest generation televisions to self-driving cars, notebooks and monitors, and in the fields of education, entertainment, healthcare, advanced manufacturing systems, office automation, interactive retail, and safety, among many others,” Foxconn said in an email.

Construction equipment began to arrive in April in Mount Pleasant village, the site in Wisconsin’s Racine County of Foxconn’s manufacturing complex. Last November, Wisconsin’s economic development agency cleared the way to provide a $3 billion incentives package over 15 years to subsidize the Taiwanese company for local job creation.

Louis Woo, Gou’s special assistant, was quoted last month by The Journal Times in Racine County as saying that the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park would have at least four manufacturing facilities, including one LCD plant and one assembly plant.

Groundbreaking is set for June 28, with Gou and Trump likely to attend, sources said.

Foxconn is currently building a 10.5th-generation LCD facility for large-size displays worth 280 billion New Taiwan dollars ($9.33 billion) in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The project is scheduled to go into production next year.

Can’t you hear me knocking- Rolling Stones

 

WI Governor Scott Walker Has Promised 13,000 + Jobs Paying $53G + Bennies At Foxconn! I’m Betting Scott Walker’s Claim *FAILS*!

Ok – Guvnor Walker, State Rep Robin Vos, and City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason – I’ll take that bet – and claim that not only do you fall short – but the only way SE WI. will be able to avoid Bankruptcy, is to implement higher property taxes in accordance with Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Policies!

How Should the State of Illinois Pay for its Unfunded Pension Liability? The Case for a Statewide Residential Property Tax

The views expressed in this post are our own and do not reflect those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago or the Federal Reserve System.

Note: This post is based on previous work presented by the same authors at the forum “Navigating Pension Reform in Illinois: What Lies Ahead”, held on April 17, 2018 at the Chicago Fed. The original presentation is available here.

The State of Illinois has a very large unfunded pension liability and will likely have to pay much of it off by raising taxes. The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability estimated the state’s unfunded liability at $129.1 billion in mid-2017,[1] which was about 19% of state personal income.[2] Benefits to public employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, and a recent attempt to reduce the unfunded liability by reducing retirees’ benefits was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court.[3] So, assuming that the state can’t reduce its current pension obligations and that it wants to maintain its current level of services, Illinois residents are going to have to pay higher taxes. What’s the best way to do it?

Because the debt is so large, it’s unrealistic to think that new taxes (such as a tax on legalized marijuana or financial transactions) or increases that affect only a narrow segment of the population will be enough.

Illinois will have to find additional revenues from already existing tax bases, either by increasing rates, expanding the definition of what is taxable, or a combination of the two.[4] Illinois state and local governments have three primary tax revenue sources—income, sales, and property—and each presents a unique set of tradeoffs in terms of how it affects the economy and who pays it.

In our view, Illinois’s best option is to impose a statewide residential property tax that expires when its unfunded pension liability is paid off. In our baseline scenario, we estimate that the tax rate required to pay off the pension debt over 30 years would be about 1%. This means that homeowners with homes worth $250,000 would pay an additional $2,500 per year in property taxes, those with homes worth $500,000 would pay an additional $5,000, and those with homes worth $1 million would pay an additional $10,000.

WHOA HORSIE!

There are several good reasons to pay off Illinois’s pension debt through a statewide residential property tax:

  • Fairness: Illinois residents who have benefited most from the past services of governmental employees are more likely to be homeowners, so it seems reasonable that they should pay a larger share of the costs.
  • Efficiency: Standard economic theory predicts that home values go down in response to new property taxes (that is, they are “capitalized” into home values). Current homeowners would not be happy about this, but it would be a good result for the Illinois economy. That’s because the new taxes wouldn’t affect people thinking of moving to Illinois. While they would have to pay higher property taxes, that would be offset by not having to pay as much for their new homes. In addition, current homeowners would not be able to avoid the new tax by selling their homes and moving because home prices should reflect the new tax burden quickly. (We included this “tax penalty” effect in our calculations below.)
  • Transparency: The payment amounts and duration of the tax would be known in advance.
  • Certainty: The property tax would be dedicated solely to paying for the state’s unfunded pension liability.
  • Equity: Wealthier people would pay more. The plan could also be modified so that the tax rate is graduated rather than flat (for example, by exempting the first $50,000 of home value or exempting households with incomes below a certain threshold).

To Consider – the Counter-Claims of Governor Scott Walker,  Boss Vos, and Cory “The TIC” Mason, who plan to finance SE WI with Foxconn PLUS a multi – billion Taxpayer funded investment:

From WI State Journal:

Foxconn to build $10B plant in Wisconsin employing up to 13,000

In what’s being called the largest economic development project in state history, Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion plant in Wisconsin that would create liquid-crystal display panels and employ as many as 13,000 people.

The planned Wisconsin plant is expected to open in 2020 and be part of a 20 million-square-foot campus on at least 1,000 acres — a location Gov. Scott Walker has dubbed “Wisconn Valley.”

Estimated 22,000 additional jobs

The plant is intended to be one of the largest manufacturing campuses in the world, according to Walker’s office, and could draw 10,000 construction jobs over the next four years while the plant is built.

Walker’s office projected the project would create at least 22,000 “indirect and induced jobs” throughout Wisconsin and will generate an estimated $181 million in state and local tax revenues annually, including $60 million in local property taxes.

Walker said the Foxconn jobs will have an average annual salary of more than $53,000 plus benefits.

REALLY! Well, maybe NOT!

 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Current Wisconsin Foxconn Employee Count = ? (close to ZERO )

Current Wisconsin Foxconn Operational Manufacturing Facilities = ZERO.

Current Otput of Foxconn LCD TV Screens  = ZERO.

While debt + interest incurred by local governments continues to increase, along with property taxes, debt service payments, and Racine County plans to impose a local sales tax.

” Racine Floating A Sales Tax” City of Racine commits-to-Paris-climate-accord while supporting Foxconn that exceeds the pollution standards. Then suggesting a .5 sales tax after Racine County spends millions on taking land from taxpayers to support Foxconn. We bring the perspective down to the local level to discuss issues that affect our own city of Racine, WI We’re about investigative reporting on topics that matter: corruption, conflicts of interest, broken systems, abuses by institutions and individuals with power, whether that’s government, nonprofits, or the press itself.

State, County, and Local Governments are investing $Billions$ in borrowed money; abusing eminent domain, “Blight” designations,  TIF guidelines, Pollution Control Standards, destroying the preservation of Farmland and  Wetlands, while redirecting the natural flows and purity of massive amounts of fresh water, along with a Healthy Environment, to an Entity which promises to produce LCD TV screens – employing 13,000 people at an average salary of $53K each + Bennies,  all to prop up the Failed (and Bankrupt) Governments of SE Wisconsin – which continue to loot and oppress the remaining, and largely poor, minority, under-educated,  criminal, and exploited underclass.

SCORE:

Walker = ZERO.

Concerned Residents = ONE

To be Continued!

Foxconn Uses Loophole To Drain 7 Million Gallons Of Water Per Day From Lake Michigan

via Zerohedge:

Taiwanese tech manufacturer Foxconn will siphon seven million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan after their upcoming Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin plant was granted approval by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The $10 billion, 20 million square foot facility expected to provide around 13,000 jobs will use around 61% of the siphoned water to manufacture LCD screens, while around 2.7 million gallons will be lost in the process each day, due primarily to evaporation. The remaining water will be treated and returned to the lake.

While that may sound like a lot of water, Wisconsin’s DNR notes that the Foxconn plant will “only amount to a 0.07 percent increase in the total surface water withdrawals from Lake Michigan,” however as Gizmodo notes, “For environmentalists in the region, the issue is not so much the diversion for the Foxconn factory itself but rather the precedent it will set for how the lake water can be used.

If we allow this to happen, it’s going to happen all over the basin, with other states and then it’s going to be the thirsty states and nations to come,” Jennifer Giegerich, the government affairs director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, warned during a public hearing about the diversion, according to the Wisconsin Gazette. –Gizmodo

Approximately 20% of the world’s fresh water can be found in the Great Lakes, which has historically been used for public purposes such as water utilities and drinking water – and protected by the 2008 Great Lakes Compact agreement intended to preserve the resource.

The agreement states “In general, there is a ban on new diversions of water from the Basin but limited exceptions could be allowed in communities near the Basin when rigorous standards are met.

Exceptions to the compact can be granted if permission is received from all eight governors of states which surround the great lakes

Foxconn, however, did not receive permission for the water draw – instead using a loophole which allowed the nearby town of Racine, which falls inside the Great Lakes Basin, to request the additional water and pipe it to the Foxconn factory in Mount Pleasant – a city served by the Racine water utility.

The request from Racine was allowed because water utility serves a small percentage of residents in Mount Pleasant. That allowed the DNR to say the diversion qualified as being used for “public water supply purposes” and would not require the type of stringent review applied to other cases. The DNR did acknowledge that the diversion would “partially” include the Foxconn facility. –Gizmodo

This loophole has angered environmentalists, which executive director of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Kerry Schulmann, says is “a thinly veiled attempt to degrade the Great Lakes Compact, one of the finest conservation achievements in a generation.”

Meanwhile, the Compact Implementation Coalition – organized to ensure that the Great Lakes Compact is adhered to, slammed the decision. “The CIC feels it is unfortunate that DNR is ignoring not only the spirit, intent and plain language of the Great Lakes Compact, but also the voiced concerns of thousands of Wisconsin citizens,” said the group in a statement.

Several conservation groups plan to challenge the DNR’s decision and try to hold them – and Foxconn, accountable. As Gizmodo‘s AJ Dellinger notes, however, they have their work cut out for them. “Prior to the water diversion, the DNR also granted Foxconn permits that will allow the company to pump harmful pollutants into the air,” writes Dellinger.

While Foxconn has yet to break ground on the planned fabrication plant, they just took posession of the property. Republican governor Scott Walker was able to secure Foxconn’s business by handing them $3 billion in tax credits.

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Representatives Robin Vos,  Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

Village CDA Members Must Resign if They Vote To Blight Homeowners in Foxconn Zone

MT. PLEASANT, WI April 12, 2018 – ​Local community group, “A Better Mt. Pleasant,” is calling on members of the Mount Pleasant Community Development Authority (CDA) to resign from their appointed positions if they vote to designate areas within the Foxconn development zone as blighted. The vote is expected to happen on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Village Hall.

Residents have already received notice of eminent domain proceedings and Village officials announced on March 20, 2018 at a CDA public hearing that they intend to invoke “blighting” condemnation against property owners in the land acquisition process for Foxconn.

“Most of these homeowners haven’t even entered into negotiations with the Village before they decided to play the ‘blight’ card,” said Kelly Gallaher, a representative for the group. “The CDA has been given detailed information on why these properties do not meet the legal definition of ‘blighted.’ They have ignored the law and their own neighbors, and appear poised to do it anyway.”

Wisconsin State Statute 32.03(6) says that condemnation through blighting can only be used if the property is not occupied by the owner of the property, his or her spouse, or an individual related to the owner by blood, marriage, or adoption within the 4th degree of kinship OR the crime rate in, on, or adjacent to the property is at least 3 times the crime rate in the remainder of the municipality in which the property is located.

None of the homes in the Foxconn zone under threat of condemnation meet these legal criteria.

Gallaher says, “There is little doubt that actions to blight these properties will lead to a lawsuit which will not just cause problems for the FoxConn development, but could set a very dangerous precedent. If Mount Pleasant is allowed to blight perfectly good family homes and give them to a privately owned corporation, they can do it to anyone, anywhere.”

The Mount Pleasant Village Code of Ethics ordinances state that any public official who knowingly acts in excess of their legal authority and official capacity has committed misconduct in office.

Any member of the Mount Pleasant Community Development Authority who casts a vote to impose condemnation through blight against property owners in the Foxconn zone does so knowing they are violating state law and is therefore called upon to immediately resign from service on the Village CDA.

A petition calling for the resignations can be found online through ​Change.org​.

“It took only seven votes to appoint these men to the CDA. We are prepared to offer hundreds to demand they step down,” said Gallaher.

The Mount Pleasant Village Community Development Authority is comprised of the following members: Rob Richardson – Chair, Matt Cramer, Frank Risler, Jack Thorsen, Jerry Franke, David DeGroot – Village President, Gary Feest – Trustee, Sam Schultz – Staff

Link to A Better Mount Pleasant: https://www.facebook.com/abettermtpleasant/

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Representatives Robin Vos,  Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

A Government Funded Non-Profit Organization Declares That a Government Funded Project Will Provide *18 – FOLD* Returns to Continue Funding Government!

From The JT:

Commerce association: Foxconn incentives will pay off 18-fold

MILWAUKEE — Every dollar of state incentives for the Foxconn Technology Group project will return $18 in economic impact in Wisconsin within 15 years, according to the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

MMAC on Friday released its analysis of the projected impact to Wisconsin’s gross domestic product from the $2.85 billion incentive package to entice Foxconn to build an approximately $9 billion manufacturing campus in this state — specifically in Mount Pleasant.

“GDP is the best measure of the value added to the economy,” stated MMAC, which has more than 2,000-member companies supporting more than 300,000 jobs. The analysis is based on the state’s tax credit agreement executed with Foxconn on Nov. 10.

The Foxconn development is projected by MMAC to add $51.5 billion to Wisconsin’s GDP over the 15 years in which the state would pay out $2.85 billion under a fully executed incentive package — assuming Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs.

The above assumption, which is not even part of the contract – which HOPES for perhaps 3,000 jobs at best, is only viable IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Repeated for emphasis: IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Of course, it will never happen – just like so many other Politically motivated schemes in SE WI – CON – SIN. Such as Machinery Row!

So just who is the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce? Why it’s just another taxpayer funded government grant dependent Non-Profit!

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy is just another taxpayer funded government shill who will lie to promote the failed Walker Administration. His compensation package depends upon it.

From the most recent publicly available Form 990 on the Internet – it seems that Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy compensated himself with over $500,000 in wages and nearly $20,000 from others.

The entire 2016 MMAC form 990 is available here: MMAC 990

It needs to be said again –

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce mouthpiece Timothy Sheehy is just another taxpayer funded government shill who will lie to promote the failed Walker Administration. His compensation package depends upon it.

While the entire thesis that Foxconn will deliever and 18-fold of return upon investment depends upon:

IF: Foxconn creates 13,000 jobs, paying at least $53,000 each.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Who  knows? Sometimes even lightening strikes twice – right? Governor Walker?

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Representatives Robin Vos,  Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

Environmental Problems Increase in SE Wisconsin While the Racine Water Utility Acts Without Proper Authority

From Journal Times:

Coal dust confirmed near Oak Creek power plants

OAK CREEK — Independent testing has confirmed the presence of coal dust found Monday in a neighborhood north of the We Energies power plants in Oak Creek, the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin announced.

In a news release issued late Thursday afternoon, the coalition said independent testing confirmed coal dust from samples taken Monday by the Environmental Accountability Group and tested by Aspen Consulting. The black coal dust was found covering homes, cars and a playground in neighborhoods north of the Oak Creek and Elm Road power plants.

Coal dust contains toxic metals including lead, mercury and arsenic, the release states. The health effects of inhalable particulate matter include aggravation of asthma, respiratory symptoms, an increase in hospital emissions and increased mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and from lung cancer. “There is no safe level of coal dust exposure.”

“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” stated Greg Millard, a concerned local resident. “This is the first time they got caught. Coal dust blowing from the piles at these plants has been a problem for decades, and We Energies knows it. We want something done about it.”

Coal dust causes problems south of the plant, stated Bill Pringle, president of Environmental Accountability Group.

“I used to live in Caledonia just south of the plant,” Pringle stated. “Myself, my wife and my children became very ill, and after only eight years we had to move. We Energies did testing twice and said there wasn’t a problem, but when we hired someone to do independent testing, we found coal and fly ash in our house. I started EAG because it was clear that We Energies can’t be trusted with protecting our health.”

Meanwhile – City of Racine’s Water Utility has acted without proper authority or approval!

From Journal Times:

Residents pack iMET Center for Foxconn hearing on water

“A question was asked about why a water pipeline is in the process of being built despite the DNR not granting Racine’s application.

“I don’t have an answer to that question,” Pfeiffer said. “They are not allowed to serve water unless they have a diversion application or would be in violation of state statutes. They’re not allowed to serve water even if those facilities are being built.”

It appears that out of control and loudmouth Village President David DeGroot is not only having his way, but is being allowed by former environmental champion City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Special Needs Governor Scott Walker and State Rep “Boss” Robin Vos to force an environmental and financial disaster down the throats of Residents of SE Wisconsin!

Protecting the Great Lakes!

The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. And, more astonishingly, the Great Lakes hold more than 90% of North America’s fresh surface water.

But, this water is not unlimited. It can be depleted if we don’t take care to keep Great Lakes water in the lakes.

Great Lakes Compact: A regional commitment

The Great Lakes Compact was approved by all eight Great Lakes states, the U.S. Congress, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.

The Compact bans the diversion of Great Lakes water outside the basin, with limited exceptions.

Only two situations allow a community located outside of the Great Lakes to apply for a diversion.

  1. A community that is located partially in the Great Lakes basin may apply for a diversion.
  2. A community that is located within a county that is partially in the basin, may apply for a diversion.

Any community applying for a diversion must demonstrate that it has exhausted all available options for getting water. In other words, a diversion must be a last resort.

Any diversion application must be approved by all eight Great Lakes states. The two Canadian provinces bordering the lakes are allowed to provide input as well. Any state may veto the diversion application.

Will Wisconsin allow Lake Michigan to become the next (former) Aral Sea?

The Aral Sea in the Soviet Union, formerly the world’s fourth largest lake in area, is disappearing. Between 1960 and 1987, its level dropped nearly 13 meters, and its area decreased by 40 percent. Recession has resulted from reduced inflow caused primarily by withdrawals of water for irrigation. Severe environmental problems have resulted. The sea could dry to a residual brine lake. Local water use is being improved and schemes to save parts of the sea have been proposed. Nevertheless, preservation of the Aral may require implementation of the controversial project to divert water from western Siberia into the Aral Sea basin.

Desiccation of the Aral Sea: A Water Management Disaster in the Soviet Union

During planning for a major expansion of irrigation in the Aral Sea basin, conducted in the 1950s and 1960s, it was predicted that this would reduce inflow to the sea and substantially reduce its size. At the time, a number of experts saw this as a worthwhile tradeoff: a cubic meter of river water used for irrigation would bring far more value than the same cubic meter delivered to the Aral Sea (6, 22-25). They based this calculation on a simple comparison of economic gains from irrigated agriculture against tangible economic benefits from the sea. Indeed, the ultimate shrinkage of the Aral to a residual brine lake as all its inflow was devoted to agriculture and other economic needs was viewed as both desirable and inevitable.

These experts largely dismissed the possibility of significant adverse environmental consequences accompanying recession. For example, some scientists claimed the sea had little or no impact on the climate of adjacent territory and, therefore, its shrinkage would not perceptibly alter meteorological conditions beyond the immediate shore zone (6). They also foresaw little threat of large quantities of salt blowing from the dried bottom and damaging agriculture in adjacent areas (22). This theory rested, in the first place, on the assumption that during the initial phases of the Aral’s drying only calcium carbonate and calcium sulfate would be deposited on the former bottom. Although friable and subject to deflation, these salts have low plant toxicity. Second, it was assumed that the more harmful compounds, chiefly sodium sulfate and sodium chloride, which would be deposited as the sea continued to shrink and salinize, would not be blown off because of the formation of a durable crust of sodium chloride. Some optimists even suggested the dried bottom would be suitable for farming (22).

Although a small number of scientists warned of serious negative effects from the sea’s desiccation, they were not heeded (14, 24). Time has proved the more cautious scientists not only correct but conservative in their predictions.

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