Did Scott Walker and the Republicans Throw the Governors Race to Avoid Dealing With The Foxconn WEDC Contract Default?

The race for WI Governor was nearly too close to call, and while LT. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said a recount would be demanded, that demand never came.

Walker considers seeking recount as Evers wins governor’s race by thin margin

Gov. Scott Walker’s hopes for a third term were dashed early Wednesday when vote totals confirmed Democratic challenger Tony Evers won the race.

Evers, the state’s superintendent of schools, claimed 49.6 percent of the vote to Walker’s 48.4 percent, an advantage of just 1.2 percent, according to unofficial totals. Third party candidates received the remaining handful of votes.

Walker had not conceded as of early Wednesday. He is considering calling for a recount, his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, said. Final totals would have to show the race within 1 percentage point for the race to be eligible for a recount.

More than 2.6 million votes were cast in the race decided by about 30,000 votes.

What happened? Did the Republicans just not get out the vote? Or did Republicans switch their votes to Evers – (or a little of both) because they knew the Foxconn WEDC Contract was in default somewhere between April and May 2018, because then Governor Scott Walker denied Corning Glass a requested subsidy which was essential for Foxconn to create the stipulated  Generation 10.5 TFT/LCD fabrication facility and supporting operations.

Here is what the WEDC contract stipulates:

And in order for Foxconn to build that facility, it would require the addition of a nearby supplier of the glass – and Foxconn asked Corning Glass if they would be interested. Of course, Corning Glass was interested, but only if they too received a generous subsidy from Governor Scott Walker and State of WI.

Corning CEO says Foxconn glass plant would have to be subsidized

Walker, Hogan have said state does not plan to offer incentives to Foxconn suppliers

“In Wisconsin we’re not building a factory. You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment,” Louis Woo, a special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou and a key negotiator in the Wisconsin deal, told Reuters.

Bloomberg reports that Woo said there were no plans to scrap the facility altogether but that the company was reconsidering what operations might be best for the site.

Woo told Reuters that Foxconn couldn’t compete in the US TV market if it used domestic labor to build LCD panels — something that outside commentators have previously noted. “In terms of TV, we have no place in the U.S.,” said Woo. “If a certain size of display has more supply, whether from China or Japan or Taiwan, we have to change, too.”

Foxconn was given exemptions from environmental regulations and subsidies worth $4.1 billion to create manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin. However, ever since the flurry of publicity with which the deal was announced (including a photo-op with President Trump, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Gou breaking ground on the new site), the terms of the arrangement have been continually downsized. It’s not clear how much further they may be changed.

With Foxconn deciding to “Opt Out” of funding the required Billion Dollar investment in the Corning Glass manufacturing facility, Corning Glass turned to then Governor Scott Walker and asked for the Subsidy. Walker said – “NO” – thus effectively killing the project on May 1, 2018, placing the WEDC contract in default.

Foxconn: Top official says Wisconsin will not provide glass-maker new financial incentives

ADISON – The state won’t provide any new taxpayer subsidies to lure a key glass supplier to Foxconn to locate in southeastern Wisconsin, the state’s top jobs official said Tuesday. 

In an interview, the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. said state taxpayers have maxed out on their contribution to the Foxconn project, including related businesses such as Corning Inc., which could bring hundreds of additional jobs to Racine County. 

WEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan said that the state had already done all it needs to do to win those jobs by offering billions of dollars in incentives to Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan. Foxconn could share those incentives with Corning and other suppliers, but the state would not expand these subsidies to get jobs that were part of the original deal and analysis done last year, he said. 

Hogan made his statements after Corning’s CEO had said his company would need additional help from Foxconn or another source before coming to Wisconsin. 

That’s it – end of story.

Former Governor Walker and his Administration made the call to allow Foxconn to default on the WEDC contract. At that point, the operations currently in progress at Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, and Racine County should have ceased, immediately. But oddly enough, they didn’t, while public officials such as Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave and Mount Pleasant Village President David DeGroot lied and claimed “The Project” was really going to happen.

This is what the Politicians promised the People:

This is what the Politicians have delivered (never mind the $1,000,000,000 or more in debt):

And the above building, is a “Trade Secret”! Possibly part of a crime scene, or perhaps just the Scott Walker Memorial Field of Dreams.

Foxconn wins approval of building plans that it has labeled ‘trade secrets’

Foxconn Technology Group has received conditional state approval to begin building the footings and foundations for its promised flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services issued the go-ahead last week on initial plans for the much-awaited project, documents released Monday show. Foxconn will need to return to the agency for review of plans for further construction.

The plans for the footings and foundations, meanwhile, remain under wraps. Foxconn contends the documents are confidential trade secrets, which are exempt from public disclosure under Wisconsin law, Brennan Nardi, communications director for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said by email.

The department will ask Foxconn to back up its assertion that the plans are trade secrets, and, after receiving the response, determine whether the plans can be made public.

Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant Residents are beginning to feel the sting from the Foxconn default, as noted by A Better Mount Pleasant:

Meanwhile, most WI based Mass Media continues to obfuscate the real reason why “The Project” failed and the Republican Treasonous Traitors continue to scapegoat WI Governor Dr. Tony Evers. It is to be expected.

The fact remains that as of May 1, 2018, former Wisconsin Governor Walker killed the Foxconn Project, and the desperate Republicans  (likely) decided to throw the election in order to run away and fight another day.

   

One more $BILLION – and The Project would have happened – blame Scott Walker and the Republicans for the Foxscam Failure.

More problems for Scott Walker’s corrupt WEDC – Breaking news:

Audit finds ongoing problems with WEDC, tax credits for jobs created in other states

Wisconsin’s economic development agency that negotiated the state’s deal with Foxconn Technology Group continues to have a host of problems with how it tracks job creation and awards given to companies, an audit released Friday found.

The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau examined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a quasi-private agency created under Republican former Gov. Scott Walker that is in charge of job creation efforts in the state.

The agency, known as WEDC, has struggled since its creation in 2011 on a number of fronts, including recovering loans made to companies that don’t meet contractual requirements. It has been in the political crosshairs for years and remains a focus because of the Foxconn deal. Under that agreement, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer could receive more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits if it invests $10 billion and creates 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin.

The audit covered July 2017 through December 2018, just before Evers took office and during the time when the Foxconn deal was reached.

The audit said that only about 35% of required jobs had been created by recipients of 68 tax credit and loan awards through the fiscal year that ended in June 2018. The report said WEDC could have required loan recipients to repay $4 million and $414,000 in previously awarded tax credits.

That money could have been used to support other projects, the audit said.

The report also said WEDC awarded $462,000 in tax credits for creating jobs to one unnamed recipient that actually lost 17 jobs.

WEDC also doesn’t know exactly how many jobs were created or retained as a result of awards that had ended because it did not collect enough information from recipients, the audit said. Between 2011 and 2018, 436 awards totaling nearly $131 million ended.

The audit also faults WEDC for not consistently complying with state laws and its contracts because it awarded tax credits to recipients that created or retained jobs filled by people outside of Wisconsin or who were not state residents.

 

It cited one example in which an unnamed recipient received $61,100 in tax credits for creating 261 jobs filled by people who lived in 36 states, none of which were even contiguous to Wisconsin.

 

Addendum:

Does a NOTICE of DEFAULT exist, issued either by WEDC or FOXCONN? It seems likely, as Foxconn contacted WI Governor Dr. Tony Evers with a request to renegotiate the defaulted contract. From the WEDC Contract:

 

 

 

 

The Foxconn “Long March” Experience in Brazil

Foxconn, known also as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., is among the biggest manufacturers of electronic equipment in the world. The following infographics presents some vital information about this company.

Foxconn is originally a Taiwanese company, but its production bases are spread around the world. It has its facilities in many countries, including China (around 1 mln workers), Brazil, Mexico or Malaysia. Major clients of Foxconn are HP, Nintendo, Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon.

The largest factory of Foxconn is located in Longhua, Shenzhen, where more than 230 thousand workers live in their own separated city, with every kind of necessary infrastructure. The company is also the biggest private employer in China. Recently, it started to develop its production base in another growing smartphone market: in Brazil.

https://www.examinechina.com/blog/foxconn/

Let us examine the recent Foxconn Experience in Brazil:

April 13, 2011:

iPhone-maker Foxconn considers $12 Billion Brazil expansion move

Foxconn factory_Foxconn set on $12 Billion Brazil expansion move

Foxconn factory_Foxconn set on $12 Billion Brazil expansion move (image courtesy ibtimes.com)

The Taipei-based Taiwanese company, Foxconn, popularly known for being Apple’s iPhone and iPad maker, is considering spending around $12 billion over five to six years towards expanding by setting up production facilities in Brazil.

This information, regarding Foxconn’s intentions, was released in a statement made by Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s President. If this comes through, Foxconn’s expansion move to Brazil would constitute the Taipei-based company’s overseas biggest investment.

In addition to Apple, Foxconn currently also manufactures products for other tech giants like HP and Dell.

South American Tablet-makers Paradise

“Make South America’s biggest economy Brazil a global tablet-production hub” is what the Brazilian Government seems to be thinking, given the tax incentives announced by the Government for tablet-manufacturers.

Aloizio Mercadante, Brazil’s Science and Technology Minister said in Beijing that Foxconn’s planned facility would go a long way in employment generation, by creating over 100,000 jobs. HE further added that to go ahead with the proposed expansion plans, Foxconn would need state infrastructure guarantees such as energy supply, broadband Internet and access to airports.

The tax breaks announced by Brazil for tablet manufacturers are also being put to good use by domestic companies.

According to reports, MXT, a Brazilian electronics producer based in Betim, Minas Gerais, started manufacturing the first Brazil-based tablet in February and is likely to expand production after the tax incentives take effect.

A Visit to Foxconn’s Not-So-Secret iPhone Factory in Brazil [Exclusive]

A view of Foxconn's new iPhone plant. Photo: Alessandro Salvatori, Blog do iPhone.
A view of Foxconn’s new iPhone plant. Photo: Alessandro Salvatori, Blog do iPhone.
Jundiaí, Brazil – Foxconn’s iPhone and soon-to-be iPad factory about 45 miles north of Sao Paulo is an open secret; despite all the conjecture, it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be and three curious reporters had no problems poking around.On Oct. 31, the Brazilian telecommunications document agency ANATEL issued the OK for Foxconn to start producing mobile phones for Apple. Although the government started talks for a Foxconn plant back in April 2011, this was the first official document wedding Apple’s name with Foxconn in Brazil.

January 31, 2012

Foxconn to set up five manufacturing facilities in Brazil, each employing 1,000 workers [UPDATE: Foxconn denies]

Apple and Foxconn are continuing to work on bringing that $12.5 billion iPad plant in Brazil online (there have been no iPads “Made in Brazil” seen yet, unlike iPhones). Meanwhile, the country’s Secretary of Planning and Development of the State of São Paulo Julio Semeghini revealed today that Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer will build up to five factories in Brazil with a thousand employees each.

According to a local report by Folha.com, Foxconn of Taiwan (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.,) will leverage the additional plants to build notebooks and PCs, electronic components, connectors, batteries and precision machine elements. The plants should be located in Jundiai; São Paulo and business negotiations will resume when the Chinese New Year wraps up, according to the secretary.

The development could indicate plans to assemble an even greater portion of Apple products in Brazil, not just iPads and iPhones. Even so, poor machine-translated text suggested the secretary said, “The parts produced here will also help in the assembly of Apple products,” as “the company starts to import kits for assembly in Brazil iPad and iPhone.”

Foxconn already burned an estimated $300 million during the 2010 to 2011 timeframe on the Jundiai, São Paulo plant that is expected to employ 1,400 people assembling iPads. Why is Apple moving manufacturing to Brazil? Tax incentives. News of Foxconn’s expanding operation in Brazil arrives as Apple finds itself lambasted left and right for not bringing overseas jobs to the United States. More worrying than this, however, Foxconn and Apple both found themselves under fire for unfair labor practices and grueling working conditions at the former’s manufacturing facilities in China. But in spite of difficult working conditions, thousands prospective employees recently lined up to apply for the positions at Foxconn’s plants in China. Contrasting this, consumer group SumOfUs said over 35,000 people signed their “Stop Worker Abuse” online petition in just 24 hours.

April 12, 2012

New Address Of Foxconn In Brazil: Steve Jobs Avenue

As someone who truly walked the path, Steve Jobs would be pleased to know that his name is being honoured through an avenue that was named after him in the city of Jundiaí, southeast Brazil. The ‘Steve Jobs Avenue’ (Avenida Steve Jobs, in Portuguese) was first formulated and presented as a bill last October, one day after Jobs’ passing, and approved by Jundiaí’s city council on March 27.

Previously named after Miguel Moubadda Haddad, a former mayor of Jundiaí, the avenue is one of the routes that connects Jundiaí to São Paulo. It’s also the address of Foxconn in Brazil, the Taiwan-owned company with giant assembly facilities in mainland China that supply much of Apple‘s most popular products. Foxconn already produces iPhones in Jundiaí and they are already planning to soon start making iPads there.

Forbes’ Kenneth Rapoza explains why:

Brazil’s first place finish is due to its high tax load and import tariffs. When Apple goods are imported, the importer is charged a transaction tax known as ICMS, then social security taxes of around 9%, plus industrial production taxes, and on top of that, import duties. Then there is the famous logistic bottlenecks of shipping iPads and iPhones from the South and south-eastern ports to the cities a few hours away, at least, by truck.

That could change in the future, as the Foxconn subsidiary in Jundiaí is expected to reduce product costs and turn Brazil into a hotspot for exports in Latin America of the Brazilian made Apple devices.

April 26,2012

Foxconn Brazil workers reportedly threaten strike over working conditions

Factory workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are complaining of overcrowded buses, poor food and a lack of water and have threatened to strike unless the issues are resolved by May 3.

According to a report by Brazil’s Tech Guru (Google Translation), over 2,500 Foxconn employees have complained about conditions at the factory. Workers reportedly met last Monday to raise the concerns and have given the company 10 days to address them.

Problems at the factory have been exacerbated by the recent hiring of more than a thousand employees. Foxconn was said not to have increased its transport infrastructure with the new hires. The company reportedly had to hire water trucks to bring in water for its employees.

A representative for the employees was optimistic that an amicable solution could be reached with Foxconn without resorting to a strike.

Foxconn Brazil workers

September 20, 2012

Foxconn invests more in Brazil

MAJOR EMPLOYER:The company has hired 6,000 Brazilians and plans to raise that to 10,000, and is spurring the development of an electronics manufacturing center

Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團) yesterday said it planned to spend 1 billion reais (US$494 million) to build new factories in Brazil that will be tasked with manufacturing Apple’s iPhones and iPads, among other electronic components, making it the group’s latest overseas investment.

The announcement came 15 months after group chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) revealed that Foxconn was in talks with Brazil’s government to build factories to make tablet computers.

Gou said the group would collaborate with its clients in search of new growth in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia and South Africa, which is part of the group’s five-year program to spur growth.

With the 1 billion reais investment, Foxconn will open five factories in an industrial park in Itu, a city near Sao Paulo, said Simon Hsing (邢治平), spokesman of Foxconn’s flagship company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (鴻海精密).

The new facilities are scheduled to crank out their first batch of products in 2014 and are expected to reach full capacity by 2016, Foxconn said, confirming a report by the Agencia Estado news agency on Tuesday.

Foxconn said it also planned to manufacture cables, cameras, touch-sensor glass, LED products, printed-circuit boards (PCBs) and other components.

The investment will create 10,000 jobs, Gou told shareholders, adding that Foxconn had already hired about 6,000 workers in Brazil.

Foxconn now assembles Apple products at a plant in Jundiai and operates four other plants in Sao Paulo and three plants in other states of the Latin American country.

Foxconn’s Brazil unit chief executive officer Henry Cheng (鄭家純) is set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Luciano Almeida, president of Investe Sao Paulo, at the Palacio dos Bandeirantes, Hsing said.

Investe Sao Paulo is the gateway for foreign companies that intend to settle their operations in the state of Sao Paulo. Hsing said the technology group would not benefit from special tax incentives from the state government of Sao Paulo.

Gou said in June last year that he was in discussion with the Brazilian government to help the country build a technology center and build an electronics supply chain. He said 14 Taiwanese companies, including Acer Inc (宏碁) and Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), had agreed to join this program.

September 29,2014

Victory for Foxconn workers in Brazil

Workers at Foxconn’s second plant in Jundiaí, Brazil have succeeded in attaining the same salary and career opportunities as employees in the company’s other major plant in the city.

The victory came in a deal between Foxconn and the Metalworkers Union of Jundiaí following a five-day strike involving 3,700 workers.

The implementation of the new salary structure will take a year to be finalized, but from September 2014 workers at plant two will get an equal wage to those working in plant one.

Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics multinational, has also agreed to give the workers full pay for the period of the strike, which ended on 18 September.

Foxconn launched its largest factory in Brazil in Jundiaí in 2007. The site specializes in manufacturing computers, notebooks and motherboards. In 2011, the company opened its second production unit in the same city, which is the only facility outside China to assemble iphones and ipads for Apple.

April 13, 2015

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, one of Apple’s closest partners, is under fire in Brazil as officials in the South American nation are displeased with the company’s slow rate of progress on what was initially sold as a major investment to modernize the Brazilian manufacturing industry.

Foxconn Brazil

Foxconn’s Jundiai, Brazil manufacturing plant

While some believed that Foxconn’s 2011 expansion to Brazil would bring as many as 100,000 jobs and $12 billion in capital investment, the company currently has fewer than 10,000 employees in its 5 Brazilian factories, according to Reuters. One of those facilities is reportedly dedicated to production of Apple’s iPhone 5s.Despite a public commitment to invest at least $325 million in a new industrial park in Itu, outside of São Paulo, the site is not yet operational, though Foxconn did say it should come online by the end of 2015. The lack of headway has been cause for consternation among city officials.

“People are really frustrated,” Itu city councilor Givanildo Soares da Silva said. “We were expecting all these jobs by now and it’s still just empty promises.”

Of the jobs that Foxconn has brought, many pay little more than minimum wage. Acceptance testers at the Brazilian iPhone plant, for example, bring home just $80 per week and lack access to the same training and advancement opportunities that their counterparts in Foxconn’s Chinese facilities receive.

Workers have held at least three strikes at the iPhone factory, and a union representative said they were planning another. Such labor flare-ups have angered Foxconn founder Terry Guo, who infamously slammed Brazilian labor in 2010.

And…

Brazil’s iPhone investment falls short on promises of jobs, lower prices

When Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group agreed in April 2011 to make Apple products here, President Dilma Rousseff and her advisers promised that up to $12 billion in investments over six years would transform the Brazilian technology sector, putting it on the cutting edge of touch screen development. A new supply chain would be created, generating high-quality jobs and bringing down prices of the coveted gadgets.

Four years later, none of that has come true.

Foxconn has created only a small fraction of the 100,000 jobs that the government projected, and most of the work is in low-skill assembly. There is little sign that it has catalyzed Brazil’s technology sector or created much of a local supply chain.

The iPhones now rolling off an assembly line near São Paulo, the only ones in the world made outside China, carry a retail price tag of nearly $1,000 for a 32-gigabyte iPhone 5S without a contract – among the highest prices in the world and about twice what they sell for in the U.S.

That Brazil has so little to show for the Foxconn investment underscores the shortcomings of its industrial policy, defined by costly tax incentives that have driven a widening government budget deficit without spurring growth. The economy currently hovers close to recession and the productivity of Brazil’s workforce is stagnant.

June 22, 2017

Foxconn set to discontinue Brazil manufacturing operations

The firm appears to be giving up on the country following promises of $12bn investment.

Foxconn is set to cease its manufacturing activities in Brazil, according to sources close to the Taiwanese company.

The company’s staff have been working on shutting down the facility located in Jundiaí, a city in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, and assisting on the deactivation and sale of machinery, according to Brazilian business magazine IstoÉDinheiro.

Foxconn had a second facility in the same business park, which is already empty. The idea is to only keep a limited local set-up intended for parts replacement and maintenance, according to the article.

The news Foxconn is stopping its manufacturing activities in Brazil is a far cry from all the noise the firm caused a few years ago: back in 2011, the company had pledged to invest $12bn in the country and create 100,000 local jobs within six years.

AND

Foxconn plans to leave Brazil

Back in 2011, Foxconn promised to create 100,000 jobs in Brazil within six years, also pledging to invest no less than $12 billion in the country. However, the company also required 30 percent of that sum from the Brazilian government, and to bring in a private investor as well. Sadly, both failed to materialize, and now Foxconn is close to shutting down its manufacturing facilities in Brazil for good.

According to the local press, the facility located in Jundiai is shutting down, and the machinery is being deactivated and sold. Another Foxconn facility in the area is already empty, and it seems that Foxconn will only keep a small set-up for parts replacement and maintenance.

When contacted by ZDNet, Foxconn declined to comment. However, insiders familiar with the matter confirmed that Foxconn is getting ready to shut down all its manufacturing operations in Brazil. On the other hand, they told the local press they have no plans to downsize.

2017

Foxconn’s Long Con

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Foxconn CEO Terry Gou and President Trump recently announced a plan to bring 3,000 jobs to Wisconsin at what appears to be a flat screen manufacturing plant.

The political press ate it up, alternatively excoriating the program for costing too much in tax breaks and crowing a win for Wisconsin’s conservative governor, Scott Walker.I wouldn’t encourage either party to hold their breath.

Gou is in the habit of promising big and rarely delivering. Four years ago business journals crowed about a plan to bring a Foxconn flat screen manufacturing plant to Pennsylvania in 2013. The result? Foxconn opened an empty office in Harrisburg and nothing further has been done.

This behavior is not new. Foxconn has signed letters promising to build factories in Indonesia (2013), Vietnam (2007), and Brazil (2011). None of these were completed according to the original pie-in-the-sky spec. Reuters had this to say about the Brazil adventure:

When Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group agreed in April 2011 to make Apple products here, President Dilma Rousseff and her advisers promised that up to $12 billion in investments over six years would transform the Brazilian technology sector, putting it on the cutting edge of touch screen development. A new supply chain would be created, generating high-quality jobs and bringing down prices of the coveted gadgets.

Four years later, none of that has come true.

Foxconn has created only a small fraction of the 100,000 jobs that the government projected, and most of the work is in low-skill assembly. There is little sign that it has catalyzed Brazil’s technology sector or created much of a local supply chain.

The current Wisconsin deal involves a $10 billion investment by Foxconn and a planned tax abatement of “$200 million to $250 million a year for up to 15 years.” This amounts to a taxpayer cost of $230,000 per worker – if Foxconn keeps hiring.

Trump, for his part, is as optimistic as he was when he tried – and failed – to save jobs at Carrier.

“I’d see Terry and say, ‘You’ve got to give us one of these massive places,” he said. “If I didn’t get elected, he definitely wouldn’t be spending $10 billion.”

But politics isn’t a business. Foxconn is in the business of making and shipping products from its massive factories in China. It is not in the business of helping beleaguered economies. End of story. They are more than happy to explore employee investment, robotic assembly lines, and amazing manufacturing techniques in Shenzhen and will pay lip service – but never really come through – on expansion if it suits the company politically. I realize this is a cynical view especially when there are midwestern jobs on the line, but it’s something that Wisconsin and Walker will need to face.

It makes no economic sense to build massive factories in Wisconsin if the export taxes and other assorted costs are wildly higher in the U.S. than they are in China, further, rural Wisconsin would never be able to support anything like the 200,000 employees housed at some Foxconn facilities. Finally, human manufacturing is shrinking while the use of industrial robots is rising. This means you could run a massive factory with fewer workers and each of those workers would need a higher education to manage the intricacies of a robotic assembly line. None of this is addressed in the proposal and I suspect, soon, it won’t really matter.

“It’s not a promise. It’s a wish,” said Gou in January when the idea of a US factory was first floated. I worry that this announcement, too, is a “wish.” Either way, Foxconn – and not the state – wins.

October 20, 2018

Don’t Be Conned by Foxconn

From The Progressive: An illustrated journey into the dark heart of a really bad deal.

This piece will appear in print in the next issue of World War 3 illustrated magazine, NOW is the time of MONSTERS: A graphic discourse on predatory capitalism, available November from AK Press.

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Otis Redding performs the aptly named song  Shama Lama Ding Dong – for the Tools and Fools who govern SE WI. PARTY ON! MTP President David DeGoof!

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Hey – SE WI! You’ve been Fox-Scammed!

Let’s Do the Math

From a Better Mount Pleasant: https://www.facebook.com/abettermtpleasant/

MESSAGE FROM VILLAGE PRESIDENT
Seasons Greetings!

This year, we’ve continued our work to move the transformational Foxconn project forward and have celebrated numerous milestones. Site preparation and utility and road work is underway, as is vertical construction on the first of many buildings on what is becoming the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park. We are already seeing the positive results of Foxconn’s investment in our community, including new jobs and business for local companies, increased opportunities for area residents who have been connected with employment and training and the announcement of significant new developments right here in Mount Pleasant.

The medical segment has certainly taken notice of us with expansion announcements from Ascension, Aurora and Froedert South. The Lake Park bluff erosion project was completed and will go a long ways towards protecting vulnerable residents as well as Village infrastructure. The Pike River pathway is nearly completed, which is a wonderful quality-of-life enhancer.

Many thanks go to our incredibly talented Village staff for the amazing work they have done this past year. This is the first full year on the job for Administrator Murphy, and we recently extended her contract. With her help, we have changed the face of Mount Pleasant. We have filled key staff positions of Finance Director and a new Accountant. Our books are balanced and our budget was approved with a drop in the Village tax rate portion of our tax bill. The goal is always to balance the needs of the Village with what our taxpayers can afford. We have added a new Human Resources Director, and adopted a pay plan and performance review process. We have bolstered the ranks of our protective services with new hires.

On behalf of the Village Board, best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2019.

David DeGroot
Village President

So according to MTP Village President, along with many other SE Wisconsin and Racine County Residents – Foxconn will employ 13,000 people being paid an average of $53,000 per year.

13,000 employees times $53,000 = $689,000,000 – per year!

So what is the price point which Foxconn must sell those LCD TV’s at  to at least break even? (This does not take into consideration WI tax credits or Pollution credits) Foxconn’s  actual cost to produce LCD TV’s is not able to be determined at this time – so we will have to deal with raw numbers – based upon projections provided by MTP Village President David DeGroot…..

Let us assume a price point of $250 per LCD TV – does that sound reasonable?

So we have 13,000 employees times $53,000 = $689,000,000 – per year divided by $250 LCD TV’s sold annually. Remember that this amount does not allow for profit – or consider what is the actual price point at which Consumers can afford to purchase the LCD TV’s in the quantity required to be produced…..

Which comes to: 2,756,000 TV’s which must be sold annually. But we still haven’t actually determined the cost to manufacture the LCD TV’s due to the cost of raw materials and production. Along with distribution and handling.

While producing 2,756,000 TV’s in 12 months = 645 LCD TV’s per day – if the factory is operating 7 days a week. Working anything less only increases demands for increased productivity per hour/day . At what point is the Worker – “over worked”? What happens when a bathroom break interferes with production?

Raising the price point only increases the demand for less wages to be paid with hopes for increased efficiency and less cost for labor/materials per unit.

The bigger question is – what will it actually cost to manufacture a LCD TV to sell in large enough quantities to make the Foxconn WI Valley project profitable, pay on the debt and associated costs, while allowing base level workers to thrive and other Businesses to prosper? The most likely answer is that: IT CAN’T FEASIBLY BE DONE.

In Asia, workers usually labor 12 hours a day, 7 days a week – so $53,000 per year comes to 365 X 12 divided by $53,000 =  $12.10 per hour. Which is way far more than Foxconn pays it’s Chinese and Indian Workers! And Foxconn has already stated that it didn’t take into account the higher US wage requirements, which it won’t pay….

Workers in Asia and India sleep in shifts at Company owned dorms – often only earning $2.50 day Compare that with taxpayer subsidized section 8 housing in Racine – which starts at $460/month. Who says Republicans hate State sponsored taxpayer funded welfare – they are it’s biggest beneficiaries. Take from the productive – to give back to “US” – your Rulers, Overlords, Landlords and Taxing Authorities.

TROUBLING INDEED!

In addition, every Consumer of the Foxconn manufactured product must be able to afford the cost of the (usually) subscribed TV service. While in areas where subscribed TV service is unavailable – the LCD TV will be….. worthless.

And what happens when the technology becomes obsolete? Residents will have to live with the consequences – which usually means abandoned buildings and polluted areas – ala Machinery Row…

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)

Maybe Snotty Scottie Walker will express his sympathy and condolences for the left behind workers of SE WI. *HEY* Good Luck!

*BONUS* say goodbye to Lordstown….

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

The reduction includes 8,100 white-collar workers, some of whom will take buyouts and others who will be laid off. Most of the affected factories build cars that won’t be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. They will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.

Plants without products include assembly plants in Detroit; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario. Also affected are transmission factories in Warren, Michigan, as well as Baltimore.

More than 6,000 factory workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and Canada, although some could transfer to truck and SUV plants.

https://www.cleveland.com/business/2018/11/gm-to-slash-14700-jobs-in-north-america-lordstown-plant-faces-closure.html

While Collapse is stalking the land….

The Christmas present nobody wants sits under the tree: a worldwide finance crisis along with an establishment that appears to be coming apart at the seams.

The status quo is unraveling from all sides, at the top especially, where managers cannot conceal their panic:

steve from virginia @econundertow

When the captain of the ship starts taking the covers off the lifeboats there is a problem. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/12/23/treasury-secretary-makes-unusual-pre-christmas-call-top-bank-ceos-amid-market-mayhem/ 

Treasury secretary startles Wall Street with unusual pre-Christmas calls to top bank CEOs

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the heads of the biggest U.S. banks on Sunday to confirm they are financially sound and not experiencing excessive financial stress, a highly unusual outreach…

washingtonpost.com

Oops!

“Every banker knows that if he must prove he is worthy of credit, however good might be his arguments, in fact his credit is gone.”

— Walter Bagehot

https://www.economic-undertow.com/2018/12/25/collapse-something-or-other/

OOPS – Indeed. Color me pissed off – Yellow Vests!

If French president Emmanuel Macron is hoping for some holiday respite from the anti-government pro citizen/anti elite protests which have rocked France, he might want to avoid the presidential retreat along the Mediterranean coast.

Around 40 “yellow vest” demonstrators on Thursday tried to storm the medieval fort of Bregancon that serves as Mr Macron’s summer retreat before being turned back by police, the mayor of nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas, Francois Arizzi, told AFP on Friday.

https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/yellow-vest-protesters-target-macrons-vacation-hideaway/news-story/8461b95521d038445cfcc6bc76a06b03

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Will Foxconn Lift Up SE WI or Lead to Its Collapse?

A lesson from history, as it seems to repeat. The WPA is reborn  via Foxconn, Amazon, and other large scale Corporate interests as governments borrow money to finance private ventures with the hopes of employment for the masses and a future payout so that they can maintain the status quo for grossly overpaid/compensated Bureaucrats, and those fortunate enough to be employed in taxpayer financed public/private ventures and non-profits.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA; renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge, or school that was constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP).

Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States, while developing infrastructure to support the current and future society. At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Between 1935 and 1943, when the agency was disbanded, the WPA employed 8.5 million people. Most people who needed a job were eligible for employment in some capacity. Hourly wages were typically set to the prevailing wages in each area.Full employment, which was reached in 1942 and emerged as a long-term national goal around 1944, was not the goal of the WPA; rather, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.

BAU (Business As Usual) must continue at all costs – residents, environment, resources, and basic decency will not be allowed to interfere with progress.  The battle for the radical change of learning to live with less and create truly Sustainable Communities, recognizing that resources on Planet Earth are finite,  has been lost.

by Ugo Bardi

About 2,000 years ago, the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to his friend Licilius noting that “growth is slow, but ruin is rapid”. It was an apparently obvious observation, but one of those observations that turns out to be not obvious at all if you just think a little about it.

Understanding the real message that LTG sent to us in 1972, and that it is still sending, takes a certain effort. First, you have to free your mind from the layers of legends that have accumulated around it over four decades, but that is not enough. You have to free yourself also from the common attitude that prevents us from understanding how complex systems behave. There is no fixed future for systems such as the world’s economic system, only trends. But these systems still obey physical laws: the limits of natural resources, the finiteness of the world system, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. And there are the constants of human behavior: mainly our tendency of preferring immediate satisfaction to a future one, a phenomenon known as “discounting the future.

All together, these factors push the world system to follow a well defined path. We cannot determine exactly what the future will be, but we can produce a “fan” of trajectories that show to us where the system is heading to. The original 1972 LTG study had already identified the main factors that have been dominating the behavior of the world’s economy. The combined effects of resource depletion and pollution accumulation (seen today mainly in terms of climate change) have been gradually reducing the ability of the industrial system of accumulating capital and of fuelling growth. These factors will, eventually, cause the world’s industrial and agricultural systems to start a decline that could be defined as “collapse” which, later on, will involve also the collapse of the world’s population.

Reality has been transcended by television programming and the smartphone – a phone for dumb people; which is why it is the smartphone.
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IF Foxconn could readily employ 13,000 at a minimum of $53G each, as the Politicans of WI claim, then why can’t other local private Employers?
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If being paid $53G – and does that include the non-taxable fringe? – is such a great thing – then why are the halls of local government filled with Bureaucrats making $100G plus a year, Tax -free fringes well in excess of $25G, and early retirements, providing opportunities for a second double dipping career in the non-productive World of Management? The only thing Bureaucrats farm is TAXES!
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From Journal Times:

Proposal to review city positions paying over $100,000 stalls

RACINE – A proposal to review vacant high-paying city positions in hopes of finding cost-saving opportunities failed to move past the Finance and Personnel Committee on Monday.

Under the proposal, any position vacant due to retirement or resignation that typically pays more than $100,000 in salary and benefits would be reviewed by the committee and City Council before any hire, said Alderman Eric Marcus, who proposed the idea.

In some cases, he said, the responsibilities of a currently unfilled position may be divided among other employees or the committee could decide to reduce a position’s salary.

“I think it’s an opportunity to see if there is some way we can combine positions in an era of real fiscal responsibility,” Marcus said.

There are about 150 city positions that are paid, through salaries and benefits, more than $100,000 a year.

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Too often, these same Bureaucrats then flee Racine County, even the State of Wisconsin, to establish residence in a State without income tax and lower property tax rates! They become tax-evading Snow-Birds! But still they demand more yearly increases while they avoid paying the taxes which fund their retirements, benefits, and increases!

Tax planning is a cornerstone of retirement planning. But by focusing on Uncle Sam, many retirees overlook the state-tax bite. States vary across the map on how they tax everything from retirement income to retail purchases. If you’re thinking of relocating, be sure to know how potential retirement destinations compare with your current state when it comes to taxes.

ERoEI for Beginners

See: http://euanmearns.com/eroei-for-beginners/

The Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI or EROI) of any energy gathering system is a measure of that system’s efficiency. The concept was originally derived in ecology and has been transferred to analyse human industrial society. In today’s energy mix, hydroelectric power ± nuclear power have values > 50. At the other end of the scale, solar PV and biofuels have values <5.

It is assumed that ERoEI >5 to 7 is required for modern society to function. This marks the edge of The Net Energy Cliff and it is clear that new Green technologies designed to save humanity from CO2 may kill humanity through energy starvation instead. Fossil fuels remain comfortably away from the cliff edge but march closer to it for every year that passes.

But in the end, Industrial Civilization, predicated upon a civilization dependent upon an infinite supply of cheap petroleum, will spectacularly fail because there are limits to growth on a finite Planet.
By Gail Tverberg:

The world economy seems to be seriously ill. The problem is not overly high oil prices, but that does not rule out energy as being a major underlying problem.

Two of the symptoms of the economy’s malaise are slow wage growth and increasing wage disparity. Tariffs are being used as solutions to these issues. Radical leaders are increasingly being elected. The Bank for International Settlements and the International Monetary Fund have raised concerns about the world’s aggregate debt levels. The IMF has even suggested that a second Great Depression might be ahead if major banks should fail in the manner that Lehman Brothers did in 2008.

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The above graph courtesy of: https://beforethecollapse.com/2018/06/25/the-cost-of-civilization/

Essentially, this is the Cost of our Civilization, and it is on an exponential curvature;

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And an exponential curve works like this…… a doubling every time…… 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 to 512 to 1024…. to infinity.

Politicians LIE for a living.

Politicians have to lie, because it is their only means of support.

They justify endless wars, instill fear, demand endless tribute, and bully the productive. Their ranks multiply until they become a unstoppable swarm whose insatiable demands exceed the capacity of the productive, rapes the land, and creates societal collapse. Soon to be coming to SE WI and beyond.

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*UPDATED* – Oily Stuff Blog sends:

There Appears To Be No End To US LTO Growth

ALL OF THIS GROWTH WILL OCCUR ON DEFERRED DEBT, OR NEW DEBT. MOST, IF NOT ALL OF THIS NEW GROWTH WILL GET EXPORTED TO FOREIGN  COUNTIES. MORE LTO PRODUCTION = LOWER PRICES (now down 18% in <5 weeks),  NO PROFIT… AND WILL FURTHER REDUCE THE SHALE OIL INDUSTRY’S ABILITY TO PAY BACK DEBT OR REFINANCE DEBT AS MATURITIES LOOM.

 

While SRSrocco Reports:

The situation at Canada’s Alberta Tar Sands Operations has gone from bad to worse as the super-low oil price is now costing the industry billions of dollars each month. Unbelievably, the price for the Western Canadian Select heavy oil fell to a gut-wrenching $14.65 yesterday down from a high of $58 in May. Tar sands oil is now selling at an amazing $40 discount to U.S. West Texas Oil which is trading at $56.

In a recent article from EnergySkeptic.com titled, Why tar sands, a toxic ecosystem-destroying asphalt, can’t fill in for declining conventional oil, a review of the book, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, stated the following four important points:

Many “energy experts” have said that a Manhattan tar sands project could prevent oil decline in the future. But that’s not likely. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Reaching 5 Mb/d will get increasingly (energy) expensive, because there’s only enough natural gas to mine 29% of tar sands (and limited water as well). Using the energy of the tar sand bitumen itself would greatly reduce the amount that could be produced and dramatically increase the cost and energy to mine it.
  2. Since there isn’t enough natural gas, many hope that nuclear reactors will replace natural gas. That would take a lot of time. Kjell Aleklett estimates it would take at least 7 years before a candu nuclear reactor could be built, and the Canadian Parliament estimates it would take 20 nuclear reactors to replace natural gas as a fuel source.
  3. Mined oil sands have been estimated to have an energy returned on invested of EROI of 5.5–6 for mined tar sands (perhaps 10% of the 170 billion barrels), with in situ processing much lower at 3.5–4 (Brandt 2013). Right now, 90% of the reserves being developed are via higher-EROI mining, yet 80% of remaining oil sands reserves are in situ, so the remaining reserves will be much less profitable.
  4. Counting on tar sands to replace declining conventional oil, with an EROI as high as 30 will be hard to accomplish, especially if it turns out to be the case that an EROI of 7 to 14 is required to maintain civilization as we know it (Lambert et al. 2014; Murphy 2011; Mearns 2008; Weissbach et al. 2013)

I believe the biggest problem with the sustainability of tar sands if we ignore the nasty environmental issues, is the low EROI – Energy Returned On Invested.  As point (4) states, a minimum of 7-14 EROI is needed to maintain civilization.  However, I believe the realistic range of a minimum EROI to sustain our modern societies is likely 10-12 EROI.  So, shale oil at an EROI of 5/1 or less (probably much less) and tar sands at 4-6/1, these are not sustainable energy sources.

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Impoverishing the masses is merely conservation by other means.

Everything You Need To Know About the Fox-Scam Grand Illusion In a Simple Paragraph

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.

Full Comic available at the following link: https://progressive.org/dispatches/don-t-be-conned-by-foxconn-181020/

From the JT:

Water use and Foxconn discussed at community meeting

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

The only thing Governor Scott Walker and the Republican Party of WI desires is for the citizens of SE Wisconsin to continue voting for the Republican Criminals who have turned a blind eye to the plight of the Common Citizen and have offered them the false hope of future employment at a fraction of the wages and benefits which the Politicos who rule SE WI reward themselves with!

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

As William Catton so succinctly observed:

The Industrial Revolution made us precariously dependent on nature’s dwindling legacy of non-renewable resources, even though we did not at first recognize this fact. Many major events of modern history were unforeseen results of actions taken with inadequate awareness of ecological mechanisms. Peoples and governments never intended some of the outcomes their actions would incur.

To see where we are now headed, when our destiny has departed so radically from our aspirations, we must examine some historic indices that point to the conclusion that even the concept of succession (as explored in previous chapters) understates the ultimate consequences of our own exuberance. We can begin by taking a fresh look at the Great Depression of the 1930s, an episode people saw largely in the shallower terms of economics and politics when they were living through it. [1] From an ecologically informed perspective, what else can we now see in it?

The Great Depression, looked at ecologically, was a preview of the fate toward which mankind has been drawn by the kinds of progress that have depended on consuming exhaustible resources. We need to see why it was not recognized for the preview it was; this will help us to grasp at last the meaning missed earlier.

We did not know we were watching a preview because, when the world economy fell apart in 1929-32, it was not from exhaustion of essential fuels or materials. From the very definition of carrying capacity—the maximum indefinitely supportable ecological load—we can now see that non-renewable resources provide no real carrying capacity; they provide only phantom carrying capacity. If coming to depend on phantom carrying capacity is a Faustian bargain that mortgages the future of Homo colossus as the price of an exuberant present, that mortgage was not yet being foreclosed in the Great Depression. Even so, much of the suffering that befell so much of mankind in the 1930s does need to be seen as the result of a carrying capacity deficit. The fact that the deficit did not stem from resource exhaustion in that instance makes it no less indicative of the kinds of grief entailed by resource depletion. Accordingly, we need to understand what did bring on a carrying capacity deficit in the 1930s.

 

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Wisconsin’s very own Gang of Four, Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

“There are more questions than answers right now,” said Haas. “Right now, if they don’t even know what they want to make … they don’t really know what to tell me.”

Foxconn Abandons it’s $12 Billion Investment in Brazil, Shutting Down Operations and Selling Off Equipment Due to Costs

Dazed and Confused Politicians in SE Wisconsin simply don’t understand that Foxconn is in the business of making money, while keeping their labor costs low, so profits are maximized. Politicians never have to worry about labor costs or selling price points because they have the power of taxation – imposing the collection of taxes at the point of a gun, versus the private sector, which must sell consumers a manufactured product.  Which in Wisconsin Foxconn’s case is a LCD TV.

SE Wisconsin residents need to be particularly concerned as Foxconn has recently decided to discontinue it’s $12 Billion investment in Brazil!

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

While some believed that Foxconn’s 2011 expansion to Brazil would bring as many as 100,000 jobs and $12 billion in capital investment, the company currently has fewer than 10,000 employees in its 5 Brazilian factories, according to Reuters. One of those facilities is reportedly dedicated to production of Apple’s iPhone 5s.

Despite a public commitment to invest at least $325 million in a new industrial park in Itu, outside of São Paulo, the site is not yet operational, though Foxconn did say it should come online by the end of 2015. The lack of headway has been cause for consternation among city officials.

“People are really frustrated,” Itu city councilor Givanildo Soares da Silva said. “We were expecting all these jobs by now and it’s still just empty promises.”

Of the jobs that Foxconn has brought, many pay little more than minimum wage. Acceptance testers at the Brazilian iPhone plant, for example, bring home just $80 per week and lack access to the same training and advancement opportunities that their counterparts in Foxconn’s Chinese facilities receive.

Workers have held at least three strikes at the iPhone factory, and a union representative said they were planning another. Such labor flare-ups have angered Foxconn founder Terry Guo, who infamously slammed Brazilian labor in 2010.

“Brazilian workers’ wages are very high. But Brazilians, as soon as they hear ‘soccer,’ they stop working. And there’s all the dancing. It’s crazy,” he said at the time.

Manufacturing Apple devices in Brazil also has not had the desired effect of lowering local prices, which are inflated by as much as 30 percent on imported goods thanks to various taxes and tariffs. iPhones and iPads routinely sell for twice as much in Brazil as they do in the U.S., which does not surprise local residents.

“If we’re buying it at that price, then why would they bring it down?” one shopper told Reuters. “I don’t even know what the next iPad does, but I know I need it.”

Meanwhile, ZD Net reports that  Foxconn, in addition to ceasing it’s manufacturing operations in Brazil,  is closing it’s facilities, and selling off the manufacturing equipment.

Foxconn set to discontinue Brazil manufacturing operations

The firm appears to be giving up on the country following promises of $12bn investment.

Mark & Joyce Sonday *WIN* the Land Speculation Lottery as Village of Mount Pleasant Pays Them $400,300 Per Acre!

 

A Better Mount Pleasant notes:

FOR SALE BY OWNER:

The village has listed a property parcel they purchased in Sturtevant just a few weeks ago, located at HWY 11 and HWY H. The village purchased the property for $784,000 saying they HAD to buy the entire parcel for road widening.

At the time, the fair market value of the parcel was $135,000. Sources confirmed to us the high purchase price was most likely because the village had no authority to impose eminent domain in another jurisdiction – so the seller got a great deal.

The village will tear down the long vacant house and will only entertain offers above $550,000.

Um, let’s all hope that get significantly more than that. #weareintherealestatebusinessnow

The Village of Mount Pleasant actually purchased 2 acres, comprised of one full parcel, and one partial, for a total of $800,600! Or, $400,300 per acre. From the legal description:

Parcel 2 of Certified Survey Map No. 2076, recorded August 17, 1998 in Volume 6 of Certified Survey Maps at Page 363, as Document No. 1641481, and being part of the Southwest ¼ of Section 21, Township 3 North, Range 22 East, in the Village of Sturtevant, County of Racine, State of Wisconsin. EXCEPTING THEREFROM land conveyed for highway purposes by Deed recorded in Volume 3318 of Records, Page 18, as Document No. 1804499. Address: 2925 105th Street, Sturtevant, Wisconsin Parcel No. 181-03-22-21-036-020 AND Part of Parcel 181-03-22-21-036-030 2941 105th Street, Sturtevant,  Wisconsin Fee Title in and to the following tract of land in Racine County, State of Wisconsin, described as:  (see the below PDF’s for the entire legal description)

For those who wish to view the complete Transfer Return, it consists of two pages and is available by clicking on the links to the PDF viewer:

Mark Sonday

Joyce Sonday

The land purchased is within the red outline borders:

 

From the Transfer Return:

While the Village of Mount Pleasant paid $800,600 for two acres, of only which a partial strip was needed, these lands were only assessed for a combined total of $156,000.

2925 105th Street was zoned commercial with a land value of $67,000 and an improved value of $42,400, for a total of $109,400.

 

While 2941 105th Street was zoned Residential with a land value of only $46,600.

 

Note that the Attorney representing the Village of Mount Pleasant is Alan Marcuvitz. From the Transfer Return:

In addition, Attorney Alan Marcuvitz is also Mount Pleasant’s property acquisition attorney and expert. The below is from screenshot which clearly indicates the level of conflict between Residents and Elected/Appointed Officials as the Village forces Residents off with Eminent Domain, Blight, low-ball offers, threats and intimidation.

From his on-line Profile: Alan Marcuvitz

While Mr. Marcuvitz currently represents the Village of Mount Pleasant, in the not too distant past he has represented Mount Pleasant Land Speculation Lottery Winners, Mark & Joyce Sonday, as Plaintiffs in these cases:

Kenosha County Case Number 2009CV000007 Mark S Sonday et al vs. Wisconsin Department of Transportation et al

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v WI DOT

Kenosha County Case Number 2004CV000749 Mark S Sonday et al vs. Village of Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v PPCDA

Interestingly enough, while Mark Sonday initially lost his land to the Pleasant Prairie CDA, he won a major arbitration award in 2006. Cheated Mount Pleasant residents need to pay attention!

Military museum reopens after long fight

Though still a work in progress, the owners hope the new venue will attract tourists

October 03, 2007|By John Dobberstein, Special to the Tribune

In 2002, Pleasant Prairie used eminent domain to condemn hundreds of acres, including the museum site and Mark Sonday’s van-conversion business, to make way for development along I-94. Village officials said the museum doubled as a military scrap yard and didn’t fit in with the corporate image they wanted their municipality to project.

In 2006, an arbitrator awarded Mark Sonday a $3.9 million settlement, ending the condemnation process and giving the family enough cash to move the museum and pay $160,000 in legal fees.

Does Mark Sonday and MTP Attorney Alan Marcuvitz know something which cheated,  blighted,  condemned, and displaced  Residents of MTP don’t know? Perhaps.

Cheated and Beaten Mount Pleasant Residents should really enjoy the irony:

Review: Russell Military Museum

This past Sunday we had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the Russell Military Museum.  This privately owned museum sits just south of the border between Illinois and Wisconsin about an hours drive north from Chicago.  The museum is situated right off the highway and is easy to get to.  A somewhat battered looking M3 Stuart light tank marks the entrance to the museum parking lot, a former car dealership lot converted into a museum in 2007.

Museum owner Mark Sonday has been building his collection over several decades, originally showcasing them at a previous location in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin (which wife Joyce Sonday now refers to as “Unpleasant Prairie”.)  Forced to move due to Pleasant Prairie using eminent domain to clear land for a retail development, the Sonday family became embroiled in a long legal fight to gain fair compensation for the theft of their land by the state.  For more on the legal battle and move, read this Chicago Tribune article.  (Why a community would prefer an outlet mall to a collection of historic armored vehicles and aircraft is a complete mystery to us!)

But Mark Sonday sold yet another partial parcel to the Village of Mount Pleasant as Russell Military Museum LTD:

From the MTP Village Board Meeting Agenda Minutes for July 9, 2018:

This one acre parcel was part of a 6.99 total parcel and sold for the low, low price of only $64,830. The original 6.99 acres had a value of $236,400 for the land ($33,820 per acre) with an improvement assessed at $1,287,300 for a total of $1,523,700.

For those who wish to view the complete Transfer Return, it  is available by clicking on the links to the PDF viewer:

Russell Military Museum

From the Transfer Return:

Just as Joyce Sonday refers to Pleasant Prairie as “Unpleasant Prairie“, Mount Pleasant has morphed into “Mount Unpleasant“, and continues to beat and cheat Residents:

Properties in Foxconn ‘blighted area’ await their fate

MOUNT PLEASANT — Kim and Jim Mahoney say they have not heard from the Village of Mount Pleasant since it made its offer to buy their home back in April.

They say they have not heard from the village since it voted on June 4 to blight the area they live on, and the clock might be ticking for the village.

The Mahoneys live on a 1.8-acre parcel within Area I and have been negotiating with the village to sell, but things have gotten quiet.

“It’s our position that the blight area designation means nothing for our property,” Kim Mahoney said. “And we literally have not heard anything from the village since their initial offer back in the beginning of April.”

The Mahoneys got their own appraisal for their land, which they said the village “rejected it outright.”

So they let the village send its own appraiser, Pitts Brothers and Associates, to value their land.

According to the Mahoney’s, the village made a “lowball” offer to them based on the average of the two appraisals multiplied by 1.4 percent of the property value.

Kim Mahoney declined to say what their appraisal number was, but said the village came in significantly under their initial appraisal.

“That offer was about $215,000 less than what we believe it will cost to get exactly what we have now with the same exact mortgage that we have now,” Kim Mahoney said, adding they have not responded to the village’s offer. “We pretty much ignored it.”

 

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

Residents also demand to be treated fairly with respect and dignity! 

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: House Passes Sensenbrenner Bill to Protect Private Property Rights – UPDATED!

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House unanimously passed Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner’s (WI-05) Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1689).

The bill addresses the controversial Supreme Court decision in the 2005 case Kelo v. City of New London, which expanded the eminent domain power granted by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. In Kelo, the Court ruled that “economic development” can be justified as a “public use” under the Constitution’s Takings Clause.

To combat this expansion of power, H.R. 1689 would make any state or locality that uses the economic development justification for eminent domain ineligible from receiving federal economic development funds for two years. This creates a major incentive for governments to respect the private property rights of its citizens.

Additionally, the legislation bars the federal government from exercising eminent domain powers for the purposes of economic development.

Rep. Sensenbrenner“This bipartisan legislation restores the individual private property rights guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment. The framers of the Constitution would be horrified by the paradigm created by Kelo:a government free to seize and transfer private property from individuals with fewer resources to private entities with more. I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support of this bill and urge the Senate to immediately send it to the President’s desk.”

Congressman Sensenbrenner offered the follow remarks on the House floor:

 

“Mr. Speaker,

I am pleased that the House is considering H.R. 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. My bill aims to restore the property rights of all Americans that the Supreme Court took away in 2005.

The Founders of our country recognized the importance of an individual’s right to personal property when they drafted the Constitution. The Fifth Amendment states “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In Kelo v. the City of New London, the Supreme Court decided that “economic development” could be a “public use” under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that the government could take private property from an owner, in this case Susette Kelo, to help a corporation or private developer, in this case Pfizer.

The now infamous Kelo decision created a massive backlash. As former Justice O’Connor stated, “The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more.  The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.” Even in the 13 years since Kelo, polls show that Americans overwhelmingly oppose property being taken and transferred to another private owner, even if it is for the public economic good. 

The Private Property Rights Protection Act is needed to restore to all Americans the property rights the Supreme Court invalidated. Although several states have since passed legislation to limit their power to eminent domain, and a number of supreme courts have barred the practice under their state constitutions, these laws exist on a varying degree. H.R. 1689 would prohibit state and local governments that receive federal economic development funds from using economic development as a justification for taking property from one person and giving to another private entity. Any state or local government that violates this prohibition will be ineligible to receive federal economic development funds for two years.

The protection of property rights is one of the most important tenets of our government. I am mindful of the long history of eminent domain abuses, particularly in low-income and often predominantly minority neighborhoods, and the need to stop it. I am also mindful of the reasons we should allow the government to take the lead when the way in which the land is being used constitutes an immediate threat to public health and safety. I believe this bill accomplishes both goals.

I urge my colleagues to join me in protecting private property rights for all Americans and limiting the dangerous effects of the Kelo decision on the most vulnerable in society. I reserve the balance of my time.”

THERE IS HOPE FOR THE OPPRESSED and BELEAGURED RESIDENTS OF MOUNT PLEASANT!

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

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

SUPPORT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS – CALL YOUR U.S. SENATOR TODAY

Our right to own private property is one of the most fundamental rights of Americans. That right is supported by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution allowing the government to take private property for public use with just compensation. Those rights have been threatened since the 2005 US Supreme Court decision in Kelo vs. City of New London. In a narrow decision, the court allowed the taking of private property for economic development. The decision was widely criticized and since then, 46 states have enacted new laws to protect private property rights.

On July 23, 2018, the US House of Representatives voted UNANIMOUSLY to pass H.R. 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017. The bill would prohibit state or local government from exercising its eminent domain authority for economic development. This is a bi-partisan issue – supported by both Republicans and Democrats alike. This legislation has been introduced in every legislative session since the Kelo decision in 2005 but when it has made it to a vote in the House, it died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Below is a list of all Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If your state is on the list, please call one or both of your Senators and ask them to bring the Private Property Rights Protection Act to a vote. (Or just call each of them anyway – it can’t hurt!)

Don’t let them get away with claiming to support private property rights while failing to support efforts to strengthen laws to protect those rights. I have also included contact information for Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson. Please call them and ask them to help get H.R. 1689 signed into law.

This literally will take you less than five minutes but could impact you and your family for generations. Thank you.

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Arizona / Jeff Flake (202) 224-4521
California / Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
California / Kamala Harris (202) 224-3553
Connecticut / Richard Blumenthal (202) 224-2823
Delaware / Christopher Coons (202) 224-5042
Hawaii / Mazie Hirono (202) 224-6361
Idaho / Mike Crapo (202) 224-6142
Illinois / Dick Durbin (202) 224-2152
Iowa / Chuck Grassley (202) 224-3744
Louisiana / John Kennedy (202) 224-4623
Minnesota / Amy Klobuchar (202) 224-3244
Nebraska / Ben Sasse (202) 224-4224
New Jersey / Cory Booker (202) 224-3224
North Carolina / Thom Tillis (202) 224-6342
Rhode Island / Sheldon Whitehouse (202) 224-2921
South Carolina / Lindsey Graham (202) 224-3808
Texas / John Cornyn (202) 224-2934
Texas / Ted Cruz (202) 224-5922
Utah / Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251
Utah / Michael Lee (202) 224-5444
Vermont / Patrick Leahy (202) 224-4242

WISCONSIN SENATORS
Tammy Baldwin (202) 224-5653
Ron Johnson (202) 224-5323

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, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

The former American Motors Manufacturing Complex located in Kenosha, WI.

Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

 

 

Concerned Mount Pleasant Residents VOTE!

Garski: Mount Pleasant village election

As a former Mount Pleasant village trustee and past village president, I gladly served the people of Mount Pleasant for many years. I have seen Village Boards who are able to work together and others who simply cannot cooperate in a professional manner. The best trustees are those who understand they serve the people in our community first, not their friends, business associates and political allies.

This is why, as a former Village Trustee and President, I am endorsing Don Schulz, Gary Feest, Tom Giese and John Martini in the April 3rd election for village trustees.

Don Schulz is a previous town supervisor and trustee. We need him back. No one attends more meetings and keeps track of village business better than Don.

Gary Feest is one of the most conscientious and fair-minded trustees to ever serve the village. Gary deserves to be re-elected.

Tom Giese is an exciting newcomer. Tom holds advanced degrees in chemistry and business. His experiences abroad as a businessman in Asia gives him a perspective the board needs right now.

Dr. John Martini is a tireless advocate as a medical physician and chaplain. He has spent a lifetime solving problems and listening to people. He will bring civility and compassion to a board that has been in disarray.

Please join me in voting for these qualified and professional candidates on April 3rd.

Jerry Garski

Mount Pleasant

Why the Reindustrialization of SE Wisconsin Will Fail

CASE Foundry; Mount Pleasant WI

Reindustrialization is the economic, social, and political process of organizing national resources for the purpose of re-establishing industries. The process proceeds as a result of a need to reinvigorate national economies.

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Foxconn will simply fail because most of the cheap and easy to extract oil has already been exploited. It isn’t that there is no oil to power industrial civilization – it’s that the costs and EROEI (energy returned on Energy Invested) keeps increasing while returns fall. The World has been on the undulating plateau of Peak Oil since around 2008. Oil is NOT all the same in regards to quality, energy concentration, or what products can be made from it. The US exports LIGHT shale oil because US refineries aren’t set up to distill Light Oil – The US does not produce enough oil domestically to meet it’s demands – it IMPORTS heavy oil.

Porters of Racine TID 17

At what price does the demand for POL (gas, diesel, lubricants, etc) products fall? When the product can’t be sold for cost – the manufacturer eventually fails – or must be subsidized.

 

CGEP: Global Oil Market Forecasting: Main Approaches & Key Drivers with Steven Kopits

 

No affordable oil in large quantities = No gas/diesel/lubricants;  therefore  No cars/trucks or electricity.

From The Hills Group

Only by triggering the imagination can we begin to appreciate the statement: “we live in a civilization powered by oil“. If petroleum were to disappear from our lives we would no longer recognize the world in which we live; nor would we have the slightest  notion of how to exist in it. For the continuance of modern society, petroleum is an essential commodity.

To satisfy our ever expanding need for petroleum and its products, a vast interwoven worldwide work force labors arduously to extract, process, and distribute it. They work around the clock to ensure our supply. Battling against the hand maiden of resource extraction, depletion, their labors grow ever more difficult as time progresses. Each year the world’s petroleum industry lifts, forces, and pumps four and one-half billion tons of water, and crude oil from almost a mile below the surface. Each year the the water portion grows larger, and the oil less. The depletion of petroleum is continuing – and it is on a relentless march toward its completion!

Depletion is the inevitable consequence of resource extraction. As petroleum depletes it reaches a point where its ability to power the economy begins to decline; as the economy declines our ability to produce petroleum, and its products declines. The objective of this study is to determine when that point will be reached, and how the decline event will evolve.

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Pointe Blue TID 16

The future isn’t the Jetsons, it is the Stone Age; see also Venezuela.

Venezuela crisis: What is behind the turmoil?

Tension in Venezuela is on the rise again as the opposition and the government accuse each other of trying to stage a coup.

There has been a wave of anti-government protests and dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since April

Here, we look more in depth at the problems facing Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela is split into Chavistas, the name given to the followers of the socialist policies of the late President Hugo Chavez, and those who cannot wait to see an end to the 18 years in power of his United Socialist Party (PSUV).

After the socialist leader died in 2013, Nicolas Maduro, also of the PSUV, was elected president on a promise to continue Mr Chavez’s policies.

Chavistas praise the two men for using Venezuela’s oil riches to markedly reduce inequality and for lifting many Venezuelans out of poverty.

But the opposition says that since the PSUV came to power in 1999, the socialist party has eroded Venezuela’s democratic institutions and mismanaged its economy.

Chavistas in turn accuse the opposition of being elitist and of exploiting poor Venezuelans to increase their own riches.

They also allege that opposition leaders are in the pay of the United States, a country with which Venezuela has had fraught relations in recent years.


Like yeast in a bottle, humans on a finite Planet discovered a substance which allowed them to grow exponentially and stripmine the Earth, only to fill it with waste and pollution. When the State of WI experienced De-industrialization the Politicians and Government Employees fought to retain the status quo and BAU (Business as Usual). Now they need WORKERS to PRODUCE – so their Tax-Farming practices can be maintained and increase. The deficits from borrowing to fill the gap between revenues and expenses only increases. Their schemes to fill the gap between Revenues and Expenses only grows in disproportion to the real economy to actually fill those budgeted expenses.

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It is interesting to note that City of Racine houses some of it’s Homeless at HALO – located in the Southside Industrial Park in a former Industrial building.

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The Olduvai Theory:
Sliding Towards a Post-Industrial Stone Age
Richard C. Duncan, Ph.D.
Institute on Energy and Man,
June 27, 1996

My Odyssey with the Olduvai theory began thirty-two years ago during a lecture series titled, Of Men and Galaxies, given at the University of Washington by cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle.

It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on Earth, some other species will take over the running. In the sense of developing high intelligence this is not correct. We have, or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. This is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned. The same will be true of other planetary systems. On each of them there will be one chance, and one chance only. (Hoyle, 1964; emphasis added)

Industrial Civilization doesn’t evolve. Rather, it rapidly consumes “the necessary physical prerequisites” for its own existence. It’s short-term, unsustainable. “This is a one shot affair…. there will be one chance, and one chance only.”

Energy-use per person is used as a measurable index of industrialization. In 1989, I proposed the Olduvai theory of Industrial Civilization, as illustrated in Figure 1.

  • Industrial Civilization can be described by a single pulse waveform of duration X, as measured by average energy-use per person per year.
  • The life-expectancy of Industrial Civilization is less than one-hundred (100) years: i.e., X < 100 years.

In 1989 I postulated that per capita energy-use had peaked and was already on the decline. But back then I lacked sufficient data to test the theory.

By 1996, however, I had successfully tested the Olduvai theory against numerous sets of data. Four of these tests are graphed in Figure 2. The following facts emerge.

  1. On the average, world per capita energy-use reached a maximum value (i.e., a peak) in 1977.
  2. The 1977-1995 rate of decline has averaged 0.90% per year.
  3. Per capita energy-use will continue to decline as long as the world population growth rate exceeds the energy growth rate.
  4. If the decline continues (and extinction is avoided), human societies will bottom out at the subsistence level of energy-use.

The Olduvai theory explains the Figure 2 data, but the exponential-growth theory (of mainstream economics) and the steady-state theory both fail.

The Olduvai theory cannot be overthrown (i.e., scientifically rejected) by outrage or indignation. However, it can be overthrown by either, (1) demonstrating that the four sets of data in Figure 2 are in error, or (2) by gathering additional data over the next few decades and demonstrating that the Olduvai theory cannot explain that data. In any case, the data will be the final arbiter.

Read the entire paper: http://dieoff.org/page125.htm

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Why Globalization will FAIL:

Nine Reasons Why Globalization Can’t Be Permanent

Since the late 1990s, globalization has seemed to be the great hope for the future. Now this great hope seems to be dimming. Globalization sets up conflict in the area of jobs. Countries around the world compete for development and jobs. If there is not enough cheap-to-produce energy to go around, huge wage disparity is likely to result.

We know from physics and history that economies need to grow, or they collapse. The wage disparity that high-wage countries have been experiencing in recent years is evidence that the world economy is already reaching energy limits. There are no longer enough jobs that pay well to go around. Any drop in energy supply is likely to worsen the job situation.

Most observers miss this problem, because they expect high oil prices to signal energy limits. This time, the signal is low wages for a significant group of workers, rather than high oil prices. This situation is possible in a networked economy, but it is not what most people look for.

Unhappy citizens can be expected to react to the wage disparity problem by electing leaders who favor limits to globalization. This can only play out in terms of reduced globalization.

History and physics suggest that economies without adequate energy supply can be expected to collapse. We have several recent examples of partial collapses, including the Great Depression of the 1930s and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Such collapses, or even more extensive collapses, might occur again if we cannot find energy alternatives that can be quickly scaled up to replace oil and coal in the very near term. These replacements need to be cheap-to-produce, non-polluting, and available in huge quantities.

The story that the economy doesn’t really need a growing supply of very cheap-to-produce energy is simply a myth. Let’s look at some of the pieces of this story.

Read more at: https://ourfiniteworld.com/2018/01/31/nine-reasons-why-globalization-cant-be-permanent/

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The Universe is infinite and eternal and swarms with life. The Ancients knew this – and we have forgotten it.  There will still be life on Earth after Industrial Civilization collapses.

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Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowingcGovernor Scott Walker, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave,  City of Racine Mayor 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.

Make Your Voice Heard! As the WI DNR and PSC Solicit Public Input Into Their Decision Making Process

Concerned Residents of Racine County will have an opportunity to add their voices and valuable input into the decision making process of both the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in regards to:

(PSC) Allowing the American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project;  and

 

 

(DNR) Allowing the City of Racine to remove an additional 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve the proposed  Foxconn LCD TV manufacturing plant.

 

First – from the Journal Sentinel:

Foxconn would get $140 million electricity project, use more power than any plant in state

American Transmission Co. will seek state approval for a $140 million project to run electrical power to the huge manufacturing complex Foxconn Technology Group plans to build in Racine County.

The massive plant is expected to draw an enormous amount of power — six times more than the next-largest factory in Wisconsin, according to ATC, which declined to identify that factory.

 The project would affect the rates of residential electric customers in Wisconsin.

Before adding power lines and building the new substation, ATC will need approval from the State Public Service Commission. The utility says it will file an application with the PSC in February and ask for a decision by August.

If the commission approves the project then, construction would begin late next year on the substation and in early 2019 on the transmission lines, according to ATC. Power would start flowing by late 2019 or early 2020.

ATC is co-owned by Wisconsin utilities including We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric and Superior Water, Light and Power.

To get power to Foxconn, ATC would add a second 345 kilovolt transmission circuit along 12 miles of existing lines from Pleasant Prairie north to Mount Pleasant.

That would take power to a point 1.2 miles east of the new substation. To connect the existing system to the substation, ATC would build new transmission lines, strung on 16 steel poles, 120 feet to 160 feet tall, set along an east-west corridor south of Braun Road.

 The utility would need easements through the new corridor, either by negotiating with landowners or, if necessary, acquiring the right-of-way by exercising eminent domain authority.

ATC also would build an underground line beneath Highway H to connect to a Foxconn-owned power station on the factory site.

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Residents can voice their concerns by filing a comment with the Public Service Commission – screenshot below:

The link to the Public Service Commission Comments section is: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx

Concerned Residents then need to select a Case – specifically: American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project; then click on the FILE A COMMENT prompt, which opens the window to file a comment.

From the prompt:

137-CE-188 –Application of American Transmission Company LLC to Construct and Place in Operation a New 345/138 kV Substation in the Village of Mount Pleasant, 345 kV Transmission Lines to Interconnect it With ATC’s Existing 345 kV Transmission Network, and to Construct or Reconstruct Other Lines and Facilities in the Area, to be Located in Primarily Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin

To file comments in this case fill out the information below and click on the File Comments button.

A comment may consist of the writer’s personal knowledge or personal opinions only. A reference document, newspaper article, professional journal article, white paper, study or any other prepared material not written by the person commenting is not considered a public comment, but may be referenced in a person’s comment.

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Comments range from being supportive of MTP using Eminent Domain to confiscate private property for State purposes, granting questionably superior rights over  residents to privately owned Mega- Corporations  and being in favor of raising  rates for electricity to those who disfavor such questionably, and hastily rushed  legislatively mandated and potentially unconstitutional State actions.

Comment:
I do not understand why ANY ratepayers other than Foxconn are proposed to be charged for Foxconn’s transmission lines. This is reportedly an extremely profitable company. Part of that profitability must be massive subsidies to Foxconn paid by governments and citizens in the areas in which Foxconn locates. Please direct the ratepaying charges directly to Foxconn, the main customer for whom this transmission line is intended. If as quoted in the newspaper the cost to ratepayers is “pennies per month, pennies per year”, Foxconn can surely afford this.

I also have serious concerns about environmental impacts by Foxconn on my local environment. I would request that they abide by or exceed all current regulatory requirements and not be granted any exceptions to existing water or air quality laws.

The Comment section, which also collates the contents of many documents which are required to be filed, prior to approval, may be found at this link:

http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2015/ERF_search/content/searchResult.aspx?UTIL=137&CASE=CE&SEQ=188&START=none&END=none&TYPE=none&SERVICE=none&KEY=none&NON=N

From the Case Summary:

American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project
Applicant(s): American Transmission Company LLC (137)
Project Description: ATC proposes to construct new electric transmission facilities to serve the proposed Foxconn development. Facilities to be constructed include: a new Mount Pleasant Substation to provide electrical service for the Foxconn campus; two sets of double-circuit transmission lines along a 1.2-mile corridor to connect the new substation to the existing 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission system; an added second 345 kV transmission circuit to an existing 12-mile transmission line between the existing Racine and Pleasant Prairie Substations; modifications at the existing Racine and Elm Road Substations, and at the existing Pleasant Prairie Switchyard; and, a new 138 kV underground transmission line to connect the proposed Mount Pleasant Substation to a new substation to be owned by Foxconn. The Commission’s review of the project is limited to the proposed electric transmission facilities.
Case Coordinator: James Lepinski

Stacy Schumacher

Now Accepting Public Comments

Link: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/content/detail.aspx?dockt_id=137-CE-188

Let your voice be heard:

From JT:

The Foxconn deal keeps getting worse and worse. From 3 billion to 4 billion and now to at least 4.5 billion of taxpayer dollars. That’s not including taxpayer water, sewer, power infrastructures and highway expansion costs.

Recently the details of the power project that Foxconn and various politicians expect you to pay for were revealed. It’s a 14-mile long, mostly above ground, high-power line with various substations and their lines.

The City and County of Kenosha wisely said no to Foxconn. That means the 10 or 12 miles of new high-powered power lines that are proposed to run across Kenosha (south to north) don’t belong there.

The lines and substations belong in Mount Pleasant and Racine County. Period. They wanted Foxconn.

Additionally, and just as important, residents of southeast Wisconsin shouldn’t have to pay the power needs of a foreign corporation that’s overflowing in money, assets and anti-suicide nets. If not stopped, these costs will be on our power bills for years to come.

The Foxcomm deal is built on faulty legal ground, bad ethics, and greed. Special laws allowing destruction of local environment, thoughtless cruel winter evictions, homes seized, and the sickening perversion of the court system to benefit a single foreign company. Now add a subsidized expensive ugly high-power line to the list.

To make your voice heard and make a comment with the Public Service Commission, contact the PSC. Call 608-266-541. Write. Or comment on webpage under “American Transmission Company (ATC) — Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project” http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx.

Vince Mutchler

Kenosha

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Meanwhile the DNR is getting ready to approve an application for City of Racine to extract another 7,000,000 + gallons of water daily, from Lake Michigan:

From JT:

DNR sets hearing on Foxconn water diversion

MADISON — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that they’ve scheduled a public hearing on the request for March 7 in Sturtevant.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant.

The agency also will take public comments on the request through March 21.

Under the Great Lakes Compact, all water diverted from Lake Michigan must be returned minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s used for Foxconn’s manufacturing process. The city’s application estimates about 2.7 million gallons per day will be consumed and wouldn’t return to the lake. All wastewater would return to the Racine wastewater treatment plan and then the lake. Foxconn has struggled with pollution problems in China.

Defining “Qualified Immunity” For The Mental Midgets Who Rule Racine County

Gotta LOL! When the JT is reduced to publishing this drivel (but watch Governor Scott Walker and his complicit and malfeasant WI DOJ remain silent):

From Journal Times:

Mount Pleasant asks for dismissal of lawsuit over Foxconn

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Village of Mount Pleasant wants a lawsuit filed over land acquisition for Foxconn Technology Group’s manufacturing development dismissed.

The village, represented by Alan Marcuvitz of the law firm von Briesen & Roper, argues the plaintiffs’ claims are problematic and should be dismissed. The eminent domain process has neither started nor finished, according to the court filings.

“This lawsuit is not based on the notion that the procedures of that statute were not followed or were defectively implemented,” Marcuvitz argued for the defendants. “Instead, it seeks to avoid them entirely, having this court take on the entire role of a state administrative and judicial process.”

If the court will not dismiss the claim, the defense requested it pause proceedings so that the lawsuit does not interfere with the eminent domain process.

Qualified immunity

The defense also asked for the claims against Village President Dave DeGroot to be dismissed, stating that he is entitled to immunity for his actions. A claim against him would require the property owners to show he violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights” while acting in his capacity.

“Plaintiffs’ sole allegation is that Mr. DeGroot was acting under ‘color of state law,’ ” the filing states. “Of course he was — that was his position. If stating that a public official or employee acted under color of state law is sufficient to state a claim against that person, the concept of qualified immunity would be meaningless.”

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Village President David DeGroot is clearly lost and confused while his legal team attempts to blow more smoke up MTP Residents anal sphincter valves!

And YES! The claims are “Problematic” Can you define that term – Dave?

Is it problematic because it is a complex problem with no simple  solutions – in regards to the environment; sustainability; practicability; cost vs. benefit ratio; Equity and implementation? Perhaps it just creates a greater dilemma for Racine County Residents – Dilemma defined:

So just what is QUALIFIED IMMUNITY?

From Cornell Law School:

Qualified immunity

Overview

Qualified immunity is a type of legal immunity. Qualified immunity “Qualified immunity balances two important interests—the need to hold public officials accountable when they exercise power irresponsibly and the need to shield officials from harassment, distraction, and liability when they perform their duties reasonably.” Pearson v. Callahan .

Specifically, qualified immunity protects a government official from lawsuits alleging that the official violated a plaintiff’s rights, only allowing suits where officials violated a “clearly established” statutory or constitutional right. When determining whether or not a right was “clearly established,” courts consider whether a hypothetical reasonable official would have known that the defendant’s conduct violated the plaintiff’s rights. Courts conducting this analysis apply the law that was in force at the time of the alleged violation, not the law in effect when the court considers the case.

Qualified immunity is not immunity from having to pay money damages, but rather immunity from having to go through the costs of a trial at all. Accordingly, courts must resolve qualified immunity issues as early in a case as possible, preferably before discovery.

Qualified immunity only applies to suits against government officials as individuals, not suits against the government for damages caused by the officials’ actions. Although qualified immunity frequently appears in cases involving police officers, it also applies to most other executive branch officials. While judges, prosecutors, legislators, and some other government officials do not receive qualified immunity, most are protected by other immunity doctrines.

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Astute Readers will already recognize that even the Wisconsin Legislative Bureau claimed that the Foxconn Legislation is largely UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

 

The entire document is available by clicking on:  foxconn_legcouncil

Nonpartisan Attorneys Say Part Of Foxconn Law Could Be Unconstitutional

 

Law Governing Judicial Process For Foxconn Could Face Court Challenge

Lawyers in the state Legislature’s nonpartisan legal office say part of the $3 billion incentives package for Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn passed by lawmakers last week may be unconstitutional.

The incentives package, which was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on Monday, includes language that creates a unique judicial process for legal challenges involving Foxconn.

Under the provision, decisions in those cases by circuit court judges would be immediately stayed, or put on hold, if an appeal is filed to a higher court. The law also creates an expedited process for the state Supreme Court to take up cases involving Foxconn, and requires them to give those cases preference.

“It appears that certain aspects of that appellate procedure could be subject to challenge,” senior staff attorneys for the Wisconsin Legislative Council wrote in the memo.

A challenge to the law would center on whether it constitutes the Legislature infringing on judicial powers or unduly burdens or interferes with the judicial branch of government.

The memo was requested by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, who said the law erodes public trust in courts.

“We should not be giving a foreign corporation preferential treatment in our state courts,” Shilling said in a statement.

See also:

Mount Pleasant is Served With It’s First Foxconn Related Legal Challenge While Forced Evictions Are Rushed and Cruel

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Does David DeGroot qualify for “Qualified Immunity” when he acts beyond his statutorily defined authorities? The answer is – Of course NOT! But that’s not going to stop the Politically Connected Criminal Element who have assumed control over SE WI from claiming otherwise – and as always –  at taxpayer and Residents  expense.

HEY DAVE – Welcome to The Jungle!

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Foxconn Costs Escalate to $4.5 Billion, While Wisconsin Residents Say NO to Republican Sponsored Corporate Welfare and Hand Governor Walker a Stunning Defeat!

The Top Stories say it all – costs continue to escalate, up to $4.5 Billion (and counting) at this time, while Wisconsin Voters take heed to the fact that “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is“.

From Assembly Democratic Leader Representative Gordon Hintz:

More from the Hintz Press Release:

“We already knew that the FoxConn deal represented the largest taxpayer giveaway by a state to a foreign corporation in our country’s history. And we knew that due to the Man and Ag tax credit, FoxConn is already not paying any taxes, therefore making these new tax credits cash payments.

What this memo details is a bad deal is getting worse.

Since the FoxConn deal was announced, the pattern has been predictable:

FoxConn asks Governor Walker to jump, he asks ‘how high?’ Whether the request is to lower environmental regulations or raid $134 million from the state high rehabilitation fund to pay for local roads supporting

FoxConn, the Walker Administration has given blanket approval.”

Governor Walker’s track record on large-scale job creation and economic development projects shows one failure after another.

Each of his failed economic development plans also happen to coincide with upcoming election cycles.

  • Kestrel received $25 million in tax incentives to create over 600 jobs in Superior. Few jobs were created and the Superior community is left holding the bag on loan repayments.

This deal was announced the day before the recall petition was filed against Governor Walker.

  • The Governor tried hard give Gogebic Taconite the kitchen sink to bring mining jobs back to Wisconsin. They left in 2015. No jobs were created. And the miner on our flag remains a symbol of our past.
  • During his first campaign, he said over and over that he was going to create 250,000 jobs in four years, a number he still hasn’t achieved in over seven years.

“The costs of this project should alarm every Wisconsin family. This memo shows a 50% increase from the initially reported state investment. We will be pay for this now and long into the future, both in the direct costs and opportunity costs in cuts to K – 12 education and the UW System in upcoming budgets.”

“Governor Walker is in an election year. He will say and do anything to get re-elected, even if it means selling Wisconsin’s future for the FoxConn deal. Despite the Governor’s political motives, every Wisconsin family deserves to know how much higher the price tag of FoxConn will go.”

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The Memo is available by clicking on: Hintz Memo

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Meanwhile, from The Intercept:

Stunning Special Election in Wisconsin Shows Scott Walker’s Foxconn Deal Isn’t the Political Winner It Was Sold as

Scott Walker, who is running for a third term as Wisconsin governor this November, thought he had found political dynamite by wooing tech manufacturer Foxconn to Wisconsin with billions in taxpayer giveaways.

Yet this week, Democrats ran in special elections against the corporate welfare project, with one pulling off a stunning upset and another losing a race by 14 points after Hillary Clinton had been beaten in the same district in the 2016 election by more than 40.

Walker took to late-night Twitter, warning that the upset should be a “wake-up call” for his party, whose supporters in groups like Americans for Prosperity spent some $50,000 trying to keep the seat red.

Medical examiner Patty Schachtner was only able to run for the state Senate seat because Walker had plucked the incumbent out and appointed him to his administration, confident that the seat, which Republicans had held for nearly 20 years, would remain safely red. Schachtner won in a landslide.

In 2016, Donald Trump carried the same district, SD10, by nearly 20 points. The surprising win — combined with other progressive victories and Randy Bryce’s populist campaign against House Speaker Paul Ryan — is being viewed as a bellwether for both Wisconsin and national politics, injecting hope into the idea that Democrats can contest for seemingly safe GOP offices.

“The thing to remember about the state tax portion of this is that these are tax credits. It’s not just that Foxconn won’t pay taxes on their profits,” Brown told The Intercept. “The state of Wisconsin is literally going to be writing a check to Foxconn, and that’s money that won’t go to supporting Main Street businesses, public schools, or maintaining roads and bridges.”

“Wisconsinites are seeing businesses leave their communities without any effort being made to keep them there,” he said. “Those are good-paying, family-supporting, blue-collar jobs that are now gone. Where was the state package to try and keep those jobs here?”

The budget for the Foxconn project has ballooned recently. Originally pitched by Walker as a $3 billion state investment this summer, official estimates released this week suggest that the project will end up costing around $4.5 billion in public funds. Thanks to measures passed through the legislature in September, Foxconn will receive the largest tax break that a U.S. state has ever offered a corporation. Communities around the proposed plant will shell out, too, including $764 million from the tiny village of Mount Pleasant, where the factory will be located. Since there isn’t currently the infrastructure to support the massive campus, municipalities in the surrounding area will need to invest in costly upgrades to things like roads and water systems. Walker also hopes to spend $6.8 million on an ad campaign to bring in out-of-state workers. In return, Foxconn has told Wisconsinites their plan could create some 13,000 jobs, though exactly who gets those jobs — and how many of them will actually materialize — remains to be seen.

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While WILL – the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty continues the good fight for demanding that local governments stop abusing and misapplying TIF laws in order to protect Taxpayers and Communities, and reestablish the Rule of Law, Equal Rights, and Equal Protection for ALL!

WILL Press Release | WILL and Voters With Facts Challenge Eau Claire TIF District #12

January 16, 2018 – Eau Claire, WI – On behalf of Voters With Facts, an Eau Claire volunteer organization, and multiple individuals whose taxes will be affected, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a notice of claim with the City of Eau Claire on Friday, challenging the legality of newly-created Tax Incremental District (TID) #12.  The challenge comes as the Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to review the legality of Eau Claire TIDs #8 and #10.

Tax incremental financing is an extraordinary mechanism that cities may use only in precisely limited situations.  Cities are allowed to create TIDs, borrow money to pay for improvements within the TID to encourage new development, and then dedicate the taxes paid on that new development to repaying the loans.  Among many other requirements, a TID can only be created if the new development within the TID wouldn’t occur unless a TID is created.  In other words, if new projects would happen in the area anyway, then creating a TID is not only unnecessary, it is not allowed.  Those new projects should be placed on the ordinary tax rolls like any other property.

Eau Claire is claiming that without TID #12, the Aspenson Mogensen Hall, at 222 Water Street, would not be built.  But the Hall is already built.  The building was completed in 2017 and UW-Eau Claire students had already moved into the upper-floor apartments before city government approved TID #12.

“It is unlawful to approve a TID project plan that relies on ‘incremental’ tax revenue from property that was fully developed before the TID was enacted,” explained Rick Esenberg, President and General Counsel of WILL.  “Capturing existing developments in a TID removes the property from the allocable tax base, and burdens other taxpayers with taxes that would otherwise be allocated to the new property.”

A copy of the notice of claim can be found here.  More information about VWF’s and WILL’s challenge to TIDs #8 and #10 can be found here.

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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.

 

Mount Pleasant is Served With It’s First Foxconn Related Legal Challenge While Forced Evictions Are Rushed and Cruel

From Racine County Eye:

Mount Pleasant neighbors sue over eminent domain

Seven Mount Pleasant property owners have sued the village in federal court over how it is handling property acquisitions for Foxconn Technology Group.

The landowners who filed the lawsuit own property located within the footprint where Foxconn wants to build an LCD manufacturing facility. Expected to generate 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent positions, the $10 billion project is the largest economic investment in the state and one of the largest in U.S. history.

The property owners’ attorney Erik Olsen, of Eminent Domain Services LLC, filed the complaint in the federal court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The lawsuit, filed Monday, names the village and Village President David DeGroot as defendants.

Further, the complaint alleges that the Village of Mount Pleasant is: The case shows “violations of the Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to equal protection, private property, and due process,” the complaint states.

  • acquiring the property owners’ land for “the benefit of a private corporation,”
  • that the state has passed legislation allowing the project to skirt environmental impact studies and wetland permitting requirements,
  • that village staff treated landowners differently by offering different purchase prices –  some up to 10 times the value of their property – and
  • it is acquiring property for a non-public purpose.

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According to Eminent Domain Services:

You never considered selling your property–now you are suddenly faced with trying to navigate the uncertain waters of eminent domain law to ensure you are fairly compensated. However, this is easier said than done. We can help you through this unfamiliar process and make sure you are treated fairly.

Make sure you receive
“Just Compensation”

Your property is being taken from you. It is property that you own, make monthly mortgage payments, pay property tax on and even cut the grass! Now, all of a sudden, the government or a for-profit utility company knocks on your door and tells you they are going to take all or some of the land. Many would agree that this doesn’t seem fair.  However, this is the power of eminent domain.

While the prospect of eminent domain may seem daunting at first, you have a inherent Constitutional Right ​to receive “just compensation.” In fact, you have many rights under both state and federal law. Many times, however, you must take action to ensure that your rights are respected. Government and utility companies continue to stretch its use of eminent domain.

Make sure your rights are protected

The government, such as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and utility companies, such as American Transmission Company or ATC are very very well versed and experienced in eminent domain law. Their agents travel all over the state taking property from Wisconsin landowners. They are very good at this and frequently acquire property for less than fair market value.

Eminent Domain Services LLC are Wisconsin lawyers dedicated to defending Wisconsin landowner rights against the government and utility companies. Just as the government or utility company is well versed in eminent domain law–you need someone on your side to represent your interests.

​We only represent property owners and do not do any work for government agencies, utility companies or other organizations who utilize the power of eminent domain. We are committed to helping Wisconsin property owners and ensure that they are treated fairly.

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There are 7 Plaintiffs who are suing The Village of Mount Pleasant and David DeGroot in both his individual and official capacity.

The entire Complaint can be viewed by clicking on the link to the PDF Viewer: Jensen Complaint Main

According to the Complaint:

Of great concern to Residents should be the complete lack of potentially willful ignorance by the WI DNR of the future pollution problems and environmental degradation which will likely result from Foxconn:

In addition to the pollution and degradation of the environment by Foxconn, offers for purchase were based upon faulty logic and reasoning:

As for the Defendants, The Village of Mount Pleasant, and David DeGroot, they are alleged to have acted under the color of state law:

For the readers information – “Acting Under the Color of Law” is defined as:

Color of law” refers to an appearance of legal power to act that may operate in violation of law. For example, if a Village President acts with the “color of law” authority to take property by Eminent Domain,  the taking, if it is made without due regard for it’s ultimate use, may actually be in violation of law.

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As the Village of Mount Pleasant and David DeGroot were being sued,land buying operatives for Foxconn were demanding that Tenants be given short notice and thrown out of their homes within 30 days!

From the Journal Sentinel:

Renters face eviction with minimum notice, then Foxconn, after inquiry, offers more time

After landlords started proceedings to evict four Sturtevant families on minimum notice to pave the way for land purchases by Foxconn Technology Group, the company took action to give the families more time to move following a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel inquiry about the situation.

Instead of the 28 days the tenants originally were granted in hand-delivered notices they received Thursday afternoon from two landlords — one of whom said he acted at Foxconn’s direction — the company said it will try to let the renters stay for at least 90 days.

Four families — two with school-age children and one with an adult woman and her 79-year-old mother on fixed incomes — rent houses on the land. Tenants said late last week that they were surprised and dismayed to be handed letters telling them they had to clear out by Jan. 31.

“I feel like I’m living in a nightmare right now,” Jennifer Le Viseur, who said she has rented her house on Braun Road for nearly 13 years, said on Friday. “… Like I’ve been slapped in the face.”

Also upset was Veronica Roussett, who lives nearby with her husband and their two daughters, who are 7 and 8 years old.

 “We felt like the notice was just sprung on us and we weren’t given any type of option … it just seems so unfair,” Roussett said Friday.

But after a reporter asked a Foxconn spokeswoman about the matter, Louis Woo, top assistant to company chairman Terry Gou, said by email that Foxconn will work to give the tenants at least 90 days to find new homes and to move.

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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.

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