A Desperate Foxconn and State Rep Robin Vos Now Seek To Renegotiate the WEDC Contract Which is Currently in Default

From Madison’s Very Own Wisconsin State Journal:

Tony Evers says Foxconn, not his administration, first sought to revisit deal with state

“An executive for electronics maker Foxconn first suggested revisiting the company’s $3 billion state incentive deal to reflect the company’s “evolving project” in Wisconsin, according to a letter written and released Tuesday by Gov. Tony Evers.

Also Tuesday, the CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. defended the state’s deal with Foxconn as a “solid contract” and said the company’s changes to its plan for Wisconsin don’t require that it be revisited.

Both developments follow Evers’ acknowledgement last week that his administration will work with Foxconn to revisit the deal.

The Evers letter to Foxconn executive Louis Woo says Woo, at a meeting with Evers last month, indicated “Foxconn intends to suggest several changes to the existing agreement to better align the terms with the evolving project and global marketplace.”

The letter says Foxconn will submit its proposed changes to the deal in coming weeks. Evers wrote that “to my knowledge, this was the first time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin had mentioned amending or changing the agreement.”

Evers added GOP legislative leaders were told of Woo’s suggestion that same day.

In a statement, Foxconn officials said the company “has never wavered” from its commitment to create 13,000 jobs, but added it remains “open to further consultation, collaboration, and new ideas.”

“As part of our ongoing, long-term investment in Wisconsin, we have conducted both routine engagement and good faith discussions with the Evers Administration regarding areas of flexibility within the existing agreement to ensure the company and our workforce will be positioned for long-term success,” the Foxconn statement said.”

Foxconn’s decision to build a Gen  6 Manufacturing Facility does NOT meet the requirements of the WEDC Contract which requires a Gen 10.5 manufacturing facility . Therefore, the contract is in default, and Foxconn is not eligible for any benefits!

From Cap Times:

Foxconn says it will build Gen 6 factory in Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers ‘comfortable’ with commitment

After a week of headlines raising questions about Foxconn’s plans for Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday he is comfortable with the technology company’s commitment to the state. 

“Frankly I think what they said recently has been relatively consistent, it’s just a matter of their communication strategy being more consistent,” Evers told reporters in the state Capitol. “I’m comfortable that they’re still committed to the state, they’re still committed to this Generation 6 technology, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to encourage them to be more transparent and more consistent.”

Shortly before Evers’ comments, Foxconn Technology Group said in a statement that it will move forward with plans to construct a Generation 6 facility in southeastern Wisconsin. So-called Gen 6 factories generally produce small LCD screens for cell phones, tablets and small televisions. 

 

Although Foxconn originally billed its planned Wisconsin facility as a Generation 10.5 LCD plant, the company has said since last year that it will instead start by building a smaller Gen 6 plant. Foxconn executive Louis Woo has said the company’s southeastern Wisconsin campus will be built in a phased approach. 

Evers said he and Woo spoke Friday morning and Woo reiterated the company’s commitment to a Gen 6 plant. 

In its statement, Foxconn credited “productive discussions between the White House and the company” and “a personal conversation between President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Terry Gou” with its decision to move forward with its Gen 6 plans.

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)

Building a Gen 6 Manufacturing Facility is a violation of the WEDC Contract which stipulates a Gen 10.5 Manufacturing Facility, and therefore Foxconn is in default and is not eligible for taxpayer funded payments or subsidizes.

WI Governor Doctor Tony Evers is an educated person, unlike Ruffians and Scofflaws such as State Representative Robin Vos, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, MTP Village President Davis DeGoof, and City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason – he simply expects the beneficiaries of a negotiated contract to fulfill their promises.

FOXCONN HAS FAILED TO ADHERE TO THE STIPULATED CONDITIONS OF THE WEDC CONTRACT!

Thus, the WEDC contract is NULL AND VOID!

And thus, Foxconn desperately seeks to re-negotiate the contract!

From the WEDC Contract:

Concerned taxpayers can download the complete WEDC Agreement by clicking on the following link: 1109wedcfoxconn

While State of WI Dr. Tony Evers letter to Foxconn states, as follows:

Complete Letter of  Wisconsin  Governor Dr. Tony Evers available by clicking on the following link: Dr. Tony Evers Letter

 

Desperate Republicans seek to change the terms of the “ironclad” Scott Walker WEDC agreement of a guaranteed Gen 10.5  manufacturing facility to fit the  Foxconn scaling down of the contract to a Gen 6 manufacturing facility, in violation of the agreed upon terms. This is simply not acceptable, and must be resisted. Already Taxpayers in MTP are being asked to pay more for the Foxscam Management scheme –

From JT:

AS foretold, and coming to fruition:

MOUNT PLEASANT: Firm proposes 25% hike for Foxconn Project management

MOUNT PLEASANT — The consulting company that provides Mount Pleasant with the project manager who oversees Foxconn matters is requesting a nearly 25% increase in its contract with the village.

Milwaukee-based Kapur and Associates, which employs Foxconn project manager Claude Lois, has been getting paid $20,000 per month for nearly the last two years, equaling $240,000 per year. With the contract up in August, Kapur is requesting to be paid $24,000 per month — $288,000 per year.

Meanwhile….

Dear Village Board,

I see that the Foxconn dividend is paying off for Claude Lois to
manage Foxconn, while costing taxpayers more!

MOUNT PLEASANT — The consulting company that provides Mount Pleasant
with the project manager who oversees Foxconn matters is requesting a
nearly 25% increase in its contract with the village.

Milwaukee-based Kapur and Associates, which employs Foxconn project
manager Claude Lois, has been getting paid $20,000 per month for
nearly the last two years, equaling $240,000 per year. With the
contract up in August, Kapur is requesting to be paid $24,000 per
month — $288,000 per year.

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/mount-pleasant-firm-proposes-hike-for-foxconn-project-management/article_24b57fd4-446b-538c-9315-51a77243f882.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

This is just the first in a series of steep and disastrous tax hikes
which will occur in MTP and Racine County as the Foxscam has changed
again. Since Foxconn’s change in plans to build a Gen 6 Plant is a
violation of the terms of their WEDC contract, which stipulates a Gen
10.5, from page 4 of the contract, which is attached for your viewing,
Foxconn is now desperate to change the WEDC contract, while desperate
Politicians like State Rep Robin Vos, Racine County Executive Jonathan
Delagrave and MTP President Dave DeGroot will ignore the actual terms
of the contract and focus on “employment”.

From JT:

The Evers letter to Foxconn executive Louis Woo says Woo, at a meeting
with Evers last month, indicated “Foxconn intends to suggest several
changes to the existing agreement to better align the terms with the
evolving project and global marketplace.”

The letter says Foxconn will submit its proposed changes to the deal
in coming weeks. Evers wrote that “to my knowledge, this was the first
time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin had mentioned amending
or changing the agreement.”

https://journaltimes.com/business/local/evers-says-foxconn-not-his-administration-first-sought-to-revisit/article_0cce4741-3147-5210-a87e-8ac89bb53d9e.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Charlatans and scofflaws – ALL of you!

BOHICA MTP and Racine County Residents for more taxes and fees!

Sincerely,

Tim & Cindy

Foxconn’s demands are Unacceptable.

Only Terrorists demand to renegotiate ironclad contracts executed in good faith.

It is time to end the State Sponsored Terrorism of the failed and costly Politically induced Foxscam Failure. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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More Cracks Appear In the MTP Foxconn Plan As Milwaukee County Demands an Investigation and Reopens Old Battle Lines

Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Will Milwaukeeans Pay for Foxconn Power?

Yes, according to ATC spokesperson. Ald. Robert Bauman wants city to investigate issue.

The $4.1 billion Foxconn deal is reactivating old battle lines.

At the center of Republican opposition to the Milwaukee Streetcar project was the notion that if utilities like We Energies had to pay to relocate their equipment in Milwaukee that would result in their suburban customers paying for the project. That belief led to a controversial case before the state’s Public Service Commission and ultimately a streetcar-specific change in state law. The city ended up having to pay all the relocation costs, a move that added over $15 million to the final price of the streetcar.

Now Alderman Robert Bauman is drawing attention to the potential that the same thing is happening in reverse with Foxconn in Racine County. Milwaukee customers are slated to be on the hook for paying for utility work to connect Foxconn’s 1,200-acre campus to the electric grid.

American Transmission Company, a private utility partially owned by We Energies parent WEC Energy Group, is proposing a $140 million project, including a substation and high voltage power lines to serve the proposed Foxconn campus. According to ATC that campus, which is planned to include up to 20 million square feet of buildings on the south side of Highway 11 in Racine County, would consume more than six times the energy used by the next largest factory in Wisconsin.

The cost for the ATC project would be paid by Wisconsin ratepayers. “The typical residential customer would pay pennies per year over the life of the project,” ATC spokeswoman Alissa Braatz told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In an email to other city officials Bauman states “Ironically, we are building three substations for the streetcar that we are paying for, not all rate payers (not to mention the $15M in utility relocation costs we are paying for as well). I also know that many real estate developers have had to pay exorbitant costs for electric utility modifications to serve their developments, not rate payers.”

Bauman is sponsoring a communication file that requests the Department of Public Works and City Attorney’s office to report on “public works projects occurring outside of the limits of the City that may involve absorption of utility construction or relocation costs by We Energies rate payers residing in the city of Milwaukee.”

ATC must receive authorization from the Public Service Commission to move forward with the project. The city could object to the proposal, similar to what MacIver Institute President Brett Healy did in 2011 regarding the streetcar.

In 2014, Bauman introduced a file that would grant the City Attorney and Department of Public Works the discretion to object to “municipal public works projects in the We Energies service area that will involve absorption of utility relocation costs by We Energies.” That file directly cites the PSC’s ruling on the streetcar project as the reason for the authorization.

That file is still being held in committee. Bauman intends to bring it forward with the communication file.

The next meeting of the Public Works Committee, which Bauman chairs, is scheduled for January 4th.

The utility measure isn’t the only iron Bauman has in the fire regarding Foxconn. Earlier this month the alderman launched an investigation into the feasibility of building a satellite city for Milwaukee residents that will work for Foxconn. The Foxconn campus, which could employ up to 13,000 people, is proposed for a site over 25 miles from downtown Milwaukee. Bauman has stated his preference is for a robust transit system to connect the campus to Milwaukee, but short of that the city might need to invest in affordable housing near the campus.

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While the Journal Times reports:

Alderman: Milwaukee shouldn’t have to fund Foxconn-related projects

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee alderman expects the City Council to object to having its ratepayers share in the cost of $140 million in new electrical transmission line infrastructure needed to serve the planned Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant.

And Alderman Robert Bauman believes that Milwaukee will prevail.

American Transmission Co. is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for new electric transmission line infrastructure. It includes the new Mount Pleasant substation south of Braun Road along the east side of County Trunk Highway H and Braun Road to provide electrical service for the Foxconn campus.

ATC says the impact on a typical residential electric bill will be shared among approximately 5 million customers over a 40-year period. Company spokeswoman Alyssa Braatz said the project will cost ratepayers “pennies per month, pennies per year.”

ATC will submit an application to the PSC in February and is requesting a decision by August.

On Thursday morning, the Milwaukee city attorney briefed the city Public Works Committee, of which Bauman is chairman, about whether the city could plausibly object to sharing in the cost of ATC’s Foxconn-related projects.

The city attorney said Milwaukee does have standing to object, Bauman said. He added, “That’s probably what we’re going to do.”

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.

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou Plays Maharashtra, India Government Officials For Fools – Is Scott Walker and Wisconsin Next?

From the Indian Express:

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: May 8, 2016 2:31 am

Make in Maharashtra: Foxconn’s $5 billion investment plan in state runs into delay

Prior to its much larger unit at Talegaon in western Maharashtra, Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, was to start a mobile phones production facility in Navi Mumbai by March or April.

Even as the state government is fervently working towards converting its multi-crore agreements signed to further its ‘Make in Maharashtra’ mission to actual investments, one of the state’s largest investment proposals, a $5 billion deal with Foxconn, has run into delays.

Prior to its much larger unit at Talegaon in western Maharashtra, Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer, was to start a mobile phones production facility in Navi Mumbai by March or April. However, due to certain internal issues, the Taiwan-based company has now postponed its plans to mid-2016.

State Industries Minister Subhash Desai told The Sunday Express, “The company is having some issues with some of its clients. Representatives from the firm have said they plan to start production by June.”

Foxconn, the tradename for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has leased two industrial sheds at Turbhe, in a deal facilitated by the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). The plots, leased for a five-year period, have a capacity of about 2 lakh sqft.

A senior official from the state industries department said, “The company will manufacture mobile phones of InFocus from the Navi Mumbai unit, and later has plans to make laptops as well.” InFocus, a US-based corporation, has a tie-up with Foxconn to jointly develop consumer electronics such as mobile phones, tablets and LED television sets.

A spokesperson from the Foxconn Technology Group said, “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on market rumours or speculation. However, we can confirm that a pilot site in Maharashtra will begin manufacturing cellphones in mid-2016. Our significant plans in India are being finalised and will be rolled out in phases over the next five years.”

Separately, the MIDC is in the process of acquiring land, about 1,500 acres, at Talegaon for the company, which counts Apple, BlackBerry, Motorola and Xiami as some of its customers, to set up a larger manufacturing unit.

Some senior officials from the state government and the MIDC are, however, a bit jittery about Foxconn’s promised investment, which is touted to be one of the largest FDI projects in the country in recent times.

A senior official said, “The company is not communicating its overall plans in the state to us properly, which makes us a bit concerned. They should interact with the Maharashtra government more clearly.”

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WHOA!  WAIT! The above story is now 2 years old – published on May 8, 2016 2:31 am !

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Nearly two years later:

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 14, 2017 5:22 am

Foxconn project stuck, minister says firm has stopped communicating

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis speak to Velha village through video conference as a part of Digital Maharashtra along with Industrial Minister, Subhash Desai, Education Minister, Vinod Tawde, Prakash Mehta at Shanmukhanand Auditorium in Mumbai on Sunday. Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar. 02.10.2016. Mumbai.

Industries Minister Subhash Desai said Monday there had been no progress on the proposed investments from Taiwanese giant Foxconn. He said communication between the state and the company had been at a standstill.
“Geopolitical situations and the strained relationship between India and China may have affected prospects. The firm has stopped communicating with us about the project,” Desai said.

It has been over 26 months since the company first signed an agreement to invest USD 5 billion in the state in what was then touted as the largest FDI project in the country and the Devendra Fadnavis government’s major achievement.

The company has been for the last two years scouting for locations in Pune, Konkan as well as areas around Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for its plant, which will manufacture components for mobile phones. The state government through MIDC is to help in procurement of the land. However, there has not been much headway on identification of the potential location or site, which had fuelled speculation on whether the company would go ahead with its plans.

Foxconn has revenues of close to $134 billion and caters to leading companies as a contract electronics manufacturer. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier said the tension between India and China had caused a minor blip in the project. He had also stated that the company had raised some issues with the Centre, which were being addressed, and that he was hopeful of the company’s investment in India.

Desai, meanwhile, defended Maharashtra’s status as an investment destination and said the perception that the state was losing out on investments to other states was wrong. “Most of the statistics being shown to state that Maharashtra is losing out as an industrial destination are deduced through the Industrial Entrepreneurs Memorandum.

These are submitted in two stages once while signing of MoUs and other when production actually begins. The filling of these IEMs is voluntary. There have been various instances when companies after taking approvals of mega project offer letters have not filed IEM. So to deduce that these IEM filings give true picture of total investment is wrong,” he said.

As per the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Desai claimed, Maharashtra had seen an investment of Rs 9122 cr till September 2017, which was the highest in the country.

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Only 3 years earlier – in 2015 –

Written by MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: September 25, 2015 2:08 am

Foxconn scouts for land in state, industrial shed in Navi Mumbai

The terms of the investment and any incentives that are to be given to the company are still under discussion,” the official said.

Having committed to invest $5 billion in Maharashtra, Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, has started the groundwork for what is touted to be one of the biggest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in the country in recent times.

Besides land for a large manufacturing facility in Western Maharashtra, Foxconn is also scouting for an industrial shed in Navi Mumbai for ancillary operations and is gearing up for the functioning of its corporate office at the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade.

The Taiwan-based company has sent a request to the state government to help the firm identify a suitable plot in Navi Mumbai and facilitate the transaction.

“They have raised a request for a readymade industrial shed on an urgent basis. We don’t know what purpose the company needs it for, but we are addressing their requirement,” said state industries minister Subhash Desai.

A senior official in the state industries department said the company was specifically looking for an industrial shed somewhere in Navi Mumbai of 50,000-60,000 sqm (12-15 acres) for assembly.

“This will mostly be a private plot, but the government will facilitate the process of identification and purchase for them,” he said. The state government has already committed 1,500 acres to the company, which counts smartphone makers such as Apple, BlackBerry, Motorola and Xiaomi as its customers.

“We have identified the land to be allotted at Talegaon and Khopoli and are in the process of closing negotiations for land acquisition at certain places.

The terms of the investment and any incentives that are to be given to the company are still under discussion,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Foxconn, the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, has set up a corporate office on the 32nd floor, occupying almost the entire floor, in the World Trade Centre building, which also houses the principal office of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).

A senior MIDC official said the corporate office of the company would start functioning from October 1. “Besides, the company wants to wait for its plan of disclosure on the Maharashtra plant,” he added.

Foxconn had, last month, signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government for an investment of $5 billion over five years in a new manufacturing facility in the state that the chief minister said could create employment for about 50,000 people.

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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.

 

Crony Capitalism & Foxconn: The Most Expensive Taxpayer-Funded Jobs Program In History

The costs for Taxpayers only continues to increase while the proposed Foxconn manufacturing facility has not yet materialized.

No doubt, WI Governor Scott Walker continues to make history!

OOPS! That sort of talk is strictly verboten.

The new history is forcing WI Taxpayers to fund one of the most expensive and potentially unconstitutional and destructive jobs programs  in the entire World!

 

Wisconsin & Foxconn: The Most Expensive Taxpayer-Funded Jobs Program In History

By Allan Golombek
December 26, 2017

The people of Wisconsin gave Taiwan-based Foxconn a billion-dollar gift for Christmas, on top of $3 billion they had already promised the company. So far, they haven’t even received a thank-you card – just the promise of the most expensive taxpayer-funded jobs in history.

This summer, Wisconsin politicians announced they had lured a new Foxconn LCD flat panel plant to southeast Wisconsin with a $3 billion incentive package, in return for a $10 billion investment from the company. But, like many government giveaways to the corporate sector, the bill to taxpayers has gotten even bigger. The Wisconsin Economic Development Agency agreed to a significant reduction in Foxconn’s commitment, down to $9 billion. This was after the state legislature okayed the deal without nailing down the details.

The state legislative bureau estimated it would take 25 years – until 2043 – until the Wisconsin government received enough in additional tax revenues to match the initial $3 billion investment. At $4 billion-plus, the break-even point will recede even further into the future.

But Wisconsinites aren’t the only ones who will pay the tab. At between $250,000 and $1 million per job, the Foxconn deal will raise the entry stakes for every jurisdiction seeking to attract new investments – or perhaps even just to retain them. Just like the value of your home is determined by how much the house down the street sold for, the going rate for government giveaways to companies is based partly on how much other governments have demonstrated a willingness to pay.

The steep price Wisconsin has committed to paying to host Foxconn will ripple across other states and municipalities. In 2015 alone, state and local business incentives came to $45 billion, including tax credits, property tax abatements, investment tax credits, R&D tax credits and customized job training, according to the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. And the cost has been going up; business incentives have more than tripled since 1990.

And the Wisconsin state government is not even sure what the full price is yet – or how many jobs they will actually be getting for it. The village and county where the plant is to be located have chipped in another $764 million in tax incentives. The state has also agreed to spend over $400 on new roads and road widenings and improvements to facilitate the plant. (Although some of these transportation improvements were anticipated eventually.)

Local residents don’t just get to pay for the boondoggle through their taxes; they can also expect to pay increased electricity rates. American Transmission Company has announced it will spend $140 million to build a new substation to provide electric power to Foxconn, with the cost to be charged to electricity customers in southeast Wisconsin.

How many jobs will the deal actually create? The notion of 13,000 jobs is actually a goal, not a guarantee. The legislative bureau acknowledged that some estimates place the probable payroll as low as 3,000. The agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable has a history of failing to verify job-creation claims and rewarding companies that fall short of quotas, according to state audits. How long will the jobs actually last? Foxconn has launched an extensive commitment to automation and robotics, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs in China with the introduction of specially-designed “Foxbots” – with the stated goal of eliminating almost their entire global workforce.

Moreover, how many of the jobs will actually go to residents of Wisconsin – the people paying for the party? The legislative bureau had estimated that about 10 percent of Foxconn workers would be residents of nearby Illinois. But a preliminary analysis commissioned by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation estimated as many as half of the construction workers and Foxconn workforce could come from outside the state.

The most ironic aspect of the deal is that the biggest shortage the state’s economy faces is not jobs, but the people with the skills needed to perform them. “We need bodies,” Gov. Scott Walker has admitted. Actually, they need skilled people. So much so that Walker has pledged to spend $6.8 million on an ad campaign to help attract residents from out of state to work for Foxconn. The state will spend $20 million on worker training over two years to ensure a pipeline of workers for Foxconn – and for small businesses that lose employees to the massive plant.

Rather than investing in people, too many governments are giving money to corporations in the pursuit of jobs that may not last long and may never return the investment. Wisconsin is setting the pace right now with its multi-billion dollar giveaway to Foxconn. Maybe it is time for governments to kick the habit. Sometimes, just saying ‘no’ could be a viable strategy.

Allan Golombek is a Senior Director at the White House Writers Group.

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From Urban Milwaukee & Murphy’s Law:

Bruce Murphy

Foxconn Subsidy Now Exceeds $4 Billion

Government subsidy keeps increasing while Foxconn’s required investment has declined.

When the state deal with Taiwanese company Foxconn was first announced, the numbers were bold and clear: the company would get $3 billion in subsidies from the state and in turn would build a $10 billion plant and create 13,000 jobs.

That stood not just as the largest subsidy in state history, but the largest government subsidy to a foreign company in American history.

But the giveaway has continued to grow, while Foxconn’s required investment has shrunk. After legislation was passed approving the deal without determining the specifics, the Wisconsin Economic Development Agency hammered out the details that dropped Foxconn’s required investment in its new plant to just $9 billion. The Journal Sentinel has reported this, yet its stories keep referring to the $10 billion plant.

Meanwhile the Village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in tax incentives. The measure also commits the state to paying 40 percent of local governments’ expenses for the plant “if ever called upon to do so.”

The state will also spend $30 million on a new two-mile road east of I-94 to be called “Wisconn Valley Way,” and aimed at easing traffic congestion near Foxconn’s plant.

And last week we learned the Walker administration will also siphon $134 million from the state transportation fund to widen and improve several local roads near the future Foxconn factory, as a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau disclosed. The Department of Transportation didn’t give the fiscal bureau an exact estimate for the local Foxconn roadwork when it was requested, but the bureau found the information “referenced in a grant application for $246.2 million in federal funds for the nearby I-94 project,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Those roads include County KR, Braun Rd. and state Highway 11, according to Kevin Muhs, Deputy Director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The local roads will be turned into state highways so state transportation can be used on them.

The Foxconn development has also pushed the state to spend $252 million to expand I-94 from six to eight lanes from College Ave. in Milwaukee County south to Highway 142 in Kenosha County. While it was anticipated this would eventually be done, it was far from guaranteed, given huge shortfalls in the transportation fund and delays in other projects. What is certain is that the I-94 widening and $134 million in local road improvements by the state will lead to longer delays or cancellations of other projects in the state.

The state has also applied for $240 million federal grant to help pay for the I-94 widening.

Gov. Walker has also pledged to spend $6.8 million on an ad campaign to help attract out-of-state residents for Foxconn. “We need bodies,” he confessed. The Fiscal Bureau had estimated that about 10 percent of Foxconn workers will be Illinois residents, but a preliminary analysis commissioned by Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. estimated as many as half of the construction workers and Foxconn workforce could come from other states, primarily Illinois, as the State Journal reported.

Meanwhile American Transmission Company has announced it will build a new substation to provide electric power to Foxconn at a cost of $140 million, which will then be charged to the 5 million customers of We Energies in southeast Wisconsin. The project “essentially would ask the public to contribute still more to Foxconn through higher electric rates,” the Journal Sentinel reported.

Foxconn has also been exempted from environmental regulations, and some experts believe this will cause pollution that might eventually require remediation paid for by taxpayers. And Foxconn’s newest demand is for its plant to be treated as a foreign trade zone, which could reduce its customs duties and cut the company’s costs. Odds are, it’s not the last demand the company will make.

Ald. Bob Bauman tallied the total costs for taxpayers in a speech before a Common Council committee and concluded it would cost $4.5 billion. That might be a tad high, unless you believe the I-94 widening would have never happened. But even without it, the total cost is nearly $4.1 billion, to get a $ 9 billion plant. That’s astounding: a cost of $1,774 per household in Wisconsin.

Back when the subsidy was $3 billion the Fiscal Bureau estimated it would take till 2043 or later for taxpayer to recoup all the money being spent, and even that was based on “speculative” figures on spinoff jobs, it noted. At $4.1 billion it’s safe to say it will take until 2050 to recoup those costs.

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The Unconstitutional Foxconn Special Legislation Is Merely a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

Special Edition Holiday Post: h/t A Better Mount Pleasant

Attorney Rick Eisenberg discusses his lawsuit against the city of Eau Claire, an action the attorney general’s office says could imperil Foxconn.

From WILL

Voters With Facts v. Eau Claire

Type of Case: TIF Districts

Court: Eau Claire County Circuit Court, Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Case Number: 15-CV-175, 15-AP-1858

Filed On: March 12, 2015

Current Status: Pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Eau Claire is using TIF districts to hand millions of dollars to a private developer in order to build a new performing arts center and other buildings in its historic downtown district. TIF districts have become the favorite tool of crony capitalists to pay off well-connected business owners while making it “look” like taxes aren’t being spent. TIF districts were created by the legislature to permit cities to deal with truly run-down dumps by permitting those cities to borrow against the growth in tax revenue that development of such blighted areas would bring. But cities are first supposed to make sure that (1) the area is truly blighted, and (2) development wouldn’t happen in the area without the TIF district.

In Eau Claire, neither of those two things happened – the government officials merely reached those conclusions without actually seeing any evidence that they were true. On behalf of Voters With Facts, a group opposed to the project, and dozens of local property taxpayers, we sued to challenge two TIF districts.

The circuit court dismissed our case, concluding that the plaintiffs lacked standing (despite case law stretching back a hundred years permitting taxpayers to challenge the unlawful expenditure of tax dollars) and that it would be improper for a court to “second guess” a city’s decision to create a TIF district.

We appealed, and the appellate court partially reversed.  The court agreed that the plaintiffs lacked standing, under a different theory than that used by the circuit court – that the plaintiffs were wrong on the merits and therefore lacked standing.  However, the court also concluded that our alternative claim for certiorari review could survive.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court granted a petition to hear the case, which will be scheduled for oral argument in the first half of 2018.

 More and more it appears that the only thing MTP President David DeGroot will be flushing down that bright new shiny sewer will be taxpayers  dollars!

From The JT:

DeGroot: Highway V gang has bad attitude

MTP President David DeGroot says: “Let’s  flush the Highway V-gang and their crappy attitudes down the shiny new sewer heading their way”.

David DeGroot, speaking as Trustee (now Village President)

Mount Pleasant

OK – Dave…..

But what happens when everyone doesn’t feel like letting you steal their property, give it to a foreign Corporation – and force them to pay for the privilege of you stealing their property by “special” unconstitutional legislation?

It’s time to end the madness.

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.

At least it is only Taxpayer Money – and debt – which is endless – according to the Politicians who rule Wisconsin.

Talking Racine Dissects the Fuzzy Math Behind the $765 Million Dollars Mt Pleasant and Racine County are Borrowing for the Foxconn Development

Talking Racine episode 48, discusses the $765 Million dollars Mt Pleasant and Racine County are borrowing to extend services to the proposed Foxconn development. They break it down:

To make matters even worse, is what is being hidden from the WI Taxpayers who are providing the financing and backstopping of the Foxconn project.

From Milwaukee Business News:

Contract gives Foxconn chance at 3,000 job cushion to avoid clawbacks

Could leave employment well below targets without repayment

A Letter From The Indian Workers of the International Metalworkers Federation to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou

Concerned Residents of Mount Pleasant and Racine County need to be aware of how horrible Foxconn treats it’s workers in India before they allow the same conditions to set back the freedoms and rights that Workers in Wisconsin have already fought for, won, and enjoy:

Defying police attacks, Foxconn workers in India continue strike

Thousands of workers are continuing their walkout at a factory owned by Taiwan-based Foxconn corporation in Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu despite violent attacks by police. On September 24, police forces broke up an occupation of the plant by workers, brutally beating dozens and detaining 1,200 workers for a whole day before releasing them in the evening.

            Striking workers at Foxconn plant in Sriperumbudur, India

This was the second occupation in Sriperumbudur broken up by police in recent months. In June, police attacked and arrested 300 workers conducting a sit-down strike at the Korean-owned Hyundai automobile plant in the city.

Foxconn Corporation, which has 920,000 employees worldwide, recently gained international notoriety for the brutal conditions inside its factories after 10 workers at its Chinese plant in Shenzen committed suicide. (See, “Foxconn suicides highlight China’s sweatshop conditions”)

With 7,000 workers Foxconn India is the third largest industrial employer in Tamil Nadu after Hyundai and Nokia. Workers at the factory began an occupation—a form of struggle widely practiced in India—on September 21. They demanded that management negotiate a pay increase and extend recognition to their trade union Thozilalar Sangam (FITS).

Mass arrests, Locking up of Foxconn Workers and FITS Union Leaders, Illegal Suspensions, Repression of Indian Workers

Dear Mr. Gou,

On behalf of 25 million metalworkers represented by the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) with strength in more than 100 countries, I write to convey our outrage at the locking up of Foxconn India employees and their trade union leaders at Vellore Central Jail after the Indian employees asked Foxconn for their legal rights. We call on you to ensure:

–        that the complaints behind these charges are dropped and to ensure the immediate release of Foxconn India Thozhilalar Sangam (hereafter, FITS Union) honorary president A. Soundararajan, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Kanchipuram District Secretary E. Muthu Kumar and the ten other FITS union leaders;

–        that all the Indian Foxconn workers victimized by suspension or paycuts for participating in union activities be immediately reinstated at their jobs with full back pay; and

–        that Foxconn immediately enter good faith negotiations with the FITS union to resolve these issues and ongoing problems stemming from working and employment conditions at the Foxconn plant in Nokia SEZ of Tamil Nadu, India.

In our view, the recognition and pay issues raised by Foxconn’s Indian employees need not have escalated to hunger strike, sit-in strike and mass arrest if the management had not turned a deaf ear to the workers’ written requests of August 24, 2010 and September 6, 2010 that Foxconn India management recognize the FITS Union—which had already gained legal status as a trade union of the Foxconn employees under the Indian law with registration number 504-KPM—and for Foxconn to begin wage talks with FITS Union.

Foxconn India management’s clear lack of willingness to negotiate with FITS Union, and management’s sudden September 21 announcement of its intention to conclude wage negotiations with another group (the Foxconn India Thozhilarlar Munnetra Sangam FITMS union, hereafter FITMS) forced these Foxconn employees to opt for 1500-person mass hunger strike and sit-in as of 12 am on September 22, 2010. Only then, on September 22, and in the presence of officials of the Tamil Nadu government and other witnesses, did the Foxconn India management agree to begin talks with the FITS union, scheduling the first round of negotiations for September 27, 2010. The government authorities categorically advised the Foxconn management not to engage in any actions that might victimize workers.

Trusting the company to uphold its commitment before the employees and the government in good faith, the Indian Foxconn employees of FITS Union stopped the sit-in hunger strike.

For these reasons, Foxconn’s posting notice the very next day (September 23) that it would dock 8-days of wages from the workers who participated in the peaceful sit-in and the company’s claim that it had just concluded an agreement with FITMS and thus could not bargain with FITS as publicly promised the day before is treated as a betrayal by the local community. This is why the Foxconn workers continue to demand negotiations and why the local labor authority asked Foxconn on October 1 to provide a written response to the FITS demands.

This failure of the Foxconn India management to respond to conciliation initiatives with dialogue and the sheer betrayal of their publicly-made commitments gave the Foxconn India employees no choice but to resume the sit-in on September 24, 2010 calling for negotiations or even for a fairly administered ballot to demonstrate FITS is the union representing the overwhelming majority of Foxconn India employees.

Having undermined efforts to establish working relationships by the above behaviour, the Foxconn management then turned to brute repression of the workers by having 1500 striking workers including women workers brutally dragged out, detained illegally by police until 8 pm–in some cases, giving rise to incidents where Foxconn women workers report being harassed and physically abused.

We remind you that on 22 September, 27 September, 30 September and 1 October, Tamil Nadu government authorities instructed Foxconn India not to victimize its Indian workers since punishing workers for exercising labor rights is illegal. Despite the categorical, unambiguous guidance of the Tamil Nadu labor authorities with explicit reference that it would be illegal for the company to continue with suspension of 23 trade union activists, Foxconn India appears intent on openly flouting the Indian government authorities and the law in order to deny fundamental human rights such as freedom of association and collective bargaining to its employees in India.

Less than a month ago, you stood before the Chinese press to make the claim, “Foxconn is not a sweatshop.” Yet, unlike your loose allegation that Foxconn management style was unrelated to the string of suicides in your facilities, the sequence of events in India and illegal suspensions taken by Foxconn to bully Indian workers into submission are direct acts taken by Foxconn management in flagrant disregard of local labor authorities with tight causality. Denying your employees the freedom of association, even locking up the Foxconn workers and their union leaders for exercising labor rights are in our view egregious rights violations characteristic of a sweatshop.

We urge you to take immediate action to address the rapidly worsening situation in Tamil Nadu Foxconn. I have today also written to the government authorities in Tamil Nadu and to the CEO of Nokia to advise them of the situation and to seek their assistance in redressing the abuses of workers’ rights at Foxconn.

Sincerely,

Jyrki Raina
IMF General Secretary

Standing up for the Rights of Wisconsin Workers and Property Owners is going to require a Community Effort!

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.

 

 

The Boom/Bust Lessons of Williston ND Will Prove to be a Bitter Pill for Scott Walker and SE WI to Swallow

From Wisconsin NPR

“Walker Announces National Ad Campaign To Attract Workers”

Walker To Seek $6.8M For Ad Campaign To Lure Millennials To Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday announced plans to seek approval from the state Legislature to spend $6.8 million in state money on a marketing campaign aimed at luring more workers to Wisconsin.

“We need to go beyond our borders to attract and then in turn retain more talent here in the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce event in Madison.

At the event, the governor introduced a plan to work with the state Legislature to fund and launch a campaign to attract who he called “Midwest millennials” to live and work in the state.

The campaign will target millennials by focusing on things like cheaper homes and shorter commutes in Wisconsin, compared to urban areas in neighboring states.

“I support the governor’s plan to market Wisconsin’s employment opportunities to out-of-state workers,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, in a statement. “I look forward to hearing more about the proposal in the coming weeks and discussing it with my caucus when we reconvene in January.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said he’s been aware of the campaign for a while, which he said is being helmed in the Assembly by Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah.

If Governor Scott Walker needs to spend at least $6.8 million to attract (maybe) 13,000 workers to SE Wisconsin what does that say about SE Wisconsin and the people who live there?

And what happens when those projected construction jobs – at least 10,000 are claimed – END?

The lessons from the Bakken Shale Oil Field and Williston ND will prove why Walker’s misstep in calling for Out of State workers will create a nightmare with an exploding demand for social services, Police, Fire, and unemployment claims.

From Reuters Investigates:

What The Boom And Bust Of Williston, North Dakota Teaches Us About The Future Of Cities

The fracking party is over, and a quiet desperation has descended on the state’s once-booming communities and the thousands of people who were drawn to them.

More than 80,000 people poured into North Dakota, looking to stake their future on the fracking economy. The state’s Bakken oil patch, centered here in Williston, was a magnet for oil workers, business investors and job-hungry folks.

That future has evaporated. Those who haven’t packed up and left the Bakken are facing a new reality of smaller budgets, fewer residents and the physical detritus of a building boom that left behind hundreds of empty apartments.

Williston’s Walmart has cut hourly pay 15 percent. The Salvation Army, facing slipping donations, reduced gasoline and food assistance by a third. Statewide, oil tax revenue is down nearly 70 percent from this time last year.

EXTREME MEASURES: Dave Van Assche has started taking odd jobs around the U.S. to cover costs at his once-thriving postal services business. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

“No one has any money to spend here anymore,” said an exotic dancer at Williston’s Heartbreakers strip club. She estimated that tips had gone down more than 60 percent since last fall.

Until recently, oilfield roughnecks were making more than $100,000 a year on average. Few command those salaries today. Many of those roughnecks used to line up outside Heartbreakers every day for its 4 p.m. opening, regardless of the weather, which plumbs 0°F (-18°C) in the dark of winter.

‘ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET’

North Dakota has lived through cheap oil before.

Booms and busts in the 1950s and 1980s left many of the state’s western communities mired in debt. Williston didn’t pay off the millions of dollars it owed from municipal projects of the 1980s oil boom until the early 2000s.

Despite that experience, many welcomed the infusion of capital when Continental Resources Inc, Whiting Petroleum Corp and other oil producers began using horizontal fracking in 2008 and 2009 to tap the 7.4 billion barrels of oil estimated to lie beneath their feet.

New roads, schools, community centers and other public facilities began sprouting up, funded largely by oil tax revenue.

NAKED TRUTH: Oilfield workers used to line up nightly to get into Heartbreakers, but the strip club closed recently after a sharp decline in business that left it nearly empty most nights. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Now, Continental and others have stopped fracking altogether in North Dakota. Statewide, there are only eight crews fracking new wells for the few companies still willing to pay for the service. Two years ago, there were 45, a peak for the teams that pump water, sand and chemicals deep underground to extract oil and natural gas.

“This boom, it’s over, at least it feels that way,” said Mark Ohl, who lost his job on a drilling rig after Continental canceled its contract. “But if you don’t know the oil industry is cyclical, you’re an idiot.”

Ohl now spends days hunting for jobs and drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon beer most nights at Cattails, a Williston dive bar with a deer head and Bud Light beer mirrors pinned to the walls.

The slowdown has also inflicted pain on community budgets. Williston’s debt and other liabilities nearly quadrupled from 2008 to 2014, to $158 million, as the city sought to keep pace with growth.

Yet the city’s sales tax receipts fell 47 percent in March from a year earlier, according to the state treasurer.

Moody’s Corp, the credit rating agency, downgraded Williston’s general obligation bonds in March to junk status, citing the city’s reliance on those sales taxes to repay debt.

“Putting all your eggs in one basket can be very risky, and I think we’re seeing that bear out in Williston and North Dakota now,” said Hetty Chang, a Moody’s analyst.

 

From Fox News US:

Dark side of ND’s oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels – all part of growing drug trade

The oil boom in the Bakken shale fields has touched off an explosion of growth and wealth on this remote wind-swept prairie. Big money is raining down in small towns. Oil rigs light up the night sky. But the bonanza suddenly flourishing here has also brought with it a dark side: a growing trade in meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the shadow of sinister cartels and newfound violence.

Small-town police forces have been struggling to keep pace. In nearby Watford City, for instance, police calls for service have multiplied at a staggering rate — almost 100 times — in a five-year period. County jails overflow on weekend nights. Local sheriffs no longer know every name and face when they stroll down Main Street.

Drugs and dealers are popping up in all kinds of places: Heroin is being trafficked on isolated Indian reservations. Mexican cartels are slowly making inroads in small-town America. And hard-core criminals are bringing drugs in from other states, sometimes concealing them in ingenious ways: liquid meth in windshield wiper reservoirs.

“Organized drug dealers are smart,” says U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. “They’re good businessmen. They go where the demand is and that’s what we’re seeing here. … There’s simply a lot of money involved, a lot of money flowing around in those communities.”

With the problems becoming more pronounced, the feds are pouring in resources to bolster local police and drug task forces.

“We’re battling our butts off to stay ahead of this,” Purdon says. “Our concern is that this is an open market and as people start to compete, the violence will increase. … There’s nothing less at stake here than our way of life.”

These days, the drug trade looks a lot different.

Meth is still most common, but most of it originates in Mexico. It’s more potent and is generally being found in larger quantities. (In Ward County, about two hours away, meth seizures jumped from $63,200 in 2012 to $404,600 last year, according to the sheriff’s office.)

Heroin is more visible, something that “scares me,” says Busching, who adds that he’d probably rate the drug problem in his county a 7 on a scale of 10.

Prices are up, too, fueled by demand in an area where lots of young men are flush with cash, far from their families and have little to do in their spare time. Authorities say a gram of meth that might sell for $120 in big cities can cost $200 in Williston. In Montana, an ounce that might have sold for $800 in 2008 now goes for about $2,400-$2800.

Guns also are increasingly becoming part of the business.

“We’re seeing a lot more armed drug traffickers than I’ve previously noticed,” says Derek Hill, an ATF agent in Bismarck. “It’s kind of a two-way street,” he adds, with guns used as protection and for barter.

The ATF opened a bureau last year in the tiny town of Bottineau and within the first five months, the agent had opened 14 weapons cases throughout western North Dakota, many also involving drugs, says Scott Sweetow, special agent in charge in the region.

Another difference: Authorities are seeing more criminals from out of state, some with long rap sheets. One of the suspects arrested by the Bottineau agent had 15 felonies, according to the ATF.

Local police chiefs deal with the tragic results.

In New Town, a hamlet that sits on the Fort Berthold reservation, Art Walgren, police chief until recently, said he knew when a new batch of heroin arrived, because there’d be a rash of overdoses.

Like many oil patch towns, drugs are part of a larger crime wave that includes more thefts, bar fights and domestic violence. “We kind of run around plugging holes in the dikes,” Walgren said, “hoping they don’t break.”

Local police desperately need the help.

A North Dakota State University study released last year, called “Policing the Patch,” found the number of police calls for service in Williston had quadrupled from 2005 to 2011 to nearly 16,000. In Watford City — about 30 miles away — there were just 41 calls in 2006. In 2011: almost 4,000.

Nearly a third of police officers in the study said the drug problem is acute.

Judge David Nelson sees some of those lawbreakers in his court.

A 31-year veteran of the bench, Nelson, presiding judge of the Northwest judicial district of North Dakota, says the most dramatic change in crime that has occurred is the degree of violence. “It’s not just two guys duking it out and shaking hands,” he says. “The knives come out. People drive cars over other people. The guns come out.”

Nelson estimates more than half his cases involve newcomers.

Before the boom, he says, “I pretty much knew most of the defendants. I knew their parents, their kids, their grandparents, their next-door neighbors. Now I can go weeks and see people I’ve never seen before. It’s amazing how many people are arrested within days of getting here.”

With workers living in temporary addresses and drug dealers adept at blending in, investigators find it hard to develop the kind of who’s who of local crime that other police departments have at their fingertips.

Every day, Sheriff Scott Busching — a self-described “die-hard, old-school cop” — faces the ever-changing landscape that is the Bakken:

More serious traffic accidents. (He stopped riding his motorcycle, selling his Harley.) More arrests. And a county jail filled to capacity. (The average nightly inmate population has jumped from 24 five years ago to 135.)

The veteran sheriff says he once employed a “North Dakota nice” philosophy where law enforcement tried to solve problems, whenever possible, by avoiding tickets and jailing people. Now there’s no time for that.

 

So Governor Scott Walker along with Representatives Robin Vos and Cory Mason want to violate the Wisconsin Constitution, steal people’s property, destroy generational Farms & a Community, loosen environmental protections, and provide taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaires and their Corporations – YOU CAN COUNT US OUT OF THEIR CRIMINAL REVOLUTION AGAINST THE PEOPLE!

The Foxconn Deal By The Numbers – It’s Simply a Bad Deal For Wisconsin Taxpayers -and a Goldmine For Foxconn CEO Terry Gou

It has become evident that Governor Scott Walker has miserably failed in his promise to bring 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin and thus desperation has set in – as a failed Governor and the Wisconsin GOP mindlessly grasp at anything to show forward progress – and thus the Foxconn deal was hastily put together and numbers thrown about – but as of this moment – the basket of eggs that Scott Walker is counting on is not only empty – it is in negative territory.

The raw numbers being thrown around are $3 billion in tax credits, for 13,000 jobs, over 10 years.   So let’s do the math – and see what the taxpayer subsidy for Foxconn CEO Terry Gou will be:

$3 Billion Dollars divided by 13,000 jobs = a taxpayer subsidy of $230,769 per job.

$230,769 per job divided by 10 years = $23,077 taxpayer subsidy per year, per job.

With a projected annual pay of  $30,000 – required by law to be eligible for the tax credits, this means that Terry Gou’s cost per employee is $30,000 minus the Wisconsin taxpayer subsidy of $23,077 = $6,923 per employee.

With a required 2,080 hours to be considered a full time employee – $6,923 divided by 2,080 hours = Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou cost of labor at $3.33 per hour.

The numbers used in the above were obtained from the draft agreement between WEDC and Foxconn – available by clicking on Foxconn Deal

MarketWatch  does an even better analysis of the numbers and why Foxconn Terry Gou has outfoxxed mathematically illiterate and reactionary Wisconsin Politicians:

Opinion: This 1 number sums up why that Foxconn deal is over-the-top bad for Wisconsin

Subsidies equal $66,600 a year for each of the 3,000 initial workers

Foxconn’s announcement of plans for a $10 billion factory in southwestern Wisconsin is big news for those of us who care deeply about the manufacturing economy in the Midwest.

Still, the numbers on this economic development deal, touted as the largest in state history, don’t seem to add up on many counts. In fact, by one measure, the subsidy from Wisconsin taxpayers could more than cover the salaries Foxconn will pay its workers.

Here are three reasons that Wisconsin taxpayers should question this deal.

1. Worldwide, Foxconn 2354, -0.90%  sold about $136 billion in goods last year while employing 1.3 million workers. That translates into labor productivity of about $105,000 per worker. That is pretty good given that most of the Foxconn factories are in developing counties.

But by American standards that is lousy. By comparison, on a per-worker basis, Wal-Mart Stores WMT, +0.69%  sells about twice that value of goods each year. Moreover, Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson HOG, -0.10%   reported sales of $970,309 per worker in the most recent report.

That begs the question of just how will Foxconn, which has a profit rate at nearly double Wal-Mart’s, going to remain profitable paying workers close to three times the typical wage for a Wal-Mart worker, but who produce only half as much?

That is where the economic development math becomes worrisome.

2. Foxconn claims it is going to create 3,000 jobs, paying on average a little over $53,000 a year. That is about 50 cents an hour higher than the average wage in Wisconsin. However, that figure almost certainly includes all forms of compensation, including health-care plans. So in reality, these workers, who will make liquid-crystal-display screens for TVs and other products, likely will be paid less than the state average, in a state that boasts a 3.2% unemployment rate.

From the outset, then, there must be concerns about how this plant can find and keep its workers, without even considering the dubious claim that it can grow to 13,000 workers in just a few years.

But that isn’t even the biggest problem.

Foxconn bears no meaningful risk in this deal.

3. The state of Wisconsin, which has had a series of high-profile budget battles over the past few years, is promising a $3 billion incentive package for the plant. That is three billion dollars, paid to Foxconn over a 15-year period.

To put that into perspective, Wisconsin is promising to pay Foxconn the equivalent of $66,600 per employee, based on having 3,000 workers in the plant, for each of the next 15 years, while Foxconn is promising pay of less than $54,000 a year. By comparison, the much-touted deal last November to save 800 jobs at a Carrier factory in Indianapolis is costing Indiana $7 million over 10 years — or $875 a year.

There are many questions about this deal, but one thing is certain. This incentive package surely offsets any labor-cost issues they might face, since Wisconsin taxpayers are essentially paying their wages.

The Foxconn Deal is just another cover for a mathematically illiterate and reactionary Governor Scott Walker to continue his coverup of nearly 8 years of failure, and another bad deal for beleaguered Wisconsin Taxpayers.

See the ever growing list of Scott Walker failures at: The Scott Walker Failure Files