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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what the WEDC contract stipulates:

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

Corning CEO says Foxconn glass plant would have to be subsidized

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s it – end of story.

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

This is what the Politicians promised the People:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Addendum:

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

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Foxconn “Long March” Experience in Brazil

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

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

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

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

Let us examine the recent Foxconn Experience in Brazil:

April 13, 2011:

iPhone-maker Foxconn considers $12 Billion Brazil expansion move

Foxconn factory_Foxconn set on $12 Billion Brazil expansion move

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

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

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

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

South American Tablet-makers Paradise

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 31, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

April 12, 2012

New Address Of Foxconn In Brazil: Steve Jobs Avenue

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

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

Forbes’ Kenneth Rapoza explains why:

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

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

April 26,2012

Foxconn Brazil workers reportedly threaten strike over working conditions

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

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

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

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

Foxconn Brazil workers

September 20, 2012

Foxconn invests more in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 29,2014

Victory for Foxconn workers in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

April 13, 2015

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

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

Foxconn Brazil

Foxconn’s Jundiai, Brazil manufacturing plant

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

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

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

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

And…

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

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

Four years later, none of that has come true.

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

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

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

June 22, 2017

Foxconn set to discontinue Brazil manufacturing operations

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

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

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

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

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

AND

Foxconn plans to leave Brazil

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

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

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

2017

Foxconn’s Long Con

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

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

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

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

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

Four years later, none of that has come true.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2018

Don’t Be Conned by Foxconn

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

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

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

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Hey – SE WI! You’ve been Fox-Scammed!

Let’s Do the Math

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

MESSAGE FROM VILLAGE PRESIDENT
Seasons Greetings!

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

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

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

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

David DeGroot
Village President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TROUBLING INDEED!

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

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

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

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

*BONUS* say goodbye to Lordstown….

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

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

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

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

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

While Collapse is stalking the land….

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

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

steve from virginia @econundertow

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

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

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

washingtonpost.com

Oops!

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

— Walter Bagehot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Ugo Bardi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ERoEI for Beginners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Politicians LIE for a living.

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

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

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*UPDATED* – Oily Stuff Blog sends:

There Appears To Be No End To US LTO Growth

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

 

While SRSrocco Reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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Impoverishing the masses is merely conservation by other means.

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

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

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

From the JT:

Water use and Foxconn discussed at community meeting

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

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

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

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

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

As William Catton so succinctly observed:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foxconn angers Brazilian officials with slow manufacturing ramp-up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foxconn set to discontinue Brazil manufacturing operations

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

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

 

A Better Mount Pleasant notes:

FOR SALE BY OWNER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Sonday

Joyce Sonday

The land purchased is within the red outline borders:

 

From the Transfer Return:

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

From his on-line Profile: Alan Marcuvitz

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

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

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v WI DOT

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

Link to PDF Viewer: Mark Sonday v PPCDA

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

Military museum reopens after long fight

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Russell Military Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russell Military Museum

From the Transfer Return:

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

Properties in Foxconn ‘blighted area’ await their fate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

Mount Pleasant Imposes Eminent Domain for Foxconn

A Better Mount Pleasant sends:

BREAKING – MT. PLEASANT IMPOSES EMINENT DOMAIN FOR FOXCONN

They did it. They finally pulled the trigger on their own residents.

A lawsuit has been filed in Racine County against the Village of Mt. Pleasant in response to a jurisdictional offer (the first step in the taking of property through eminent domain condemnation) filed on August 22nd against the first Mt. Pleasant property owner in the Foxconn area.

We have requested a copy of the lawsuit and will post it as soon as we get it it. Please share this post.

 

More Cracks Appear in the Fox-Scam as Foxconn Admits it Underestimated WI Labor Costs

Well, well, the political love-fest over the much bally-hooed and promised 13,000 employees at Foxconn is already being shot down – by Foxconn. It appears that they underestimated their labor costs in WI – WHOOPS! – whose cost for workers is much higher than those in existing Foxconn manufacturing facilities located in China, India and Third World Hell-Holes. It appears that the politicians, in their haste to help Guv. Scott Walker out of his jam for failing to produce 250,000 jobs, simply didn’t understand that Foxconn would have to be able to manufacture LCD TV’s at a price point low enough to sell millions of units and still make a profit. Political overreach by Politicians who know nothing about operating a profitable business – only tax and spend.  TSK – TSK.

By the way – 250,000 imaginary jobs minus 13,000 imaginary jobs still leaves a deficit of 237,000 imaginary jobs. Just IMAGINE THAT! As for those 13,000 jobs – well, they may very well appear – but it still has to be determined how many jobs each i-SLAVE employee will be assigned.

From The JT, August 22,2018:

Adjusted business model

Woo said Foxconn has dramatically changed its initial presumptions about how it would manufacture in the United States. Originally the company figured it would simply duplicate its China model here — until it realized that the much higher labor costs here would guarantee failure.

“If, six months ago, you asked me: What would be the mix of labor? I would pull out the experience that we have in China and say, ‘Well, 75 percent assembly line workers, 25 percent engineers and managers,’ ” Woo said.

“So, ask me the question today,” he said, then replied, “now it looks like about 10 percent assembly line workers, 90 percent knowledge workers.” Advanced manufacturing here will be done largely by robots and a lot of automation, he said.

More thoughts from A Better Mt. Pleasant:

When U.S. manufacturers began moving operations overseas, they told the American people that it was to decrease costs and increase productivity – they said, as a result of increased labor costs. As we know now, it led to the demise of American manufacturing and catastrophic job loss.

Those companies weren’t lying. It did save them money.

When modern manufacturing companies talk about the increased use of robotics, they say it is to decrease costs and increase productivity. In today’s JT, Terry Woo says the employment model in Wisconsin has already changed because “much higher labor costs here would guarantee failure.”

He’s not lying. Critics at the announcement of the Wisconsin plant have always wondered how they would remain profitable with American labor costs.

Foxconn has invested billions into robotics. They have not been shy in international press saying wish to replace all workers with robots.

Of course there will be jobs. However, even before the last resident has left the area – this deal has gone from “75 percent assembly line workers, 25 percent engineers and managers,” to “10 percent assembly line workers, 90 percent knowledge workers.”

What is the next iteration of Foxconn’s employment strategy? We can’t know until they tell us – but one thing we do know, and history has shown us – it will be whatever benefits Foxconn’s profitability.

Just remember, you gave them $4.5 billion to build it.

While Foxconn now refuses to specify just what type of manufacturing facility they will build at their Mount Pleasant WI campus:

From Journal Sentinel:

Foxconn now declines to say it plans to build type of factory named in state, local contracts

Foxconn Technology Group on Wednesday said again that it will create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin and invest $10 billion in its planned manufacturing campus, but declined to say it still plans to build the type of factory specified in its contracts with state and local government.

Responding to criticism from Democrats over changing plans for a project that could receive some $4 billion in public subsidies, Foxconn reiterated that it is committed to the jobs and investment numbers.

But in a shift from its stance of two months ago, the company on Wednesday did not offer assurances that it still plans to build the type of liquid crystal display panel plant the contracts cite.

No surprise here, as The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already here – along with the demands for a UBI (Universal Basic Income) brought on by:

The Robot, Unemployment, and Immigrants

The political approach to automation is similar, The World Economic Forum of Davos of 2016 was dedicated to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The founder and director of the Forum, the economist Klaus Schwalb, even took to the effort of writing a book on the subject, for the conference: a book in which he expresses his concern. Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. We need to take a concerted approach in the world, to make the positive impacts overriding the negative ones. The theme was practically ignored at Davos 2016, because politicians discuss now only themes at a short term: what has to be treated during an electoral period. In particular, Schwab called for leaders and citizens to “together shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people. “Clearly, that goes against the tide of nationalism, the new vision for the US, India, Japan, China, Philippines, Hungary, Poland, Great Britain, Turkey and so on.

A number of economist and influential people, over the years have come out with the idea of a Universal Basic Income. It is time to cushion the society from tensions, instability and unemployment by giving to every citizen a fix income, so to give him a dignified life: and by spending its UBI, he would generate wealth and increase demand, which would stimulate therefore growth, and make a society just and stable. Martin Luther King was an early proponent, like the neoliberal economist Milton Friedman. Now the billionaires from Silicon Valley, like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, the venture capitalist Mark Andreessen, the democrat senator Bernie Sanders, have all expressed support to the idea of a UBI. And in the coming presidential American elections, a New York tech executive, will run with UBI as his political platform. He observes that Trump did particularly well in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states which have lost four million jobs because of automatization. “Higher the concentration of robots, higher the number of disgruntled people wo vote for Trump.” He plans to cover the two trillion dollars that UBI would cost (half of the US budget), with a new Vat tax, and taxation on the companies who profit from automation. Of course, in the US the idea that people who do not work receive public money, is the closest thing to communism, and UBI faces formidable cultural obstacles. But Andrew Yang, the candidate, says we will have otherwise in a few years “riots in the streets: just think to the one million of truck drivers, who are 94% males, with an average education of high school, suddenly all jobless…”

While the intelligentsia  of China speak about ABOLISHING iSlavery:

Old and new working-class people in China are adopting and appropriating digital media, while the digital economy is creating entirely new jobs, communities, and socio-political dynamics. The digital working class marks a fourth stage in the modern history of Chinese class politics, when China has become the world’s factory with immense labor power and increasing social inequality, when the content of Chinese working-class culture has become more diverse and impactful than ever as could be seen in the Fan Yusu phenomenon in spring 2017, all happening at a time when the results of China’s internal processes become more consequential for the world at large. What are the characteristics of China’s digital working class? How can we make sense of it, through what conceptual frameworks? This talk shall discuss the applicability of the “circuits of labor” model (Qiu, Gregg and Crawford, 2014), its premises, limits and implications for future research.

Big changes are now happening in both China and Mount Pleasant! Political Failure is now assured.

Please join Cindy and me in 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.

It’s Billy Preston! A politicians BFF!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congressman Sensenbrenner offered the follow remarks on the House floor:

 

“Mr. Speaker,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From NIKKEI Asian Review:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can’t you hear me knocking- Rolling Stones

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHOA HORSIE!

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

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

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

From WI State Journal:

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

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

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

Estimated 22,000 additional jobs

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

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

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

REALLY! Well, maybe NOT!

 

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

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

Current Wisconsin Foxconn Operational Manufacturing Facilities = ZERO.

Current Otput of Foxconn LCD TV Screens  = ZERO.

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

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

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

SCORE:

Walker = ZERO.

Concerned Residents = ONE

To be Continued!

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

via Zerohedge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From The JT:

Commerce association: Foxconn incentives will pay off 18-fold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It needs to be said again –

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

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

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

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

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

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