We’ll just abbreviate Empower Wisconsin as EWI! It stinks! Either you are a dope smoking Republican or Satire loving Democrat to love this knock-off of Harvard’s National Lampoon.
Featuring such enlightening articles as:
“A University of Michigan lesbian crafting group is facing charges of bias for excluding transgender women born male.
In launching last spring, “Lez Get Crafty” limited membership to lesbians looking to “express their creative side.” Flyers said as much, that the group was only for “lesbian Womyn-born-Womyn.””
MADISON — Mr. Task Force is at it again.
After signing a record 63 executive orders last year, Gov. Tony Evers signed another four in January — three of them creating a commission or task force.
Leave it to Evers to try to circumvent the Republican-controlled Legislature he is loathe to work with.
His latest order creates the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt. A sop to debt-laden college students and graduates, the task force — like Evers’ myriad other government panels — was invented to create the appearance of action. Its mission is to look into the causes of student debt and to research the best ways to reduce its burden. It doesn’t take a task force to know that higher education is unaffordable to many and it has created a generation of indentured servants, indebted for years and years into their adult working lives.
MADISON — The big story recently for Foxconn-hating media outlets was that the Taiwan tech giant’s slower development pace in Racine County could free up as much as $150 million for the state.
Buried in the coverage was the real story: that the incentives package agreement crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) is protecting taxpayers.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau last month posted fresh projections showing the state’s general fund is expected to take in $800 million more in tax revenue than previously expected.
LFB also notes that the 2019-21 state budget includes maximum cash payments Foxconn would receive should it hit its employment and investment targets. All told, the company could earn nearly $3 billion in incentives over time.
As the mainstream players gleefully reported, Foxconn hasn’t created enough jobs or made enough capital expenditures to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits under the terms of the $10 billion development agreement. While Foxconn has not hit early development goals, it hasn’t been collecting on incentives.
And that’s the ultimate point for taxpayers.
“I think this is a taxpayer protection story,” said state Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield). He said the incentives deal specifically requires Foxconn to “perform first” before it receives tax credits.
Democrats have blasted the Foxconn deal, mainly because it was the work of Republicans. More so, it was the work of Republicans they truly loathe, Walker and President Trump.
MADISON — The Tavern League of Wisconsin is up to its old tricks again, trying to slip a Mickey to lawmakers with a bill that would extend bar hours for the week of the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee while crushing the emerging wedding barn industry.
The bill draft, written by former Tavern League president and supper club owner, Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), among other Republicans, would require so-called wedding barns to obtain a liquor license. It also would expand bar times to 4 a.m. in a dozen Southeast and south-central counties — including Milwaukee and Dane counties — during the four days of the Democrat convention in July.
This cocktail of legislation should come as no surprise. The powerful Tavern lobby has been pushing its Capitol weight around for some time in pursuit of a licensure bill. As Empower Wisconsin first reported in October, the group has been trying to couple the bar time proposal with its hit on wedding barns since shortly after the Democratic National Committee selected Milwaukee as host city for this year’s liberalpolooza.
The legislation also would trim the hours of operation at small breweries while granting booze permits for Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake and State Fair Park.
Steve Nagy, operator of Homestead Meadows, a popular rural Outagamie County wedding barn, said the Tavern League and their legislative allies are trying to create a sense of urgency to pass the bar time bill — and its attached proposals — before the end of the abbreviated legislative session. Ultimately, it’s a sneak attack aimed at driving competitors out of business, Nagy said.