Saturday, August 14, 2021
About two dozen protesters marched in front of Froedtert Hospital on Friday, demanding that health care workers be able to call their own shots on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Friday, August 13, 2021
About 50,000 We Energies customers still were without power Thursday following severe storms Tuesday night that knocked out power to more than 225,000 customers in Wisconsin.
The bulk of the outages are clustered in the Milwaukee/Wauwatosa area but extend to western Waukesha and Jefferson counties and south to Racine and Kenosha, where thousands of customers are without power.
"We are literally fighting a battle here, a war on the destruction that was caused by the horrendous storms we saw here on Tuesday night," Tom Metcalfe, president of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, said at a Thursday news conference in Milwaukee.
"We are throwing everything we can at this recovery effort. All resources. No expense spared," said Metcalfe, who earlier called the power restoration effort the largest in company history.
We Energies planned to have power restored to 200,000 out of the 225,000 total who lost it by the end of Thursday.
Milwaukee Alderman Michael J. Murphy said in a statement that "many" of his constituents are coming up on being without power for 48 hours — with no air conditioning, refrigeration or Wi-Fi — and are frustrated with the "vague" answers they've gotten from the company about when the power will come back on.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
|Walmart, Publix among companies changing their mask policies|
Following a reversal of guidelines regarding mask-wearing made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple U.S. retailers and food chains have announced they’re reinstating their mask policies.
Ron Johnson's efforts on Trump tax cut delivered millions in savings to billionaires who financed his campaigns, IRS records show
This story was originally published by ProPublica.
In November 2017, with the administration of President Donald Trump rushing to get a massive tax overhaul through Congress, Sen. Ron Johnson stunned his colleagues by announcing he would vote “no.”
Making the rounds on cable TV, the Wisconsin Republican became the first GOP senator to declare his opposition, spooking Senate leaders who were pushing to quickly pass the tax bill with their thin majority. “If they can pass it without me, let them,” Johnson declared.
Johnson’s demand was simple: In exchange for his vote, the bill must sweeten the tax break for a class of companies that are known as pass-throughs, since profits pass through to their owners. Johnson praised such companies as “engines of innovation.” Behind the scenes, the senator pressed top Treasury Department officials on the issue, emails and the officials’calendars show.
Within two weeks, Johnson’s ultimatum produced results. Trump personally called the senator to beg for his support, and the bill’s authors fattened the tax cut for these businesses. Johnson flipped to a “yes” and claimed credit for the change. The bill passed.
The Trump administration championed the pass-through provision as tax relief for “small businesses.”
Confidential tax records, however, reveal that Johnson’s last-minute maneuver benefited two families more than almost any others in the country — both worth billions and both among the senator’s biggest donors.