What If We Do Nothing: ISIS and the Arab World

This op ed piece originally appeared in Wednesday’s New York Times and was reprinted this morning in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I am going to copy it in its entirety here because I think it bears repeating. I hope the NYTimes will understand (the link to their original is above):

An existential struggle is taking [...]

House To Vote On Arming And Training Syrian Rebels:

President Obama has talked about his strategy for fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq and of course approached Congress for authorization but more importantly funding. So the House is taking up the topic and considering their vote and they want to get out of town to complete campaigning in their home districts. But there are [...]

Republican refusal to expand BadgerCare costs Wisconsin taxpayers $206 million

Remind me again how Republicans in Wisconsin are so “fiscally responsible.”

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows.

If officials decide [...]

Walker administration to pay $1.7 million to outside companies to identify state buildings to sell

As reported by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has committed to paying nearly $1.7 million to four private companies for their assistance in determining whether the state should sell heating and cooling plants and other state-owned properties. Studying the issue is expected to cost even more. The state is [...]

Report: Cindy Archer making more in six-figure state job than max salary for position

By now you’ve probably read or heard about Cindy Archer, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who was recently hired for a six-figure state job without actually applying for the job. After being hired, it was revealed Archer was actually making $27,000 per year more than her predecessor in the position, and now Patrick [...]

Scott Walker’s WEDC doles out millions of dollars to companies that outsourced WI jobs to foreign countries

THIS is Scott Walker’s Wisconsin….giving millions of taxpayer dollars to companies that sent WISCONSIN jobs to foreign countries. At least two companies that received financial awards from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, with one of those companies receiving a second WEDC award after the fact.

A 27 News [...]

Whither MKE County: Downsizing Physical Plant!

County Supervisor Pat Jursik is preparing a resolution to reduce the number of buildings that Milwaukee County holds at their City Campus facility and start the move to dispose of other underutilized properties in the coming years. She would like plans set into to motion as part of the 2015 County Budget:

Milwaukee County Supervisor [...]

Leah Vukmir’s inability to follow open records laws costs state taxpayers $15,000

Looks like state taxpayers are on the hook for $15,000 because Republican State Sen. Leah Vukmir broke open records laws. Taxpayers are paying $15,000 in attorneys fees and damages and state Sen. Leah Vukmir is turning over documents to a liberal group as part of a settlement over a lawsuit under the state’s open records [...]

Meet the highest paid “government workers” – but they’re not who you think

Recently the Center for Media and Democracy released “Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers,” a report highlighting how taxpayers subsidize huge salaries and benefits for very wealthy CEOs of private companies that have taken over public services.

As noted in the report, contrary to their promises to run public services “better, faster and cheaper” [...]

Republicans in state Senate vote to give over $217,000 in taxpayer money to GOP donor

As reported by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, on Tuesday the Wisconsin state Senate voted to pay $217,499 in taxpayer dollars to a Hudson steel company whose CEO donated to Sheila Harsdorf, the very same Republican state senator who introduced the bill to provide the money. J & L Steel and Electrical Services said it [...]

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