These are all from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel August 13th edition…including an op ed piece by Governor Scott Walker.

Let’s renegotiate the Foxconn deal : Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican leadership in our state are rushing into a deal with Foxconn that will cost Wisconsin taxpayers up to $3 billion, with no guarantees of performance. The deal is overwhelmingly opposed by the business press, including Bloomberg, which described it as “irrational public policy,” and an “awful way to lure jobs.”

Foxconn is a transformational, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Wisconsin : Transformational. The addition of 13,000 high-tech jobs and an investment of $10 billion will indeed be a transformational, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Wisconsin. Foxconn, the global electronics manufacturing giant, will make an initial investment of $10 billion to build a 20 million square-foot high-tech manufacturing campus in Wisconsin. To put the massive size of this operation into perspective, you could fit 11 Lambeau Fields inside Foxconn’s planned campus. Now that’s big.

Foxconn could juice the Wisconsin economy, but at what cost? : Imagine for a moment that it’s all true — that Foxconn invests in a massive new factory complex in southeastern Wisconsin and hires 13,000 people. Imagine that Wisconsin becomes a hub for a new American industry — the production of flat-panel screens — and that gives rise to other new ventures. Imagine that the study Foxconn paid for is spot on — that a $3 billion investment by taxpayers leverages $10 billion to build the complex and billions of dollars more in payroll.

All of us are aware of President Donald Trump’s war of words with North Korea last week. Not only was this an awful bit of diplomacy, but President Trump totally ignored the fact that before he picked up his cell phone…that he won bigly at the United Nations. He got the economic sanctions that he wanted against North Korea and even got the support of China and Russia in the deal. So he couldn’t wait a little while and see what the effects of the sanctions would be? I mean China is already implementing them and they are North Korea’s biggest economic partner. Instead of maybe having a more compliant adversary in Pyongyang, he instead pushed them to the wall and maybe made it impossible for them to back down.

Ok, take a deep breath and calm down. I am not suggesting for a moment that the Trump administration round up and deport dreamers. Actually I am proposing exactly the opposite.

What we should be doing is granting green cards to all of the dreamers. They were brought to the United States as children. They had no say in their movement…they dutifully followed the lead of their parents. Many of them have no memory of Mexico or their Latin American heritage and are as American as many of the rest of us. They have contributed to the US, have jobs, families and educations that make them Americans. They should be granted permanent resident status and paths to citizenship…for they are for all intents and purposes Americans.

And then we should use the immigration laws already at hand to issue green cards to their parents and siblings as immediate family members. They are all key elements in our economy. There would serious issues in many many sectors if they were forced to leave.

So I am suggesting that we won’t need the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals anymore if we do the right thing and provide permanent immigrant status to those already here…already contributing to the United States.

Btw, tomorrow is the DACA day of action:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15, allies across the progressive movement are
coming together for a day of action to defend DACA and the 800,000 immigrants it protects. We’ve put together shareable Facebook and Twitter content to show our support of DACA. We need your help in spreading the word on social media. You can view the DACA call script here, and you can learn more about the DACA Day of Action here.

Yours,

Jason Rae
Secretary
Democratic National Committee

MILWAUKEE – Several members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors released the following statement regarding the recent terrorist incident in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Heather Heyer and the other victims of hate-fueled violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

“Hate has no place in America, and we condemn the individuals and groups that came to Charlottesville seeking violent confrontation as a platform to spread their racist ideology.

“We grieve with the community of Charlottesville, and with the victims and their families, as they cope with the terror of Saturday’s events and the loss of innocent life.

“While we must call out racism and name white supremacy for what it is, we cannot allow the terrorist attack in Charlottesville to sow further division in our nation.

“The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors adopted an anti-discrimination resolution in February and we will continue to take action to ensure Milwaukee County is a place where all people are valued equally.

“Condemning the hateful ideology of white supremacy and neo-Nazism is important, but it is not enough: we urge our neighbors, especially white people, to work intentionally to dismantle racism in all its forms.”

Supervisor Jason Haas, 14th District
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, 4th, District
Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde, 10th District
Supervisor John F. Weishan, 16th District
Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson, 5th District
Supervisor Sequanna Taylor, 2nd District

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2017
Contact: Brian Rothgery, Public Information Manager
414-278-4230 or brian.rothgery@milwaukeecountywi.gov

I am not entirely sure where to start addressing this. Violence never solves anything. I understand that free speech and free assembly belongs to everyone…but my father was a disabled veteran as a result of his service in Europe during the Second World War…not sure why Nazis should even be tolerated. But if you have thoughts on the events of the past several days, I would appreciate your input and comments:

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I really hate it when Friday the 13th falls on Sunday…so cheer me up…what’s on your mind?

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Unfortunately he is threatening to use them against North Korea and maybe Venezuela. WTF?

Is there nothing even in the realm of international relations that he won’t just shoot off his mouth about? Can’t anyone take away his twitter account? Maybe if he got a new hobby…maybe took up golf or something?

The death of the internal combustion engine : (UBS Bank) optimistically predicts electric vehicles will make up 14% of global car sales by 2025, up from 1% today. Others have more modest forecasts, but are hurriedly revising them upwards as batteries get cheaper and better—the cost per kilowatt-hour has fallen from $1,000 in 2010 to $130-200 today. Regulations are tightening, too. Last month Britain joined a lengthening list of electric-only countries, saying that all new cars must be zero-emission by 2050. The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long. The first death rattles of the internal combustion engine are already reverberating around the world—and many of the consequences will be welcome.

Will Stepp Join U.S. EPA Wrecking Crew? : Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has confirmed to the Journal Sentinel that she’s been discussing joining the Trump administration.

Walker’s Desperate Deal With Foxconn : But the Foxconn deal will give away tax money in a style that makes the WEDC look like a piker. Rather than a tax credit for seven percent of payroll, Foxconn will get 17 percent, and for 15 years, not nine. In short, the state will get less than 30 percent of the tax credit back in income taxes paid by workers, losing a huge amount of money for 15 straight years.

DUH!

No matter what side of the debate you are on around the tax breaks and government subsidies for the proposed Foxconn plant in southeastern Wisconsin, the environmental issues around construction of the plant should give you pause. Beyond the $3 billion in refundable state tax credits (that means the state would pay cash to Foxconn), there are any number of waivers of environmental protections in the agreement for the new plant. But we shouldn’t worry, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is all over this:

State Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp said Wednesday her agency supports removing regulatory hurdles for Foxconn Technology Group’s massive electronics plant, but she said environmental standards won’t be compromised.

Secretary Stepp has appointed a water expert to monitor water usage around the plant…and one of the reasons they favor Wisconsin is the supposed infinite supply of fresh water from Lake Michigan.

Stepp also said she has hired a project manager — a former DNR attorney who is an expert on water use and the Great Lakes — to oversee regulatory responsibilities for the $10 billion project.

The Foxconn plant is expected to require massive amounts of water during the fabrication process.

I guess my first question is: although they use a lot of water, after the initial start up and inflow of water, can’t the plant reclaim and recycle the water instead of returning it to Racine or Kenosha or whatever municipality is supplying water…and foisting the cost of cleaning the water onto the city…before they can return it to the lake? And if it can’t be cleaned sufficiently to reuse in their manufacturing process, why would it be safe to return to the lake? If I can’t build a flat screen TV with it, do I want to be drinking it?

And then there is the issue about wetlands. The agreement apparently allows them to fill wetlands to build their plant and then they are expected to create equivalent wetlands elsewhere. But it gets kinda interesting.

Stepp said even though the company would be exempted from state wetlands review, the project’s impact would still need to be reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency.

The Foxconn legislation calls for the creation of more wetlands than occurs today when wetlands are destroyed because of a project.

Any potential loss of wetlands would be mitigated at a ratio of 2 acres for every 1 acre lost. Under current law, the ratio is 1.2 acres for every 1 acre lost.

Stepp said it was premature to say whether Foxconn would be required to create new wetlands in Racine or Kenosha counties — areas hit by heavy flooding this summer — or somewhere else in the state.

“or somewhere else in the state”? There is a reason why wetlands are where they are. It has to do with the topography of the area, the amount of rainfall, any local springs, the water table, etc. They don’t just appear willy nilly anywhere they want…there’s a definite reason that the water collects where it does as a wetland. And removing them can have a negative effect on the new plant or neighboring properties…all of the water and runoff that collected in that wetland is still going to be there…but you’ve just removed its natural low spot…and it’s very likely you will cause flooding or other unintended water consequences ignoring the science involved. There is no way that filling in wetlands in Racine or Kenosha County and ‘creating’ a wetland in Iowa county for example in exchange is equivalent. Even if in the same county, there is no guarantee that a new wetland will replace a natural site that is filled in.

At this point I have severe doubts about the economics of this proposal…but I am really fearful about the environmental impacts that may result.