A draft of Scott Walker’s Labor Day speech

Via The Political Environment comes this gem. A reader dropped this off. She said she found it on the back of a George Webb’s paper place mat, and I spent the morning getting the hand writing verified by a palm reader south of town and at two area Walgreen’s pharmacies, so here’s the transcription, verbatim, with his [...]

State tax collections fall $281 million short of projections

I guess now we know why Gov. Scott Walker was so nervous about the roughly $25 million casino payment the Potawatomi Tribe withheld this week. State tax collections fell short of expectations by $281 million last year, providing potential difficulties in the future for the state budget and immediate fodder for this fall’s tight governor’s [...]

Does Wisconsinhave “limited reserves” or “nearly a billion dollars in surplus”?

This tweet sums up what I’m wondering about Wisconsin’s reserve funds.

Same day: GovWalker says WI has "limited reserves" AND "nearly a billion dollar in surplus." Which is it?! #wiunion pic.twitter.com/Rfe9Bbq91h

— Mary Erpenbach (@MaryErpenbach) August 28, 2014

Gov. Walker admits withheld casino payment impacting state’s limited reserves

On Tuesday it was reported the Forest County Potawatomi tribe, the operators of a casino/hotel in Milwaukee, are withholding their $25 million casino fee to the state as part of an ongoing brouhaha over the Menominee tribe’s proposed off-reservation casino/hotel in Kenosha. Gov. Walker was supposed to make a decision on whether to approve or [...]

Scott Walker’s campaign gets $20,000 from Ashley Furniture after Walker’s WEDC approves $6 million in tax credits to company

I’d love to hear some of you conservatives defend this. The board overseeing the state’s flagship job-creation agency has quietly approved a $6 million tax credit for Ashley Furniture Industries with a condition allowing the company to eliminate half of its state workforce.

As approved by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board, the award would [...]

Gov. Walker feigns ignorance of $700,000 funneled to CRG by mining company with WI interests

Yeah, there’s absolutely nothing odd about a $700,000 contribution from Gogebic Taconite, the mining company Scott Walker helped by pushing through favorable mining legislation to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a pro-Walker organization Gov. Walker “encouraged” outside groups and individuals to funnel millions of dollars into during the recall elections in 2011 and 2012. Gov. [...]

Whoops But Mary Burke Is Wrong On This One

I realize that running her gubernatorial campaign on a meme of jobs is a positive attention getter…but Mary Burke is flat out wrong on this one. Prioritize road work based on what would create the most jobs? With our deteriorating infrastructure it seems that the right approach is a priority on what needs fixing to [...]

Where are all the jobs, Scott Walker?

This graphic sums up Gov. Scott Walker’s failed record on job creation during his first term in office.

Image courtesy Burke for Governor

To further highlight Gov. Walker’s failed record of job creation during his time as governor, the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke is out with a new ad hitting Gov. [...]

Public Education in Wisconsin 2014

This letter is a must read for anyone who cares about public education in Wisconsin.

This is written by a soon to be former teacher in the West Allis/West Milwaukee school district..and I actually knew him from my time in the Gay/Straight Alliance club in high school.to say reading this makes me sad is an [...]

Mary Burke rejects Scott Walker’s efforts to ease environmental oversight

This is worth reading… Scott Walker’s supporters and critics agree on this much: The governor has delivered on his campaign promise to speed up and simplify permits for environmentally sensitive activities like mining and digging high-capacity wells.

“I will make sure the DNR treats Wisconsinites as customers, not criminals,” then-candidate Walker said in 2010, saying [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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