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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Koch bought & paid for: Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) as Senator, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R)

Post election November 2014 ... we need to be reminded the money is "among us" and these individuals are "Doing Politics Under The Influence" - #DPUI

GOP candidates credit Koch brothers for their success 
Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) attended a lavish June conference sponsored by the Koch brothers. Cotton and Ernst both credited the brothers' political activities for enabling their campaigns, The Huffington Post reported early Wednesday, citing audio from the event.
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Update: March #2015 - Senator (Koch) #Cotton now writing letters with 46 others to #IRAN - ulterior motives - Koch #coal vs IRAN's #oil or just messing it up

WI 1848 Forward: #Koch bought & paid for:  #Cotton (R-Ark.) now Senator, Rep. #Gardner (R-Colo.) and Iowa state Sen. #Ernst (R) 

WI 1848 Forward: #Koch bought & paid for: #Cotton (R-Ark.) - writing ltrs to IRAN -special interests behind him? 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wisconsin ranked 37th in job creation last year (2014) : #Walker says what? 1.2% WI growth vs 2.1% US


What with Walker proposed cutting $300 million from UW System we can expect not only a brain drain but even more unemployed, especially in the hinterland/rural Wisconsin and even less high tech firms taking us seriously.

6/20/2014 Capital Times, WI from U.S. Labor Statistics
Wisconsin ranked 37th in job creation last year

Wisconsin ranked 37th in private-sector job growth last year, federal employment numbers released Thursday show.
Wisconsin added about 28,141 private-sector jobs during 2013, a 1.2 percent increase. The state’s growth rate lagged behind the national growth rate, 2.1 percent in that period, according to the latest data. The state also lagged most of its Midwestern neighbors.
The new statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, known as the Quarterly Census on Employment and Wages (QCEW), have been called the “gold standard” on job creation numbers. 

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New census data shows state's 2012 start-up rate third lowest in U.S.: Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel writes: "Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau provides yet another indication of Wisconsin's glacial business-start-up rate. The latest evidence comes from an extensive database called the Business Dynamics Statistics. It is based largely on administrative records, not surveys, and it offers insight into the life cycle of businesses. In 2012, the Business Dynamics Statistics data shows, Wisconsin entrepreneurs created 5,757 businesses with employees. That amounted to 5.8% of the state's universe of employer firms — third lowest among the 50 states. Rapidly growing Nevada and Florida topped 10%, while Utah, Texas and North Dakota had start-up rates of more than 9%. The median rate for all 50 states was a bit above 7%." Read more.
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Wisconsin ranked 37th in job creation last year: via @madisondotcom MT #Walker says what? 1.2% WI growth vs 2.1% US

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - TED 8/2014

What kind of cake ... Angel's Food or Devil's Food? 
Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity ... and prevent a revolution.

... and then there is Wisconsin --

Wisconsin rejects 'living wage' complaints filed by workers

Among the complainants was Rita Seward of Milwaukee, who earns $10 an hour as a certified nursing assistant. A mother of three, Seward said her monthly bills include $575 in rent, $135 for heat and electricity, $350 for food, $120 for student loans, $80 for transportation and $60 for phone service.

A report that analyzed every minimum-wage hike since 1938 should put a bunch of nonsense ideas to rest 

In a first-of-its-kind report, researchers at the National Employment Law Project pore over employment data from every federal increase since the minimum wage was first established, making "simple before-and-after comparisons of job-growth trends 12 months after each minimum-wage increase."

#1% #Elites WI 1848 Forward: Nick #Hanauer: Beware, fellow #plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - #TED 8/2014 #99%

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Walker 's WEDC saves 600 jobs in Maine w/Wis $ Hooray!

WEDC | NEARLY YEARLONG DISPUTE OVER RECORDS CONTINUES Behind-the-scenes battle over WEDC records spills into public view

.... Last May, a Wisconsin State Journal investigation revealed that WEDC made a $500,000 loan to Milwaukee-based Building Committee Inc. in 2011 after Gov. Scott Walker’s top Cabinet secretary pressed for millions of dollars to go to the struggling construction company.
The company’s deeply indebted owner, who has yet to repay the loan, included false information on his application. WEDC was unable to produce for the newspaper the standard staff underwriting document that lays out an award’s strengths and weaknesses. ...
Although this "title" is somewhat satiric the article it is based on is not funny!

I guess Walker knows which "Presidential Primary" he must win!

WEDC-backed Kestrel Aircraft now rehiring staff in Maine

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Kestrel had promised to build an airplane manufacturing plant in Maine before it announced in January 2012 a move to Superior based on financial incentives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. 
When the announcement was made about Kestrel moving to Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker said the company would eventually employ 600 people, but so far the company has just a few dozen workers here.
WEDC has provided $4 million in loans to the firm, with the city of Superior contributing another $2.4 million in loans. In addition, Kestrel is certified to receive up to $18 million in enterprise zone tax credits from WEDC, and $30 million in federal New Market Tax Credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

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Klapmeier had initially told officials in Maine that it was going to build a manufacturing plant in Brunswick by 2010 but later complained the state had not delivered on promised financial assistance.
Klapmeier has since made similar comments about Wisconsin, saying the state did not help the company secure New Market Tax Credits, a federal program that provides low-cost financing to areas in need of redevelopment. Northern Wisconsin has some of the highest unemployment in the state.
Kestrel has not moved forward on its plans to build two construction plants in Superior, and has fallen behind on loan payments to WEDC, the quasi-private entity formed by Walker to help jump-start the state economy via tax breaks and other business subsidies.
WEDC and Kestrel have since worked out a deal where Kestrel won't pay anything until November, when it will begin interest-only payments for a year. After that, it will make equal interest and principal payments for 59 months, ending in October 2020, according to a Friday report from

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Jobs in Maine not -> WI 1848 Forward: #Walker 's #WEDC saves 600 #jobs in #Maine w/Wis $ Hooray!

Jobs in Maine not -> WI 1848 Forward: [The joke's on us!] #Walker 's #WEDC saves 600 #jobs in #Maine w/Wis $ Hooray!