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The Foxconn Deal is Just Part of a Larger Issue Looming for State Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 11 August 2017 01:33

walker-terry-gouBefore we commit $1,200 per family over the next 25 years to Foxconn, we need to consider what constitutes a “job” for the purpose of providing economic development assistance and the impact these new technologies will have on our workforce.

Foxconn Fiscal Analysis Deeply Troubling for Wisconsin Taxpayers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:22

foxconnMADISON, WI – State Representative David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement in response to the fiscal analysis released by Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau regarding proposed Foxconn legislation.

david-crowley“I am deeply troubled by the long-term negative fiscal implications that the proposed Foxconn legislation could put the State of Wisconsin in. According to the fiscal analysis release this afternoon by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, even if Foxconn delivered on their promise of creating 13,000 jobs, Wisconsin taxpayers would be on the hook until approximately 2043. Those numbers get even worse if Foxconn does not fulfill their 13,000 job promise, creating a potential situation where our grandchildren could still be paying the company for a deal that was made this year.

“Like all my fellow legislators, I know the importance of creating jobs here for the citizens of Wisconsin. However, I warn that this proposal could end in a reward that does not justify the size of the financial risk. This legislation thus must contain more guarantees concerning labor compensation, more claw back provisions, and a transportation addition to guarantee individuals in Southeastern Wisconsin the ability to get to these jobs. Without these guarantees, this legislation could be too big of a risk for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

Conversations at the County Fairs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 07 August 2017 15:05

farm-familyMany people share the same concerns related to health care, the condition of the roads, and specific legislation that will help their home business. Others share their work with those who struggle with addiction.

LWV Weighs In On 3 State Issues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:26

gun-control-debatesNon-partisan group opposes firearms training in schools, special session rush on Foxconn, and supports transportation needs of our aging and disabilities communities.

MADISON - The League advised lawmakers on 3 items today:

  • Opposing AB 427 requiring the DPI to create a firearms training curriculum at a time when funds for the fundamental responsibilities of public education are seriously inadequate.
  • Opposing August 2017 Special Session AB 1 (the “Foxconn bill”) based on our positions supporting responsible use of tax revenues and a physical environment beneficial to life;
  • Urging support in the state budget for the transportation needs of our aging and disabilities communities.

Now your representatives need to hear from you:

  • Please contact your State Assembly Representative and direct her/him to oppose both AB 427 and the Foxconn bill (August 2017 Special Session AB 1).
  • Contact both your State Senator and Assembly Representative and tell them the state budget should support transit for our aging and disabilities communities, so people can get to work and school and fully participate in their communities.

To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address under Who Are My Legislators?, next to the little map of Wisconsin. Let us know how it goes!

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