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Thank you Wisconsin for the beautiful gift

Kathleen Vinehout

“Friends in the Wisconsin Legislature, we beg you: Sign that bad deal with Foxconn,” recently wrote the Chicago Sun Times editorial board. “It’s the neighborly thing to do.”

The Wisconsin Assembly obliged the Chicago newspaper and recently voted 50-39 to approve the Governor’s deal with the Taiwanese company, Foxconn.

But lawmakers were not voting on the deal itself. Contract negotiations are presumably underway. Legislators who voted on the deal did not see the contract, they do not know the details under negotiation, nor will they approve the final negotiated contract.

Citizen Action Foxconn rally and press conference Eau Claire

foxconn rally

Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin recently held a rally and press conference on Foxconn in Eau Claire. This was just before the Assembly voted the Foxconn bill through.  

I apologize for the low sound volume and noise - it was hard to do good sound capture in front of the Chippewa Valley Tech building right next to Clairemont Avenue. 

Foxconn continues to be a bad deal for citizens of Wisconsin, and I would encourage you to contact your state Senator to express your opinion on the bill. 

Robert Kraig, Jeff Smith at Foxconn rally and press conference Eau Claire

"Loving Us” Pow Wow Encourages Recovery

Kathleen Vinehout

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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“I lost my granddaughter to heroin addiction,” Anita told me. “We’ve lost so many people,” Tena added.

Recently, former Marine Tena Quackenbush and her friends, including Quincy Garvin, Jasime Funmaker, Lori Pettibone, Cindy Ward hosted a gathering to promote and encourage recovery from addiction, especially the scourge of heroin addiction.

Ms. Quackenbush started #StoptheStigma, an organization with a mission to stop the stigma of addiction. She was joined by members of “Natives Against Heroin” in hosting the event.

“Wogixete Wi” was a traditional pow wow. Translated from Ho-Chunk, wogixete wi means “Loving Us.” Reaching out with love to those in recovery and to those still suffering from addiction was the theme of the pow wow.

An Estimated One Billion Dollars Will Be Spent on Foxconn Jobs... for Illinoians

It's very simple math.

Approximately one-third of Foxconn jobs will be filled by people living in Illinois, which means that one-third of the whopping three billion that Wisconsin taxpayers will be spending will be going toward Illinois residents:  One billion.

It also means that every dime Illinois Foxconn workers earn will be spent and taxed in Illinois-- not Wisconsin.

Therefore, if we give Foxconn the benefit of the doubt and assume that all 13,000 jobs will be filled, that's 4,333 jobs for Illinois without spending a dime.

Dana Wachs throws hat into the ring

Dana Wachs has officially announced that he is running for governor. I thought that perhaps Dana was serious about this once he announced that his law firm had merged with another firm, freeing him up to take a leave from his firm. This is now what is happening. Dana would be a great governor, and I find myself in the unaccustomed position of having two people who I count as friends potentially running for governor, and tilting the political center of the state much more seriously toward the left coast.

I am excited to see Dana running, but I find myself a little torn in that I'm not at all sure how I will feel in the primary if both Dana Wachs and Kathleen Vinehout end up running. 

Anti-Foxconn FB Site Delivers News on the Fox Con

Foxconn invests in Wisconsin Workers 'should be wary'by James Griffiths

Led by social media such as Facebook, Wisconsin's political culture supports a ready resistance to Foxconn.

On August 4, scholar-activist Allen Ruff created the Facebook group site, Say No to the Fox Con, quickly gathering 150-plus members, expected to balloon to 1,000s by the end of next week as a "clearing house for critical news and views, primarily articles to inform and educate opposition to the construction of a Foxconn factory in Wisconsin. Pieces regarding the impact on the environment, accounts of the firm's operations elsewhere, and analyses of other effects and 'externalities' not offered up by backers."

Gov. Scott Walker has called a for a special legislative session to push the tax-water-sand give-away through in August before citizens begin focusing on the scam, (Fortune), intended in part to reelect Gov. Jobs Failure who counts on Wisconsinites too discouraged to effectively oppose his regime.

Foxconn hearing buries the public

We've been seeing more and more of this throughout the Walker administration - Public hearings that really don't qualify as public hearings. Yesterday's Foxconn bill public hearing was, as is typical now, stacked. Invited spearkers (meaning those in favor of the bill) spoke for eight hours, from 1:30 to 9:30, and then the public was allowed to testify.

"Gold Standard" QCEW Report: Since Walker Took Office, WI Has Lost 240 Manufacturing Establishments

Both Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker were elected in 2010.

Both have made restoring a manufacturing base in their states their stated top priority and in the name of this priority have severely weakened worker, environmental and consumer rights to get there. 

Both have at least one "safety glasses" photo op in a manufacturing plant at least once a week.

Break-Neck into Wisconn Valley

Foxconn Workers

Here we go again - emergency legislation for something that really requires some thought - or at least reading the bill. The Governor has ordered up a special legislative session tomorrow morning to consider the "Foxconn Bill" to offer money, tax breaks, and the ability to run over the environent in Southeast Wisconsin.  Somewhere. We'll figure out all that stuff later, the important thing is to hand everything we can over to Foxconn so we can serve them better. 

You might want to read the attached bill.  I have nothing against bringing jobs to Wisconsin, but this is a mighty cost. Money I can forgive even though I think it's crazy policy in this case. But the destruction of the environment and lack  of accountability will be with us forever. I have little faith that the legislature will manage to pound this into a more acceptable bill, but on the other hand I didn't think the Republicans would not manage to gut the ACA last week - so hope springs eternal. 

All I ask is that we do not have to hand over our eldest child to them as well. But don't hold your breath. And if past experience is worth anything, I suspect we won't really know what has happened till it's too late.

Foxconn: The Hype and the Small Print

Kathleen Vinehout
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Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
Great News! A big tech company called Foxconn is coming to southeast Wisconsin and bringing with it a lot of new jobs. The new company will build a big factory and make flat screens for computers.
 
The Governor tells us the company will create 13,000 jobs that pay nearly $54,000. Other businesses will benefit because the company will buy things from Wisconsin businesses.
 
But, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Here’s the Rest of the Story.”

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