http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/wisc-leaving-s5.jpgIn recent years, Wisconsin appears to have lost its ambition to be first or best. Roads are going to hell, we rank 49th in Internet speed. We’re lagging badly in renewable energy development and jobs. Recovery starts with wanting to be a state of firsts again.
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/clean-drinking-water-s5.jpgThe Sylla’s struggle with bad water, caused it seems by a high capacity well operated by a sand mine near their farm. Brown water is coming from their well and a horse died from exposure to toxins likely in the water. A bill in Madison, which would grant the well owner a permit in perpetuity, makes situations worse.
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/trump-walker-s5.jpgPublic Health and substance use disorder experts also critique proposed premiums, time limits, work requirements.
MADISON - Billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch, who have pledged to spend about $900 million through secretive dark money groups on the 2016 presidential contest, would like Republican Gov. Scott Walker to emerge as the eventual GOP nominee.
The New York Times reported Monday that David Koch told attendees at a New York State Republican Party fundraiser that the Koch family would not back a candidate in the GOP primary, and would support whoever wins the Republican nomination, but that they hoped it would be Walker.
The Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and the Coalition for American Values spent $5.2 million to help Walker win his 2012 recall and 2014 reelection campaigns for governor, according to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign estimates. In addition, Koch Industries Political Action Committee directly contributed $43,000 to help Walker win his 2010 race for governor.
David Koch, who also said his family may personally support the Wisconsin governor if he officially announces his run for president, previously praised Walker in a Florida newspaper in February 2012, calling Walker “courageous” for his successful plan to eliminate public employee collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin in 2011.
Joint Finance Committee Republicans Okay with Taxpayers footing the Bill for Governor Walker’s Presidential Campaign Travel. Republicans also appear to place his political ambitions above the needs of their own constituents.
MADISON - With the state facing a $2.2 billion deficit, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee missed an important opportunity today to reign in taxpayer spending of Governor Walker’s globetrotting efforts to bolster his presidential campaign. Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee opposed a plan that could give the Legislature oversight of the Governor’s travel which has included an increasing number of taxpayer –funded trips overseas.
“While Wisconsinites continue to struggle in a failing and uncertain economy, our jet-setting Governor is using their hard-earned tax dollars to fund trips to Europe and elsewhere to bolster his foreign policy credentials in support of his presidential campaign,” said Sen. Dave Hansen (D - Green Bay) noting that Walker’s recent trip to London alone cost taxpayers $138,000.
Wisconsin has seen the biggest decline in its middle class of all 50 states, lags the nation in job creation, and has seen its poverty rate increase under Governor Walker thanks to an economy that is increasingly becoming dependent on low-wage jobs.
“It is time for Governor Walker to come home, stay here, and work with both parties to pass a pro-growth agenda that includes investing in our public schools and universities, passing student loan debt reform, providing economic security to seniors and people with disabilities, and improving wages for Wisconsin workers and their families,” said Hansen.