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K-C Deal Isn’t an Economic Development Strategy Says Larson, It's an Extortion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Friday, 14 December 2018 17:29

kc-layoff-wbayMILWAUKEE - Scott Walker continues to make the case for why he should no longer be Governor and why we should move up the inauguration of state elected officials to immediately after elections are certified.

To be clear, this $25 million extortion of Wisconsin taxpayers through WEDC is happening for Kimberly-Clark because this highly profitable company threatened Wisconsin jobs and they are still going to fire workers. Kimberly-Clark posted a staggering $3.3 billion operating profit just last year, had their federal tax rate cut from 35.7% to 19.2% just last year, then callously decided to cut jobs and shutter plants just last year.

chris_larsonTheir total contribution to state taxes was $1 over the last four years. But, when they saw Governor Walker and Republicans pay through the nose for Foxconn, they decided to squeeze us for even more.

This isn’t an economic development strategy, this is an extortion.

By paying this ransom to a profitable corporation, Republican economic mismanagement opens Wisconsin up to further extortion from other profitable companies. As of 2017 there were 733 other businesses in Wisconsin with similar employment numbers as Kimberly-Clark. Each of them are watching what is happening. They’d be silly not to threaten to leave unless they get a handout from us, too. If we go down this path, the total lost could exceed our states biennial budget. We need to stop investing in companies that aren’t invested in us. Instead, we need to invest in our neighbors through K-12, higher ed, and apprenticeships. We cannot afford to continue to go down this road of corporate handouts.

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Senator Chris Larson released this statement today regarding the $25 million handout to Kimberly-Clark.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2018 17:40
 
“Listening to people” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 14 December 2018 09:28

listening-to-peopleWe discuss the scandalous GOP lame duck, budget listening sessions with Tony Evers, the coming Inaugural events, and a special interview with Eric Genrich, who is running for Mayor of Green Bay.


MILWAUKEE - We discuss the latest on the scandalous GOP lame duck, including the pending legal action against the early voting in Wisconsin.

We welcome Citizen Action North Central Co-op organizer Joel Lewis to review the Wausau budget listening session with Tony Evers, which in openness stands in sharp contrast with the infamous GOP lame duck session.

Former podcast panelist Jorna Taylor joins us to discuss Inaugural events and how to participate. We close with a special interview with Citizen Action Northeast Co-op member Eric Genrich, who is running for Mayor of Green Bay next spring.

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Democratic Radio: A New Era for Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:00

tony-evers-winMADISON - State Representative Sondy Pope (D - Mt. Horeb) talks about incoming Governor Tony Evers and the statewide Building the People’s Budget tour.

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sondy-popeHello, this is State Representative Sondy Pope with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

Despite last week’s attempts by legislative Republicans to override the will of the people, Wisconsin will continue to move forward toward a brighter future.

This week, Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced their statewide Building the People’s Budget tour.

For the first time in eight years, Wisconsin residents will be able to attend gubernatorial pre-budget listening sessions open to the public and share their priorities.

Governor-elect Evers understands that in order to solve the problems facing our state, we need to prioritize people over politics and get down to the work of governing.

It is possible to reinvest in public education, fix our roads, and improve healthcare - but it cannot happen without you.

The best future for Wisconsin is one that is by the people of our state, and for the people of our state.

These budget listening sessions show how Tony Evers will govern - for all of us.

So get involved today and make your voice heard.

Thank you.

 
Republican Lawmakers Are Traitors to Democracy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Randy Schumann, Madison   
Monday, 10 December 2018 14:39

walker-signs-budget-2015Madison citizen has low opinion of Republican lame duck session "power grab".


MADISON - Walker, Vos and Fitzgerald, as well as every Republican legislator that voted to advance the lame duck session "power grab" legislation overruling the decision by voters who chose Tony Evers and Josh Kaul to exercise all the existing powers of the Governor and Attorney General in Wisconsin, have demonstrated that they are Traitors to Democracy.

That label will be your enduring legacy for the rest of your natural lives and one which also will make your political lives much shorter. That will be because Wisconsin voters, whether they are Democrats, Progressives or are fair-minded Republicans disgusted by what the GOP powers-that-be have done to the Republican Party, will together rid Wisconsin of every one of you in the next election.

Furthermore, your actions in forcing through lame duck legislation overruling Wisconsin voters' decisions in the November election will lead to the downfall of the Republican party in Wisconsin. That is because you will have demonstrated to even Wisconsin voters who consider themselves Republicans, that no Republican politician can be trusted because they will not represent the decisions -- or the interests -- of voters.

Wisconsin voters will not forget. You Traitors of Democracy have sealed your own fate.

Randall Schumann
Madison, Wisconsin

 
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