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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Wisconsin Dems struggle to throw off GOP-imposed shackles

    This is sooooo sneaky and underhanded and totally calculated!!!!


    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...osed-shackles/
    Stuck down by a judge after the republicans played dirty.
    Some people hate those pesky judges when they rule in favor of fairness and justice.

    Judge Restores Wisconsin Governor's Powers, Strikes Down GOP Laws
    A judge has struck down the laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed in December's lame-duck session of the state's Legislature, restoring powers to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, if only temporarily.
    A county judge ruled on Thursday that all of the laws and appointments passed by legislators were unlawful because they met in what's known as an "extraordinary session," which isn't explicitly allowed under the state's constitution.
    The ruling also temporarily struck down 82 appointments that former Republican Gov. Scott Walker made during the waning days of his administration, all of which were confirmed by Republican state senators in the lame-duck session.
    A federal judge ruled against Republicans in January, blocking laws that were passed in the lame-duck session that limited early voting.
    https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/70553...d-by-lame-duck
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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Wisconsin Dem governor removes 82 Scott Walker appointees added during lame-duck session

    https://thehill.com/homenews/state-w...s-added-during

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) on Friday removed 82 appointments made by his predecessor, Gov. Scott Walker (R), during last year's lame-duck legislative session.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Evers's decision comes just a day after Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess invalidated the confirmation of Walker's appointments during a December overnight session.
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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    A very long article that was researched over the course of months concerning Foxconn and just what has happened.
    Everything about the whole Foxconn deal seems very secretive and confusing.

    FOXCONN IS CONFUSING THE HELL OUT OF WISCONSIN
    Starting last June, officials with the Taiwanese tech manufacturing giant began popping up in all corners of the state and announcing new projects. It had been almost a year since then-Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) offered the company a subsidy package that came to total $4.5 billion. Both Walker, who was in the midst of a reelection campaign, and Foxconn, which had just confirmed that it would build a far smaller factory than it had initially promised, seemed eager to make a good impression.
    In January, work at the Mount Pleasant factory came to a halt, and Foxconn officials began to publicly waffle about their plans. In the span of a single week, Woo said that the company wouldn’t build a factory, then that whatever Foxconn was building “cannot be simply described as a factory,” then, after a call with Trump, that Foxconn would build a factory after all.
    Adding to the confusion is the comical level of secrecy that’s shrouding the Foxconn project. The company almost never grants interviews. Even Mount Pleasant’s Village Board is supposed to route all Foxconn-related questions through a public relations firm. Getting answers is so difficult that a local TV reporter recently drove to the house of village president Dave DeGroot, who, hiding behind his half-closed door, told the reporter to go away.
    In September, it released a “sneak peek” video showing a sleek campus full of glass orbs and gardens patrolled by self-driving cars, but no officials I spoke to had seen an explanation of what any of the buildings were, and Foxconn declined to provide one to The Verge. When Hintz pointed out that one of the fountain-fronted structures was actually just a photo of a city park in Bradford, England, Foxconn took the video down.

    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/10/1...gy-hub-no-news
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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers this week signed an executive order launching a joint enforcement task force on payroll fraud and worker misclassification. The task force will coordinate worker misclassification matters handled by the Departments of Revenue, Workforce Development, and Justice, as well as the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and other agencies; it will report to the governor on or before March of each year on their activities.

    “Last year alone, UI Division auditors conducted 2,459 audits, identifying 8,677 misclassified workers and recouping more than $1.5 million in UI taxes, interest and penalties due to their efforts,” said UI Division Administrator Mark Riehl. “By better coordinating our state level efforts to level the playing field for Wisconsin contractors and workers, we are building a better tomorrow for thousands of Wisconsin workers and business owners, while helping to ensure the integrity of Wisconsin’s UI Trust Fund.”

    The task force will be staffed by the Department of Workforce Development and will comprise the secretaries of DWD, the Department of Revenue, the administrators of the Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Insurance divisions within DWD, the Attorney General or a designee, the commissioner of insurance or designee and others. The DWD secretary will serve as chair.
    https://www2.staffingindustry.com/si...sk-force-49667

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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    I wonder if the citizens of Wisconsin talk about this as much as the media has ?
    And is this touted as an accomplishment by certain political factions ?

    Foxconn's Wisconsin Facility is a Ghost Town Where Workers Are Just 'Moving Dirt Around'
    The people of Wisconsin are at their wit’s end, trying to figure out what to do about a Foxconn facility that has so far failed to create thousands of jobs. And the Democratic governor, Tony Evers, signaled this week that the deal signed by his predecessor, which provided $4 billion worth of subsidies and infrastructure spending to Foxconn from the state, will likely be renegotiated.
    “The hardest part for both supporters and detractors is that no one knows what’s happening,” Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz told Gizmodo by phone. “There was a lot in the contract that’s no longer pertinent to anything going on on the ground.”

    In fact, Rep. Hintz says the Chinese company is “dragging its feet” to open the facility at what he speculates is a “subsidized loss,” perhaps to get favorable trade agreements with the Trump administration.
    https://gizmodo.com/foxconns-wiscons...rke-1834166736

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    Foxconn-ed !
    The people of Wisconsin should be mad. But the believers don't see the similarities between the Foxconn scam and all the other con-jobs that this administration and the old Walker administration perpetuated on the citizens.

    Foxconn: So, About That Factory in Wisconsin You Offered Us $4 Billion in Incentives to Build
    Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn wants to reopen negotiations with Wisconsin officials over its heavily subsidized, troubled plans to build a massive facility in the state, CNBC reported on Tuesday, though the exact nature of what is up for discussion is not clear.
    According to CNBC, the “disclosure comes in a letter from [Democratic Governor Tony Evers] to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, a special assistant to Chairman Terry Gou and the company’s point person on the project.” The letter itself states that it’s not Evers—who criticized the project, which was negotiated under Republican predecessor Scott Walker and heavily promoted by Donald Trump, as a “lousy deal” on the campaign trail—or the state that is seeking to alter the terms. Rather, it claims that Foxconn broached the topic in March 2019.
    Foxconn scored over $4 billion in local and state tax credits and other incentives to build what it originally said would be a 20 million square foot, Gen 10.5 facility making large TV screens, which would create 13,000 new jobs. But it’s seemed hesitant to move forward with the project, which has stumbled, to say the least. Earlier this year, Foxconn briefly stated they wouldn’t be building a factory at all; they backtracked, but over the lifetime of the project it has scaled down its plans to a Gen 6 facility making smaller screens for phones.
    https://gizmodo.com/foxconn-so-about...ere-1834259186

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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    Foxconn-ed !
    The people of Wisconsin should be mad. But the believers don't see the similarities between the Foxconn scam and all the other con-jobs that this administration and the old Walker administration perpetuated on the citizens.

    Foxconn: So, About That Factory in Wisconsin You Offered Us $4 Billion in Incentives to Build


    https://gizmodo.com/foxconn-so-about...ere-1834259186
    Is this all the winning we heard about?

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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Foxconn is certainly in the news.
    I wonder why ? If this was another winning moment, then why all the negative information ?
    Could this deal be Trump's "Solyndra" deal ?

    Small-town Wisconsin suffering under weight of Foxconn deal, with CEO headed to White House
    There's no sign yet of Foxconn's $10 billion plant, or the 13,000 local jobs it was supposed to provide, but wide swaths of Wisconsin's Mount Pleasant town have been very nearly totally demolished in preparation for the promised factory.
    While Foxconn, a major supplier to Apple, has so far done little toward its plan of building a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, the state has demolished 75 homes and bought land in a plot that remains chiefly unused. The town of Mount Pleasant, 29 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has large sections of the town that have been demolished in preparation for the promised plant.
    Beyond just the homes and land, infrastructure work has begun largely at the locality's expense, reports the Wall Street Journal. Interstate 94 is being widened to support the promised thousands of employees at the county's expense, and for compatibility with driverless trucks, but Foxconn is largely absent from the area.
    The original project was for a plant that would manufacture large LCD panels for televisions sets. Following purported issues with finding appropriate skilled labor, Foxconn spoke of transferring Chinese engineers to the region.
    Foxconn has maintained its claim of creating 13,000 jobs in the Racine County area. Mount Pleasant itself is currently home to 27,000 residents. At the end of 2018, Foxconn had spent only $99 million, 1% of its pledged investment, according to state filings. Foxconn had estimated that there would be 2,080 in-state employees by before 2019 ended, but ended up with less than 200.
    https://appleinsider.com/articles/19...to-white-house

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    Default Re: Walker backs push to make Wisconsin right-to-work state

    Strange that this thread doesn't get any reply's from the Wisconsin residents.

    One month ago, Foxconn said its innovation centers weren’t empty — they still are
    Last summer, Foxconn announced that it would buy buildings across Wisconsin and turn them into “innovation centers” as part of its record-breaking $4.5 billion tax subsidy agreement with the state. The initial agreement with Wisconsin had been for a large-screen LCD manufacturing facility, but by 2018, the company had downsized the factory to a far smaller type. That factory would employ only a tiny fraction of the 13,000 people Foxconn had promised to hire, and the company’s plan to make up the shortfall was to hire people to develop an as-yet undefined “AI 8K+5G ecosystem.” These employees would work on Foxconn’s main campus in Mount Pleasant as well as in the innovation centers scattered across the state, which were supposed to open early this year.

    In March, The Verge visited Foxconn’s innovation centers across Wisconsin and found them mostly empty. Several dozen employees worked in its Milwaukee headquarters, but only minor renovations had been done to the building, half of which was rented out to a financial services firm. The owner of a building Foxconn had promised to buy in Eau Claire had canceled the contract after the deal stalled and Foxconn tried to renegotiate. The other Eau Claire innovation center also appeared to be stalled, and no one involved with remodeling it had received a contract or been paid. In Green Bay, the parts of the building Foxconn bought that weren’t vacant were rented out to unrelated businesses. The same went for the buildings Foxconn had bought in Racine.
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/13/1...ty-tax-subsidy
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