Journal Times to Slash 39 Jobs!

See the Previous Sin City Post:

LEE Enterprises Slashes Staff While Boosting Executive Compensation

 

And so it has begun, as JS announces:

Journal Times newspaper in Racine will cut 39 production jobs

Perhaps The JT is the Harbinger of what is really happening with the Foxconn Scam and City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason’s claims to have secured tens of millions in new development.  Why would Lee Enterprises decide to cut and run at this tipping point in Racine County history?

Perhaps it is all unfolding right now, before your very eyes!

 

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If Former Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig is a Republican, Why Did Democrat Beth Pramme Host a Fundraiser For Ladwig?

What’s going on in Racine County? Is there any real difference between the Republicans and Democrats, or are they working together against the People? Once you are accepted into the true inner circles of power, there are NO Republicans or Democrats, just Political Opportunists ruled by Corporate Interests. The reward for complying is just more pay raises, tax-free fringes of $30,000, $40,000+, retirements, double dipping, loot and scoot (take your taxpayer funded retirement and move to a State with no income tax), no accountability (just ask Rich and Jennifer Chiapete or Tim Zarzecki). You sit on Boards of non-profit Organizations which are taxpayer funded, but not subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Laws, and spend hundreds of millions looted from the taxpayers which benefit the politically correct connected.  If your political career is in jeopardy because of personal sins, there are taxpayer funded Non-Profits and Corporations which will employ you and see you through. Meanwhile, the Little People are abused, jailed and fined, and the tax and fee hikes just keep coming! But that’s how it works in a kleptocracy – and that’s the form of government which operates throughout Racine County.

This is an oldie but a goodie – which shows how far the deception goes in Racine County – it is a document which is only available to the public because of a lawsuit. The document would never be published in the mainstream media, because it would reveal the secret. What could be more revealing than notorious Democrat Beth Pramme holding a fundraiser for Jim Dickert and John Ladwig, or is that John Dickert and Jim Ladwig? As an added *BONUS* Mary Jerger Osterman and Chip Brewer, Director of Worldwide Government Relations at SCJ, are  involved!  Of course, Jim Ladwig now works for SC Johnson as the Senior Director for Global Community Affairs and John T. Dickert works as the executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative..  Bon Appétit!

Doesn’t the below make more sense? Republican Jim Ladwig employing Democrat Beth Pramme to Recall Brain Dead Scott Walker!

Taxes are for Little People – big People like SC Johnson, Foxconn and Racine’s current First Couple, Cory & Rebecca Mason either don’t pay them or fix it so they are exempt. They are the Beneficiaries and Recipients.

See: http://racinepost.blogspot.com/2009/06/sc-johnson-emails-offer-intimate-look.html

 

https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/lifestyles-of-racines-rich-famous-politically-connected/

The Mason’s aren’t interested in paying their fair share. The Lehner name is well connected to City Hall…. Benjamin Lehner of Root River Council fame is now a City Employee…OH LOOK – they even paid full price $440,000! It is surely an “Arms Length” sale…..  Everything is on the Uppity UP! Nothing to see here folks, now move along…. Hey Buddy…. what’s your problem?

While this asshole loves himself to death! LOL! Too big to jail, he issued an Executive Order! As a Mayor! LOL! While the Common Council of Racine sat in *STUNNED* Amazement.  Claimed to be Mayor 24/7, and stuck the taxpayers with his personal legal bills of over $100G.  Ya gotta luv someone with the chutzpah of John T. Dickert – American Politician. LOL! Laugh now – cry later.

And just ask Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave, who is trying to lift everybody’s* boat with the Foxscam Failure……..

(NOTE that EVERYBODY does not include those who are privately employed, small business owners, and those not politically connected)

If Racine County is a Sanctuary County – then we can provide Foxconn with the low wage and no benefit workers needed to make The Project happen.

 

Did Scott Walker and the Republicans Throw the Governors Race to Avoid Dealing With the Foxconn WEDC Contract Default?

Corning CEO says Foxconn glass plant would have to be subsidized

Walker, Hogan have said state does not plan to offer incentives to Foxconn suppliers

“In Wisconsin we’re not building a factory. You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment,” Louis Woo, a special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou and a key negotiator in the Wisconsin deal, told Reuters.

Bloomberg reports that Woo said there were no plans to scrap the facility altogether but that the company was reconsidering what operations might be best for the site.

Woo told Reuters that Foxconn couldn’t compete in the US TV market if it used domestic labor to build LCD panels — something that outside commentators have previously noted. “In terms of TV, we have no place in the U.S.,” said Woo. “If a certain size of display has more supply, whether from China or Japan or Taiwan, we have to change, too.”

Foxconn was given exemptions from environmental regulations and subsidies worth $4.1 billion to create manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin. However, ever since the flurry of publicity with which the deal was announced (including a photo-op with President Trump, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Gou breaking ground on the new site), the terms of the arrangement have been continually downsized. It’s not clear how much further they may be changed.

With Foxconn deciding to “Opt Out” of funding the required Billion Dollar investment in the Corning Glass manufacturing facility, Corning Glass turned to then Governor Scott Walker and asked for the Subsidy. Walker said – “NO” – thus effectively killing the project on May 1, 2018, placing the WEDC contract in default.

Foxconn: Top official says Wisconsin will not provide glass-maker new financial incentives

ADISON – The state won’t provide any new taxpayer subsidies to lure a key glass supplier to Foxconn to locate in southeastern Wisconsin, the state’s top jobs official said Tuesday.

In an interview, the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. said state taxpayers have maxed out on their contribution to the Foxconn project, including related businesses such as Corning Inc., which could bring hundreds of additional jobs to Racine County.

WEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan said that the state had already done all it needs to do to win those jobs by offering billions of dollars in incentives to Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan. Foxconn could share those incentives with Corning and other suppliers, but the state would not expand these subsidies to get jobs that were part of the original deal and analysis done last year, he said.

Hogan made his statements after Corning’s CEO had said his company would need additional help from Foxconn or another source before coming to Wisconsin.

That’s it – end of story.

Former Governor Walker and his Administration made the call to allow Foxconn to default on the WEDC contract. At that point, the operations currently in progress at Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, and Racine County should have ended immediately. But oddly enough, they didn’t, while public officials lied and claimed “The Project” was really going to happen.

Read the complete story at:

https://concernedracinecountyresidentsjustsaynotofoxconn.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/did-scott-walker-and-the-republicans-throw-the-governors-race-to-avoid-dealing-with-the-foxconn-wedc-contract-default/

I Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists!

I Value my FREEDOM –

RC County Executive Jonathon Delagrave sends:

The Message doesn’t fit his Corporate Master’s Agenda:

Dear Village Board,

From Sin City:

While Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave Spends $20,000 to
Promote a “Digital Era Compliant County” scheme, The “Smart City” of
Baltimore is Brought to a Standstill As “Baltimore City Hall Computer
Network Infected With Ransomware Virus, Officials Say”

Link: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/while-racine-county-executive-jonathon-delagrave-spends-20000-to-promote-a-digital-era-compliant-county-scheme-the-smart-city-of-baltimore-is-brought-to-a-standstill-as-baltimore-city-hal/

Just when taxpayers thought it couldn’t get any worse, and Foxconn is
in DEFAULT of their WEDC contract and demanding to renegotiate, Racine
County Executive Jonathon Delagrave decides to waste $20,000 of
taxpayers dollars, coupled with a $10,000 grant from WI Counties
Association to fund ” a contract with My Strategy Source LLC, a
consulting service, to develop a long-term digital vision for the
county.

Really? When taxpayer funded County Services should be brick and mortar.

Meanwhile….

The contract costs about $30,000, however the county has received a
$10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Counties Association to help offset
the cost”. Well, wasting $20,000 for lobbying efforts to convince
taxpayers that poison is good for them is still wasting taxpayer
dollars.

If the Non-profit and tax exempt taxpayer funded “Secret Government”
Wisconsin Counties Association wants to chip in $10,000 – then CUI
BONO? No one knows – nor can anyone even ask the question – because
the quasi-governmental taxpayer funded Association is EXEMPT from Open
Records Requests.

While ZH notes:

Ransomware is a type of malware designed to block operators from using
computer systems or specific data until a ransom is paid.

The Baltimore Sun said the ransomware was identified as RobbinHood.
The hackers demanded cryptocurrency as the preferred payment to unlock
the files.

Davis said the malware attack in Baltimore City was similar to one
that disabled computer systems in Greenville, North Carolina, last
month. City Councilman Ryan Dorsey said City Hall employees were
instructed on Tuesday afternoon to disconnect all devices from the
network.

“Everybody has been instructed to unplug the Ethernet cable and
turn off power to their computers, printers and such,” Dorsey said.
“It’s apparently spreading computer to computer.”

Hackers wrote in a note that 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,667
at current prices) will unlock each system, or approximately 13
Bitcoins (worth $76,557) to unlock the city’s entire communication
system. Apparently that amount is too much for Baltimore to afford.

The note also told city officials that if they contacted law
enforcement that all communication would be cut off. It also
emphasized that anti-virus software would damage the computers. The
ransomware’s procedures are completely automated.

And:

Meanwhile, in Racine’s Sister City of Detroit, MI:
Detroit’s LED streetlights going dark after a few years

Detroit — The city’s lighting authority fears tens of thousands of
streetlights are in jeopardy of failing just a few years after being
installed, threatening to put some of Detroit’s neighborhoods back
into the dark.

The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit’s
streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the
manufacturer of nearly a third of the city’s 65,000 streetlights,
saying a fix is expected to cost millions.

The Public Lighting Authority in its complaint against Leotek
Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are
“prematurely dimming and burning out” and putting the city’s
revitalization progress “in jeopardy.”

“Indeed, the PLA expects a system-wide failure of Leotek’s luminaires
in the short-term,” the lawsuit reads.

Read more: Detroit mayor: City’s streetlight problem could cost $9M

The issue was discovered last fall during routine surveys of the
lighting system, and it’s tied to defective units that were either
“charred, burned, or cracked,” according to a February letter from the
lighting authority’s law firm.

The California-based manufacturer acknowledged in a December letter to
the lighting authority that it had experienced “a higher number of
reports of failures” in models dimming city streets, primarily in west
side neighborhoods and a number of Detroit’s major thoroughfares.

*WOW*

So just who Cui Bono from the Foxscam Failure and the Counties urge to
“digitize” ?

Just wondering.

Sincerely,

Tim & Cindy

 

While Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave Spends $20,000 to Promote a “Digital Era Compliant County” scheme, The “Smart City” of Baltimore is Brought to a Standstill As “Baltimore City Hall Computer Network Infected With Ransomware Virus, Officials Say”

Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave Is Completely Out of Touch With Taxpayer Needs

Just when taxpayers thought it couldn’t get any worse, and Foxconn is in DEFAULT of their WEDC contract and demanding to renegotiate, Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave decides to waste $20,000 of taxpayers dollars, coupled with a $10,000 grant from WI Counties Association to fund ” a contract with My Strategy Source LLC, a consulting service, to develop a long-term digital vision for the county.

Screenshot from My Strategy Source LLC, link in text above:

The contract costs about $30,000, however the county has received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Counties Association to help offset the cost”. Well, wasting $20,000 for lobbying efforts to convince taxpayers that poison is good for them is still wasting taxpayer dollars.

If the Non-profit and tax exempt taxpayer funded “Secret Government” Wisconsin Counties Association wants to chip in $10,000 – then CUI BONO? No one knows – nor can anyone even ask the question – because the quasi-governmental taxpayer funded Association is EXEMPT from Open Records Requests.

Wisconsin Counties Association Not Subject to Open Records Law

Joe Forward
Legal Writer:

Sept. 23, 2014 – A state appeals court has ruled that the Wisconsin Counties Association did not need to produce records requested by the Wisconsin Police Association because the Counties Association is not subject to public records law.

Under Wis. Stat. section 19.32(1), certain “authorities” must produce records for inspection if requested to do so. Authorities include state or local offices, elected officials, agencies, boards, commissions, and other government-related entities.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association submitted two requests for records from the Counties Association – a nonprofit organization whose members are Wisconsin counties – which refused, arguing that it was not subject to public records law.

In Wisconsin Professional Police Assoc. v. Wisconsin Counties Assoc., 2014AP249 (Sept. 18, 2014), a three-judge panel for the District IV Court of Appeals agreed that the Counties Association does not qualify as an “authority” subject to public records law.

The panel rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association is a “quasi-governmental corporation” that falls within the statutory definition of “authority.”

Meanwhile in the Smart City of the Future – Baltimore:

Baltimore City Hall Computer Network Infected With Ransomware Virus, Officials Say

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Hall government servers have been infected by a ransomware virus that government officials said is spreading throughout their network.

Mayor Jack Young released a statement confirming the issue.

“Baltimore City core essential services (police, fire, EMS and 311) are still operational but it has been determined that the city’s network has been infected with a ransomware virus. City employees are working diligently to determine the source and extent of the infection. At this time, we have seen no evidence that any personal data has left the system. Out of an abundance of precaution, the city has shut down the majority of its servers. We will provide updates as information becomes available.”

He said at this time no personal data has left their system.

Due to the current network issues, the Director of Public Works has suspended late water bill fees for City and County customers, DPW said in a tweet:

They later said employees of the City’s Finance Department are out front of the Abel Wolman Municipal building saying due to the network outage, they cannot conduct business or pay bills Tuesday with cash. They added that check and money orders only will work.

Newly sworn-in City Council president Brandon Scott tweeted a statement on the IT issues as well.

Michael Greenberger, a homeland security expert, said that the culprits are usually after money.

“Someone attacks the computer systems and encrypts all the data on it so that it’s unreadable and there you are stuck with your computer system and all your files,” Greenberger said.

In 2016, hackers took over MedStar Health’s database.

In March of last year, a similar attack compromised Baltimore’s 911 operations for more than 17 hours.

For this recent cyber take-over, one of the biggest inconvenience to residents has been not being able to pay bills.

“I tried to pay a couple of tickets and they said this billing has been shut down ever since 7 o’clock this morning,” one resident said.

While Zerohedge adds:

Chaos In Baltimore: City Government Paralyzed By Cryptocurrency Ransomware Attack

Ransomware is a type of malware designed to block operators from using computer systems or specific data until a ransom is paid.

The Baltimore Sun said the ransomware was identified as RobbinHood. The hackers demanded cryptocurrency as the preferred payment to unlock the files.

Davis said the malware attack in Baltimore City was similar to one that disabled computer systems in Greenville, North Carolina, last month. City Councilman Ryan Dorsey said City Hall employees were instructed on Tuesday afternoon to disconnect all devices from the network.

“Everybody has been instructed to unplug the Ethernet cable and turn off power to their computers, printers and such,” Dorsey said. “It’s apparently spreading computer to computer.”

Hackers wrote in a note that 3 Bitcoins (equivalent to about $17,667 at current prices) will unlock each system, or approximately 13 Bitcoins (worth $76,557) to unlock the city’s entire communication system. Apparently that amount is too much for Baltimore to afford.

The note also told city officials that if they contacted law enforcement that all communication would be cut off. It also emphasized that anti-virus software would damage the computers. The ransomware’s procedures are completely automated.

Lest anyone think otherwise – Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave is also a Director at RCEDC and PROMISED that Foxconn would invest $10 Billion Dollars in a 10.5 Generation LCD Manufacturing Campus – as pictured below:

Here is what Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave actually delivered, after committing Taxpayers of Racine County to $1,000,000,000 in taxpayer funded debt and expenses!

From the RCEDC 2017 Form 990:

Racine County Taxpayers need to OPEN THEIR Eyes – as Bond Rating Downgrades are happening with concurrent debt service and interest expenses increase while unemployment increases, and the Foxscam Failure is revealed for all to see!

As A Better Mount Pleasant notes:

Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave LIED, and the People died.

Sometimes, it happens. By design. Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave is being led by his Corporate Masters.

Crime pays in Racine County.

 

Meanwhile, in Racine’s Sister City of Detroit, MI:

Detroit’s LED streetlights going dark after a few years

Detroit — The city’s lighting authority fears tens of thousands of streetlights are in jeopardy of failing just a few years after being installed, threatening to put some of Detroit’s neighborhoods back into the dark.

The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit’s streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city’s 65,000 streetlights, saying a fix is expected to cost millions.

The Public Lighting Authority in its complaint against Leotek Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are “prematurely dimming and burning out” and putting the city’s revitalization progress “in jeopardy.”

“Indeed, the PLA expects a system-wide failure of Leotek’s luminaires in the short-term,” the lawsuit reads.

Read more: Detroit mayor: City’s streetlight problem could cost $9M

The issue was discovered last fall during routine surveys of the lighting system, and it’s tied to defective units that were either “charred, burned, or cracked,” according to a February letter from the lighting authority’s law firm.

The California-based manufacturer acknowledged in a December letter to the lighting authority that it had experienced “a higher number of reports of failures” in models dimming city streets, primarily in west side neighborhoods and a number of Detroit’s major thoroughfares.

In the Dec. 17 letter, Leotek administrator Hy Nguyen said the company had determined “the problem is excessive heat that can burn the lens directly above the LED.”

“We apologize for the problem you have experienced and will work with you to correct the problems,” Nguyen wrote.

But in recent weeks, Leotek officials have gone silent, according to the lighting authority. A representative for Leotek did not respond Monday to requests for comment.

The lighting project has been held up by Mayor Mike Duggan and others as an early success in the city’s effort to restore basic services. Before the three-year, $185 million overhaul, about 40% of Detroit’s 88,000 streetlights didn’t work.

The LED lights provided by Leotek were anticipated to last for at least a decade.

“The people of Detroit have been through a lot when it comes to streetlights,” Public Lighting Authority Executive Director Beau Taylor told The Detroit News. “I want the people to know that we’re doing everything we can to mitigate it, and we’re not going to go back to where we were before.”

The lawsuit notes that over the past five months, lights have failed in “large sections of Detroit,” and that Leotek officials have refused attempts by the lighting authority to honor warranty benefits “even though they admit the problem with its luminaires and know that it is imperiling the safety and wellbeing of Detroit residents.”

RCEDC’s List of Directors and Officers, While T-Rex Barks Up the Wrong Tree!

Foxconn Manufacturing Campus as Promised by RCEDC and Racine County Politicians

The following list is taken from the RCEDC 2017 Form 990, available at the previous post. It is an interesting mix within a taxpayer funded Organization that has no accountability to those who fund it. What is happening in Racine County has been planned at RCEDC in secret – and while hopes were high, and intentions good, so far the project is seriously in default with Foxconn wanting to renegotiate the contract. Racine County Taxpayers could be on the hook for over $1,000,000,000!

What Has So Far Been Delivered

As:

Foxconn wins approval of building plans that it has labeled ‘trade secrets’

Foxconn Technology Group has received conditional state approval to begin building the footings and foundations for its promised flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services issued the go-ahead last week on initial plans for the much-awaited project, documents released Monday show. Foxconn will need to return to the agency for review of plans for further construction.

The plans for the footings and foundations, meanwhile, remain under wraps. Foxconn contends the documents are confidential trade secrets, which are exempt from public disclosure under Wisconsin law, Brennan Nardi, communications director for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said by email.

The department will ask Foxconn to back up its assertion that the plans are trade secrets, and, after receiving the response, determine whether the plans can be made public.

Documents released Monday provide only small detail on Foxconn’s plans. The project will cover 977,366 square feet and be completely protected by sprinklers, the documents say.

They also indicate Foxconn must provide a further soils and foundation report because the company categorizes the ground at the site as capable of bearing weight beyond 3,000 pounds per square foot.

Foxconn has said it will begin construction this summer of a so-called Generation 6 plant to make liquid crystal display panels and will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

Meanwhile, Harry sends:

As an advocate for honest, open and transparent government, (HOTGOVERNMENT).

I take issue of your recent claims of being fierce advocates for the concept of “government in sunshine”:

“Journal Times editorial: State’s government bodies shouldn’t circumvent the open meetings law”
 Your board has at best a spotty record of advocating  “government in sunshine” and a worse record of publicly holding local government officials accountable for misconduct in office. 
 
Your board and your newspaper has a dismissal record of pursuing the opening of government within Racine county and holding it accountable.
 
That being said, I will forward the email sent to Mayor Cory Mason and city council members for their consideration regarding the city of Racine operating an “open checkbook”.
 
In part:   https://www.johnscreekga.gov/home where you can find the open checkbook to view individually written checks or sort by department expenses. The city of Johns Creek has even provided a tutorial video of how to navigate the checkbook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aJjP9DhIgw.
Harry Wait

Harry, You’re barking up the wrong Tree!

 

It’s Not what you don’t know – it’s what you know that ain’t so!

While The JT Editorial Board Champions “Government in Sunshine”, JT Publisher Mark Lewis Sits on the Board of Racine County’s Secret Government

Racine County Economic Development Corporation is a Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Organization which is funded by Taxpayers through solicited local Government Donations’ and brings together Private Corporate interests  and Elected Public Officials, to do in secret what might otherwise prove to be unlawful. By Judicial ruling, what happens at RCEDC stays at RCEDC and the public has no access to any of RCEDC’s official business, which goes on behind closed doors. This is Socialist Central Planning, and you can be sure that the Public Officials who are on the Board leave with an agenda to implement the plans with the least public knowledge possible, especially if resistance by the public is anticipated. Where else was the secret Highway V Sewer Plan hatched? The Fox-Conn land grab, the abrupt KR expansion plan, the deeply flawed Scott Walker Foxconn WEDC contract, and so many other sudden and abrupt taxpayer funded schemes hatched? The lair of the beast is the unaccountable taxpayer funded non-profit 501(c)(3)  RCEDC.

And if JT Publisher Mark Lewis is retired from the Board – you can bet he stays in touch, and (at least) listens to requests on how the News should be slanted to conform to the Agenda. As the paper of record for City of Racine, he is subject to being held on a leash.

From JT:

Journal Times editorial: State’s government bodies shouldn’t circumvent the open meetings law

Wisconsin’s open meetings law exists to ensure that government business, the people’s business, is conducted where the people can watch it happening. The exceptions to it, the instances where a governmental body can act in closed session, are generally limited to contract negotiations and personnel matters. That is as it should be.

As fierce advocates for the concept of “government in sunshine,” we were dismayed recently to read of the Madison School Board tiptoeing awfully close to the line between lawful and unlawful government meetings.

Under state law, school boards and other local public bodies must have a quorum — typically a majority or more — of members to take official action, and the action they take must occur in publicly noticed meetings.

“Walking quorums,” by contrast, are a “series of gatherings among separate groups of members of a governmental body, each less than quorum size, who agree, tacitly or explicitly, to act uniformly in sufficient number to reach a quorum,” according to the attorney general’s office.

They’re illegal because they can “render the publicly held meeting a mere formality,” according to the office.

Even if this practice does not violate the letter of the open meetings law, it certainly has the odor of not abiding by the spirit of the law.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council president Bill Lueders said the practice in Madison and in the Green Bay case “may not clearly violate the law, but it probably should be avoided, so as to not undercut the purpose of the open meetings law, which is to ensure that the deliberative process is public.”

First – the deeply flawed Judicial Ruling which opened the way to taxpayer funded Secret Government:

WisBar News
September 23 2014

Wisconsin Counties Association Not Subject to Open Records Law

Joe Forward
Legal Writer:

Sept. 23, 2014 – A state appeals court has ruled that the Wisconsin Counties Association did not need to produce records requested by the Wisconsin Police Association because the Counties Association is not subject to public records law.

Under Wis. Stat. section 19.32(1), certain “authorities” must produce records for inspection if requested to do so. Authorities include state or local offices, elected officials, agencies, boards, commissions, and other government-related entities.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association submitted two requests for records from the Counties Association – a nonprofit organization whose members are Wisconsin counties – which refused, arguing that it was not subject to public records law.

In Wisconsin Professional Police Assoc. v. Wisconsin Counties Assoc., 2014AP249 (Sept. 18, 2014), a three-judge panel for the District IV Court of Appeals agreed that the Counties Association does not qualify as an “authority” subject to public records law.

The panel rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association is a “quasi-governmental corporation” that falls within the statutory definition of “authority.”

The Counties Association is a “corporation,” the Police Association argued, because Black’s Law Dictionary defines a corporation as an entity created under state laws.

And under a prior case, the Police Association argued, the Counties Association was quasi-governmental because it resembled a governmental corporation.

“As the Counties Association notes, “’ to be a quasi-governmental corporation,’ an entity must first be a corporation,’” and the Counties Association is not a corporation,” wrote Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, noting that nonprofits are unincorporated organizations.

The panel also rejected the Police Association’s claim that the Counties Association was considered a “governmental body” as used in the open meetings law. It said the Police Association forfeited that argument by not raising it at the circuit court.

“Moreover, even if we were to address the merits and resolve the issue, the Police Association does not persuade us,” Judge Kloppenburg wrote.

“In particular, the Police Association does not explain why a statute and informal opinions of the Attorney General which address open meetings ‘ought to be instructive’ when the topic here is public records.”

From this deeply flawed Ruling, Wisconsin Court of Appeals, with Judge Kloppenburg commenting, “As the Counties Association notes, “’ to be a quasi-governmental corporation,’ an entity must first be a corporation,’” and the Counties Association is not a corporation,” wrote Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, noting that nonprofits are unincorporated organizations” the Pandora’s Box to Racine County’s Legal Secret Government was opened.

Second: Taking a look at  RCEDC’s 2017 form 990. Concerned taxpayers can download a copy by clicking on: RCEDC 2017 Form 990

First page (part) showing that Non-Profits are indeed VERY profitable, and proving that RCEDC is a 501(c)(3) taxpayer funded organization:

And as the Form 990 shows on page 9, the overwhelming majority of RCEDC’s Revenue is Taxpayer Provided Government Grants – to the tune of $5,307,800 in 2017.

And a loss for a little taxpayer funded “Loan Forgiveness” worth $110,429 – wonder who this was?

Who says Non-Profits are run by unpaid Volunteers? It can be VERY profitable to be involved with a Non-Profit. And note that in 2017, RCEDC granted $38,000 to Cory Mason’s unaccountable Rootworks – and for a further taxpayer *SURPRISE*,  Cory Mason just so happened to be a Board Member of RCEDC.  And BTW – RCEDC is now up to $706,818 in FORGIVEABLE LOAN EXPENSE. Who’s getting the Forgiveness, because the Taxpayer is getting the shaft!

So just who sits on the Board of the taxpayer funded and unaccountable RCEDC? (2017)


From the 2017 RCEDC Annual Report:

And even though Taxpayers fund 72% of RCEDC’s Revenues, they are denied access to or knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors at Racine County’s Secret Government!

While the American Policy Center decries Public/Private Partnerships

President Trump is calling for a major new investment for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure of highways, bridges and more. There is no question that it needs to be done. However, it’s vitally important that local, state and federal government agencies avoid calls to fund this massive effort through so-called Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs). Local officials must understand that there is a vast difference between calls for a competitive biding process to select private companies for the projects verses an actual partnership with government.

Link: https://americanpolicy.org/2017/01/31/publicprivate-partnerships-government-sanctioned-monopolies/

But taxpayer funded RCEDC and the secrecy which surrounds it is probably for your own good.

POSTSCRIPT

While A Better Mount Pleasant Notes:

In an act of what can only be viewed as naked desperation, the Journal Times publishes a single commentary in the Sunday newspaper by Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci defending the #Foxconn deal while pillorying Governor Evers.

Set aside that Scaramucci has never lived in Wisconsin, has most likely never met Tony Evers, lasted a total of six days in his job as Communications Director in the Trump administration and later called Trump an “intentional liar.”

The JT Editorial Board seemed to believe this media clown’s opinion was a worthy and valuable voice in the Foxconn discussion. Weren’t the guys from Duck Dynasty available for comment?

Seriously.