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.

 

Why Does Republican State Representative Robin Vos Endorse Criminal Activity by Foreign Corporations?

State Representative Robin Vos Sent:

Since the November election, I have been concerned that Governor Tony Evers would try to undermine the state’s contract with Foxconn Technology Group. This week the new governor told members of the media that he wants to renegotiate the contract, and he doesn’t believe the Taiwanese company can create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Like many of you, I was stunned when I heard these remarks. As I said on the Jay Weber Show on News/Talk 1130 WISN, it is beyond my level of understanding to think a governor of the state of Wisconsin is basically rooting for the failure of the largest economic development project in the state’s history.

Luckily, WEDC negotiated an ironclad contract with expectations from both sides. Foxconn also released a statement saying it remains committed to the contract and job creation across Wisconsin.

I remain confident that Foxconn will continue to work toward its goal of creating 13,000 jobs. Our state already is enjoying the economic benefits of the company’s investments in the Dairy State. As Foxconn moves forward on its plans in our state, I’m open to hearing if any flexibility is needed regarding the project, which I hope is the intent of Governor Evers.

Really?

Apparently it is way beyond Rep Vos’s understanding that the agreement between WEDC and FOXCONN stipulated a Gen 10.5 Manufacturing Facility!

From the Agreement between WEDC and FOXCONN:

Concerned Taxpayers can download the agreement by clicking on the link: 1109wedcfoxconn

Foxconn says it will openly violate the terms of the agreement! And still expects payments?!

From The Cap Times:

After a week of headlines raising questions about Foxconn’s plans for Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday he is comfortable with the technology company’s commitment to the state.

“Frankly I think what they said recently has been relatively consistent, it’s just a matter of their communication strategy being more consistent,” Evers told reporters in the state Capitol. “I’m comfortable that they’re still committed to the state, they’re still committed to this Generation 6 technology, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to encourage them to be more transparent and more consistent.”

Shortly before Evers’ comments, Foxconn Technology Group said in a statement that it will move forward with plans to construct a Generation 6 facility in southeastern Wisconsin. So-called Gen 6 factories generally produce small LCD screens for cell phones, tablets and small televisions.

Although Foxconn originally billed its planned Wisconsin facility as a Generation 10.5 LCD plant, the company has said since last year that it will instead start by building a smaller Gen 6 plant. Foxconn executive Louis Woo has said the company’s southeastern Wisconsin campus will be built in a phased approach.

The confusion surrounding Foxconn’s plans for Wisconsin started with a report on Wednesday published by Reuters. In an interview, Woo told Reuters the company was considering changing the focus of its facility in Mount Pleasant.

Woo told Reuters the company expected to hire mostly researchers and engineers rather than manufacturers, citing the high costs of building TV screens in the United States. He said about three-quarters of the jobs in Wisconsin would be in research and development and design.

What Doesn’t State Representative Robin Vos understand?

In Reply to Robin Vos:

WI Gov. Tony Evers is holding Foxconn to it’s promise to perform under the contract which stipulated a Gen 10.5 facility, which Foxconn has failed to do. Thus – Foxconn is now acting in violation of the contract terms. Thus any contract with Foxconn is null and void. I fully support WI Gov. Tony Evers in his demand for specific performance.

Why do you, Rep. Robin Vos want to allow Foxconn to violate the agreement, and yet still receive the benefits of the Agreement?

Why do you support such criminal activity?

See also: https://arrestrecordsofracinewipublicofficials.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/wedc-got-something-right-racine-county-is-top-rated-for-politicians-tricking-residents-and-treating-themselves-to-the-spoils/

 

And while State Rep Robin Vos condones criminal activity by Foreign Corporations violating the terms of a contract – he further demands:

State Rep Robin Vos: “I’m open to hearing if any flexibility is needed regarding the project”.

BOHICA Racine County Taxpayers – here it comes again! $1,000,000,000 taxpayer dollars expended and still counting!

Once again…

From the Agreement between WEDC and FOXCONN:

State Rep Robin Vos is a criminal career Politician, who supports criminal activity by Foreign Corporate Interests against Residents of Racine County! Alongside Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, MTP Tea-Tard Dave DeGroot, City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, and Premier Solutions Executive William McReynolds! GO WI – CON – SIN!

If Foxconn is going to receive taxpayer credits and funds, then they MUST abide by the contract and build a Generation 10.5 TFT – LCD Fabrication Facility in Mount Pleasant – as stipulated by the contract! It is not negotiable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave Predicts an Earth Shattering KA -BOOM!

From The JT:

Racine County Executive commentary: The boom is coming – and we are ready

To put things in perspective, it’s worth reviewing some of the ways we are already preparing to maximize this historic opportunity for Racine County residents and businesses:

  • Workforce: We are in the midst of the most focused effort ever to develop the workforce in Racine County’s history. Far from throwing money at a problem, we have implemented unique approaches to get at the root of why some have been left behind for so long.

We launched Uplift 900, an innovative program to connect underserved City of Racine residents with resources to obtain family-sustaining employment. We introduced GreaterRacineAtWork.com, a web platform that identifies specific skills people have and matches them up to opportunities that fit those skills.

We are working with Manpower to strategically assess, for the first time, the talent supply and demand across multiple industries in Racine County. We have also seen great collaboration with Gateway Technical College, WRTP/Big Step, First Choice Pre-Apprentice and other entities; held town hall meetings throughout the community (with more outreach events planned); and have regularly met with local business representatives to discuss their needs.

  • Transportation: The Eastern Racine County Transportation Task Force convened earlier this year is making great progress in identifying solutions for two major challenges: reducing travel times between Interstate 94 and Downtown Racine, and efficiently moving workers to jobs.

Preliminary recommendations have focused on traffic signal coordination on major east-west arteries and expanding bus routes. We also plan to partner with Kenosha County to expand Highway KR and provide better access to the City of Racine.

  • Development: To prepare for future commercial and residential development opportunities, we engaged a multi-disciplinary consultant team to assist our communities with planning and development analyses.

With a desire to make Racine County a destination to work and live, this team has been charged with investigating opportunities to create a wide array of residential options, from apartments to condos to single- and multi-family neighborhoods – all of which will be in high demand in Racine County in the near future.

  • Law enforcement: I am working closely with Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and his team to make sure that law enforcement continues to have the resources they need to maintain peace and security and that our county grows in a safe and responsible way.

SO – in other words – Government is expanding and growing ever larger, more burdensome, costly, and complex – Along with: taxation, appointed apparatchiks, regulations,  laws, restrictions, and special privileges granted to those who are politically connected and have $$$ for campaign contributions! 

There is going to be a KA-BOOM alright in Racine County – but it will lead to a devastated tax-base, with a fleeing educated population who insist on The Rule of Law (which has been abandoned in Racine County) , while an uneducated horde invades to grab their “piece of the pie”, resulting in an abnormally high (and costly) incarceration rates (fortunately, Racine has a lot of open prison space) ,  deviant behavior,  stealing of people’s private property (by government decree & common criminals), destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections (future costs to be determined) , permitting heavy metals water pollution (Future supplies of clean water will come from? TBD.) , instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.

But the above just describes the current situation…. while the Tax- Farming Politicians claim that  Foxconn and more Industrial Civilization  is the Band-Aid to fix all those problems – so Racine County residents simply need to be re-assured by lying Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave that it is so.

And in the aftermath….

Foxconn will provide very few jobs with (mostly) low wages (and temps) dependent upon government subsidizes,  and the “investment” will be financed by taxpaying  Residents – all on borrowed money from lenders which will have a first claim on taxpayers and require long term principle and interest payments. Foxconn will also be given “limited liability” for all the environmental damage they will create – and the locals will be stuck with all the long term bills and the environmental damage  after Foxconn has told SE WI  “SEE YA” , is gone, leaving the water supply of SE Wisconsin  heavily contaminated! What then? Import your drinking water from polluted and contaminated  Michigan?

WI Guv Scott Walker – The King of NO! Because he Knows NOTHING!

See the post:

Michigan FIRST! Wisconsin NEXT! as Michigan Declares Emergency Over City’s Water Contamination

Well, well, who woulda thunk it might happen….. especially in the Great Lakes Basin – where fresh water is plentiful, cheap, and used to remove Industrial and Human Waste from sight and smell. This waste, formerly fresh clean water supplied from a tap, is channeled to the sewer system which leads to  a temporary holding facility where it receives “treatment” with chemicals prior to being expelled back into large bodies of surface and underground water supplies in an effort to dilute the extreme contamination and pollutants!

THE PROCESS WORKS! (For the Politicians – who Levy Taxes) 

At least until the concentration of chemicals and contamination becomes too great to be fit for safe human consumption. Meanwhile, lying Politicians like Walker, Vos, Dickert, Mason, DeGroot and Delagrave  proclaim that the supply of  fresh water in the Great Lakes Basin is almost too cheap to meter! What happens when the process fails and the water becomes unsafe?

Michigan declares emergency over city’s water contamination

Michigan officials have declared a state of emergency after a city’s drinking water supply was found to be tainted with a harmful nonstick chemical.

 

Jay Hanson wasn’t lying when he wrote in his Overshoot Loop Thesis:

It’s impossible to know the details of how our rush to extinction will play itself out, but we do know that it is going to be hell for those who are unlucky to be alive at the time.

 

POLITICS: n 1: social relations involving authority or power.
We swim in “politics” like fish swim in water; it’s everywhere, but we can’t see it!

In fact, telling primates (human or otherwise) that their reasoning architectures evolved in large part to solve problems of dominance is a little like telling fish that their gills evolved in large part to solve the problem of oxygen intake from water. — Denise Dellarosa Cummins

I have been forced to review the key lessons that I have learned concerning human nature and collapse over the last 25 years. Our collective behavior is the quandary that must be overcome before anything can be done to mitigate the coming global social collapse. The single most-important lesson for me was that we cannot re-wire (literally, because thought is physical[1]) our basic political agendas through reading or discussion alone. Moreover, since our thoughts are subject to physical law, we do not have the free-will to either think or behave autonomously.

We are “political” animals from birth until death. Everything we do or say can be seen as part of lifelong political agendas. Despite decades of scientific warnings, we continue to destroy our life-support system because that behavior is part of our inherited (DNA, RNA, etc.) hard wiring. We use scientific warnings, like all inter-animal communications, for cementing group identity and for elevating one’s own status (politics).

Only physical hardship can force us to rewire our collective-political agendas. I am certainly not the first to make the observation, but now, after 25 years of study and debate, I am totally certain. The “net energy principle” guarantees that our global supply lines will collapse.

The rush to social collapse cannot be stopped no matter what is written or said. Humans have never been able to intentionally-avoid collapse because fundamental system-wide change is only possible after the collapse begins.

What about survivors? Within a couple of generations, all lessons learned from the collapse will be lost, and people will revert to genetic baselines. I wish it weren’t so, but all my experience screams “it’s hopeless.” Nevertheless, all we can do is the best we can and carry on…

Editors note;

The ultimate total economic and environmental collapse of SE Wisconsin is just a natural process which will ultimately  clear the land of all human inhabitants, restore the natural state, and thus be prepared for new arrivals in the far off future.

Continuing from Jay Hanson:

“Politics” is power used by social organisms to control others. Not only are human groups never alone, they cannot control their neighbors’ behavior. Each group must confront the real possibility that its neighbors will grow its numbers and attempt to take resources from them. Therefore, the best political tactic for groups to survive in such a milieu is not to live in ecological balance with slow growth, but to grow rapidly and be able to fend off and take resources from others[5].

The inevitable “overshoot” eventually leads to decreasing power attainable for the group with lower-ranking members suffering first. Low-rank members will form subgroups and coalitions to demand a greater share of power from higher-ranking individuals who will resist by forming their own coalitions to maintain it. Meanwhile, social conflict will intensify as available power continues to fall.

Eventually, members of the weakest group (high or low rank) are forced to “disperse.”[6] Those members of the weak group who do not disperse are killed,[7] enslaved, or in modern times imprisoned. By most estimates, 10 to 20 percent of all the people who lived in Stone-Age societies died at the hands of other humans.[8] The process of overshoot, followed by forced dispersal, may be seen as a sort of repetitive pumping action — a collective behavioral loop — that drove humans into every inhabitable niche of our planet.

Here is a synopsis of the behavioral loop described above:

Step 1. Individuals and groups evolved a bias to maximize fitness by maximizing power, which requires over-reproduction and/or over-consumption of natural resources (overshoot), whenever systemic constraints allow it. Differential power generation and accumulation result in a hierarchical group structure.

Step 2. Energy is always limited, so overshoot eventually leads to decreasing power available to the group, with lower-ranking members suffering first.

Step 3. Diminishing power availability creates divisive subgroups within the original group. Low-rank members will form subgroups and coalitions to demand a greater share of power from higher-ranking individuals, who will resist by forming their own coalitions to maintain power.

Step 4. Violent social strife eventually occurs among subgroups who demand a greater share of the remaining power.

Step 5. The weakest subgroups (high or low rank) are either forced to disperse to a new territory, are killed, enslaved, or imprisoned.

Step 6. Go back to step 1.

Don’t worry Racine County – Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave wouldn’t lie to you when he said Racine County would go ‘BOOM” – he just failed to affirm that the “Boom” would lead to utter collapse and destruction.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave is Called Out by MTP Residents for Potential Malfeasance and Lies

It’s Good To Be The KING!

From: A Better Mount Pleasant:

No one knows these issues better than Kim Mahoney.

July 13 at 1:18 PM ·

Here is a publicity piece from Wiseye.Org to showcase the Foxconn project. While the producer does an okay job on challenging some points, he doesn’t go nearly far enough to fact check Jonathan and he just lets other falsehoods slide.

First – we now know that Mount Pleasant was a “serious contender” to get the Foxconn development as early as February 2017. In the meantime, they allowed people to put up pools and big pole barns. Never once did they solicit input from Mount Pleasant residents to find out if they would want to foot the bill or give up land for this massive project. They made the decision for us.

Second – Jonathan says the scope of the project was initially 500 acres, but has more than doubled. Doubled? The three project areas take up 2,900 acres and that doesn’t even include the North Area. They have acquired most of the land already but have no set plans for Areas II and III. Many of those people could have remained in their homes for the next 5-10 years.

Third – he says Racine County residents are “almost universally positive” about the project. Really? He must not be talking to the same people I am talking to. People are pissed about being forced out of their homes, they are worried about the amount of money we have promised to give Foxconn, they are doubtful the 13,00 jobs will materialize, they are concerned about the air pollution, water pollution, storm water runoff and Lake Michigan diversion. Jonathan – you are obviously not in touch with Racine County residents or you are lying.

Fourth – the water diversion is violating the Great Lakes Compact because the water being diverted will be used for manufacturing, not primarily residential. You are setting a terrible precedent.

Fifth – what is causing the air pollution/excess ozone emissions is irrelevant and to bring it up is ridiculous. You completely ignore the fact that the pollution already exists and it is harmful to our health. Now you are adding another major contributor that will exceed the maximum allowable limits for certain air pollution emissions. This goes to show you care nothing about the health of Racine County residents, especially those susceptible to breathing problems.

Sixth – you keep talking about the jobs – the up to 13,000 “middle class high paying” jobs. The average job is promised to be $54,000. Can you support your family on $54,000? Nobody in Wisconsin can support a family for that income. And most of the workers will only be making $30,000, not $54,000. And, they do not anticipate achieving that number until the year 2040 – 22 years from now. You make it seem as if those jobs will magically appear as soon as Foxconn opens its doors in 2020.

Seventh and last – I appreciate you saying that you do not believe eminent domain should be used to acquire property that will be given to Foxconn but you continue to spout the falsehood that 95% of the property acquisitions thus far have been “voluntary.” Each and every homeowner was threatened with eminent domain. If they refuse to sell, the Village will take their property under eminent domain. When someone literally has no choice, it is the opposite of the definition of “voluntary.”

 

In addition – A Better Mount Pleasant did some fact checking and the math, and what they discovered should give every Taxpayer in the State of Wisconsin  grave cause to demand an investigation!

While the story in today’s JT about the guy who scored the first Foxconn license plate is awfully cute, this one is perhaps a bit more relevant to people in our community.

(Again, JT Publisher Mark Lewis sits on the boards of both RAMAC and RCEDC – not exactly well positioned to be the least bit critical of the deal.)

How many times were we told 13,000 jobs with an average salary of $53k per year? So many times, it HAS to be true, right?

A couple things to know:

  1. The state originally wanted to cap the salaries to be averaged at $100,000. Foxconn wanted no cap at all – all salaries would get averaged.

The state offered $200,000, and then $250,000, and ultimately caved at $400,000. The high paying jobs skew the average – a lot.

With a $100,000 cap to average – Foxconn could pay 65% of its workers $30,000 per year and still make its average salary commitment.

A $400,00 cap to average means Foxconn can pay 93% of its workers $30,000 per year and still make its average salary commitment.

A living wage for a family of 3 in Wisconsin is $59,675.

  1. The legendary 13,000 jobs? Well, that’s a potential number – as in some day they may hire up to 13,000 people.

As for the initial 3,000 jobs – the expected 500 employees in Milwaukee and 200 employees in Green Bay count towards that number.

Mt. Pleasant is down to 2,300 jobs, but still on the hook for a $860 million TID.

2,300 is a fine number, however Amazon employs 3,000 full time and 5000 part time workers – when they can find them – and it didn’t cost us a dime.

  1. Mt. Pleasant is scheduled to go back for another round of borrowing. No worries, this time will only be for around $20 million.

https://www.biztimes.com/2018/ideas/government-politics/foxconn-sought-flexibility-in-meeting-average-wage-target/


 

 

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave Cheerleads For the Foxconn Turd Which Will Flush SE WI Off the Map!

 

It’s gotta suk to be County Executive Johnathan Delagrave and have to cheerlead this Foxconn Scam Turd which will flush Racine County down the toilet and lead to the BANKRUPTCY of SE WI!

Lie after lie – time after time…. it will never be different!

From The JT:

Commentary by Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave:

We want everyone in Racine County to benefit from Foxconn’s historic investment in our community.

And to fully capitalize on that investment, we need everyone.

That especially includes residents who have struggled to enter or stay in the workforce. Over the last few years, the economic picture in Racine County and the City of Racine has undoubtedly brightened. But too many have been left behind, unable to share in the region’s success.

In the coming days, I will be holding town halls in City of Racine neighborhoods to listen to residents’ concerns and ideas, answer questions, and provide information on County services and programs we feel can give a big boost to those looking to move up the economic ladder.

One town hall is a conversation with the Hispanic community. It is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 5 at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 2221 Douglas Ave.

Other town halls are set for 1 to 3 p.m. June 4 at the George Bray Neighborhood YMCA, 924 Center St., and from noon to 2 p.m. June 6 at the John Bryant Center, 601 21st St.

Amid the excitement around Foxconn, the County’s focus has remained on doing all we can to put residents and businesses in a position to succeed. We’ve developed some exciting initiatives to help make that happen.

The Racine County Board this spring approved working with a group called SkillSmart to help identify and develop talent for various in-demand fields, as the company did during the Milwaukee Bucks arena project. It includes a web component – which you can find at GreaterRacineAtWork.com – that goes beyond simply uploading a resume and hoping for the best.

Yeah – Right……

The blind leading the blind – straight into the pit of HELL! It’s merely the latest secundum diem from an elected, clueless, and potentially incompetent County Executive Executive!

Take EXIT Highway 20  333 straight to 666.

Hey! Hey! My! My! Selling Cyanide to Children Is Secundum Diem!

Barracuda! The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size, fearsome appearance and ferocious behaviour –  Like Foxconn and it’s government advocates/liars –

 

Racine WI – Once Again, Face Down In The Gutter – Happy New Years 2018!

Guess where former City of Racine Mayor John Dickert is once yet again?……

Besides making sure that after abandoning  resigning the City of Racine Mayoral position he has held since 2009 so that the torch would be passed to  local Representative  Cory Mason  freeing John to accept a position with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities initiative  to silence any opposition to the heavy metals water pollution and excessive usage of Lake Michigan water which would be incurred by the proposed  massively taxpayer subsidized Foxconn Mega-Manufacturing facility on Mount Pleasant WI. See:

Concerned Racine County Residents Just Say NO To Foxconn

 

Turn it up – REAL LOUD! So you don’t miss anything…

 

Cory Mason declares himself winner in race for Racine’s mayor

Cory Mason declared himself the winner for Racine mayor Tuesday night.

Mason has a decade of government experience as a state representative. He campaigned on platforms including capitalizing on Foxconn and fighting a proposal to bring a $60 million arena to Racine.

The Professional Criminals Politicians who operate Racine County and The City of Racine lead by example. The only difference between themselves and People of Color is the magnitude of their crimes and their political connections which allows them to escape personal responsibility and punishment. If in doubt – ask now City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason about how his Wife Rebecca defended Monte Osterman and blocked access to the non-existent (but legally required) “non-profit” Root River Council Form 990’s, allegedly operated by Monte Osterman.

See:

Complaint filed against county supervisor

RACINE COUNTY — A complaint has been filed against Racine County Supervisor Monte Osterman related to the Root River redevelopment project.

The complaint alleges that Osterman did not properly disclose financial interests and that the Root River Council, of which Osterman is a member, is not a nonprofit organization like it claims.

While County of Racine Court records still claim that Monte Osterman has refused to pay the Judgement leveled against him to The City of Racine.

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As for People of Color being subject to numerous violations of their  Constitutional and Civil Rights while the (largely) politically connected White Perpetrators/Conspirators  go unpunished : Witness  the published opinion of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals concerning Holmes vs. Wahlen by clicking HERE



Plaintiffs Continue to Seek Justice in Racine Lawsuit

The Plaintiffs in THOMAS J. HOLMES, et al., v.  JOHN DICKERT, et al., Case No. 14-CV-208 have responded to the Defendants Motion to Dismiss and the next course of action rests with the Defendants, who have 14 days to respond. Should the Defendants choose not to respond in writing, the Court may move to oral arguments, or make a decision on the Motions. Almost forgotten, is that the Racine County Circuit Court, in a decision upheld by the  Wisconsin Court of  Appeals, already ruled that Thomas J. Holmes  right to due process was violated by The City of Racine, City of Racine Common Council, City of Racine Public Safety and Licensing Committee and Kurt Whalen; in an unlawful act that also deprived Thomas Holmes to the use of his private property, business, and the ability to provide a living for his Family and himself.  See:  State of Wisconsin Court of Appeals Case No. 2011AP2282.

Thomas Holmes speaks before the Racine Common Council, January 17, 2013:

In the unanimous decision for Case No. 2011AP2282, the Court found that the Racine Common Council acted unjustly upon the unsworn complaint of Kurt Whalen, made in violation of State statutes, while the Racine Public Safety and Licensing Committee  unlawfully assumed jurisdiction over the matter and acted illegally to revoke Thomas Holmes liquor license; thus violating Mr. Holmes right to due process, while depriving him of the use of his private property.

While The City of Racine frivolously attempted to claim that an oath, or swearing of a statement was a meaningless trapping, the Court sternly reminded the City and Kurt Whalen that the statutory requirement of a sworn complaint is there to prevent baseless harassment of legitimate businesses. The Court properly concluded that Kurt Whalen, in his failure to comply with State statutes and swear to the complaint, was untrustworthy while assisting the City in violating Thomas Holmes right to due process.

The Racine Equality Project  can only ask – if the City and Kurt Whalen believe that swearing to a complaint is trivial and of no importance, why then didn’t Kurt Whalen simply swear to it? Because false swearing is a Class H Felony? And why is Kurt Whalen being employed by The Village of Mount Pleasant as the Village Administrator? Kurt Whalen, in his defense against the current lawsuit doesn’t even deny being involved in racially motivated or predicate acts – only that his level of racism is up to debate and that he didn’t commit enough predicate acts to be considered a Racketeer. From Kurt Whalen’s defense in his Motion to Dismiss for THOMAS J. HOLMES, et al., v.  JOHN DICKERT, et al., Case No. 14-CV-208, page 48:

 At best, the allegations against Wahlen indicate that Wahlen engaged in racially motivated actions (though that, too, is tenuous).  However, such actions cannot constitute predicate acts under RICO. See,e.g.Jennings, 910 F.2d at 1438 (holding that violations of “civil rights and constitutional law” are not predicate acts under RICO). And, even if these were predicate acts, there is no plausible scenario in which these actions, which occurred, at most, over six months, allege a “pattern of racketeering” against Whalen. (See supra,at Section II.B.1, collecting caselaw indicating that the commission of a few predicate acts committed within a short period of time is not a “pattern of racketeering”)

A Predicate Act is a crime which is composed of some of the elements of a more serious crime and which is committed for carrying out the greater crime.

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A Tale of Two Liquor License Applicants

Two different Downtown Racine Liquor License Applicants, same general area. The only difference between the two applicants is their Race and relationship with Mayor John Dickert. Doug Nicholson is a White male who hosted fundraisers for John Dickert and already operates two establishments with liquor licenses in Downtown Racine, Envi and Ivanhoe’s, which are less than a block away from his new establishment, Carriage House Liquors, which is located in an area that is considered fragile and which already has an excessively high number of establishments with existing liquor licenses.

Application for a liquor license by Lakeside Liquor, Downtown Racine. Applicants Mr. Choi and Mr. Chun.

Transcript:

Alderman Wisneski: This is an application of Lakeside Liquor, also known as Lakeside Pantry for a class A retail fermented malt beverage and intoxicating beverage liquor license.

City Administrator Tom Friedel: Do I have a motion, please?

Alderman Wisneski: Oh, I’m sorry; the motion is to deny the application.

City Administrator Tom Friedel: Is there a second?

Alderman Wisneski: Due to the fragility of the neighborhood and high concentration of existing liquor establishments in the area. Given how many licenses there already are in the area, um, just for consistency of arguments in previous cases before, I think it is legitimate to say that there are a great concentrations of licenses there right now. That in conjunction with the concern about the fragility of the neighborhood. Um, also I’d like to point out that we didn’t tell Mr. Choi that he can’t open an Indian and Asian goods, a Clothier for example, we didn’t tell him that he can’t open a restaurant, or that he can’t open a bookstore, or that he can’t open a video game store, or a McDonalds. We also didn’t tell him that he can’t open a convenience store, although if you hear many people talk about it recently, we told him that he can’t open his store, he’s got to keep those doors shut. What we told him was, that you absolutely can open a convenience store. We are just recommending that you cannot sell alcohol on those premises.

Alderman Coe: I end up setting a meeting with Mr. Chun and Mr. Choi actually, and to their credit, I mean they were trying to bend over backwards to appease some of the things that people were worried about, half pints and pints. Just to let people know, uh, everything that I mentioned to them, that they would not have to, but they did agree to, that they agreed to no pints, no half-pints, no single cans of serving, no forty-ouncers, they offered to sell only upscale, more upscale beers and the malt liquor, and stuff like that that would alleviate a lot of the concerns.

Alderman Shields: I think that the Committee in a lot of cases has been unfair. I think that the Committee has treated certain individuals differently than other people, and that’s my belief. And I strongly believe that. I would stand up for that. I think this should go back for renegotiation’s because that Committee, they know I have a lot of problems with some of the decisions they make when it comes to People of Color.

Application for a liquor license by Carriage House Liquors, Downtown Racine. Applicant Doug Nicholson.

Alderman Greg Helding: An application of ATM Financial Services LLC, DBA Carriage House Liquor, Douglas Nicholson agent, for Class B fermented malt and intoxicating liquor license, 220 State St. Recommendation of the Committee is that the license be approved.

Alderman Sandy Weidner: In regards to the new license. I get the Class B’s confused. Is this going to be a Tavern, or a liquor store, or…?
Alderman Greg Helding: This is a retail establishment that’s using the ability of the Class B, which is only a bar license, to sell retail. It also allows them to have special events where they can have the manufacturer in, whatever, to do sampling, or the retailer, whatever, to sample the latest thing. Uh and that on premise consumption normally wouldn’t be allowed without a Class B. So at just a strictly Class A type of place you wouldn’t be able to have, um, you wouldn’t be able to sample, um have an event like that, with a lot of sampling.

Alderman Sandy Weidner: A follow up question. Was there any discussion about concentration in the neighborhood?

Alderman Greg Helding: Uh. NO. There wasn’t.

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AND Doug Nicholson received a $20,000 Facade Grant for 220 State St.  for Carriage House Liquors BEFORE the business was approved!So how did applicant Doug Nicholson even get approved when he was UNQUALIFIED? And it was fellow Racine City Tavern League member Joey Legath who on February 4, 2013 first proposed expanding the facade grant program to Taverns. Of course, City Taxpayers had no idea that LeGath and other Racine City Tavern League Members wanted to help themselves to free taxpayer $$$ for their private businesses.

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Meanwhile City of Racine Alderman Jeff Coe continues to refuse to pay the  Property Taxes he forces others to pay to benefit himself and those who are politically connected.

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So to No One’s Surprise:

2 Wisconsin cities among top 5 worst for black Americans

MILWAUKEE — Racine and Milwaukee have both been listed on the top 5 worst cities for Black Americans. Racine was ranked in the number four spot and Milwaukee was third.

According to USA Today, the typical black household earns just 61 cents for every dollar the typical white household earns.

Racine was shown to have an African-American population of 11.1 percent and a median income of 34.6 percent of white income.  When it came to unemployment, 24/7 Wall Street gathered that 10.7 percent of African-Americans are unemployed while only 4.8 percent of White Americans are unemployed.

When it comes to Milwaukee, 16.6 percent of the population is African-American. The black median income is 42.2 percent of white income. And 12.4 percent of Black Americans are unemployed and 5.4 percent of White Americans are unemployed.

The top five are as follows:

  1. Erie, Pennsylvania
  2. Peoria, Illinois
  3. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
  4. Racine, Wisconsin
  5. Niles-Benton Harbor, Michigan

To determine the worst cities for black Americans, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on disparities in each city between black and white residents in various socioeconomic measures.


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From FOX 6:

Developing Racine’s riverfront: $65 million commercial-residential project announced

RACINE (WITI) — Racine officials hope to bring high-end development to the riverfront. In a plan announced on Tuesday, June 10th — Racine officials say they hope to capitalize on an asset that has been under-utilized for a very long time.

Racine business, government and community leaders endured light sprinkles on Tuesday to gather in an area dubbed “Machinery Row.”

“The river was something that had separated the city in the past and now it was time to bring us all back together,” Racine Mayor John Dickert said.

The idle former manufacturing Water Street property encompasses about 20 acres along the Root River.

“When you look at other communities that are successful — many of them on the Great Lakes, many of them on big rivers, they invest in their riverfront and it’s a great asset to the community economically,” Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) said.


Maybe…

Except Machinery Row is now slated to be Demolished….

RACINE — The long saga of Machinery Row, the would-be redevelopment of two early J.I. Case Co. buildings in Downtown, ground to a halt in late 2017 with a different outcome planned for 2018: demolition.

But even after the Buildings have been demolished – the lasting taste left in Taxpayers Mouths (and taken from their wallets) will endure…..

From the Journal Times:

Racine sued for Machinery Row relocation costs

RACINE — The City of Racine, the Redevelopment Authority and two city officials are named in a lawsuit seeking more than $659,000 tied to relocating for a development plan previously called Machinery Row.

Patrick Fagan of Mount Pleasant filed a lawsuit in Racine County Court this week requesting compensation related to damages he said he incurred because of the city’s handling of the development plan.

Second lawsuit over Machinery Row expenses filed against city

RACINE — A second lawsuit was filed against the City of Racine related to the derailed Machinery Row development, seeking compensation for property owners who were displaced because of the project.

The plaintiffs are: Richard Olson, Racine Indoor Motocross, Marquette Warehouse, Marquette Distribution Center, Urban Sustainable Aquaponics, Riverside Business Center, Sam Azarian & Sons Marina, Azar and Azarian Wrecking.

The city and its Redevelopment Authority are named as defendants, along with RDA Chairman James Spangenberg, City Development Assistant Director Matthew Sadowski, former City Administrator Tom Friedel and former Mayor John Dickert.

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The Fagan Complaint is available by clicking Fagan Complaint

The Olson Complaint is available by clicking Olson Complaint


From FORBES:

Profligate Son: A Billionaire Scion’s Sex Crime Allegations Rock A Company Town

The criminal complaint against Curt Johnson makes for a distressing read. Between 2007 and 2010 he is alleged to have molested the same young girl up to 20 times. She was 12, between the sixth and seventh grades, when it started, she told a forensic interviewer at the Racine Child Advocacy Center. The complaint veers toward the graphic, but its printable portions describe Curt as having a “touching problem” and a “sex addiction.” The child is quoted as alleging that Curt “molested” her and that “she finally told her mother about what was happening to her because she wanted to protect her younger sisters.”


If you’re NOT White and politically connected in Wisconsin…. well then you’re heading for the Breadline – and Governor Scott Walker is now requesting $6.8M to advertise for workers .

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday announced plans to seek approval from the state Legislature to spend $6.8 million in state money on a marketing campaign aimed at luring more workers to Wisconsin.

“We need to go beyond our borders to attract and then in turn retain more talent here in the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce event in Madison.

State of Wisconsin Taxpayers are now being forced to pay for and endure the Bread and Circuses offered daily by the criminal actors who operate under the color of law and who openly rule lawlessly in  Racine County and The State of Wisconsin under the LAWLESS  rule of Governor Scott Walker.


And from A Better Mt. Pleasant:

Because Village President David Degroot is threatening to end civil debate and dissent which leads reasonable, intelligent, and sane Residents to complain:

Tensions at village meeting leads to complaint

“If I’m going to be challenged at every meeting going forward, then I guess I’m going to have to get used to throwing people out,” DeGroot said. “At the end of the day, this is a business meeting and we debate and vote on stuff in front of the board, and I just can’t have the distraction of people shooting their mouth off.”

From Cognitive Dissidence:

The Delinquent Dave DeGroot

The current Village President of Mount Pleasant is not very pleasant at all.

At a recent Village meeting, during the public comment section of the meeting, Mr. Degroot decided that he did not want local resident Kelly Gallaher to speak.

When Ms. Gallaher stepped up for her 3 minutes of speaking time, Mr. Degroot went into a rage, accusing her out of the blue, of swearing at a prior meeting after she spoke.    Ms. Gallaher, was taken by surprise because it is something she actually did not do.

It’s humiliating because it was untrue,” Gallaher tells CBS 58.

Mr. DeGroot became so unhinged that he spent more than her three minutes dressing her down, and threatening another board member with removal who correctly stated that  Degroot was out of order.

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It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society – Jiddu KrishnamurtiI

Instead of protecting their criminal friends in local government and promoting worthless real estate schemes bound for failure, alongside strife, division, excessive taxation and confiscation of Life, Liberty, and Property without Due Process,  fiscally incompetent Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester and Carpetbagging State Rep./City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason, D-Racine need to start working on a bi-partisan  Bankruptcy plan for Racine County alongside the City of Racine. It’s long past time to end the Prison Industries of The Criminal and Rogue State of Wisconsin!


 

*BONUS REPORT* JUSTICE FOR ANGEL!

Court dismisses most charges in police standoff

RACINE — A judge has dismissed all but one of the charges against a Racine man whose dog was shot by police after a four-hour SWAT team standoff outside his home in 2014.

 

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