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!
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WEDC Got Something Right! Racine County is Top Rated for Politicians Tricking Residents and Treating Themselves to the Spoils!

From: https://inwisconsin.com/rankings/

As in Racine County Politicians at all levels Tricking Residents to pay more property taxes, fees, fines, debt service, and Corporate welfare, while those same Politicians Treat themselves to outrageous pay increases, increased tax-free fringes, lavish retirements, long paid vacations, short work weeks, and double-dipping! Often violating Local Ordinances, State Statutes and Human Decency – but NO FEAR! As they won’t be held to account! Both the Republican County Sheriff and Republican County DA are “Both Eyes Blind to Government Crime”!

 

Truth be told – your home is the Politicians personal ATM – and the Politicians work for the Banksters!

From A Better Mount Pleasant:

Just another day with overpaid and lazy MTP Officials buying time and lying to the Public about the nature of the ever changing Foxconn Contract; “The contract with Mount Pleasant says exactly the same thing – even though Project Manager Claude Lois lied to residents on Monday in the public information meeting by saying the contract says 10.5 OR 6.5. It doesn’t. We pay him $250K a year to lie to us and misrepresent the facts”.

 

MTP Residents – Enjoy the Foxscam! *NEW* and *IMPROVED* Tax Rates and Hikes are in the Dave DeGroot shiny new Sewer Pipeline aided and abetted by his fellow covert Foxconn Employees, soon to be heading your way! Cui Bono?

Pretty soon those shiny new sewer lines will be carrying the contaminated waste water from Mount Pleasant back to City of Racine to be dumped back into Lake Michigan! MTP Village President David DeGroot, and his Minions (acting as MTP Trustees), BFF Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, and Failed College Graduate Former Guv Scott Walker, have been Foxconned and sold out Residents to the Banksters, Land Speculators, Lawyers and Corporate Interests.

 

As sure as Unicorns shit *SKITTLES*, once the Gen 10.5 Foxconn manufacturing complex, as stipulated in the contract between State of WI and Foxconn, is operating, property taxes in Racine County will drop to near *ZERO*, or be like Alaska, and Residents will enjoy a Foxconn Tax Dividend! And everybody will live happily ever after.*

* Results may vary….

 

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 WI – A Failed Community’s Last Gasp of Air Before It Goes Under

From The JT:

How does Racine’s financial future look? New report digs deep

RACINE — A growing portion of taxes paid to the City of Racine is being spent to pay down debt, a newly released analysis shows.

Racine spent more than 30 percent of the taxes it collected in 2016 on its debt, according to the study titled “City of Racine’s Fiscal Condition: Living Within Its Means.” The analysis was released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. It analyzes the city’s financial status and strategies to determine how healthy Racine’s future looks.

From City of Racine 2018 Budget:

As of 2018, under Mayor Cory Mason – debt service is now 32% of the Budget!

And Cory Mason is from NEW YORK CITY!

What more needs to be said – if you are dumb enough to remain in Racine,  Racine  County, or perhaps even The State of WI  – then just accept that ownership of real estate, personal or private property, and private Businesses is a Liability and a Tax burden! Ownership is NOTHING – CONTROL is everything! Wisconsin’s Big Government is coming to take your wealth and property away!

From  Eminent Domain, TIF’s & TID;s, Blight, Property Assessments, Non-Profits, Tax Rates, Borrowing, Spending, and Debt Service (which conveniently hides the entire collapse of SE WI) – SE WI is…. TOAST! As the number of viable taxpayers continues to shrink while tax rates sky rocket and the existing infrastructure and services crumble.

*UPDATED*

Economics reporter John Schmid talks about the rise and fall of Racine and how planners in the impoverished Wisconsin city aim for a turnaround that eluded it in the past.See the video by clicking on the link below:

https://www.jsonline.com/videos/money/business/2018/04/05/foxconns-promised-jobs-boom-could-sputter-just-few-miles-away/491550002/

From the Journal Sentinel:

Foxconn’s promised jobs boom could miss neighboring city Racine

RACINE – If it fulfills its pledges, Foxconn Technology Group is destined to shatter job-creation records. Its flat-screen manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin could eclipse Boeing’s footprint in Seattle, Tesla’s in Nevada and some of the biggest factories in China. Fully built out, it would be three times the size of the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building.

And yet, despite its multibillion-dollar taxpayer subsidy, Foxconn’s jobs boom might ripple right past Wisconsin’s fifth-largest city, five miles east on Highway 11.

Once a titan of manufacturing, Racine’s identity has been largely erased in the digital age. Its industrial heyday now an echo, the city has been impervious to decades of jobs programs, wars on poverty, upswings in the national economy and the consistent philanthropy of local industrial champion S.C. Johnson & Son.

The lakefront city needs to urgently overhaul its job training and social agencies to reverse generations of poverty and dysfunction, and to accomplish the urban turnaround that has eluded Racine in the past, according to Racine social agencies, businesses and civic leaders.

The clock is ticking. Foxconn could prove to be a one-time window of opportunity, with hiring in two years — even sooner for the construction work to build the facilities.

“If we continue to do business as we have, we know we will fail,” said Kerry Milkie, a veteran in the Racine County Human Services Department.

 

OH YEAH! Just wait for those future taxpayer subsidized, politically promised jobs of 13,000 Foxconn Employees making at least $53,000 each to materialize, which, according to the criminal Politicians who are actively looting the remaining Residents of SE WI daily, will  somehow *MAGICALLY* continue to fund the bankrupt City of Racine, Racine County, along with the rogue and criminal State of WI.

Body Counts In the HOUSE! Better believe it Racine!

For those who seek a kindlier and gentler answer to the dilemma of SE WI: