Thursday, March 5, 2015

Joint Finance Committee Announces Public Hearings on Scott Walker's Proposed Budget


Many Wisconsin residents will need to make a day of it.

Look for the red arrows.



Finance committee members listed here.

2015-17 Wisconsin state budget in brief.

Headline News: It's a good bet that Scott Walker is running for President



Doctor, doctor...........pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.......noooooooooooo


The headline, of course, begs the question:  What the hell's been going on for the past 2+ months??

Which begs the question....What is served at a $5000 per plate dinner reception?


Access.  Influence.  (In oversized portions.)

Guess it's a pricey proposition to elect a Republican Senate.



Which begs another question. 

Just how Republican do they want the Senate to be?

Well, if Senate Republicans are looking to achieve the same percentage as the Assembly Republican's majority (63%), they need to pick up 3 more seats in November 2016 to increase their current 18-14 majority to 21-12.
 

Ozaukee County Board Votes to Spend $1 Million to Preserve Lake Views for Homeowners in Pricey New Development


The development is planned for an area just north of Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve.

 Photo credit:  Wisconsin Explorer

Ozaukee County to spend up to $1 million on lakefront development. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/4/2015)
[Chicago-area developer Tom] Swarthout [Highview Group Ltd.] is planning lots with a minimum size of 15,000 square feet, selling for an average price of $300,000, and homes ranging from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet, with expected values of $700,000 to nearly $1 million. 

Highland Group is seeking city financial help of $5 million to $6 million to help pay for both the nature preserve purchase and for sewers, roads and other public improvements needed for the site. If the Common Council approves that tax incremental financing district, Cedar Vineyard's property taxes would repay those funds over 20 years.

Just wondering.  Would this county board action have taken place if a rich developer hadn't entered the picture?

Price points of comparison.  Median value of all, not just new, owner-occupied housing units (2009-2013) in Ozaukee County is $250,000, compared to $167,100 for the entire state.  (SourceU.S. Census Quickfacts)

A similar high-end development, complete with winery, is proposed for Lake Forest, Illinois.

No Friend to the Environment: Republican Representative Walter Jones, North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District


Photo sourceU.S. Congress
Text sourceCenter for American Progress Action Fund

Rep. Jones was re-elected to a 11th term with 68% of the vote in 2014.

Recommended reading for Rep. Jones and constituents in his coastal Carolina district.

On N.C.’s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast.  (Washington Post, 6/24/2014)

Few embraces in North Carolina.
Cities such as Norfolk and Miami have embraced the data, identifying inundation zones as a first step toward planning — and seeking federal funds for — sea walls, floodgates and other forms of protection. On lonelier stretches of the U.S. shoreline, however, government aid seems less likely than interference and abandonment, and the forecasts are sparking deep anxiety about the future

No Friend to the Environment dishonor roll.

Alabama Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives.   (Their anti-environmentalism can be summed up in one world:  coal.  Which is odd, since Alabama contributes a mere 1.9% of U.S. production, good enough for an overall ranking of 13.  The state's peak year of production:  1990)  
Alaska Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
  • At-large District.  Don Young (R).   Ridiculed environmentalists as a “self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots.....not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.” 
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