Monday, December 11, 2017

Toxifying mining bill gets Walker OK today, pollution to follow

Walker opens a new and toxic front today in his relentless war on water and the environment.

That's because within a controlled airport setting this afternoon, our GOP Governor and reliable corporate tool will reward special interests with a bill signing that hat opens Wisconsin land, rivers and streams to metallic mining that uses cyanide and produces sulfuric acid as a byproduct.

Also being damaged - - The Wisconsin State Constitution - - which guarantees in Article IX that the waters of the state belong to all the people for their access and appreciation, and that the state must side with the public when those rights are violated for private gain.

It's important to understand that Walker has been at this for seven years, having stopped in his first few days in office a wetland filling review for a developer-donor and issued an executive order signaling environmental protection rollbacks.

Here's a recent summary piece about that, among many on this blog:

Walker's been for filling Wisconsin wetlands since forever.
Seriously. Since his very first Executive order.
And for specific wetland acreage eyed by a donor developer right after Walker was sworn in nearly seven years ago.
So of course now's the right time for the right under Walker to get even busier removing wetland protections - - and offering more take-the-water privileges for mining companies and large ag businesses - -  what with a possible GOP-deflating Wisconsin redistricting being ordered by the US Supreme Court.

It's pretty clear that soon all businesses in Wisconsin will get Foxconn-like privileges to fill wetlands, reroute streams, build into lakes and on to lake beds, evade environmental reviews - - and get state subsidies to boost their bottom lines.

Full Foxconn archive, here.

It's another step in the Republican demolition of our state's history and signature, unique appeal.

Goodbye, Gaylord Nelson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir.

Walker and the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce are taking what is not theirs to appropriate, transfer and sell off.
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[Previous blog updates from 12/8 and 9/'17 - - Walker will sign the bill Monday in Rhinelander, mixing re-election campaign talking points about jobs with meaningless rhetoric about protecting the same environment he has systematically damaged since his first few hours in office.]

[From 12/8/17 with information about sulfide mining, as the term doesn't indicate clearly the risks:

Metallic sulfide mining (aka hard rock mining) is the practice of extracting metals such as nickel, gold and copper from a sulfide-rich ore body. Sulfides are a geologic byproduct of mining in this area, and by exposing sulfides to the air and water in our atmosphere, sulfuric acid can be created — threatening to poison the nearby water, environment, and communities."]
And here's the bigger picture: 
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Walker's office had indicated he'd sign the bill that lifts a moratorium on sulfide mining in Wisconsin - - - - and information emailed to me at my request on November 30th by Donnie LeBarre, a communications assistant in the Governor's office, indicates that Wednesday, December 13 is the deadline for signing such recently-passed bills.
I did some research on your question regarding why recent bills did not automatically become law after six days of being passed. According to information from the Wisconsin Legislature’s “How a Bill Becomes Law” guide, the six day window applies to the date the Governor receives the bill, and not when the bill passes the legislature. Here’s the relevant passage from the guide: 
“The Legislature informally furnishes the Governor’s staff with copies of the enrolled bill for analysis. When the research is completed, the Chief Clerk’s office delivers an official copy of the bill. If the Governor does not request a bill, the session schedule joint resolution sets a deadline when all bills must be sent to the Governor.” 
This final deadline for the Governor receiving bills is December 7, meaning all bills must be signed/vetoed by December 13 or else they become law. However, the Governor can request bills individually and sign them earlier.
So, essentially, the bills haven’t automatically become law because the Governor has not received them yet, and he can specifically request ones he plans to sign. 

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

WI mining bill signing deadline on horizon

[Updated from 12/8 and 9/'17 - - Walker will sign the bill Monday in Rhinelander, mixing re-election campaign talking points about jobs with meaningless rhetoric about protecting the same environment he has systematically damaged since his first few hours in office.

[Updated from 12/8/17 with information about sulfide mining, as the term doesn't indicate clearly the risks:
Metallic sulfide mining (aka hard rock mining) is the practice of extracting metals such as nickel, gold and copper from a sulfide-rich ore body. Sulfides are a geologic byproduct of mining in this area, and by exposing sulfides to the air and water in our atmosphere, sulfuric acid can be created — threatening to poison the nearby water, environment, and communities."]
And here's the bigger picture: 
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Walker's office had indicated he'd sign the bill that lifts a moratorium on sulfide mining in Wisconsin - - 
Menominee River | Tom Young
Land along the Menominee River sacred to the Menominee tribe along the WI-MI border is targeted for mining by a Canadian firm
- - and information emailed to me at my request on November 30th by Donnie LeBarre, a communications assistant in the Governor's office, indicates that Wednesday, December 13 is the deadline for signing such recently-passed bills.
I did some research on your question regarding why recent bills did not automatically become law after six days of being passed. According to information from the Wisconsin Legislature’s “How a Bill Becomes Law” guide, the six day window applies to the date the Governor receives the bill, and not when the bill passes the legislature. Here’s the relevant passage from the guide: 
“The Legislature informally furnishes the Governor’s staff with copies of the enrolled bill for analysis. When the research is completed, the Chief Clerk’s office delivers an official copy of the bill. If the Governor does not request a bill, the session schedule joint resolution sets a deadline when all bills must be sent to the Governor.” 
This final deadline for the Governor receiving bills is December 7, meaning all bills must be signed/vetoed by December 13 or else they become law. However, the Governor can request bills individually and sign them earlier.
So, essentially, the bills haven’t automatically become law because the Governor has not received them yet, and he can specifically request ones he plans to sign. 

Chicago-Racine gravy train doesn't stop in Green Bay

Taxpayers paid for a thinly-veiled Scott Walker re-campaign visit to Green Bay last week, as our right-wing Governor and Foxconn bellhop keeps trying to convince taxpayers far from the Racine-to-Chicago Foxconn gravy train

that they will benefit from the $3 billion in public subsidies collected from taxpayers statewide that Walker is shoveling to Foxconn at the expense of programs and growth in all 72 counties.

Over a decades-long payoff period. Hopefully.

Send Walker back when the winter thaw leaves Brown County with a few thousand new potholes that can't be repaired because I-94 near the Foxconn site needs another lane.

Here is a single blog post with more than 100 archived items following the Foxconn story.




Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saving County Grounds' Sanctuary Woods gets national notice

I post information from time to time about grassroots efforts to save remnant acres, such as the Monarch Butterfly Trail and Sanctuary Woods on the Milwaukee County Grounds - - public resources which have yet to fall to road-building and various projects green-lit by Milwaukee County, UW-M and other powerful institutions.

This local struggle is among several nationally noted by Landscape Architecture Magazine

Here's a good piece from Urban Milwaukee about the issues, and it includes another nice photo, like the one above, by Eddee Daniel.

So hat tip to the preservationists.

Boo to the polluters, privateers and spoilers of the public trust.

Friday, December 8, 2017

From the WI DNR on climate change, crickets

When it comes to climate change, Bucky's denial is even deeper than Donald Trump's and Scott Pruitt, the US EPA's fossil fuel-embracing boss.

Here's how and why.

We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of this blog discovering that the Wisconsin DNR had scrubbed climate change science and related links from its web pages.

So I asked DNR spokesman James Dick and new agency Secretary Dan Meyer by email several times over the last ten days or so if, given the Trump administration's recent acknowledgement of the human role in climate change, the DNR intended to repost what it had deleted.

I'd included this paragraph and link in my emails to the DNR officials to a story in The New York Times about the Trump administration's action:
The Trump administration released the government's latest climate change assessment which concluded that climate change is human caused. Here is a link to that reporting which also includes a link to the assessment.
However, I got no response to my emails. Not even a 'no comment.'

Sure does seem relevant to Wisconsin, what with severe storm damage occurring frequently while state and local governments at its behest are also committing $3.74 billion in subsidies to Foxconn so it can build in a flood prone county.


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Sanitized magazine continues devaluation of Walker's DNR

You may remember that after substantial public pressure, the Wisconsin Legislature quashed GOP corporate bellhop Scott Walker and then-DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp's sneaky plan to scrap Wisconsin Natural Resources, the agency's century-old, 100%-subscriber-supported bi-monthly magazine. 

Seems that the magazine had gone too far off a key Walker/GOP message by  acknowledging climate change, but something of a compromise, and the magazine was saved, sort of.

I thought it important at the time - - and still do - - that the printed word and the magazine be retained since Walker and his 'chamber of commerce' water-carriers have to be confronted in the public interest at every turn, and they won't be in power forever.

So it's unsurprisingly par for the course that recent issues magazine issues have had a lot of pretty pictures and soft features rather than useful reporting about real issues facing the agency and the public - - like the exploding number of impaired waterways in Wisconsin by the DNR's own count, the impending introduction of acidic mining statewide, or dangerous groundwater contamination near industrial-scale animal feeding operations already weakly-'regulated' by the agency, or the accelerating push to let businesses fill wetlands.

Here's an update on the magazine.

*  There will be four "seasonal" issues. See the subscription renewal offer I've photographed, below.

*  The redefined magazine still bears the same name, but is being marketed with an intentional tilt to recreation and tourism; maybe Walker will next try and offload the magazine to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism the same way he intends to move big dairy regulation to a more friendly and promotional Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection.

*  Bottom line: the slimmed-down, vanilla-flavored magazine is another reflection of the DNR's watered-down message and mission under Walker, additional proof that  the distribution of timely, newsworthy facts and figures to the general public is not a priority - - whether in the DNR's magazine lite, through sham hearings, in delayed warnings about unhealthy air quality or devalued climate change websites scrubbed of their essential, scientific  content.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

In WI, the far-right is at war with itself

It's the Dairyland version of "Alien vs. Predator," or "Mothra vs. Godzilla."

In this corner, we have the conservative, Bradley Foundation-funded law firm Wisconsin Institute for Liberty and Law, WILL, which is suing to block the way local taxpayer funds are being used to finance a project in Eau Claire.


And in the opposite corner, we have the conservative and regal Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. 

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His office is jumping in against WILL.
At issue is whether local economic incentives can result in cash payments to a private developer or company — which in the Eau Claire case include $1.5 million, but in the Foxconn case total $100 million.
The state is seeking to intervene in support of the Eau Claire project in a lawsuit brought by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of local taxpayers who say Eau Claire abused Wisconsin's tax incremental financing (TIF) law...
In a court filing this week, state Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin warned that the plaintiffs in the Eau Claire case seek to invalidate "a common feature" of Wisconsin’s TIF law: "cash grants paid to developers to help finance projects that promote economic the development...
The right hand in Wisconsin seems not to know what the other right hand wants, so enter Brad Schimel's Solicitor General. 

By the way, as I noted earlier, does Wisconsin really need a Solicitor General?
Schimel, by the way, has imitated [EPA administrator Scott] Pruitt's operation in Oklahoma by setting up within the Wisconsin Attorney General's office a new unit of hard-right lawyers under the supervision of a grandiosely-titled Solicitor General, to sue the federal government.

Midwest Environmental Advocates posts Foxconn issues page

The public interest law firm Midwest Environmental Advocates is tracking the Foxconn project, here:
Latest News
The Foxconn deal is covered frequently in the media, with latest news ever-evolving. This page is up to date as of December 4th, 2017.
The proposed site of Foxconn’s plant in Mount Pleasant received final local approval from Racine County and Village of Mount Pleasant officials in early December 2017. This local approval included creation of a tax incremental district, which heaped local subsidies on top of the massive state incentives already offered by the State. 
The Foxconn deal appears set to move forward, and Foxconn is supposedly “exploring plans for a ‘zero discharge facility’ that could greatly reduce the use of Lake Michigan water at the factory.” 
This news comes after Governor Scott Walker and Foxconn CEO Terry Guo signed the contract on Friday, November 10th, which was approved by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation days earlier.
Though Foxconn has received initial necessary state and local approvals, citizens and public interest groups should still closely watchdog state and federal permits that Foxconn will need to obtain. Opportunities still exist for public input to ensure that Foxconn is complying with state and federal laws that still apply.
This will be an important site to follow - - and I will add its webpage to my Foxconn archive, here - - given the project's potential pollution risks to farm land, wetlands and nearby Lake Michigan.

Contrast public land conservation in WI with bulldozing for profit

Just a half-hour's drive in Wisconsin between bordering Washington and Sheboygan Counties separates saving woods and wetlands for the public from bulldozing another nature preserve for private gain.

Take a look at the work for the public by the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust in the 73-acre Kratzsch Conservancy near West Bend

as chronicled at the Urban Wilderness blog by the peerless conservation photographer/writer Eddee Daniel:
The property contains 14 acres of wetlands, 24 acres of forests and 37 acres of grasslands. [Land Stewardship manager Ryan] Wallin explained that the trails are being managed in a way that tries to balance the needs of wildlife with the expectations of human visitors. For example, trails are designed to circumscribe open areas because cutting a trail through the middle of a prairie would degrade it as a habitat for certain species, particularly ground-nesting birds.
Then drive to the northeast for about a half hour.

And look at what Kohler corporate interests, the Walker-controlled Department of Administration and Department of Natural Resources he has shamefully-weakened as part of his long war against the environment for partisan advantage are coordinating for politically-linked private gain.

On a 247-acre nature preserve and some state park land along Lake Michigan south of Sheboygan:
A property annexation and re-mapping which the City of Sheboygan and Kohler interests used to steer a controversial golf course project away from opponents in the neighboring Town of Wilson now comes with a side dish of litigation. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Here is the signed Foxconn contract

I'd been asked if I had a copy or a link to the Foxconn contract as signed, and, for your files, here it is.

I will add the link to the Foxconn archive I have been updating since July, here

A Foxconn Fever primer

[Updated continuously July-December] This frequently-updated archive follows Wisconsin's award of $3.74 billion in state and local funds, plus waivers of routine judicial and environmental reviews, for a promised Foxconn factory development on Racine County farmland and wetlands near Lake Michigan.

*  Right-wing lawyers threaten local Foxconn funding
In Wisconsin, the right is at war with itself
*  Leading environmental public interest law firm Midwest Environmental Advocates now following Foxconn issues.
Midwest Environmental Advocates posts Foxconn issues page
*  Here is the actual, 29-pagel Foxconn contract, as signed.
Here is the signed Foxconn contract
*  The ad features a trail biker. In WI, where Walker freshly blocked funding bike trail & sidewalk funding.
Walker's train ad stupidity and hypocrisy alert, part two 
*  Give Walker an award for shortsightedness, hypocrisy and audacity: After killing an Amtrak extension from Madison that could have moved high-tech employees right to the heart of his so-called 'Wisconn Valley,' and reliably blocking commuter rail right through SE Wisconsin and any rail initiative in the state, Walker now wants millions from state taxpayers for ads on Illinois trains and other pitches urging Chicagoans to move here or take am Illinois train to a Foxconn job. When did he become Governor of Illinois?
Stupidity alert: Anti-train Walker now pitching WI through ads on IL trains 
*  Basically, every woman, man, and child in Mount Pleasant just got a sprawl-inducing second mortgage. 
A campaigning Walker assigns small village debt, sprawl
*  Again, we ask: does Foxconn need to apply for a Great Lakes diversion, as reported? Can Racine, or Mount Pleasant handle the water supply and wastewater treatment demands, and by the way, exactly what's in that discharge, anyway?
Undercovered Foxconn questions demand answers. Again.
*  Prediction: illegal work shifts won't be the only ugly story you read about Foxconn practices in the coming months and years.
Foxconn boosterism looking a little icky today
* Summary post about the WI GOP war on the environment includes an explanation of Foxconn's coming collision with state wetland and water law.
Insiders, experts explain WI GOP's damage to the environment  
*  Foxconn part of great WI water giveaway.
Walker, GOP officials worsen WI water, wildlife crises. Part two.
*  WI experts, advocates add Foxconn project the environmental dangers' list.
Walker, GOP officials worsen WI water, wildlife crises. Part one.
*  Foxconn is a big one, but not the first. 
The con on protecting WI air, water extends far beyond Foxconn
*  Look past the gee-whiz promises to see who's already getting paid.
Foxconn offers gravy train, adds pie-in-the-sky
*  Watch Walker during 2018 spin 260 jobs into 250,000
At public expense, Foxconn gets low bar, Walker high praise
*  Foxconn fiscal fakery isn't Scott Walker's first foray into phony data.
Scott Walker's numbers games; the legend grows
*  Walker inflates Foxconn investment pledge by $! billion.
Walker hails $10 bil. Foxconn pledge; MJS says it's $9 bil.
*  When the hoopla ends, the hard work and choices begin
After WalkerFoxconnFest, the real meetings
*  Hubris alert.
Walker and Stepp were ready for Foxconn. Just ask them.
*  A billion here, and billion there...
Is Foxconn pledging a $10 billion investment...or is it $9 billion?
*  WEDC board doesn't get to see the contract after all
Slippery process: WEDC board approves Foxconn contract summary, not the actual contract
*   Who's on that WEDC board voting on Foxconnn in secret?
Private-sector dominated WEDC board dealing with Foxconn deal in secret 
*  File under "not reassuring." or "Duh!"
Vos praises WEDC...for doing its job
*  The Nov. 6 secret Foxconn review session WEDC deigned to hold is a sham.
Rolling dice for Foxconn, in secret, with our money
* A ray of sunshine forced on Foxconn contract.
Tim Carpenter wins a Foxconn round for the people
* Props to Madison writer Lawrence Tabak.
Tremendous addition to our Foxconn awareness
*  In perspective: the con began long before Foxconn.
How Walker is privatizing and selling off Wisconsin
*  Exhibit "A" - - Walker's gift or public waters to Foxconn.
Walker will float campaign on our water
* Loopholes shield Foxconn FUBAR contract from public view.
Foxconn's banker WEDC subject to open records. Or not  
* Walker's WEDC: Foxconn contract, history withheld from public.
Walker's Foxconn cover-up gets worse
* More proof that Foxconn's environmental exemptions are the proverbial camel's nose in the people's water tent.
Wisconsin water grabbers are at it. Again.
* Vos got Foxconn, big highway deal, still griping.
Why Robin Vos' losing hit on fellow Republicans is so irrational
* Foxconn giveaways targeted to SE WI, now mysteriously delayed.
Walker's '16 campaign baggage getting heavier
* Fixing FUBAR Foxconn contract w/out saying "drafting error." And more.
Scott Walker: Clean up on aisle '18
* The Foxconn contract FUBAR is being covered up.
Walker's Foxconn coverup clock is running
* Foxconn deal delayed.
What? Foxconn deal isn't ready at WEDC? 
* Foxconn now driving the WI highway budget & away from everyday needs.
Hurried $252 Foxconn million for I-94 N/S is both outrage and chicken feed
* Villages take more time to ponder building a schoo.l
Locals pushed to hand Foxconn $764 million
* Will Racine area cabbage fields sprout lemons?
Foxconn's $764 million local shares get aired this week
* Saying 'trust the company' overlooks reality and the record.
Booster discharges murky Foxconn spin
* Yipes! Local taxpayers will pony up $764 million local dollars For Foxconn.
$764 million cost of Foxconn 'win' for WI local government
* Rush in WI to legislate broad environmental rollbacks statewide, Foxconn-style.
In post-Foxconn WI, GOP is done w/air, wetlands law 
* The Foxconn measuring stick.
Foxconn gets swift [WI AG] Schimel boost, rape kits get indolence
* About Walker overpaying for Foxconn by a factor of five.
So Scott Walker walks into an auction...
* Major fox in the Foxconn chicken coop.
Walker names Great Lakes Compact foe as key Foxconn aide 
* Oh, those Foxconn obstacles.
Fast-tracked Foxconn mix could sour
* $3 billion bet on his re-election campaign. Then on jobs.
Note to NY Times: Foxconn is about Walker re-election. Then jobs.
* Walker-led GOP group whitewashes his past, Foxconn future.
Walker shills rewrite his job creation record, Foxconn outlook
* Really painful, stupefying irony alert.
Foxconn bill signing to spotlight Walker/Vos transportation incompetence
* Walker, Foxconn and the "s" word.
Scott Walker's missing Foxconn word
* Foxconn deal underscores Walker's 'chamber of commerce mentality 'governance.
Walker's WI is model hard-right "chamber of commerce" state 
* Oh, and about that little overlooked Foxconn item - - a Lake MI diversion.
Foxconn water diversion story needed more attention 
* Viewing Foxconn through Walker's discarded ethics lens.
Walker's deleted ethics code could have skewed Foxconn giving, lobbying
* Foxconn is Walker's biggest use of gov't to pick winners and losers, yet...
Despite denials, Walker uses gov't. to pick winners & losers
* WI Senate joins the Foxconn parade
Wis conned. GOP-led State Senate gives OK to unprecedented giveaways.
* Not this special favor for Foxconn, this one!
WI GOP Senate Leader adds phantom judicial 'restriction' to Foxconn deal
* Foxconn settles on Racine County, despite flooding history there.
Foxconn headed for flood-prone Racine County
* Foxconn might feel it's the one which got conned.
For new WI mines, more env. giveaways than Foxconn got
* Along with tax breaks, free highway work - - special Supreme Court access.
WI GOP lawmakers hand Foxconn newer, bigger favor
* One potential Foxconn locale is struggling with the opportunity.
With Foxconn looming, Mount Pleasant had a meltdown
* Out-going DNR Secretary Stepp spills the beans.
DNR's Stepp says a Foxconn was the plan all along
* Holding Foxconn to the Walker/Trump environmental (will-wink) 'standards.'
Exposing Walker's environmental Foxconn con
* 'No-tax-increase Walker' might just raise local taxes.
Add local taxpayers to school on cusp of Foxconning
* WI may find Foxconn draining education funding.
WI legislators, on educ. funding today, could show Foxconn effect 
* Latest news: Foxconn's billion-dollar 'strain' on state budgets, or "D'uh!"
Go suck on $1 billion worth of lemons, Bucky
* At least this time he didn't call you an ISIS fighter.
Vintage Walker uses Foxconn to flip off the people
* A rushed project would not need so many corrections.
Another day, another Foxconn data correction.
* GOP leaders Walker/Vos/Stepp have long failed job creation, environmental protection pledges.
On Foxconn assurances, consider the sources and histories
* 13,000 jobs? No accident that the Assembly and public didn't have all the facts.
Put Foxconn on hold until Walker explains data suppression
* Robin Vos, reckless and feckless.
Robin Vos trivialized $3 billion, ignored shocking jobs info
* Dispensing with clean blue water, green legacy. 
Green? WI GOP likes brown, orange, perhaps blackish and 'sudsy'
* And the next shoe drops. 
Seeing Foxconn 'win, WI GOP env. wrecking crew eyes mining favors 
* Walker, GOP laid Foxconn groundwork years ago.
Foxconn favors are basic to Walker, GOP's sloppy playbook
* Walker evades leadership from #Foxconn to #Charlottesville.
On jobs, moral leadership, persistent Walker con
* Reality, troubling numbers, no state budget mean nothing to GOP legislature.
GOP Foxconn votes proceed robotically as jobs, revenue estimates fall
* New Foxconn bill version, same environmental rollbacks, records show.
Amended Foxconn bill retains env. waivers, special privileges
* Changing the rules to fit the players.

As WI, GOP change the rules for Foxconn, a reminder
* WI will subsidize Foxconn jobs paying nowhere near family-supporting wages.
WI now talking about <$15-per-hour Foxconn jobs
* Now they're just wishing and hoping.
Witless Walker's farcical Foxconn fix
* The Chicago Sun-Times 'thanks' Walker for pro-Illinois Foxconn plan.
Another bad review for Walker's Foxconn deal
* Now we look for solace to Scott Fitzgerald (!) as Foxconn gets horrible reviews.
Foxconn doubters turn their lonely eyes to...Scott Fitzgerald!
* Foxconn is to get a pass from normal DNR reviews, which is fine with the DNR.
Stepp puts the DNR in on Foxconn env. evasion
* Walker told his Foxconn critics to 'go suck lemons.' Then...
Sucking lemons - - or absorbing buyer's remorse - - for 26 sucking years
* Walker's fake-news Foxconn projects are collapsing.
Foxconn taxpayer projections zoom, payroll benefits plunge
* No surprise that major WI polluting industry. wants env. exemptions.
If Foxconn is exempted from env. oversight, why not CAFOs?
* Who's to say that Foxconn privileges won't be applied statewide?
And if environmental rules and laws are waived for Foxconn...  
* Does Michigan have better deal-makers than Wisconsin? 
Foxconn eyes Michigan for high tech development site
* Water law expert says Foxconn environmental rollback endangers the deal.

Noted water law expert predicts WI officials' Foxconn 'bungle'
* The Walker/WMC tag team.
Foxconn to locate at intersection of Walker and WMC avenues
* Big business laughs off Foxconn project environmental concerns.
Wisconsin Biz lobby sneers at routine Wisconsin conservation guarantee
* Walker never saw a wetland he didn't want filled.
Walker's giveaway Foxconn bill extends his war on wetlands
* Zoo Interchange completion $$ rerouted to another project for Foxconn.
Because the I-94 Vos/Foxconn exit isn't in the Zoo Interchange
* Foxconn process 'open,' says Walker after closed door briefing for GOP caucuses.
Walker opens 'open' Foxconn FavorFest behind closed doors
* Walker, Ryan producing Foxconn political ads.
Walker giveth to Foxconn, taketh for his re-election
* Walker would allow Foxconn 19th century 'environmental' practices.
'Wisconsin Valley' or Wisconsin, Inc. dead zone?
* The Legislature pushed to re-create Wisconsin as Wisconsin, Inc.
Rushed Foxconn special session set for 11 a.m. August 1
* SE WI communities should worry about what Walker wants to do with their budgets, tax collections:
For Foxconn, Walker bets your farm, breaks the bank(s)
* Walker, AG and legislature could give away what's not theirs:
Foxconn favors face WI Constitutional barrier
* GOP Wi Attorney General Brad Schimel weighs in, pre-emptively and rhetorically.
Greenlight for Foxconn in WI AG's Tweet, rhetoric
* Walker to convert Wisconsin to Wisconn without a constitutional convention, and if you don't like it, 'go suck lemons."
Walker to sacrifice DNR, PSC and WisDot integrity for 'Wisconn'
* The cynical pot has his say.
Walker - - Gov. Cynicism - - decries Foxconn 'cynics'
* Walker already has '18 campaign in Foxconn frame.
About Walker's '18 election Foxconn over-under
* In Walker's Wisconsin, some blue-collar jobs are more important than others.
Walker touts Foxconn construction jobs, threw away Amtrak's
* Walker, Trump should become the new champions of Great Lakes preservation and climate change science. 
Great Lakes water lifts Foxconn deal
* About jobs.
3,000 Foxconn jobs would not = 3,776 WI mfg. jobs lost in '16
* Are HB-5 $$-for-visas in the deal?
Are green cards for investment in a Foxconn-WI deal?
* Public dollars needed.
How many WI dollars will Walker give super-wealthy Foxconn?
* When Foxconn stiffed another state.
If you've got Foxconn fever, remember Pennsylvania's hangover
* Vos blocked transit Foxconn workers could have used.
Vos' long transit blockade does not help Racine's Foxconn future
* Walker killed Amtrak service Foxconn might have loved. 
Amtrak line killed by Walker could have fed Foxconn
* Vos has a budget power move.
Vos plays Foxconn card in WI budget fight
*  For quick Japan trip, Walker kept Foxconn secret 
Desperate Walker on 48-hour jobs mission - - to Japan