UWEC Staff Bites Hand That Feeds Them

The more your boss succeeds, the greater chance you have of succeeding, right?  Seems like a simple concept, but it’s clear that some faculty and staff of (my alma mater) the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire don’t get it.

A strong business climate results in more tax collection, which shores up more money for government.  I would assume then that even those who oppose “evil” business owners and corporations would want their community’s private sector to succeed, if for nothing more than the tax collection to provide the government jobs and services they adore.

But maybe it’s more fun just getting “even?”

UWEC faculty and staff were sent an email March 18th by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, chastising them for political activism while on the job.  (Fellow taxpayers, that’s our time and dime.)

“While I understand these are difficult times and that passions continue to run high, I urge you to review and follow all guidelines pertaining to campaign activities associated with the use of state time or resources.

You also should refrain from using your title or affiliation with the University in a way that suggests your private political campaign activity is somehow officially related to, or sanctioned by, the University.

Finally, I want to state in the strongest possible terms that, as taxpaying citizens of Wisconsin, you are in no way prohibited from exercising your constitutional rights, and I encourage you to do so in a way that complies with all applicable state law and policies.”

In other words, keep up the good work.  Just don’t get caught doing it during work hours.

The list compiled by UWEC staff contains some of the largest and most respected businesses in the Chippewa Valley.  It’s surprising to me that these supposedly intelligent professionals can’t understand that socking it to these companies could hurt the jobs of their neighbors, who pay their salary and benefits!

Further confusing is the presence on the boycott list of businesses that have given to both parties, and those who haven’t donated money to Walker at all.

It’s their right to boycott.  In a legal, non-threatening way.  And it’s also our right to know where to spend money.  So, here you go (list published here as I received it, with no edits).

Pro-Walker Businesses  – “ Local”      (researched and complied by UWEC Staff)

Kwik Trip     (Moveon)

Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Eau Claire    (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)

County Concrete   (Moveon)

M&I Bank   (Moveon)

Menard’s    (Moveon)

Wal-Mart    (Moveon)

John Markquart   (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)

Dave Markquart   (admission in letter)

Market & Johnson

Stella Blues    (WRA Dining Guide)

Mogie’s   ( “ )

Mona Lisa’s      ( “ )

Livery (all WRA Dining Guide, all John Moganson)

The Coffee Grounds    (thinks provisions in the bill would be “good for business”)

Gordon Schafer of Gordy’s Markets

Rick Lambrecht of Mega Foods gave money to both parties

Skogen Family and other officials of Festival Foods

Reit’s Garden Center

Wipfli LLP

J&D Manufacturing

Lebakken Rent to Own

Fantastic Sam’s

Ayres and Associates

Royal construction

Lorman Education Services  $10,000

Stucky Chiropractic

Stender Chiropractic

Optima Health and Vitality

Herrick and Hart

Weld, Riley, et al.  (the EC School District’s retained Law Firm!)

Park Ridge Distributing

Tri-Mart Corp

Larson Companies (over $6,000)

Prudential Benrud Realty

Elk Lake Tavern

William Rauckman   (chief exec of Professional Hair Design Academy)

Peter Farrow (chief exec of Group Health)    (the EC School District’s health provider!)

Discover Wisconsin

Burger King

Culvers

Ken Vance

Mouldy’s Archery

PAC Groups:

Concerned Realtors Committee $43,000

Realtors PAC $43,000

Koch PAC $43,000

Wisconsin Dental PAC $43,000

WI Builders Association $18,000

Associated Builders and Contractors PAC $15,000

WAL PAC Walmart $15,000

Tavern Industry PAC $13,500

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm  Comments (4)  

Watch it Swirl the Bowl

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Your “stimulus,” that is.

A new watchdog website allows you to see the proposed projects  submitted for your state.

Wisconsin has 358 projects on the list, for a total of $1.23 Billion.

$5.7 Million for ODOR CONTROL in Beloit.

$40 Million for the Madison Public Library.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

$1 million to install a “green” roof on Milwaukee’s Central Library.

$3.5 Million to replace 100 police cars in Milwaukee.

$100 Million for mass transit in Milwaukee to “Develop and implement a street car system to improve access to downtown, reduce travel time, and vehicle emissions.”

$7 Million For “Construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Sheboygan River to retain jobs and development additional jobs to a pennisula area” (spelling all theirs).

THIS must be what Joe Biden was talking about when he said that the “stimulus” would help small businesses!

$7 Million to “Purchase additional land to expand the Sheboygan Business Center to allow for more industrial development.”  If industries want to develop, they can BUY THEIR OWN LAND!

$3.5 Million for the Children’s Museum of Green Bay.

My question is, will the kids- who are paying for it- get in free?

See the projects planned for your state here.

Gov. Doyle Head Fake

In 2006, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced a program called the Wisconsin Covenant.

Essentially, it’s an offer to all Wisconsin 8th graders to sign a contract promising to stay in school, get good grades, and stay out of trouble.  If they can manage this, they’ll be assured a spot in a state university or community college, and a financial aid package (based on financial need, of course, which they already would receive in normal circumstances).

What’s the problem with that, you ask?

Only that it was an empty promise, because the governor never figured out how to fund the program.

Fast-forward to the 2009-2011 budget, where Doyle is attempting to insert a phantom $25 million line item to fund the Covenant program.

Only problem is that the money isn’t going to be spent on the program or even set aside, but just returned to the main account at the end of the 2011 budget.

What if the economy worsens, and other -necessary- budget items demand that share of the budget?

It’ll mean Republicans being painted as attempting to steal the money from “the children,” and you and I paying more in taxes to cover the governor’s convenient oversight.

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yet Another Way to Get People Spending…

The state of Minnesota is considering enacting a tax on clothing.

Clothing purchases currently are exempt from the 6.5 to 8% sales tax, which has been considered a special incentive to draw tourists to the Mall of America.  Half of MOA’s visitors are tourists, many coming from neighboring Wisconsin to save money.

One hangup of the proposal is Minnesota’s western neighbor, North Dakota.  Their legislature is considering removing the sales tax on clothing, which could draw shoppers from Minnesota and negate any tax benefit.

This bi-partisan idea came from a commission formed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.   The Governor says he opposes the sales tax on clothing.

There’s nothing like upping the prices to get people to spend!

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

“What’s the Number?” Recovery.gov comes to Wisconsin

Want to see how your grandchildren’s money is being spent in Wisconsin?

Just launched, the Wisconsin Office of Recovery and Reinvestment website.  Complete with a “Funding opportunity” link!

Their slogan:  Putting people to work.  Rebuilding Wisconsin. Getting the economy moving.

Silly me, I thought that was the Market’s job!