Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
I keep hearing that Wisconsin Gov. Walker's agenda with his "budget recovery" bill isn't about money, it's about power. That might be, but if this article, "The Kock Brothers' End Game in Wisconsin http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/21/947947/-The-Koch-Brothers-End-Game-in-Wisconsin, is correct (despite the snarky rhetoric), Wisconsinites could have a whole lot more to worry about than public service workers losing bargaining rights and nonpublic-sector residents thinking public employees are getting a free ride.
It might be a good idea for everyone, not just Walker's political foes/critics/watchdogs, to keep an eye on Walker's moves to sell off state utilities, plants and other assets.
Could it be that this is what the real power play is all about, the supposedly "conservative" Gov. Scott Walker very liberally turning over Wisconsin's assets to someone who absolutely does not have us and our state's best interest in mind?
Here's the section of Walker's "budget repair" bill that would enable him to do that:
State of Wisconsin
SENATE BILL 11
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Bottom of Page 23:
SECTION 44. 16.896 of the statutes is created to read:
16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state−owned heating, cooling, and power plants. (1) Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the
department may sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may
contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without
solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best
interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or
certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to
purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is
considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification
of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).
Here's a list of Koch properties/subsidiaries/operations already in Wisconsin:
- # Flint Hills Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, is a leading refining and chemicals company. Its subsidiaries market products such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol, olefins, polymers and intermediate chemicals, as well as base oils and asphalt. A subsidiary distributes refined fuel through its strategically located pipelines and terminals in Junction City, Waupun, Madison and Milwaukee. Another subsidiary manufactures asphalt that is distributed to terminals in Green Bay and Stevens Point.
- # Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. operates a pipeline system that crosses Wisconsin, part of the nearly 4,000 miles of pipelines owned or operated by the company.
- # The C. Reiss Coal Company is a leading supplier of coal used to generate power. The company has locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan.
Walker's actions could end up giving the Koch brothers an ownership of resources, distribution and generation of energy monopoly in Wisconsin.
Walker might actually be willing to "concede' on bargaining rights, that he put that in his "budget repair" bill as a ruse, so that could be his "compromise" and thus get the bill passed, because what he REALLY wants passed is Section 44 of the bill, which will enable him to "sell any state−owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state." And who gets to determine what "the best interest of the state" is? Methinks it would be Walker.