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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — October 28, 2009 — Edmunds.com, the premier resource for online automotive information, has determined that Cash for Clunkers cost taxpayers $24,000 per vehicle sold.
Nearly 690,000 vehicles were sold during the Cash for Clunkers program, officially known as CARS, but Edmunds.com analysts calculated that only 125,000 of the sales were incremental. The rest of the sales would have happened anyway, regardless of the existence of the program.
“It seems to me there probably is some concern about the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a lot of it is tied directly to you by misrepresenting things and exaggerating things,” Prosser said. “I don’t know why I should give you any credence.”
After a stunned pause, McCabe answered, “You give me far greater credit than I probably deserve."
“I don’t think you deserve any credit,” Prosser shot back.
Temporary layoffs of 150 to 200 Milwaukee County employees will be done to avoid a 2009 year-end shortfall now projected at $3 million, County Executive Scott Walker said Wednesday.
The layoff news came just before the County Board's budget committee recommended its version of a 2010 budget that called for creation of a new $20 motor vehicle registration fee, or "wheel tax," to pay for transit. That fee would raise nearly $9 million and would be in addition to state and City of Milwaukee registration fees.
Madison -- Wall Land Investment, LLC, one of multi-millionaire Madison developer Terrence Wall's companies, has reclassified $2 million in prime Dane County commercial real estate into "agriculture" property, which allows the company to eliminate $34,000 in local property taxes. Wall is already under criticism for using a Delaware post "office" box to possibly avoid paying Wisconsin business tax.
In 2008 Wall owed $34,000 in property taxes on the $2 million properties. Reclassifying the 2+ acres of prime commercial development, located behind the Marriott Hotel and adjacent to the West Beltline near Middleton, reduced the value to just $600. One Wisconsin Now visited the site and the only sign of agriculture was a dozen pumpkins in various stages of decomposition strewn over the two acres of valuable real estate.
Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton announced Monday that she would not run for governor.
The decision further complicates the race for governor on the Democratic side. Gov. Jim Doyle has already announced that he would not run for re-election.
Lawton's revelation is the third stunning development by Democrats since August: Doyle's decision to back out, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind's decision to not run for governor and now Lawton's statement issued Monday morning. Lawton announced she was running in August, on the same day Doyle bowed out of seeking a third term.
Democratic supporters have said that President Barack Obama wants Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to run for the office.
Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug. She thought she was taking proper precautions when her doctor prescribed a month's worth of anti-AIDS medicine.
Only later did she learn that she had made herself all but uninsurable.
Turner had let the men buy her drinks at a bar in Fort Lauderdale. The next thing she knew, she said, she was lying on a roadside with cuts and bruises that indicated she had been raped. She never developed an HIV infection. But months later, when she lost her health insurance and sought new coverage, she ran into a problem.
Turner, 45, who used to be a health insurance underwriter herself, said the insurance companies examined her health records. Even after she explained the assault, the insurers would not sell her a policy because the HIV medication raised too many health questions. They told her they might reconsider in three or more years if she could prove that she was still AIDS-free.
A 38-year-old woman in Ithaca, N.Y., said she was raped last year and then penalized by insurers because in giving her medical history she mentioned an assault she suffered in college 17 years earlier. The woman, Kimberly Fallon, told a nurse about the previous attack and months later, her doctor's office sent her a bill for treatment. She said she was informed by a nurse and, later, the hospital's billing department that her health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, not only had declined payment for the rape exam, but also would not pay for therapy or medication for trauma because she "had been raped before."When some form of public option is signed into law (and I believe it will be), it's not going to be on the back of some broader intellectual argument. It's going to be on the back of stuff like this: anecdotal tales of insurance companies making preposterous and indefensible decisions about who they're going to cover and why. And when they get hung in the press for these decisions, they will have nobody to blame but themselves for the result.
Jeff Wood (three times since election)
Russ Decker (he got plastered at a Tavern League reception, took the car out, and his Senate colleagues responded by making him Majority Leader a few years later. Classy.)
Lorraine Seratti (she ran a stop sign, berated the cop and then blew twice the legal limit)
Frank Boyle (remember how he reportedly pissed his pants at the station?)
Mike Ellis (former Senate Majority Leader)
Shirley Krug (former Assembly Minority Leader)
But would any legislator have the nerve to crash the party and bring all the fun to an end? Of course not. Even the ones it wouldn't affect, the ones who don't get sloppy, the ones who are upstanding people, they don't have the nerve to do it either. They're too worried about how it would hurt them politically.
- Legislators are not permitted to serve alcohol at fundraisers, nor attend fundraisers or lobbying events at which alcohol is served. Think of it as a personal behavior code for people who need one. Plus, it ends these interest group drinkathons at various venues around the Capitol once and for all.
- A legislator who incurs an OWI conviction in office automatically surrenders their seniority within the body and is barred from holding a leadership position for two full terms following the conviction. That means giving up chairmanships and surrendering any additional staff that their seniority or position affords them.
- A legislator who incurs a second OWI conviction while in the Legislature is automatically expelled from the body.
Fond du Lac – After serving the residents of the Fond du Lac area for twelve years, State Representative John Townsend (R – Fond du Lac) announced today that he will not run for a seventh term in the November 2010 election.
“Twelve years is a good run in the State Assembly, and it has been a great honor to represent the residents of the 52nd Assembly District during that time,” Townsend said. He continued, “When I complete this term, I will have accumulated 47 years of public service, which includes time served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves, the Fond du Lac City Council, and the Wisconsin State Assembly. During this period I estimate that I have been separated 30% of the time from Maria, my wife of 48 years. It is time to retire!”
A justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple last week because of concern for the children who might be born of that relationship.
Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward, also said it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
“I’m not a racist,” Bardwell said. “I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children.”
Greenfield - A 14-year-old Whitnall High School student is accused of coercing teen girls into sending him sexually explicit photos of themselves.
Greenfield police on Wednesday said they suspect the freshman boy obtained nude and semi-nude photos of at least seven girls who sent the pictures from their cell phones or over the Internet. Police believe at least one of the girls sent the photos voluntarily...
The boy obtained nude photos by telling girls he would spread rumors about them, Wentlandt said. He also told some girls that unless they sent him nude photos of themselves, he would distribute nude photos of other girls that he already possessed, Wentlandt said.
"Our suspect is just very good at complimenting these young girls and telling them how pretty they look. It starts out with him just asking for clothed pictures and then, 'Can you send me one a little more risqué, maybe in your bra and panties, and then from there he tries to get nude pictures,'" Greenfield police Detective Sgt. Dave Patrick said.
The Institute for Wisconsin’s Future has obtained data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue detailing the amount of state corporate income tax paid by Brunswick in each of eight consecutive years, from 2000 through 2007.11 In each and every one of those years, Brunswick’s Wisconsin income tax was $0.00. Brunswick did not pay Wisconsin income tax through any of its subsidiaries; none of them filed a state tax return.The rest of the IWF report, "The Twisted Saga of Mercury Marine," is a good read. It does not paint a flattering picture of the company, but highlights a problem far too common in corporate America - an indifferent management that laughed all the way to the bank while running their company into the ground.
How did Brunswick manage to have zero state income tax liability? In 2000 Brunswick lost $96 million, so there were no profits to tax. But Brunswick was profitable for each of the next seven years, 2001 through 2007, with profits ranging from $78 million in 2002 to $385 million in 2005. Its total profits in the seven years were $1.1 billion.
WASHINGTON – There will be no cost of living increase for more than 50 million Social Security recipients next year, the first year without a raise since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.
Blame falling consumer prices. By law, cost of living adjustments are pegged to inflation, which is negative this year, the government said Thursday, because of lower energy costs. Social Security payments do not go down, even when prices drop.
The Obama administration, meanwhile, is pursuing a different way to boost recipients' income. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called for a second round of $250 stimulus payments for seniors, veterans, retired railroad workers and people with disabilities.
Petri and (Glenn) Grothman said there are counterproductive incentives in place with the current welfare system, including a failure to encourage women to get married.
A woman who gets married or takes a better paying job faces the loss of food stamps, housing assistance and tax credits.
Petri explained that if a woman marries a man with a decent income under the current system, she would no longer be eligible for hundreds of dollars in welfare money a month.
“We know that even a troubled marriage with two parents is better for children,” Petri said.