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2003, 17 Jan 19

Wisconsin Adds More Jobs


MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of December. The data showed Wisconsin added 48,300 total non-farm jobs and 44,900 private-sector jobs from December 2017 to December 2018. Construction jobs increased by 8,500 and manufacturing jobs increased 17,800 over the year. The December unemployment rate remained at 3.0%.


2003, 17 January 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I’m hopeful Walker’s winning in economy keeps up for a while before Evers tries to derail the winning.

  2. jjf

    How’s that picking of winners and losers going for you?

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    Oh JJf,

    You will note in article, they missed the goal and got “no tax incentive for 2018”.

    What more do you want, they created 178 jobs and got nothing!

    No one picked winners and losers.

    If they start to “win” against the job creation demands, they get tax incentive. We all win.

    You liberals are impossible to please.

  4. Le Roi du Nord


    Correct, they won’t get the tax incentive in 2018.  But they are getting $$$ millions$$$ in free property and infrastructure from local government and the state, and a free pass on environmental regulations.  $90 million alone in transportation funds that was originally earmarked for local projects all over the state.  That makes those 178 new jobs pretty pricey.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Transportsation infrastructure we will have regardless of what happens.

    Do you have a link to this alleged “free property”?

    I think you picked that up in the fever swamp.

  6. Le Roi du Nord


    There is no need for the transportation infrastructure built to service 178 employees.

    You can look up all sorts of info on how the LUG obtained, some by condemnation much of the property for foxconn.  Some is still in litigation.  For a self-proclaimed property rights guy you sure a flip-floppy.

    And foxconn is exempt from many state and local taxes.

    Define “fever swamp” .  You use the term in many ways, and often contradictory.

  7. dad29

    LeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRooyyyyyyyyyyyyyy….have you driven from Milwaukee to the State line lately?  Have you ANY idea of how many trucks loaded with aggregate for that plant are traveling on that road?  Or workmen driving to/from that site?

    In Little Bitty Burg where you live, maybe it’s possible to tailor the road projects precisely to the size of the local economy.  But in the Big Boy Pants world, it ain’t.

    And “condemnation” does not equal “free” land.  In the real world, as opposed to the State (where everything is simply taken from taxpayers), payment is still required even for condemned property.

    By the way, your HERO, Evers, tells us that FoxConn is aware of Green (Red) concerns and working well within the limits.

  8. jjf

    Dad29, you like the idea of the government grabbing homes?  Think it was strictly necessary in this case?  Foxconn couldn’t have paid the asking price on their own?

  9. dad29

    As you undoubtedly know, Mount Pleasant offered 140% of assessed value and was turned down.  It was a fair offer and the residents were unreasonable.

    Think of the residents as Nancy Pelosi.

    As to the larger question, I don’t like eminent domain, but it’s the law, and in this particular case, Mount Pleasant had a better hand than the residents.  I agree with the decision.

  10. Le Roi du Nord


    Sober up, then try again.  We all thank you.

  11. Kevin Scheunemann


    So you are saying 140% of value is not a good offer under eminent domain?

    You thought it should be more?

    I thought you detested wasting money on Foxconn?

    Mixed signals again.

  12. dad29

    Not ‘mixed,’ Kevin.  Incoherent.  When he has no answer he defaults to ranting incoherently.  Usually the mark of alcohol impairment.

  13. Jason

    >Usually the mark of alcohol impairment

    In my professional opinion, it’s probably a mix of non-diagnosed ID mixed with ADHD, and assuredly Delusions of Grandeur.   Assuredly it’s that, or LeRoy is gifted with an additional full or partial copy of the 21st chromosome.

  14. Le Roi du Nord


    As you well know, property is worth what someone is willing to pay. Assessed value really doesn’t come into play except for taxing purposes.  As an elected official you are well aware of that.  Why be dishonest about it?

    If a particular property, coveted by foxconn, walker, and your ilk, was in a family for generations and had value other than monetary, how can you agree to eminent domain.  Foxconn isn’t a public entity, but a for profit, highly subsidized private corporation, so what is the need?  Mixed signals are all yours, alleged property rights guy.


  15. dad29

    had value other than monetary,

    Maybe (underscore maybe) YOU have other-than-monetary value to your family, but the life-insurance company pays only the policy amount.

    Now, then, if you think that those people were screwed by the State for which you worked, you can always offer them an extra $50-$100K from your pension.

  16. Le Roi du Nord


    So what are you saying, that no one has any rights to keep what belongs to them??  What kinda “conservative” are you, anyway?

  17. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’m saying if those properties are actually under-assessed by 30-50% of market value, that is the most incompetent municipal assessor in WI.

    Is that what you are saying?

  18. Le Roi du Nord

    No.   And you, as Village President,  know exactly what I am talking about.  Just more dishonesty on your part.  Or perhaps you are incompetent.  Your choice.

  19. Kevin Scheunemann


    State law COMPELS a revaluation when assessment to market ratio drops below 90% within 3 years.

    Hard to envision a scenario where assessments are that low, other than municipal incompetence.

  20. jjf

    It’s just partisan blinders.  It’s OK When A Republican Does It!

    And in this case, it’s not even a US company.  It’s not even a company with a good track record on deals like this.  The deal was sketched on a napkin.  Walker just kept turning the knob up to 11, knowing it wasn’t his money.  And the partisans line up to defend it.


  21. Le Roi du Nord


    Correct.  And does state law compel a landowner to sell to a private buyer for private gain for less that what the owner says they want?  Apparently it does in the foxconn case.  Isn’t that really troublesome for a self-proclaimed property rights guy like you ??  Or is it just OK for republicans to do it??

  22. Kevin Scheunemann


    You shifted off topic fast, I still want to enjoy slamming your misinformation on tax assessments!

    140% plus of assessment is a good offer, no court will side with them beyond that.

    They can always waste time and money to sue, no one is doing that, that I know of.

    So quit your whining.

  23. Le Roi du Nord

    “140% plus of assessment is a good offer, no court will side with them beyond that.”

    Care to prove that??  You are the one that demanded evidence.  Or doesn’t that apply to you??

  24. dad29

    K, he’s out of rational arguments and probably drinking again.  Next comes his Projection Syndrome thing.

    Troll.  Don’t feed.

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