Governor Scott Walker
Gov. Walker used a speech in front of Wisconsin’s largest business group Tuesday to promote a tax credit that has all but eliminated the state tax burden for many manufacturers, saying efforts to eliminate it would stifle growth in Wisconsin. It was a not-so-veiled shot at his Democratic opponent, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, who has called the tax credit a case of misplaced priorities and pledged to use the hundreds of millions of dollars the state spends on the credit every year for other priorities like education.
“If we were to wipe that out, we would be taking out a lot of the growth and prosperity in the state,” Walker told members of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Walker signed the credit into law as part of his first budget in 2011. It was phased in over the course of several years.
The Legislature’s nonpartisan budget office projects the credit will have cost state government a total of $1.4 billion by the end of the current budget in June. It’s projected to cost state government roughly $295 million this year alone.
A memo by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau showed that the wealthiest 12 percent of all recipients received roughly 73 percent of the payout, an amount that totaled $159 million in 2017.
“Our economy might be helping corporate special interests and wealthy campaign donors, but it’s not working for Wisconsin families,” said Evers’ Deputy Communications Director Britt Cudaback. “It’s time for a change and an economy that works for all of us.”
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Baldwin worked to include a number of key measures from her Air Carrier Access Amendments Act in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to protect the rights of disabled airplane passengers and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. The reforms included in the legislation passed the House and the Senate and now head to the President for his signature. “In order to keep America’s promise of full equality for all, we must break down the barriers that individuals with disabilities and our veterans face when they travel,” Baldwin said. “Equal access to air travel ensures individuals with disabilities are able to participate in today’s economy and enjoy their travel opportunities. I’m so proud that my work to protect the rights of every airplane passenger earned the support of my Congressional colleagues and I’m looking forward to the President signing this important legislation.”
“We applaud the bipartisan passage of this bill,” said David Zurfluh, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Problems with air travel are by far the most common complaints we hear from our members. This legislation is truly a move in the right direction, and we will continue to support efforts to prohibit discrimination and make America more accessible for all people with disabilities.”
For more than 30 years, the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) has prohibited discrimination based on disability in air travel. Despite this progress, many travelers with disabilities still encounter significant barriers when they travel by air including damaged equipment, delayed assistance and lack of seating accommodations.
Source: Baldwin press release
President Donald Trump
President Trump cast doubt on a United Nations report that warned that we have just 12 years to curb climate change by suggesting the reports’ authors weren’t more credible than reports that say the environment is “fabulous.”
The UN report, which is based on more than 6,000 scientific references from 91 authors across 40 countries, outlines the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It warns that the world is rapidly running out of time before catastrophic effects on the planet take place.
Drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN’s climate change body, the report calls for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
Trump, who has previously called climate change a “hoax,” was speaking on the White House lawn on Tuesday when he said the report “was given to me.”
“And I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it. I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren’t so good.”
Trump tweeted in 2012 that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”