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Reader responds to Curtis letter

To the Editor:

I'd like to comment on the Doug Curtis letter in the April 6 Lakeland Times "What Gov Walker doesn't mention."

Mr. Curtis claims are so foolish I'm surprised that he didn't blame the governor for our abnormally cold spring. First, the problems date back to when Jim Doyle was governor. Mr. Curtis claims that the problems date back to when Act 10 was passed. He also claims this is happening in every state agency.

Basically Act 10 required public employees to pay 1/2 of their very good retirement expenses. Pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their excellent health care cost. Limited collective bargaining to salaries. Allowed termination for three days of unexcused absence if the Governor has declared an emergency. There are other relatively minor provisions. Does anyone reading this letter have such a sweet deal at work? Mr. Curtis tells us this is why Lincoln Hills is such a mess? The governor is closing the facility and will move the population to smaller facilities.

Mr. Curtis said Wisconsin has the highest poverty rate in 30 years. We rank 17th best in the nation in poverty rate. Neighboring states Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan all have higher poverty rates. We have the lowest unemployment rate in history 2.9 percent. He claims that we are cutting teachers and education is underfunded. We have fewer students/teacher than before Act 10. Every education funding referendum I know of has passed.

Another silly claim is that Foxconn is a sham, and half the jobs (there will be 13,000) will go to Illinois residents. Foxconn wil be located in Racine County, 30 Miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago. So why would half the jobs go to Illinois residents? Some would but most would relocate to Wisconsin and become taxpaying Wisconsin residents. Average wage will be $26 per hour (current average production wage in Wisconsin is $18 per hour) with a good full benefit package. Perhaps not as good as the benefits state employees have now even after Act 10 though.

Foxconn could eventually receive up to $3 billion in tax incentives from Wisconsin if it does produce the jobs promised. They would get the money over many, many, years. In the meantime workers will be paying state taxes while working and building the infrastructure required. As many as (500) vendors have shown interest in working with Foxconn which means even more jobs. There are informational seminars statewide for potential Foxconn vendors. There will be a seminar at Nicolet College April 13.

Charlie Gullan

Eagle River

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Article comment by: Nare Petreman

It sure would be nice for people to see that politicians and media are seemingly always looking to put a wedge between citizens, and respond with constructive criticism no matter which party they identify more with.

In both of these letters, we notice that it's either completely the fault of one party or everything is rosy if a certain party is in control. Both are strange, to define your beliefs by what the political party is doing now or what the media says to think.

There have been good and bad from each administration that led Wisconsin. Let's take the time to think and be a more united America by being critical of all of the slime bag politicians. A single political party has no monopoly on sleeze. It defines both major parties.

We should quit defining our beliefs by private corporations (Democratic Party, Republican Party, mainstream media outlets) and base them on principles.

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