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UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME… ARE WE READY FOR IT?

Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an idea that has been around for a while. With automation replacing blue-collar and white-collar jobs, UBI is needed. Forty-eight percent of Americans favor UBI.Universal Basic Income is a simple system where the government gives people a set amount of money each month. Would UBI replace the safety net? Many details would need to be worked out. The system gives an equalizing floor from which all people start.How much per month? Some say $1000 a month, some say more and some say less. Child allowance could be $250 or $300 each month. ...

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NINE MORE COMMUNITIES VOTE TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Wisconsin residents in nine communities voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only human beings should have inalienable human rights and money is not the same thing as free speech.All referenda passed with overwhelming majorities: Green County (78%), St. Croix County (77%), the cities of La Crosse (88%), Marshfield (81%), Sun Prairie (83%), Rice Lake (81%), the villages of McFarland (79%) and Wittenberg (83%), and the town of Sand Creek (77%) in Dunn County.That brings the total to 129 Wisconsin communities that have called for ...

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Supremely Important Election April 3rd

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The April 3rd election in Wisconsin is very important. A Supreme Court justice will be elected. Spring elections often involve minor local issues and offices and these elections have very poor voter turnout. Many voters are not even aware this election is happening! As a result major decisions get decided by a very small number of citizens.The two candidates in this race are Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock. The two candidates vary widely in experience, qualifications, and stature in the professi...

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ANOTHER DAY AT THE RALLY

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees, (AFSCME) and Friends, rallied in Solidarity at the Capitol of Wisconsin in Madison.This Rally was part of a National Day of Action where Labor Unions and their Supporters gathered across the Country in a show of Solidarity. The themes echoed what one might expect to see, i.e., “…Unrig the System”, “It’s about Economic Justice!” and the like.I’d guesstimate a few hundred folks joined in the activities and chanting. I was taken aback at seeing a lot of the same folks I saw ...

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Demonstration, February 27: Demand Further Soil Tests on Thomas Street

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Middle Wisconsin will be in attendance at the event below. We hope you are, too! There has rarely been such a sustained citizen-driven effort on a Wausau policy issue or project.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Concerned citizens are invited to gather on the sidewalk in front of City Hall steps to demand further environmental testing of the neighborhood’s surface soils. This will take place at 5:30pm in front of 407 Grant Street in Wausau.Elevated Dioxin Levels in Soils Recently Identified:  In February, private ...

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Lessons from a false alarm

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued an alert warning of an imminent missile attack. It was a false alarm, but many residents, and the media, received the text message. Given the saber rattling regarding North Korean missile tests, the alert seemed credible. Certainly the fear it generated was real.There are lessons to be learned (and hopefully acted upon) from this incident. Ralph Hutchinson, an advocate for abolishing nuclear weapons, discusses this incident in the context of our national nuclear weapons policy. His lessons and ...

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FARMERS ADVOCATE FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL COMMUNITIES

Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol.On the day the Governor delivered his State of the State address, farmers shared with their legislators the state of things in their world. Safety is always on the mind of farmers. For one farmer, farm safety was a heightened worry when his daughter took drivers education. He told me, folks traveling down rural roads often ignore the turn signals and lights on his tractor. People will make the dangerous decision to pass him when he is turning left into a ...

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PROTECTION FOR STATE RETIREMENT FUNDS

By Pew Trustshttp://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2017/11/basic-legal-protections-vary-widely-for-participants-in-public-retirement-plansState and local pension plans hold over $3.6 trillion in retirement fund investments for participants and their beneficiaries, with returns on these investments accounting for an estimated 60 percent of the money paid out in pension benefits each year.In recent decades, public pension funds, in a bid to boost returns, have shifted funds away from low-risk, fixed-income investments—such as government ...

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Why Not You?

(From Union Labor News, December 2017 You can follow Union Labor News on Facebook.)It’s time for workers to run for office. Someone like you would be best.Why? Because the culture wars are soon going to wrap up and we are going to need some common sense candidates with a track record of good judgment, friendliness, hard work, and community participation.The Republican candidate for governor of Virginia embraced the Trump cultural agenda of division, distrust and dysfunction and was thoroughly trounced in a state that regularly elects Republicans. One of his ...

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TERRIBLE GOP TAX PLAN

By Common Dreams Staff (11-21-17)(This article is licensed under Creative Commons.)Americans for Tax Fairness warns that the bill gives most of the tax cuts to the richest 1%, makes 82 million middle-class families pay more in taxes, and endangers funding for public services.Amid mounting efforts to block the Republican Party’s latest attempts to cut taxes for the nation’s corporations and wealthiest families, a new report out Tuesday details 13 “terrible things” about the most recent GOP tax bill put forth in the U.S. Senate.The analysis by ...

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