Corporate Tax Dodger…Apple

Apple
This is the seventh in a series on corporate tax dodgers. This summary is taken directly from the report on Apple Tax Dodging by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy StudiesPurchase the legislators and legislation which allow you to “legally” pay few, if any taxes:“Apple could spend $4 million lobbying politicians on the Hill, twice what the company spent last year and more than 20 times the $180,000 it spent in 1999, according to Reuters. The bump in lobbying spending comes with the iPhone maker under fire for allegedly being one of the ...

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The Soul of Wisconsin is a Sacred Thing

Wisconsin Map
“The Soul of Wisconsin is a sacred thing” are the words of poet, Marijane Curry.The “Soul of Wisconsin” has had a proud heritage of working together for the good of all citizens,but it has been bruised and battered by a governor who planned a “divide and conquer” strategy with billionaire, Diane Hendricks, who donated $500,000 to Walker in 2011. The strategy was to pit good, hardworking families, friends, and neighbors against each other.   Walker bragged about “dropping the bomb.” Let’s look at the results for 2014. Jobs lost as estimated:  ...

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Wisconsinvote.org – Resource for the August 12, 2014 Primaries

Vote
GET READY FOR THE AUGUST 12 PRIMARY ELECTIONS WITH WISCONSINVOTE.ORGVoters in Wisconsin will cast their ballot in primaries, including the race for governor on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.If you’re looking for information about the candidates, you’ll find everything you need at: www.wisconsinvote.orgThis resource is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.Find the primaries in your area and read candidate profiles for senate and assembly districts along with candidates running for statewide office.

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Every Vote Matters

Ballot Box
This article was previously published in the Wisconsin Professional Employees Council newsletter.  WPEC represents state employees and is an AFT-WI affiliate. Four months from now will be the next mid-term elections. Mid-term elections have a significant impact in Wisconsin. In the mid-terms, Wisconsinites will vote on every Assembly seat, half of the State Senate seats, and the Governor.Four years earlier, 2010, over half of the eligible voters in Wisconsin stayed home, and overnight Wisconsin was turned in a very different direction. A traditionally purple ...

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Overturn Citizens United with an Amendment

Corporations are not people
If you're like me, and of course there is no reason to assume you are except that most of us are not fools, then you are highly skeptical when it comes to believing that if someone contributes tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to a candidate's political campaign, they expect nothing in return.If you too find that hard to believe, take action. Petitions are being circulated in our communities to ask the state of Wisconsin to place a referendum on the ballot to create a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution that overturns the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in ...

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An Effort to Overturn Citizens United

Protests
We have the "best government that money can buy" at this time in our nation. In the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the wealthy elite against the interests of the American people. Corporations can now spend unlimited amounts of money to buy our elections.We need to change these rules. There is a nonpartisan effort to do this by an amendment to the Constitution to restore our country to what our Founding Fathers intended to and bring real democracy back to America. Money is not free speech and corporations are ...

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Move to Amend

Constitution
This article was previously published in the Wausau Daily HeraldWould you like to sign a petition to get Big Money out of politics?We must stop Citizens United (the Supreme Court decision in 2010 that says that corporations are people and that money is speech and is protected by the First Amendment).Move to Amend is the organization that has been working across the country toward a 28th amendment to overturn Citizens United. During the month of July, MTA is working in Wausau. I am one of fifty local volunteers.Why am I doing this?Recently I heard a ...

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Corporate Tax Dodger…Merck

Presciption drug bottle
This is the sixth in a series on corporate tax dodgers. These summaries are taken directly from the report on Corporate Tax Dodgers by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy StudiesDo everything in your power to drive America into debt by spending $9.5 million in 2012 alone lobbying congress to write laws allowing you to avoid paying taxes. Offshore $53.4 billion in profits on which you have paid no U.S. taxes. Pocket $8.7 billion in taxpayer funded contracts from Uncle Sam – largely for pharmaceuticals provided to Medicare. Then have your CEO, ...

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The Community of Wausau – Thomas Street Project

Thomas Street North Side
In a commendable act of community spirit, the Wausau City Council voted at its July 7th meeting to delay any action on Thomas Street reconstruction to allow time for study of an alternative plan presented by local citizen and architect, Kevin Korpela. It was truly an example of citizens, neighborhoods and officials working together for the good of all.We appear to be witnessing the quiet – and sometimes not so quiet – renewal of citizen involvement in communities throughout Wisconsin. People are working together in the best interests of families, neighbors, and ...

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Health, Global Warming & A Christmas Carol

Burning Globe - Climage Change
Global warming will affect our health in ways you might not expect.Because the air will be warmer, we’ll experience more frequent, more intense, and longer heat waves. As a result, many more people will suffer from heat stroke and related conditions, and some will die—especially children, the elderly, and poor people.We’ll also have more droughts, which will make it harder to get water to drink and food to eat. That too will affect our health, as will the bigger and more intense wildfires that we’re just beginning to experience in the U.S.Warmer air is ...

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