Archive for the ‘THE NOT NEWS’ Category

Mar
2013
22

Scott Walker’s Rejection of Obamacare Funds to Cost Wisconsin Businesses Upwards of $30 Million

According to a national study by Jackson Hewitt Tax services, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s opposition to Obamacare will cost Wisconsin employers between $24.1 million and $36.1 million a year. The news comes a month after Walker rejected expanding the states Badgercare program. Walker’s decisions on Medicare have created a…
Mar
2013
19

Annual State of the Media Report Shows Dwindling Reporting, Continued Boost in Social Media, Word of Mouth News Gathering

Annual State of the Media Report Shows Dwindling Reporting, Continued Boost in Social Media, Word of Mouth News Gathering
In their annual State of the Media Report, the Pew Research Center dissects the changing landscape of the media and how its transition to the Internet is creating budget problems that are directly affecting the quality of traditional reporting work. In a year that saw unprecedented coverage of a Presidential election, traditional media continued…
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Mar
2013
18

NELP: 1 in 6 of ALEC Legislators’ Anti-Wage Bills Have Passed Since January 2011

NELP: 1 in 6 of ALEC Legislators' Anti-Wage Bills Have Passed Since January 2011
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has released a new study in which it exposes the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) influence ‘behind the curtain’ of wage suppression. In “The Politics of Wage Suppression: Inside ALEC’s Legislative Campaign Against Low-Paid Workers,” NELP lays out…
Mar
2013
1

Eric Cantor’s Alternate Universe Features No Overtime Pay for Anyone, Blinders for Everyone

Eric Cantor's Alternate Universe Features No Overtime Pay for Anyone, Blinders for Everyone
In what would have been better presented as a “how not to rebrand the GOP” exercise, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made mention of a bill that would end overtime pay for hourly workers. While no copy of the bill has been made public, Cantor’s “Make Life Work” speech given to the American Enterprise Institute …
Feb
2013
25

Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Jail Any Legislator Who Proposes an Anti-Union Bill

Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Jail Any Legislator Who Proposes an Anti-Union Bill
Here’s a fun one. A bit of a legislative urinating match but a fun one nonetheless. A Missouri legislator has responded to a bill from Rep. Mike Leara that would jail lawmakers who propose gun control bills by introducing a bill that would jail anti-union legislators: A Missouri House Democrat’s plan would send colleagues to …
Feb
2013
22

Walker Transfers $40,000 More to Legal Defense Fund, All But Confirms He is a Target of the WI John Doe Investigation

Walker Transfers $40,000 More to Legal Defense Fund, All But Confirms He is a Target of the WI John Doe Investigation
The Wisconsin John Doe Investigation — affectionately known as Walkergate — has already brought six former aides to now-Governor Scott Walker to justice. More convictions are expected and recent actions taken by the Governor suggest he, too, is a target of the investigation. While spokespeople for the Governor ensure the press that…
Feb
2013
22

MISS THIS? Facebook Not Only Paying Zero Taxes This Year, They’re Receiving a $429,000,000 Refund

MISS THIS?  Facebook Not Only Paying Zero Taxes This Year, They're Receiving a $429,000,000 Refund
In their first annual earnings report since the launch of their IPO, a little noticed but evily genius accounting loophole will allow Facebook to enjoy a multi-billion dollar tax break this year through a tax deduction for the cost of executive stock options and share awards. Facebook reported $1.1 billion in pre-tax profits from its …
Feb
2013
20

Wisconsin GOP Rushing Through Farrow-Brooks Bill, a Government-Sponsored Kneecapping of Private Sector Unions

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker prepares to reveal a new budget which has already been labeled more radical than his previous radical budgets, reports out of the dairy land suggest that a bill is being fast-tracked in the Republican controlled legislature that represents a direct attack on organized labor. The Farrow-Brooks bill would act as …
Feb
2013
20

Bermuda Hedge Fund Reinsurance Tax Dodging Reaches New Heights as IRS Sits Idly By

Bermuda Hedge Fund Reinsurance Tax Dodging Reaches New Heights as IRS Sits Idly By
A growing trend in tax avoidance is the practice of hedge funds setting up reinsurance companies in Bermuda, funneling money to the tax haven and then back to the states. This takes advantage of an IRS loophole the agency knows needs to be closed but has been reluctant to act on. This gaping hole in …
Feb
2013
15

SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don’t Push “Right-to-Work”

SECRET AUDIO: Missouri Lawmakers, In Meeting AT THE MISSOURI CAPITOL, Threatened With Loss of Donors if They Don't Push
Progress Missouri has released audio tapes taken from a Conservative strategy session held in the Missouri Capitol in which leaders of corporate front groups push for Republican lawmakers to institute a national “Right-to-Work” law. The speakers, which include Lew Uhler of the National Tax Limitation Committee and Jared Rodriquez of…
Feb
2013
14

JOB SECURIT-ME: Kansas GOPer Introduces Bill to Guarantee Politicians Get Their Jobs Back After Their Term

JOB SECURIT-ME: Kansas GOPer Introduces Bill to Guarantee Politicians Get Their Jobs Back After Their Term
Things are getting crazy for Republicans (…more like their constituents) in the Midwest. Kansas has been under seige in the labor arena, to be sure, but arguably the most odd and offensive bill yet has been proposed by Kansas State Sen. Greg Smith. This pseudo jobs bill is loosely based on a law that protects military …
Feb
2013
13

UPDATE: Arkansas GOP Rep. from Wal-Mart’s District Fails at Repealing the Prevailing Wage

A couple weeks back we published a piece on a bill to gut the Arkansas prevailing wage, sponsored Rep. Dan Douglas (R-Bentonville). That bill has now failed to pass through committee. In a room filled with construction workers, contractors and businessmen, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee voted 12 to 8 against House …