“Taxes and fees to local and state governments from a single mine would be over $27 million. These numbers don’t take into account the indirect economic development that would result from a new facility, including businesses needed to support project operations, housing development, and even increased spending at local restaurants and other establishments. Despite rhetoric… Read more »
“The recently-enacted state legislation created a framework to allow for tremendous economic growth. A typical mine could create 300+ family-sustaining jobs in the local community. The Flambeau mine, for example, utilized local people for 85% of its workforce. Taxes and fees to local and state governments from a single mine would be over $27 million.” Click… Read more »
In order for Wisconsin to continue to support and grow its economy, investment in infrastructure, such as the Project, is needed. Among the Purposes and Need identified for the Project are: • Provide system continuity between the city of Sheboygan and the city of Fond du Lac. WIS 23 is a major east-west connecting highway… Read more »
Respected conservative pollster, Gene Ulm, released the results of a recent poll. The poll found that an overwhelming 60% of Wisconsin voters support the law, and even a majority of republican voters, 52%, support prevailing wage. Click here to read our press release about this poll and learn more about public support for Prevailing Wage. Click… Read more »
Marquette Economic Professor Abdur Chowdhury has researched Prevailing Wage in Wisconsin for several years and has outlined his concerns about the negative impact of repealing the law in this article. Click Here to read his conclusions and to learn about the damage that will be done to Wisconsin’s economy if Prevailing Wage is repealed.
Marquette Economics Professor, Abdur Chowdhury, realizes the negative impact that repealing prevailing wage laws can have on veterans. Chowdhury highlights recent studies where findings demonstrate that “economic conditions of veterans would be profoundly affected if states with strong-to-moderate prevailing wage laws were to weaken their standards.” This is especially pertinent to Wisconsin, where 8.3% of all construction workers are veterans. Changes to the prevailing wage law could cause veterans to lose their jobs, their businesses, and their health care. The negative impact on our country’s most deserving workers is apparent.
WIIN took the opportunity to release a statement with comments on the DNR’s Draft Industrial Sand Mining Strategic Analysis. In this statement, (they/we) comment on specific issues pertaining to current trends (groundwater), local roads, and property values. The goal of this statement is to provide additional information and comments on certain sections.
WIIN believes that for Wisconsin to continue to grow its economy, investments in infrastructure are needed. Projects, like the I-94 East-West Corridor are important, especially to workers whose transportation route runs through this area. Efficient roads, highways, and bridges are necessary for people and goods to reach their desired market. Without a quality infrastructure, Wisconsin can not remain competitive with outside markets.
It is no secret that our country’s infrastructure is crumbling. Instead of identifying and making infrastructure investments, states are choosing to cut taxes and offer corporate subsidies, which have not created the improvement our roads need. In general, many states are cutting infrastructure spending, which is the opposite solution to fixing the problem. States need to invest in their infrastructure to fix current issues and prevent future problems. If infrastructure issues are not addressed and faced in the coming years, it will only be more difficult to solve this heavy-hanging issue.
WIIN is committed to seeing Wisconsin’s infrastructure thrive. It has been widely acknowledged that there is no long-term funding solution prepared for Wisconsin’s aging highway infrastructure. WIIN believes a long-term plan must be developed, as well as a sustainable plan.