Editorial: Wisconsin’s Governor Wants to Waste Taxpayer Money Fighting Clean Energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the (Milwaukee) Wisconsin Gazette: There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines. His transparent intention is to continue stalling on Wisconsin’s development of this renewable energy source, which is opposed by the real-estate sector and producers of dirty energy, including Koch Industries and Exon Mobil. Those industries have bestowed Walker with beaucoup bucks, and, as he’s proven time and again, he’s not about to let the state do anything counter to their interests on his watch — not even for the best interests of Wisconsinites.If wind energy did indeed present a health hazard for humans, the world would be well aware of it by now. Wind energy is the second fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the world — behind only solar, Wind has contributed to increasing energy independence and job growth throughout Europe and Asia over the past decade. It’s also led to falling energy costs in nations such as Germany, where 31 percent of energy during the first half of last year came from wind, solar and hydro.Neighboring Iowa generated 27.4 of its electricity from wind in 2013. The state continues to expand its wind energy program, with no reports of health problems that we could find.But there’s even stronger evidence that wind energy is harmless, and Walker is well aware of it. Five years ago, 13 Wisconsinites from all sectors were appointed to the state’s Wind Siting Council. The council reviewed over 50 different scientific studies and found no evidence to support the contention of Walker and his shills that wind turbines are hazardous to human health. The only studies used by the council were those that had appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The findings of the Wind Siting Council, presented to the Legislature in October 2014, should have marked the end of the story for wind energy deniers.The $250,000 Walker wants to spend to duplicate a conclusive study on a topic that has long since been settled elsewhere could be used in many other productive ways.  The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters suggests that the money could go to programs that contribute to conservation, clean energy, or monitoring the pollution and contamination that we know are caused by the forms of energy that Walker favors.The absurdity of Walker throwing away taxpayer money to hold up the production of clean energy due to public health concerns is laughable. Walker has never met a polluter he didn’t like. His environmental policies are extremely hazardous to public safety, including the relaxation of regulations for polluters, construction of the nation’s largest tar sand crude pipeline, which flows under every major waterway in the state, and revamping the permitting process to make it easier for operators of open pit mines to get approval without public input — just for starters.This is not a partisan issue. Renewable energy is essential to keeping Wisconsin in the game, and the hypocrisy Walker shows toward it should offend every citizen who expects our leaders to do what’s best for us over the interests of their benefactors or in the interests of their political aspirations.Of course, the Public Service Commission, which is dominated by Walker appointees, might just come up with findings that conveniently differ from all the scholarly studies on the subject. If that should occur, we hope that Republicans and Democrats alike recognize the sham for what it is.Editorial: Walker wants $250,000 to duplicate wind energy study because he didn’t like the findings Editorial: Wisconsin’s Governor Wants to Waste Taxpayer Money Fighting Clean Energylast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Rehab and Reuse of Lancaster’s Vacant Bulova Technologies Building

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will support the rehabilitation of the Bulova Technologies building on Queen Street in downtown Lancaster into a strategically located mixed-use development.The unoccupied, four-story, brick-veneer building will be overhauled to make way for a modern, mixed-use, metal-clad retail, office, and residential complex. It’s anticipated the project will include first-floor restaurant and retail space. The second and third floors will be adapted to provide office space and 40 apartment units, eight of which will be rent-restricted for people on low incomes. The developer is Zamagias Properties.Built in 1971, the building was briefly used as a department store but then was used, until 2008, for light manufacturing by Bulova Technologies. It has since been vacant. The location is vital for continuing economic development in Lancaster because the empty building acts as a barrier between two vibrant, adjacent city blocks along North Queen and North Prince streets. Its revival is seen as pivotal for creating strong pedestrian traffic and stimulating additional investment downtown.“This project has tremendous potential for continuing and multiplying the economic development already taking place in the blocks surrounding this site in Lancaster,” said Governor Wolf. “A blighted outdated building that was stifling growth will gain a new, modern appearance and in the process can be a significant part of Lancaster’s revitalization.”This project is located in a severely depressed neighborhood with a 41 percent poverty rate, a median income that is 35 percent of the area’s median income level, and an unemployment rate nearly 1.6 times greater than the national average.“New Markets Tax Credits were created with exactly this sort of economic development situation in mind,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “The investment of tax credits in this distressed area of the city can provide the additional spark needed to attract more development and propel greater growth in the city of Lancaster.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.This project is expected to create 108 temporary, full-time construction jobs that will pay a weighted average wage of $20.63 per hour; construction activities will also support 18 indirect positions. Additionally, the project will create 60 permanent, full-time jobs paying a weighted average wage of $11.21 per hour and will retain 240 positions within the planned tenants’ existing employment base. The newly created jobs will come predominately from the first-floor restaurant and retail tenants.About Zamagias PropertiesZamagias Properties, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is engaged in a broad range of business ventures including real estate development and management, healthcare resource management technology, banking and finance, and energy. Founded in 1987, Zamagias currently manages approximately 2 million square feet in retail, office, mixed-use, and student-housing properties. Zamagias has a solid track record of transforming historically significant structures within downtown Lancaster. It received an honorable mention for the 2014 “Historic Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact” for its adaptive-reuse of the Steeple View Lofts. More recently, Zamagias purchased the Keppel candy factory, which has been renovated into a mix of residential, retail and office space.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. August 17, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Rehab and Reuse of Lancaster’s Vacant Bulova Technologies Buildingcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Billy Joe Saunders signs multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing

first_imgSaid Hearn: “This is a huge signing for us and the perfect place for Billy to be. Everyone in boxing knows how good Billy is and now he is going to get the chance to prove it against the elite.”Saunders has a 28-0 record and has been linked with a huge domestic showdown with Callum Smith at super middleweight next.Smith, who is also on Matchroom’s books, is the WBA “super” champion and has spoken of wanting to face WBO strap holder Saunders in a unification bout. Billy Joe Saunders has signed with Matchroom Boxing, after splitting with longtime promoter Frank Warren earlier this month.Two-weight world champion Saunders ended an 11-year partnership with Warren after being repeatedly frustrated in his bid to secure fights with world-renowned stars such as Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The 29-year-old has now instead teamed up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom and again outlined a desire to make those blockbuster bouts happen.MORE: Watch more than 100 fight nights a year on DAZNSaunders has agreed to a multi-fight deal, with his next opponent to be confirmed next week.He said in a statement: “This move is going to benefit me massively. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing can put me right out on the branch for those big fights.Welcome to the team, @bjsaunders_Some BIG fights to be made pic.twitter.com/HO6VGfpfzW— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) August 13, 2019″I’m on Golovkin and Canelo’s turf. I’ve made this move to make them fights because I’m sick of hearing their bullsh— excuses.”Those fights make financial sense and they make sense because we’re on the same network.”last_img read more

Updated: Wellington sporting events that have been postponed…

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following sports cancelations have been made for today:•Wellington High School tennis match at Chaparral has been postponed until Friday, April 12.•Wellington junior varsity tennis match today has been postponed  to Friday, April 5.•The Wellington Middle School tennis match in Winfield has been postponed. No makeup date has been determined yet.last_img

Grassley: evaluate current coronavirus relief before creating “Phase Four”

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Some government leaders say the massive CARES Act that passed Congress last month may not be doing enough to keep states, small businesses, hospitals, and individuals afloat during the pandemic.While the so-called Phase Three emergency bailout package was the largest ever at $2.2 trillion, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says there’s already talk of a Phase Four measure. “I would not conclude at this point that we need a fourth package,” Grassley says. “I think we’re going to have one even if we don’t need it for various reasons of equity. Let me tell you, we’re in the process of even now thinking, do we need one or not need one?”Grassley, a Republican, says most elements incorporated into the CARES Act were designed to provide financial aid for three to four months, while some were for programs through the end of the year. The package includes $1,200 checks to most Americans as well as tens of billions for states, a range of businesses and health care providers.“Two-and-a-half weeks ago when we started putting this package together,” Grassley says, “we went into the negotiations with the Democrats with open eyes, that we’re going to try to put together a package that will hopefully get us past the height of the pandemic,” Grassley says it’s too early to start second-guessing the merits of Phase Three, as it’s only been a little over a week that it’s been in place. He says Congress will need to reevaluate the situation in another five or six weeks.“If our head isn’t going to be above water, then we start putting together a fourth package,” Grassley says. “If it looks like this economy is going to rebound, strongly, then probably not.”Iowa’s other U.S. Senator Joni Ernst agrees with Grassley, saying she’s not yet sure a fourth federal stimulus package will be needed. Ernst says if one is developed, it should include more help for the health care system to make sure “we are investing properly in vaccinations and making sure that we are also developing plans for other future possibilities of other pandemics.”last_img read more