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It's been gallows humor amongst Wisconsin public employees that Walker and his Republican hordes final step in crushing us back to peon status was to find a legal way to tap into our pensions...Well not an overt grab on the part of the Governor, it has begun...

WEDC head asks for $200 million in pension funds

Just a quick reminder. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is the "quasi" governmental body created by Walker and the Republican state legislature that is essentially exempt from oversight and has been plagued by myriad issues and incompetence from the start...

Walker's WEDC Faces Serious Problems...

Walker claims that the newly named head of the WEDC, Reed Hall, is the answer to the horrific management that is endemic throughout the nonaccountable organization. "Nothing to see here folks..."

So thank God, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) rejected the WEDC request for 200 million dollars of Wisconsin public employees' money to be used for seed money for business development and incubation in the state.

This should serve as yet another reminder that there are scant few firewalls between us and complete control of Walker's Republican and business cronies...

Originally posted to Up North on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:49 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~Mark Twain upnorthperspective.blogspot.com/

    by Up North on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:49:59 AM PST

  •  They barely even bother to pretend anymore (6+ / 0-)
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    Margd, Mentatmark, a2nite, blueoasis, howd, exterris

    They are just out to get whatever they can.

  •  Isn't easier to say steal, good luck nt (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis
  •  I knew this was coming years ago. They are like (1+ / 0-)
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    exterris

    pigs looking for the next trough.  Out in the open, not ashamed, just an all-out coup on the working people of this country.

    It's happened before in the history of this country, and it's happening again.  The fight never ends against greed and corruption.  

    Eventually they will be quashed.  How long it will take is the question.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:20:45 AM PST

  •  This is something directly affecting me: (4+ / 0-)
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    Up North, GeoffT, exterris, ruleoflaw

    For the last twenty years I have been, not dreaming, not hoping, but PLANNING to retire at age 55. The WRS allows early retirement at a reduced benefit.

    It won't be much, but in twenty years I have scrimped and saved for this. My husband and I are frugal; we've always lived within our means. (Fortunately I'm good with money and he's pleased to go along with it)

    We bought a modest house on a twenty year mortgage and we paid it it off three years early. We've taken good care of it.

    We have a newer car bought with cash, and I drive a 15 year old car.

    I cook from scratch so we have low grocery bills. We buy our clothes at Goodwill.

    I have hobbies that I expect to earn a little money at later, so for the last twenty years I've been investing in the tools and materials for these hobbies.

    We have no debts. (If there's anything I can't stand, it's paying interest. Money down the toilet) We use credit cards for convenience and pay them off every month.

    I've been working since I was 17 and now I want to stay home and be a housewife, take better care of my husband and house. I want to do the volunteer work that I never had time for.

    If anyone wants to make me bristle, just try and tell me I'm being handed this on a silver platter, that I don't deserve it, that the fund is all taxpayer or state money and not the DEFERRED COMPENSATION that I EARNED on my job. That's the reason our WRS is fully funded; it isn't up to the state to put the money in (or fail to-see New Jersey, et. al.) it comes directly out of our pay.

    I have one year and nine months to go. If that slimebag and his cronies get their hands on our fund, the first thing they'll do is deny early retirement, and maybe raise the full retirement age. I could just see me missing a cutoff by a week.

    Forgive me for all my angst. I've been a basket case ever since said slimebag got elected and put my life's plan in jeopardy. I just wish it was over. Whimper.

    •  I'm sorry... (3+ / 0-)
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      exterris, Mitraria, ruleoflaw

      I'm only 15 years into my public job and have given up hope of retiring before 65. I feel extremely bad for my colleagues who were close to being able to get out and now are stuck for another 7 to 10 years because they need the insurance and the district no longer helps pay for it after retirement.

      "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~Mark Twain upnorthperspective.blogspot.com/

      by Up North on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 10:57:50 AM PST

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      •  Thanks, Up North (1+ / 0-)
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        ruleoflaw

        Yes, we used have extended benefits at early retirement here, (including extending health insurance based on accumulated sick leave-of which I have a lot) but they cut that out when Governor Slimebag took our union rights away.

        So that's another way my post retirement income gets reduced, but fortunately my husband works for an insurance company and we will be able to switch to his. IF...

    •  There's precedent for smacking down fund raids (2+ / 0-)
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      ruleoflaw, Up North

      Specifically, Wisconsin Republican Governors' pension fund raids, ruled unconstitutional by the SCOW.

      This is a different approach though, it's not the legislature and Tommy Thompson transferring funds around, it's an attempt to coax the SWIB into flushing WRS money down the WEDC toilet.  Fortunately the SWIB take their duties seriously enough to tell the WEDC where to go.

      To watch out for is stacking of the SWIB deck per ยงยง15.76 - of the eight current board members, Mike Huebsch is an unfortunate name; Lon Roberts is a Walker appointee; Norm Cummings is too; there's a vacancy for Walker to make an appointment for (John Peterson III was nominated but withdrew after a conflict of interest issue during his previous tenure on the Board was raised).

      Fortunately the other three gubernatorial appointees, Thomas Boldt, Bruce Colburn and William H. Levit Jr don't have their terms expire until 2015, and the other two board members are WRS participants.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:42:26 PM PST

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:56:54 AM PST

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