Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gee, if you're a household of 1, your pay will be at nearly twice the poverty rate


Madison call center to receive nearly $575,000 in state incentives to add nearly 300 jobs. (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/15/2014)

It's a start.  Two state agencies will provide more than a half-million taxpayer dollars to help a Philippines-based outsourcing company expand a small Madison call center, based on its pledge to add 286 jobs in three years starting at $11 per hour plus commission.

For the benefit of all those hard-working families.  Hall said WEDC rules require companies to pay at least $11 per hour to get taxpayer incentives.

About that $11,670.

The income standard for housing affordability is 30%.  In other words, an individual earning $11,670 annually should not pay more than $3501 for housing costs.  That $291.75 per month.

In many Wisconsin zip codes, you'll be lucky to find a studio apartment for less than $600 per month.

It's not easy being a household of 1 when you earn $11.670 a year.

I'd like to suggest some alternate wording, please: Cross out "Legislative committees are", insert "The American Legislative Exchange Council is".

On Politics: 'Unprecedented' bipartisan legislative committee met once during session. (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/15/2014)


Curiously, the State Journal makes no mention here of ALEC.

The sounds of silence:
  • The four committee co-chairs of the two committees did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Vos did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Related reading:
Wisconsin Poised to Pass ALEC's Deadly Asbestos Bill (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 3/10/2014)

Delivery boy in action. Rep. Andre Jacque, a member of the ALEC Civil Justice Task Force, introduced Assembly Bill 19 in April of 2013.

WI GOP Marches in Lockstep with ALEC Agenda, Voting Records Show.  (The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 3/10/2014)

Yes, the key word is "lockstep'.   A review of 2011-2012 voting records by a University of Wisconsin academic demonstrates that many Wisconsin legislators are marching in lockstep with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Sixty-one Wisconsin politicians -- or 46 percent of the legislature -- voted with the ALEC agenda one hundred percent of the time.

Who’s Really Behind Recent Republican Legislation in Wisconsin and Elsewhere? (Hint: It Didn’t Start Here).  (Scholar as Citizen, 3/15/2011)

Paying attention. The most important group, I’m pretty sure, is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which was founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and (surprise, surprise) Paul Weyrich. Its goal for the past forty years has been to draft “model bills” that conservative legislators can introduce in the 50 states.

Other ALEC posts:
Meet Chris Kapenga, R-Waterboy, representing the grate state of ALEC.  (2/18/2014)
Sen. Paul Farrow throws a hissy fit (which is transcribed in this news release).  (2/7/2014)
Also known Aas the American Legislative Exchange Council's Super-Majority Act.  (12/24/2013)
Robin Vos believes in selective transparency of the kind advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council.  (12/24/2013)
Background on the National Conference of State Legislatures for Leah.  (12/12/2013)
ALEC transparency?  Up to a point.  (12/12/2013)
From ALEC to Andre to us: Rep. Jacque (R-DePere) whittles model bill down to the basics.  (9/1/2013)
NRA/ALEC "Docs and Glocks" law finally makes its way to Wisconsin.  (6/18/2013)
Robin Vos, "an ALEC Wisconsin Foot Soldier" (SourceWatch).  (6/13/2013) Pat McCrory Cain't Say "No" to ALEC.. (6/10/2013)
ALEC'd to Death: Wisconsin Republicans Continues to Depend on the Koch Brothers' Playbook. (6/7/2013)
ALEC's State Budget Reform Toolkit: "Asset Sale and Lease Opportunities".  (6/6/2013)
Selling State Properties? It's in the ALEC Playbook.  (5/22/2013)More cookie-cutter legislation from ALEC.  (4/7/2013)
The New York Times Provides an overview of school choice without mentioning ALEC's orchestration.  (3/28/2013)
Selling state properties:  It's in the ALEC toolkit.  (2/17/2013)
Performance funding: They love this stuff at the Lumina Foundation and ALEC. (11/19/2012)
Splashy full-page ad for a movie few want to see.  (9/30/2012)
AT&;T, ALEC have their way with South Carolina legislature.  (7/2/2012)
What the Koch Brothers left under Scott Walker's 2010 Christmas tree.  (6/19/2012)“
….really, what ALEC is, is a bipartisan association of state legislators….” (Wisconsin State Senate version, 4/10/2012)“

Number of Public-Use Internet Computers: Selected Dane County Public Libraries vs. National Average


10,000-24,000 average = 14.3.  (Verona)

25,000-49,000 average = 17.4.  (Fitchburg, Middleton, Sun Prairie)


Sources:  
Institute of Museum and Library Services.  "Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2011".
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  "Wisconsin Public Library Service Data".  (2011)

Other public library statistics posts:
Two column graphs on public-use Internet computers in public libraries by population of legal service area (2011).  (4/16/2014)
A statistical look at public-use Internet computers in public libraries, 2011.  (4/15/2014)
Total, children's, and young adult public library program attendance per 1000 population, By population of legal service area (2011).  (4/14/2014)
U.S. public library children's and young adult program attendance per 1000 population (top and bottom 10 States).  (4/12/2014)
U.S. public library program attendance per 1000 population (top and bottom 10 states).  (4/12/2014) 
Wisconsin the unquestioned leader in interlibrary loans provided and received per 1000 population.  (4/11/2014)
Wisconsin and Ohio share the public library interlibrary loan spotlight.  (4/10/2014)
Public library visits and circulation per capita by population of legal service area (2011) .  (4/8/2014)
Decline in Number of Bookmobiles Continues to Accelerate in 2011.  (4/7/2014) 
Library circulation per capita: Top 10 and bottom 10+ states.  (4/5/2014)
Library visits per capita: Top 10 and bottom 10 states.  (4/5/2014)
The biggest and the smallest U.S. public libraries: Hours of operation (2011).  (4/3/2014)
Hours of operation.  (4/3/2014)
Public Libraries: Larger and Smaller Units of Governance, Iowa and South Carolina.  (4/1/2014) 
Number of public libraries in the ten most populous states. (4/1/2014)
Percentage distribution of public libraries by legal service area population.  (3/30/2014)
Public libraries by type of legal basis.  (3/30/2014)
Public library revenue.  (3/24/2014)
Number of libraries, 2011 (administrative units).  (3/19/2014)
Library staffing, 2001-2011.  (3/19/2014)

Two Column Graphs on Public-Use Internet Computers in Public Libraries by Population of Legal Service Area (2011)

No surprises here. The larger the service area, the greater the number of public-use Internet computers.



Source:  Institute of Museum and Library Services.   "Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2011".

Other public library statistics posts:
A statistical look at public-use Internet computers in public libraries, 2011.  (4/15/2014)
Total, children's, and young adult public library program attendance per 1000 population, By population of legal service area (2011).  (4/14/2014)
U.S. public library children's and young adult program attendance per 1000 population (top and bottom 10 States).  (4/12/2014)
U.S. public library program attendance per 1000 population (top and bottom 10 states).  (4/12/2014) 
Wisconsin the unquestioned leader in interlibrary loans provided and received per 1000 population.  (4/11/2014)
Wisconsin and Ohio share the public library interlibrary loan spotlight.  (4/10/2014)
Public library visits and circulation per capita by population of legal service area (2011) .  (4/8/2014)
Decline in Number of Bookmobiles Continues to Accelerate in 2011.  (4/7/2014) 
Library circulation per capita: Top 10 and bottom 10+ states.  (4/5/2014)
Library visits per capita: Top 10 and bottom 10 states.  (4/5/2014)
The biggest and the smallest U.S. public libraries: Hours of operation (2011).  (4/3/2014)
Hours of operation.  (4/3/2014)
Public Libraries: Larger and Smaller Units of Governance, Iowa and South Carolina.  (4/1/2014) 
Number of public libraries in the ten most populous states. (4/1/2014)
Percentage distribution of public libraries by legal service area population.  (3/30/2014)
Public libraries by type of legal basis.  (3/30/2014)
Public library revenue.  (3/24/2014)
Number of libraries, 2011 (administrative units).  (3/19/2014)
Library staffing, 2001-2011.  (3/19/2014)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You'll Be Bowled Over by this Headline


Say, experts, wouldn't the "first satisfying alternative to smoking" be not smoking at all?   Public health experts are deeply divided on the perils and benefits of e-cigarettes. Some say they offer the first satisfying alternative to smoking in generations and could greatly reduce health risks, while others contend they could become a gateway to traditional cigarette smoking for young people.


Related posts:
E-cig companies go tutti-frutti for youthful lungs.  (4/14/2014)
More on those harmless e-cigarettes.  (3/24/2014)
West Bend, SB440, and e-cigarettes.  (3/6/2014)
E-cigarette makers have a bridge (or two) for sale -- cheap!  (3/5/2014)
Analogy, metaphor, and idiom in a New York Times article on e-cigarettes.  (2/23/2014)
Heckuva job, Jenny.  (9/6/2013)
With work hard to come by, Jenny McCarthy takes a smoke break.  (8/30/2014)