Beware new front group formed on water policy

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A new group that says it aims to protect state waters appears to be a front group with ties to powerful business, agriculture and manufacturing interests. The Wisconsin Water Alliance says water must be protected for “current and future generations of families, cities, businesses, and others.” But take a look at the group’s officers. > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Panel on Wisconsin economy divided on Foxconn deal at Cap Times Idea Fest

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When you’re talking about Wisconsin’s economic outlook, the Foxconn deal is bound to come up. And when it played a prominent role Saturday in a economic panel discussion at the Cap Times Idea Fest, panel participants were divided on the wisdom of throwing $3 billion in tax breaks to the Taiwanese tech giant. > Cap Times

Zweifel: Those pesky regulations save people’s lives

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Big business in America repeats it like it’s part of the Ten Commandments: lower taxes and fewer regulations. That’s the answer to everything, according to organizations like Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Tax us less and get the heck out of the way and everything will be just fine. Truth is, corporate America can’t be trusted. > The Cap Times

Wisconsin’s biggest business group supports more road revenue – just not right now

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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s largest business lobbying group, says its board supports a gas tax or vehicle registration fee increase to pay for roads, but it also says those ideas aren’t politically viable this year, given allies Gov. Walker and Senate Republicans are opposed to the fees. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Business lobby opposes GOP bills to close the “dark store loophole”

A pair of GOP bills moving through the legislature that would prevent big-box stores from shifting the tax burden to homeowners and small businesses is meeting resistance from Wisconsin’s largest business lobby.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

‘Almost as bad as Flint’: Who should foot the bill to replace Wisconsin’s lead pipes?

Over 50 bipartisan cosponsors and lobbying organizations are supporting a bill to tackle the state’s lead pipe crisis by passing the cost along to local water utilities. But Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is lobbying against the bill, arguing the cost should fall to cities, who they say could have started solving the problems years ago.  >  The Cap Times

State’s business lobby fights bill to remove lead from drinking water

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said while everyone shares the goal of replacing lead water lines, they don’t want the costs to be covered by revenue from water utility bills.  >  Wisconsin State Journal