Thursday, December 14, 2017

Local Control Gone!!! These are Walker's Values and "Principles, and they are good."

Freedom, liberty, and free markets are supposed to be dangerous to the consuming public.

Stone Cold Brutal treatment of Americans: Remember Sandy Hook, remember the Las Vegas shooting...Republicans did nothing. Republicans chilling indifference was stunning.

How about the Republicans "free market" health care plan that would drop 30 million from coverage. Preventable deaths will increase again dramatically, people will suffer, die...no problem.

Local Control Myth...GONE!!!: So lets scratch another GOP lie off the list, along with "free markets" (Foxconn) and Corporate Tax Cuts (lousy jobs numbers).

Remember the posted list documenting the massive attack on local control by Scott Walker Republicans by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau? Here's my own detailed jaw-dropping list. 

One of the worst attacks seemed to come out of nowhere. Walker wanted to let new apartment buildings be built without putting fire sprinklers in. It had a strained ridiculousness about it, until you found out it was a gift to the Wisconsin Builders Association;



So from the party of bankrupt values, that endorsed Roy Moore and sexual assaulter Donald Trump, here's the overriding principle behind killing local control:
Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield: “There are certain values that the state upholds. If the values aren’t consistent at the local level, there is an opportunity for the state to come in and say these are our principles and they are good.
More Dangerous Reckless Deregulation: George Lakoff said once, regulations are "protections." Get rid of the protections, and the risk levels skyrocket. "As is" consumerism basically. Caveat Emptor, "buyer beware." The end of local control is upon us... "these are our principles and they are good." Check out this extremely detailed example, a list from the Oshkosh city manager.
Two bills sponsored by Republicans Sen. Frank Lasee and Rep. Rob Brooks focus on tenant-landlord rights and development. They would also require:
1. Mail notice to landlords before charging for ordinances related to maintaining a property ... a city couldn’t clear icy sidewalks before providing mailed notices to property owners.

2. Prohibit systematic building inspections for rental properties and make such inspections complaint-based. Currently, Madison does rotating, systematic building inspections of high-density rental areas with each area inspected every seven to 10 years, building inspector George Hank and others said. Inspectors check the exteriors of all buildings in the area, and the interiors of residential rental properties. “It’s the broken window thing,” Hank said, noting that wooden porches or foundations in older properties can badly deteriorate without maintenance. “When one property starts to go bad, it can start a race to the bottom. It’s to preserve neighborhood values.” Curt Witynski, deputy executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said, “This change in the law protects irresponsible landlords while jeopardizing the health and safety of students, families, and other vulnerable individuals living in potentially dangerous conditions who decline to file complaints to avoid being evicted.”

3. Require municipalities to let private property owners use materials that have a “substantial similar appearance” to original material when making repairs or replacements to landmarks or properties in historic districts.

4. Prohibit municipalities from creating or enforcing ordinances related to storm water management unless in strict conformance to uniform statewide standards.Limit rental inspection fees to the actual and direct cost of performing the inspection.

5. Prohibit municipalities from regulating the aesthetics of the interiors of homes.

6. Limit rental inspection fees to the actual and direct cost of performing the inspection.

7. Exempt properties that retain at least 90 percent of stormwater from any new or additional stormwater service charges.

8. Prohibit municipalities from stopping people from working on private construction projects on weekends.

9. Impose new, unfunded reporting mandates.

10. The bill “seeks to lower the cost of new development at the local level by further restricting the use of impact and park fees, requiring housing affordability audits, incentivising higher density and more affordable housing,” Lasee and Brooks said in a memo.

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities opposes both bills. In the past six years, landlord-friendly changes to state laws have given Wisconsin housing providers more power to reject prospective tenants and easier ways to oust current ones.