Scott Walker vs. Wisconsin


On the topic of Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill – this came from ginandtacos by way of Democratic Underground, HuffPo, and Rortybomb. Ginandtacos, whose analysis is excellent, read the entire 144-page bill and found this:

“16.896 Sale or contractual operation of state-owned heating, cooling, and power plants….the department may sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state… no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project…”

Sounds like the state will be able to sell off or contract out the operation of its energy plants with zero accountability and zero public debate. As to who’ll end up benefiting the most from this, right now the bets are on Koch Industries.

3 responses to “Scott Walker vs. Wisconsin

  1. The Center Square

    I think the whole Koch brothers thing is a bit much, but I’ve been wrong before. Heck, I’ve been wrong today. Multiple times.

    But this provision does show exactly why governance from the fringes always fails us. The most recently elected party overestimates its mandate, and starts governing through ideology instead of through sense.

    It would be awesome to hear the explanation for this provision.


  2. Yeah, I’d like to hear that explanation too. And I have no special attachment to a Koch brothers conspiracy theory; their names just keep turning up in the story. They were Walker’s second-highest campaign contributors, fund Americans for Prosperity that are busing in Tea Party demonstrators, and just opened a lobbying office in Madison.


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