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Sources in Madison inform some legislators are circulating a proposed bill, seeking other lawmakers to sign on as co-sponsors. From their co-sponsorship memo:
It is the responsibility of the state legislature to ensure the protection of all Wisconsinites, regardless of immigration status. To do so, our communities rely on having an open dialog between neighbors and police. Unfortunately, our state’s various law enforcement agencies have not held clear or consistent policies when dealing with immigrants.
As the federal government has beefed up its crusade against our undocumented neighbors, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has requested state, county, and local law enforcement agencies assist them in their efforts to detain and deport individuals. These requests are referred to as “detainers” and are used by ICE to hold an immigrant suspected of being in the country without authorization for up to 48 hours after that immigrant would otherwise be entitled to be released so that ICE can take custody of the immigrant. Often times, these detainer requests are not accompanied by a warrant signed by the judiciary. As demonstrated in Palacios-Valencia v. San Juan County, local agencies that comply with warrantless ICE detainers can face considerable financial damages.
In Wisconsin, between the years 2005 to 2017, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies had received 10,299 requests for detainment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Additionally, a 2017 study published by the Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) showed that of the 63 counties that responded to a survey, 29 counties did not have a formal policy in regards to ICE detainers.
Under President Trump’s Administration, ICE has gained global notoriety for human rights violations. The agency has made a practice of ripping infants and children away from their guardians in addition, ICE has systematically denied detainees of all ages appropriate medical care, hygiene supplies, food, and more while corralling them in overcrowded rooms and cages.
Due to the lack of policy consistency within Wisconsin law enforcement agencies and the importance of protecting the constitutional and human rights of our neighbors, the Wisconsin Legislature has a duty to enact LRB 3246 to ensure the safety of our constituency.
To be added on as a co-sponsor of this legislation, please reply to this email by 5:00pm on Thursday, August 14. All co-sponsors will be added to the corresponding companion bill unless otherwise noted.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill limits the extent to which the Department of Justice and local law enforcement officers may cooperate with federal immigration enforcement activities.
Under the bill, DOJ may not authorize a state or local law enforcement officer to assist a federal immigration officer in immigration enforcement activities, and the department must publish a model policy for local governments to adopt on limiting assistance with such activities. The bill defines “immigration enforcement” as any action taken by federal or state or local law enforcement officers related to the investigation or enforcement of any federal civil immigration law or any federal criminal immigration law that penalizes an individual’s presence in, entry or reentry to, or employment in the United States.
Also under the bill, no city, village, town, or county (political subdivision) may authorize or permit its law enforcement officers to assist a federal immigration officer in immigration enforcement activities, nor may a sheriff or deputy provide such assistance. In addition, neither a sheriff, a deputy, nor a state or local law enforcement officer may engage in activities related to the investigation, interrogation, detention, or arrest of an individual for any purpose related to immigration enforcement, including actions related to determining whether an individual has satisfactory immigration status and detaining an individual on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold request. Under the bill, satisfactory immigration status means determining whether a non-U.S. citizen is lawfully present in the United States.
Finally, the bill requires a political subdivision to adopt and implement the DOJ’s model policy related to limiting assistance with immigration enforcement activities.
The party sponsoring this proposal is in the minority in both house of the Legislature so the bill is DOA. Even so, the intent is revealing, albeit not surprising.
This construction sign:
Where were the protesters?
Today’s read is from one of the best conservative thinkers in America, Dennis Prager.
Franklin homeowners and others across the state just received their assessment notices in the mail. The average increase in Franklin was 4.5%. Possibly good news if you’re selling. Not so much if you’re staying.
There’s a sense that assessments should go up if market values are increasing. That’s the way it should work, right?
In a January of 2012 when the housing market was quite different, Richard Moore of the Lakeland Times wrote a lengthy but very interesting piece demonstrating that despite the housing woes years ago, assessments and property taxes went up in Wisconsin even though values went down.
Here’s an excerpt:
Property values plummet but average tax bills don’t
Property values are continuing their dramatic downward slide in Minocqua and in other northern Wisconsin property-taxing entities, and the region is no exception as the nation struggles with a devastating housing market implosion that just doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.
And here’s another thing that’s not exceptional about the region – for the most part, even as people lose as much as 50 percent of the value of their homes, and sometimes more, average property tax bills are staying put right about where they were.
In financial parlance, it’s called a tax roll up. That is to say, as property values decline, first market and then assessed values, and ultimately with it the total assessed value of property that can be taxed, municipalities traditionally “roll up” millage rates (per $1,000 of equalized value) to compensate for the eventual decline on the other side of the equation. So as values decline, rates go up, and levy revenues remain stable.
Critics of the maneuver, using old-fashioned language, call this a tax increase. That is the only logical way to describe it, they say, when, for example, a person paying $1,500 in taxes on a $150,000 home starts paying the same $1,500, or a little less, when the home’s value drops by a third to $100,000.
Suddenly, instead of paying 1 percent of the value in taxes, the taxpayer is paying 1.5 percent of the property’s lower value.
And there are plenty of those. Since the beginning of the housing slump, home prices have dropped 22 percent nationwide. And, according to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of a single-family home fell 4.7 percent in the third quarter of 2011, compared to the third quarter of 2010.
In Minocqua, the drop is as fast and furious. From 2011 to 2010, the township suffered an 11.8 percent decline in its equalized value – the state’s certified annual estimate of the market value of all residential, commercial, manufacturing and personal property in a taxing district – and some observers predict an even bigger drop after the town’s 2012 revaluation of properties, all making for a potential drop in values of as much as 30 percent in just two years.
In Minocqua and in many municipalities, however, as home prices slide, the total amounts levied have not been reduced by as much, and in many municipalities not at all, and it has begun to spark something of taxpayer revolt, such as a sharp spike of assessment appeals in Miami, Fla.
The logic is, if inflated market values lead to inflated property tax levels, which lead to inflated government spending, then keeping inflated spending at current levels when values decline keeps taxes inflated as well.
What’s more, critics contend, while government officials and assessors don’t have a crystal ball and can’t be faulted for the nation’s housing collapse, government nonetheless has a stake in such bubbles because they raise lifeblood revenues to ever higher levels, and in fact help bolster bubbles by forcing banks to offer cheap credit and more liberal mortgage criteria.
Along the way governments add services and expand, and officials are able to camouflage artificially high revenue streams by bragging that they lowered millage rates. Often enough, the critics contend, the public buys into it, and even collaborates by passing referendums to evade imposed revenue caps and levy limits, or to authorize expensive capital projects.
You see, they will find a way to fleece you no matter what.
Advantage Credit Counseling Service, Inc. (ACCS) is an agency that provides private, confidential budget, credit counseling as well as a special debt management program.
They dedicated a very informative page on their website to reassessments. Some of the key highlights:
So what’s it like to even attempt to fight an appraisal?
If the property owner feels the assessment is too high, he or she can appeal,but it must be done in a timely manner.
Written or verbal notice of intent to file an objection must be provided to the board of review’s clerk at least 48 hours prior to the board’s first meeting. A taxpayer who waits until property tax bills arrive in mid-December has no recourse. Also, property owners who refuse an assessor’s written request by certified mail to view the property cannot contest their assessment.
Municipalities hold an “open book,”during which assessments may be reviewed and the assessor questioned. The assessment roll must be open for a minimum of two hours prior to the board of review’s first meeting. An individual who believes a property is not fairly assessed must file an objection during these two hours.
In making the decision to appeal, the taxpayer should be aware that the assessor’s value is presumed correct unless proved otherwise by factual evidence presented at the hearing. Also, small percentage differences in value are not sufficient to warrant a change.The property owner is expected to establish what he or she feels is the fair market value of the property during the appeal.
Essentially, it’s a hot mess. The odds are clearly against the homeowner.
Finally, here’s a portion of a column from the Dallas Morning News:
Yeah, I’m nervous. I’m sitting in my property tax protest hearing, and I’m outnumbered. Five of them. One of me.
My stomach is queasy. My voice sounds weak.
Then the nerves are replaced with little anger pangs. I don’t like what I’m seeing.
Read the entire column here.
So, can you fight your reassessment? The answer is yes. However, there’s a big but.
SAVE LIVES ON THE ROAD THIS SUMMER
We know from surveys and polling over the last 46 years that over 81% of women and men who have had an abortion indicated they would have changed their minds and chosen life for their child if God had shown them a sign.
We all make deals with God, don’t we? I know I have. “Lord, if You get me out of this jam just this once I promise I will do ________ for You.” When your back is up against the proverbial wall, you tend to get religious – quick! Sometimes, when looking for guidance, we ask God to give us a sign that we ‘took the right turn.’ I’ve seen this play out at abortion facilities dozens, if not hundreds of times over the years. We know that when people go to pray at abortion facilities, the no show rate skyrockets to over 75%! And for those who keep their appointments, God gives us the opportunity to be a sign for them. YOU could be that sign!
But what if the thought of standing in front of an abortion facility makes you just want to pull the covers over your head and never get out of bed?! Believe me – I’ve had days like that!
What if all you had to do to be a sign to someone in a crisis pregnancy was to get a CHOOSE LIFE license plate from the Wisconsin DOT for your car or truck? Imagine being the person responsible for a mom choosing life for her baby on the way to the abortion facility, just because she saw the CHOOSE LIFE license plates on your car?! I can’t think of anything easier to do than turning your license plate into a traveling billboard – a SIGN FOR LIFE!
You won’t be alone! As of March 31, 2019, there are 1,202 CHOOSE LIFE license plates out on the highways and byways of our great state! That means that a minimum of over $30,050 will be granted out to pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) THIS YEAR to help them in their mission to save babies from abortion. In 2018, CHOOSE LIFE WISCONSIN granted out $29,150 to PRCs. Sales for the plates are growing and YOU are making a huge impact!
Will you help Pro- Life Wisconsin put big-time cash into the bank accounts of over 150 PRCs all over the state?
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HISTORIC PERSONHOOD CASE CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD IN ALABAMA: (Personhood Alliance, Gualberto Garcia Jones, Esq.) – “The case for pre-born personhood under Alabama law is clearly established. Ryan Mager’s lawsuit against a Hunstville abortion facility and others for the wrongful death of his aborted baby sets up precisely the type of confrontation predicted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe—a confrontation that’s been 46 years in the making.” Read the full story here.
FATHER SUES ABORTION FACILITY AFTER GIRLFRIEND ABORTED THEIR BABY DESPITE HIS OBJECTIONS: (LifeNews.com) – “An Alabama father fought for the rights of his late unborn child Wednesday in a potentially historic court case. Ryan Magers is suing the Alabama Women’s Center in Huntsville after his girlfriend aborted their unborn baby there against his will. In March, a Madison County judge granted his petition to represent the estate of his child, “Baby Roe,” and sue the abortion facility in a wrongful death lawsuit.” Read the full story here.
JUDGE SKEPTICAL OF WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM FOR ABORTED EMBRYO: (Court News Service) – “An Alabama attorney claimed Wednesday that under state law, anyone can do what his client is hoping to achieve: Successfully sue an abortion provider for wrongful death after getting a letter of administration to represent the estate of an aborted embryo or fetus.”Read the full story here.
AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
There is a move underway to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin. First, the plan would okay marijuana for medical purposes. Then, all bets are off, and the goal would be to approve recreational marijuana.
Let’s talk how stupid that would be, shall we?
Here are excerpts from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area on The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.
Since recreational marijuana was legalized, marijuana related traffic deaths increased 151 percent while all Colorado traffic deaths increased 35 percent. Since recreational marijuana was legalized, traffic deaths involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 in 2013 to 138 people killed in 2017.This equates to one person killed every 2½ days compared to one person killed every 6 ½ days. The percentage of all Colorado traffic deaths that were marijuana related increased from 11.43 percent in 2013 to 21.3 percent in 2017.
The yearly rate of emergency department visits related to marijuana increased 52 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016. The yearly rate of marijuana-related hospitalizations increased148 percent after the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2012 compared to 2016)
144 investigations of black market marijuana in Colorado resulted in:
239 felony arrests
7.3 tons of marijuana seized
43,949 marijuana plants seized
24 different states the marijuana was destined
Marijuana tax revenue represent approximately nine tenths of one percent of Colorado’s FY 2017 budget.
Violent crime increased 18.6 percent and property crime increased 8.3 percent in Colorado since 2013.
65 percent of local jurisdictions in Colorado have banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses.
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By now you’ve received and opened with some dismay your property assessment.
City Hall informs me the average increase was 4.5%. Mine went up about 10%. Big jump, especially given I’ve done nothing to our home in the past 12 months. But the market says my house would be popular to buyers. So, up the assessment goes.
It’s a racket, for sure.