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Wicker visits shipyard, meets with sailors MARINETTE – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Friday, where the Freedom-variant of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is built in order to meet with workers and sailors involved in the project. “Shipbuilding is key to main-

taining our military superiority,” Wicker said. “It was a privilege to meet the men and women who are building capable and affordable warships for our nation’s sailors. Investments in shipbuilding are an essential part of our military strategy and our ability to project power and protect our interests around the world.” “It was an honor to host Senator

Wicker at the shipyard and show the great work that our team does on a daily basis to support our nation’s defense,” said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems, Lockheed Martin. “The Freedom-variant LCS plays a critical role in the U.S. Navy’s maritime security strategy, and we are committed to getting these highly capable ships into combatant

commanders’ hands as quickly as possible.” During his visit, Wicker toured the shipyard and interacted with workers. He also met with sailors on the nation’s newest warship, the future USS Detroit (LCS-7). The USS Detroit is scheduled to be commissioned and officially join the fleet on Oct. 22 in its namesake city. Six ships are currently

under construction at the facility, including the future USS Wichita (LCS-13) that will be launched later this week. The Lockheed Martin-led team building the Freedom-variant of the LCS is comprised of shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 500 suppliers in 37 states.

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AMAR (Audit of Minimum Assessing Requirements) review, which he had heard might happen in October. Jamo said he only knows Negro will be with the city until Oct. 31. “I know we have some things pending with the State Tax Commission,” Jones added. “How is this going to impact any of that?” He asked if the city needed to hire someone on a temporary basis to cover upcoming issues with the state. Jamo said the city had to make sure they were covered. “If Mari wants out, is she going to represent us at AMAR?” Plemel asked

Jamo. There was no answer from Jamo. “That’s where Peg could step in,” said Stegeman. “She’s been helping her (Negro) somewhat … she’s familiar with what we have.” Plemel asked if Peg was familiar with any of the changes Negro had made to the taxable values of more than 600 parcels. Both Jamo and Stegeman said they did not know. Plemel asked if Jamo knew about Bastien helping Negro, but Jamo’s answer was unclear. “You knew that Peg was assisting,” Stegeman said. Jones asked if Bastien had been “compensated for the assistance she was offering,” and Jamo said, “She

HOUSING:

committee Tuesday that the current UW-Marinette student housing program that began four years ago at the North Aire Apartments on University Drive includes 73 students in 28 apartments and has helped the university cope with a decline in high school graduates that has taken place across the northern third of Wisconsin the past decade. Montgomery said the housing has helped stabilize UW-Marinette’s enrollment by attracting students from farther away. More than half of the residents in the student housing are international students in a program that formerly included housing with host families. “The decline in the number of students is a demographic fact across the northern third of Wisconsin,” he said. “The decline will not be reversed in the coming decade. The campus housing is bringing in students from elsewhere. “The apartment buildings we have right now are filled to capacity. The North Aire Apartments have served us well, but they have some limitations, including that the buildings do not meet ADA stan-

BOUSLEY:

Furlong was also thinking. “The question of Brian, would there be a number out there that would persuade you to stay or are you set on moving on to Dickinson?” asked Furlong. “I’m not going to answer that right now,” Bousley said. Bousley, who had just finished reading his letter of resignation before the board and the audience, chose his words carefully. “This is not an easy decision for me,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here. I know

has not received any additional compensation.” Plemel asked if Jamo had authorized sending Bastien to a recent assessor’s conference at Mackinac Island, where he was told she registered as the interim assessor for the city of Menominee. “I wasn’t aware of that,” Jamo said. Plemel said he was concerned about hiring Bastien, since “there was a problem … she (Bastien) was going to take Ted (Andrzejewski, the former city manager) to the cleaners and then it was all gone,” referring to a letter Bastien wrote demanding an apology from Andrzejewski for comments he had made about her or she would file a lawsuit). The committee talked

dards, they do not have a fire sprinkler system or fire-related doors and they do not have an integrated HVAC system and would be costly retrofit.” Supervisors Vilas Schroeder asked Montgomery if he was looking “more for moral support than financial support.” Montgomery said there are options for student housing listed in his written report that would involve financial support. The options he listed included: Purchasing the North Aire Apartments and paying for the required retrofits, construction of a traditional residence hall funded by the county, public-private partnerships and private development on private land endorsed by the campus and subject to federal laws governing student welfare. The residence hall option was ruled out at the meeting because of its potential cost of between $10 to $12 million, and after Willmann said they aren’t preferred by today’s studenst because they have bathrooms that need to be shared and lack kitchen facilities, which would require UW-Marinette to expand its dining facilities. Willmann said a partnership

briefly about a 2015 motion to hire Bastien that failed, and Plemel’s vote against it. “It was because the job description wasn’t changed,” Plemel said of plans to make Bastien work as both the assessor and as a public works employee. “I didn’t vote against her, it was the job description.” Plemel asked if the city posted the opening internally, “does that mean we’re going back to a full-time (assessor)?” “We can discuss it at council,” Jamo said. “Without a recommendation from the committee?” Plemel asked. Plemel said the city needed to move quickly. “We don’t have (the 2015) tax roll

with the county could be attractive to a private developer because of the success of the current UW-Marinette student housing program. “When we began student housing we had a lot of start-up costs because we had to purchase furniture, all the apartments are furnished,” he said. “After the current year the housing program will be totally in the black. For the past three years it’s been in the black, but we’ve been carrying the initial debt with the purchase of furniture. So it’s a financially stable program. That might be attractive to a private developer. “We’re still looking at all the options, we need to know what the county’s thoughts are in the process. One of the most viable options is a county-private partnership. In that case the private developer would be providing the funds and the county would provide some land.” He said a crucial element of a county-private partnership would be “exit clauses if the developer decided to move on, to protect the interests of the county and university.” “We wouldn’t be reinventing the wheel (with a public-private partnership),” Willmann said. “That’s

back and with all the changes we’re all talking about (to the assessments), we might lose the other one.” He suggested a committee-of-thewhole meeting to allow for open discussion. “If we talk about it as an entire council, it makes sense,” Jones agreed. Jamo said it would allow the council to discuss it and “provide some guidance.” “This is one of the most serious things facing the city of Menominee right now,” Plemel said. “Should we try to schedule a committee of the whole?” “Yes,” Stegeman answered. Missing from the meeting, but excused, was Council member Frank Pohlmann.

something that’s been done in other places in Wisconsin and is very successful, as well as throughout the nation.” Henessee said the county could specify that a private developer would be held responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the building. “The only risks the county faces is if in five years the developer walks away from the building,” he explained. “The advantage is that UW-Marinette has already had a very successful housing program so we know that they have a demand for housing.” Montgomery said he would include in his next report answers to issues such as the current status of the Marinette rental market and whether any students have not enrolled at UW-Marinette because no housing was available. “I fully support your efforts to have some student housing here,” Schroeder said. “However, I feel the county is not in a position (to fund it), that even if it was built and you gave it to us just to maintain, we wouldn’t have the funds. “It would be good to have a more detailed report presented so we can see the overall scope, It would be beneficial to everyone.”

what’s going on here – I know where all the bodies are buried,” he said, which garnered a little laughter. “I know where we want to be and I know where we’re moving on. I enjoy everyone I work with here. It’s been truly a delight, but I don’t know if I can answer that question right now.” Commissioner Larry Schei said Bousley will be badly needed at the Twin County Airport, which is going through many changes since Marinette County pulled out and Menominee County became sole owner. Schei asked if the travel time was a major hurdle,

since Bousley commutes an hour each day, to and from his home in Niagara. Bousley said he didn’t mind the drive, but he does miss the time it takes away from his family. “For the sake of our community, if we could have a special meeting …” suggested Commissioner Gerald Piche, saying it was awkward talking about Bousley’s job and family in an open meeting. But he did suggest time was of the essence, “so it has to be done soon.” Commissioner John Nelson said the board waited too long to discuss the matter. “This is a discussion we should have had six months

ago – a year ago,” he said, adding that the board was aware for some time Bousley had been looking for a different position. “He decided to go to Dickinson County, a decision he made with his wife means nothing? This is after the fact – you should have done something earlier,” Nelson said. Schei said an increase in Bousley’s salary was brought up at Personnel Committee meetings several months ago, but agreed that no action was taken. Nelson said the board should respect Bousley’s decision.

“I think we would be negligent if we didn’t at least check it out,” said Commissioner Bill Cech. He suggested the board sit down and talk with Bousley in closed session “and see what he says. I think he feels he has done something here and he is proud of it.” Lang asked what the next step would be and Meintz said the board would have to schedule a special meeting, but added that the action would have to be taken after the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting, not during.

Bringing mobile job and referral services information to the economically disadvantaged neighborhoods is part of a $4.5 million state plan to improve employment and revitalize residential property — an initiative developed after the Sherman Park area erupted in violence following the Aug. 13 police shooting death of 23-year-old Sylville Smith. Urban community leaders said the burning of businesses, looting and random gunfire that came after Smith died was partly the result of frustration and hopelessness in poor neighborhoods. Latasha Duffy, 35, completed her resume, received information about a state food program and took

a look at a couple of job opportunities online during the three hours she spent at the HIRE Center, where the state set up its first “Job Center Access Point.” Duffy, the mother of two boys, ages 10 and 17, said she recently split from her husband and was trying to re-establish herself in the workforce. “It’s hard to get in that door especially when you were dependent on a husband for the last 10 years,” she said. With an associate degree in accounting and business management,

Duffy plans to work and return to school to become an attorney. In the weeks ahead, the state Department of Workforce Development plans to take its traveling staff and equipment to other locations in Milwaukee, including a nearby Sherman Park church, Parklawn Assembly of God. State employment officials have used targeted radio and newspaper ads, as well as social media, to draw the unemployed or underemployed to the first mobile effort. About a dozen

job seekers trickled into the center during its first hours of operation. Hercules Dunn, 55, was at the HIRE Center to file an unemployment claim and said he was grateful he stumbled upon the state’s new labor initiative because he had not heard about it. “I think I’m going to walk out with a job today,” Dunn said, smiling. I’m going to stay here all night if I have to.”

Job center opens in aftermath of Milwaukee unrest By GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — A mother of two re-entering the workforce was among the job seekers taking advantage of a new state effort to bring employment and social services to Milwaukee neighborhoods struggling with poverty and other social issues, including an area that recently erupted in violence. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development set up its first “mobile response” unit Tuesday at an employment center near the Sherman Park neighborhood on the north side, where the fatal shooting of a black man by a black police officer set off two nights of violence and looting last month.

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WASHINGTON — In a long-awaited sign that middle-class Americans are finally seeing real economic gains, U.S. households got a raise last year after seven years of stagnant incomes. Rising pay also lifted the poorest households, cutting poverty by the sharpest amount in nearly a half-century. Higher minimum wages in many states and tougher competition among businesses to fill jobs pushed up pay, while low inflation made those paychecks stretch further. The figures show that the growing economy is finally benefiting a greater share of American households. The median U.S. household’s income rose 5.2 percent in 2015 to an inflation-adjusted level of $56,516, the Census Bureau said Tuesday . That is the largest one-year gain on data stretching back to 1967. It is up 7.3 percent from 2012, when incomes fell to a 17-year low. Still, median incomes remain 1.6 below the $57,423 reached in 2007. The median is the point where half of households fall below and half are above. The report “was superb in almost every dimension,” Larry Mishel, president of the liberal Economic Policy Institute, said on a conference call with reporters. “This one year almost single-handedly got us out of the hole.” Even so, it follows years of tepid pay gains that contributed to widespread political turmoil, driving insurgent presidential candidacies from GOP nominee Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Median household income remains 2.4 percent below the peak it reached in 1999. The solid gain will likely impact the presidential campaign. Incomes are now higher than in 2009 when President Obama took office. The Census report shows that the increase was driven by the poorest Americans, who saw the largest increase. Half of the states and Washington, D.C. have increased their minimum wages since 2014, according to the EPI. Greater competition for low-wage jobs has also pushed up wages. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2 percent to 5.3 percent last year, and 2.4 million Americans found full-time, year-round jobs. That’s forced restaurants and retail employers to lift pay to attract workers.

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