UPDATE: Badger Blogger fulfilled my prediction, although their post went up hours before mine. I haven’t seen every paper yet though, I’m holding out hope.
Kohl’s announced today its Menomonee Falls distribution center will close next year. The stores serviced by Menomonee Falls will then be serviced by Kohl’s newest DC in Ottawa, Illinois. Despite no evidence Kohl’s moved for reasons other than logistics, Wisconsin conservatives will use the move to claim the state is a “tax hell.”
In related news the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future released a report today on Mercury Marine (owned by Brunswick Corporation) scamming taxpayers for millions. The report backs up my earlier claim, essentially that Mercury Marine scammed taxpayers for millions. [FYI- Despite a statement of non-partisanship, IWF admits to a left-leaning agenda]. I am now of the opinion that the threat to move the Fond du Lac plant to Oklahoma was nothing but a bluff to elicit the concessions of labor, which Mercury Marine ultimately received. The report makes no mention of this, but there is really no way to know.
Regarding Kohl’s, I’ll be keeping an eye on the opinion pages tomorrow, and letting you know if I’m right. If I’m wrong you’ll have to figure that out yourself.
Regarding Mercury Marine, read the report. Brunswick Corporation’s behavior was (and still is) appalling.