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Bill Scheer, PGA: City of Madison Ending Golf Pros’ Contracts

Thursday, 18 October 2012 | buzz
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On Thursday October 18, our host Tony Castaneda spoke with Bill Scheer, one of Madison’s golf professionals. The City of Madison has decided to end the contracts of four of the Professional Golf Associations (PGA) of America professionals at the end of this year “to capture the extra revenue that can be used to upgrade golf facilities,” says city parks spokesperson Laura Whitmore. The city will be ending the contracts of Yahara Hills Golf Course pro Mark Rechlicz; Odana Hills Golf Course pro Tom Benson, Monona Golf Course pro Rob Muranyi and Glenway Golf Course pro Bill Scheer.   Bill Scheer explains his take on the situation, “The idea that this is going to save money for us is an opinion, and that is the biggest thing in question right now. Our golf courses have been manned successfully for a long time, and it’s a very difficult time in the industry…the economy has hit us very hard. Right now nobody is making much money at all in the golf industry. So [the idea] that money is going to be saved, I think is just an opinion, because the loss of customer service, and the loss of golfers could potentially be disastrous for the city golf program.”   Bill stresses that the golf operation is not tax-payer funded; rather, it is considered an enterprise department within the city, and is a self sustaining organization. The PGA professional’s salary does not come from taxes, instead the money comes from the sales generated from the rentals and concessions. During peak season, the golf courses open fifteen hours a day, every day of the week. The PGA professionals are responsible for facilitate the daily functioning of their course, and for bringing in all of the revenue that comes into the golf courses. They also implement all tournaments and leagues, manage all of the golf lessons in the city, and also manage the concessions operations, for which they employee eighty people – none of which come from tax dollars. These employees are paid by the golf professionals from the money made from the carts and food and beverage operations. Now, after the golf professionals’ contracts end, the city of Madison will have to assume the responsibility of licensing and paying these employees. Bill explains that as a result of this, there is the possibility that the city will end up paying more because of the responsibilities it will be taking on.   Bill comments, “All that we’ve asked for …. more »

Economic Democracy Conference

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | buzz
Economic Democracy Conference

In this special pledge drive edition on Thursday October 11, Tony Castaneda spoke with Norman Stockwell, who will be speaking at and taking part in the Economic Democracy Conference, taking place in Madison this Oct 11 – 14.   This is “the first ever conference of its kind” explains Stockwell, “Madison is really…a very appropriate place to have this [conference] because Dane County… has the highest concentration of co-ops and collectives in the country. So we really have been a laboratory for economic democracy right here in Madison… probably for about 150 years.” With the growing disillusionment of the economic structures we are faced with today, the vast array of organizational structures and collectives that are present in Madison offers an ideal platform upon which discussions of economic democracy can be built upon. Offering one such example of the increasing consolidation of power, Stockwell points that simply in the media sector alone, the number of companies that jointly own all of the media in the nation has sharply decreased in the last thirty years: from about fifty companies in the 1980s to about six today. “And so you have these experiments in a different form of organization that are about local control of local economies and about participatory democracy…and you combine that together into the economic democracy conference.”   Stockwell, along with panelists Robert McChesney and John Nichols, will be speaking about media democracy and democratic control of the media in workshop “Transforming the Media” this Friday at 2:00 PM.   Economic Democracy Conference Oct 11 – Oct 14 Madison College 211 North Carroll Street Madison, WI 53704   For more information about the conference and to view the full schedule of speakers, visit economicdemocracyconference.org   There is a registration fee to attend the conference. Also available is a reduced low-income and student fee. For registration fees click here.   Listen to the full interview here: more »

Voces de la Frontera

Thursday, 2 August 2012 | buzz

On Thursday, August 2 our host Tony Castaneda interviewed Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the Founding Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group. Christine and Tony discuss how Voces de la Fontera has filed a lawsuit, claiming Republicans developed redistricting maps in secret, to strengthen their majorities, deliberately shutting out the public and the Democrats. For more information on Voces de la Frontera, visit their website: http://www.vdlf.org/ more »

Mike Quieto

Thursday, 2 August 2012 | buzz

Thursday, August 2 our host Tony Castaneda interviewed Mike Quieto, a candidate running for Dane County Clerk. Last week WORT interviewed one of his competitors, Scott McDonell. For more information on Mike Quieto, visit his website: http://mike4daneclerk.com/ more »

Scott McDonell

Thursday, 26 July 2012 | buzz

Thursday, July 26 our host Tony Castaneda interviewed Scott McDonell who is running for the democratic candidate for Dane County Clerk. He joined the Dane County board of supervisors in 1996 and became Dane County board chairman in 2005. For more information visit the website: http://scottmcdonell.com/ more »

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