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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MPA LLC lay the groundwork for MILWAUKEE CONSUMER PROTECTION GROUP

Putting TRUST, STEWARDSHIP and CONFIDENCE at the Neighborhood level.
April 30, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR)
MILWAUKEE CONSUMER PROTECTION GROUP (MCPG) is run by a privately-owned for-profit group.
 
It is an outgrowth of behaviors found in the 5-year (2005-2010) Signature plan by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.

Milwaukee has over a half-million people with the majority of the population People of Color - African American is the largest group, over 40%.

Above are percentages of the population, according to the 2010 Census
ALL Hands on Deck, WE CAN
This is a POPULATION opportunity to share information to help ALL Milwaukeeans at the neighborhood level engage economically and receive better services from the marketplace.  To monitor the resources that comes to their neighborhoods on behalf of empowerment of the residential and commercial stakeholders.  To make sure that they are being STEWARDS.

It is part of the re-defining, re-branding and UN-TRAPPING of hidden talent and vetted businesses at the neighborhood level.
MCPG is a participatory group that calls upon residential and commercial stakeholders to drive their success level.  It is accountability that starts at home but quickly meets opportunity.

MCPG business model will make monitoring a primary gift to the stakeholders for GOOD-to-GREAT customer services and products that are transparent, honoring ethical value, support best practices, engage risk management, invite INNOVATION, engage INCLUSIVENESS through enforcement of laws, creating partnerships for financial growth, re-investment of federal funding for sustainability, educating the population for preparedness, recognize GROWTH industries at the neighborhood level, expose exploitation, expose fraud, expose cronyism, expose bias, expose DISCRIMINATION, expose oligopoly and monopoly take-overs and ROLL Call elected officials for better government.

Culprits
DISCRIMINATION, SEPARATE NOT EQUAL, EXPLOITATION, CRONYISM, BIAS, BULLYING and FRAUD of any kind is not tolerated.

Encouragement in OVERSIGHT balanced with WORKING TOGETHER.
Encouragement of private and non-profit partnerships for growth and sustainability.
Encouragement in Customer-Friendly financial guidelines to aid Micro-Neighborhood businesses.
Encouragement in REPORTING violators and violations.
Encourage Good Stewardship.

Monitored activities are federal, state and local government funding.
Monitored activities and planning are on individuals and boards/commissions/councils/ directors/groups/companies/institutions (public/private/non-profit) and all appointees known.

To put skin in the game by ELECTING worthy candidates and retire/fire those disrespectful of their constituents - from Wisconsin Supreme Court down.

To be prepared with "worthy" candidates for 2016.

We seek like-minded individuals and groups for strategic planning and corrections.
We seek social networks for sharing up-to-the-minute information.
We work with On-line and Off-line networking for preparedness.

We actively pursue the federal mandates for improving QUALITY OF LIFE and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT for enforced laws that will help make customer care from the house level to the court level approachable and a reality; some of the departments of focus are:
                           -- U. S. Department of Treasury
                           -- U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
                           -- U. S. Department of Justice.


To complete the MILWAUKEE Consumer Protection Group D-Survey.
Our Consumer Protection Advocate will be back to you as quickly as time and customer service can permit. If we are taking too long, give us a holler at: mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com.

When you "click" there is a pop-up, click "NO".

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Schacknow - Today's Primer - April 30, 2013

US Stocks Seen Down; Pfizer Earnings Awaited
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Wall Street is about to complete another positive month, and a record-setting one as well. The S&P 500 is coming off a record closing high Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average still does not have a losing streak as long as three days in 2013, the longest it's ever gone into a year without doing so.

Today marks day one of a two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers, with the FOMC's Wednesday afternoon statement a key event for the market's fortunes this week. Several economic reports are on the calendar today as the Fed prepares to meet, starting with the latest Case-Shiller home price data at 9 a.m. ET. Economists expect a 9.0 percent year-over-year increase in home prices in February for the 20-city index, compared to an 8.1 percent year-over-year rise in January.

The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, out at 9:45 a.m. ET, is expected to increase to 53.0 for April after a reading of 52.4 for March.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index will be released at 10 a.m. ET, with consensus forecasts calling for a rise to 62.0 for April from 59.7 in March.

Dow component Pfizer (PFE) leads this morning's list of earnings releases, accompanied by Aetna (AET), Avon Products (AVP), Cummins (CMI), Starwood Hotels (HOT), Legg Mason (LM), McGraw-Hill (MHP), Pitney Bowes (PBI), Sirius XM Radio (SIRI), Tenet Healthcare (THC), and U.S. Steel (X), among others.

Genworth Financial (GNW), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), and Western Union (WU) are among the companies set to release quarterly numbers after today's closing bell.

Express Scripts (ESRX) leads our list of stocks to watch, reporting first quarter profit of $0.99 per share, excluding certain items, two cents above estimates. Revenue also beat consensus, and the pharmacy benefits manager also raised its year forecast, as customers use more profitable generic drugs.

Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) earned $0.87 per share for the first quarter, 12 cents short of estimates. However, revenue beat forecasts, helping give the shares a boost. CEO Sally Smith said the restaurant chain has continued investing capital for future success, despite the challenge of escalating chicken wing costs.

Herbalife (HLF) reported first quarter profit of $1.27 per share, excluding certain items, 21 cents above estimates, with revenues in line. The nutrition products company also raised its full year forecast, in the face of the ongoing controversy generated by investor Bill Ackman, who has called Herbalife a "pyramid scheme".

Hartford Financial (HIG) earned $0.92 per share for the first quarter, excluding certain items, ten cents above estimates. The insurer is in the midst of a restructuring that focuses on its core businesses like property casualty insurance and group benefits.

Hertz Global (HTZ) beat estimates by four cents with first quarter profit of $0.21 per share, with revenues also beating consensus. The car rental company benefited from higher prices and good results from newly acquired Dollar Thrifty.

Safeway (SWY) has named company president Robert Edwards as chief executive officer, replacing the retiring Steven Burd.

NYSE Euronext (NYX) earned $0.52 per share for the first quarter, four cents below estimates, with revenue also short of consensus. The company is in the process of being acquired by IntercontinentalExchange in a deal worth $8 billion, pending shareholder approval in a June vote.

BP (BP) reported first quarter profit of nearly a billion dollars for the first quarter, beating analyst forecasts. The results were helped by upbeat trading results and output from two new oil fields.

Sprint (S) is unlikely to get an improved takeover bid from Softbank, according to Softbank founder Masayoshi Son. SoftBank is currently offering $20.1 billion for 70 percent of Sprint, but is competing with Dish Network's (DISH) $25.5 billion bid.

SUPERVISOR DAVID BOWEN OFFERS SUPPOFOR BOARD CHAIRWOMAN MARINA DIMITRIJEVICRT

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

For Immediate Release April 30, 2013
Contact: Bill Zaferos, Public Information Manager
414/278-4230 or bill.zaferos@milwcnty.com

SUPERVISOR DAVID BOWEN OFFERS SUPPORT
FOR BOARD CHAIRWOMAN MARINA DIMITRIJEVIC

Says Calls for Resignation a “Distraction from the Real Issues Facing Milwaukee County”

(MILWAUKEE) – Milwaukee County Board Supervisor David Bowen said today that he supports Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and said calls for her resignation are “a distraction from the real issues facing Milwaukee County such as transit funding and preservation of Milwaukee County parks. Just when the Board passes local reforms 15-3 to push our County forward, supporters of the over reaching AB85 make false claims to halt the County's progress.”

“At a crucial time when the Board faces many important issues, we are instead involved in a game of inside baseball over who should be leading us,” Bowen said. “I applaud the job that Chairwoman Dimitrijevic has done for this County, and I wholeheartedly support her as Chairwoman.”

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Bill Zaferos
Public Information Manage
Milwaukee County Board
bill.zaferos@milwcnty.com

(414) 278-4230 Office
(414) 737-9103 Cell

Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N. 9th Street, Suite 201
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 278-1380 - Fax
www.county.milwaukee.gov/dimitrijevic

CALL FOR NEW LEADERSHIP: CHAIRMAN CULLEN

Milwaukee County

Supervisor Deanna Alexander, 18th District

For Immediate Release – April 29, 2013
Contact: Samuel Rappé, Legislative Assistant

414/278-4234 or deanna.alexander@milwcnty.com
Twitter: @CntySupDeanna

Note: Replaces headline of previous release


CALL FOR NEW LEADERSHIP: CHAIRMAN CULLEN

Milwaukee – County Supervisor Deanna Alexander in calling on Supervisor David Cullen to step down from his position as Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Audit, and Personnel. Alexander made the following statement:

“Chairman Cullen has done a great disservice to the County Board, partly in actions that I can not publicly divulge due to closed session meeting rules.

“His heavy-handed use of the gavel in meetings demonstrates his methods of controlling which information is made public and which is not. I have seen enough to know that he has misled the public, does not take responsibility for his actions, is willing to blame others for his mistakes, and unfairly stacks the political decks in his favor. Committee chairs are supposed to ensure meetings are fair, equitable, and productive, and that is not being accomplished.

“The first time I witnessed this behavior, I let it slide. The second time, I spoke with him privately and made the issue public when he refused to recognize the issue. The third time, I would do my constituents a disservice if I chose to hold my tongue.

“Further, to this day, he continues to stand by false claims about bargaining with a decertified union.

“I can not support David Cullen in his position as Chairman and ask that Chairwoman Dimitrijevic hear these concerns and choose another leader for committee.”


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Jay Saunders
Public Information Assistant
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

414-278-4051
jay.saunders@millwcnty.com
county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard

Friday, April 26, 2013

Richards Report - Legislature Budget Committee Update - April 26, 2013

Rep. Jon Richards
April 26, 2013

And we're off and running!

Dear Neighbor,

The legislature’s budget committee began its work in earnest yesterday with the first round of voting on items in the governor’s budget. Unfortunately, things got off to a rather inauspicious start as the co-chairs of the committee denied a vote to remove 46 non-fiscal policy items from the budget. One of the more egregious items would allow out-of-state predatory rent-to-own operators hide their interest rates from consumers. There’s strong opposition to this item from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, though. So, I’m cautiously optimistic we can get it removed from the budget before it goes to the governor for his signature. By the way, thank you to everyone who attended last Saturday’s budget hearing in Milwaukee. Turnout was great, with about 200 people in attendance. The message we heard from Milwaukeeans was loud and clear: we need to invest in our public schools and we need to strengthen BadgerCare.

Sincerely,
JON RICHARDS
State Representative Assembly District 19
Facebook.com/RepJonRichards

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Brief, Thursday, April 25, 2013

Markets At Standstill As Earnings Season Peaks


Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

U.S. stocks are coming off one of their most indecisive sessions of the year ahead of one of the busiest days of earnings season. Both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were virtually unchanged yesterday, and virtually all of the Dow's 43 points drop was accounted for by one stock – Procter & Gamble (PG).

This morning's only economic report comes from the Labor Department at 8:30 a.m. ET, as it issues the weekly initial jobless claims report. Economists expect new claims to total 350,000 for the week ending April 20, compared to 325,000 the prior week.

The Energy Department will issue its weekly look at natural gas inventories at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The Treasury will sell $29 billion in 7-year notes, with the results of that sale available shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

This morning's seemingly endless list of earnings reports is topped by Dow components 3M (MMM) and Exxon Mobil (XOM). Also out this morning: Biogen Idec (BIIB), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), ConocoPhillips (COP), Dow Chemical (DOW), Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Hershey (HSY), Southwest Airlines (LUV), Raytheon (RTN), Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Safeway (SWY), Time Warner Cable (TWC), and UPS (UPS).

Amazon.com (AMZN) and Starbucks (SBUX) are the after-the-bell earnings headliners, joined by Altera (ALTR), Expedia (EXPE), VeriSign (VRSN), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN), among others.

Qualcomm (QCOM) is among our stocks to watch today, with the chipmaker reporting in-line fiscal second quarter earnings of $1.17 per share. Qualcomm raised its full-year revenue forecast due to escalating smartphone demand, but its full year earnings outlook is short of Street estimates.

Verizon (VZ) is reportedly preparing a $100 billion bid to buy the 45 percent of Verizon Wireless that it doesn't already own, according to Reuters. Verizon has not yet put forth a formal proposal to minority owner Vodafone (VOD).

Chevron (CVX) raised its quarterly dividend by 11.1 percent to $1.00 per share. The higher dividend is payable on June 10 to shareholders of record as of May 17.

Zynga (ZNGA) earned $0.01 per share for the first quarter, compared to analyst forecasts of a $0.03 per share loss. Revenue also exceeded estimates, but the online game maker's second quarter profit and revenue outlook is well below Street consensus. Sales of older games have slowed and its newer offerings have yet to catch on.

Intuit (INTU) has cut its current quarter and full-year outlook following what it terms a "tough" tax season for the maker of the Quicken and TurboTax software packages.

Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) earned $0.47 per share for the first quarter, five cents above estimates, with revenues also beating analyst forecasts. Its outlook for the current quarter is short of Street projections, but so far, investors appear focused on the restaurant chain's solid performance even in the face of winter storms in the Northeast.

F5 Networks (FFIV) earned $1.07 per share for its second quarter, in line with Wall Street estimates, but the network equipment maker's current quarter forecast is below consensus. F5 is seeing weaker demand from both its telecom customers and from the federal government.

Akamai Technologies (AKAM) earned $0.51 per share for the first quarter, excluding certain items, five cents above estimates, with revenues also registering a beat. The internet content delivery provider saw better than expected demand from companies like Facebook, Netflix, and Apple.

Western Digital (WDC) earned $2.10 per share for its third quarter, handily beating estimates of $1.77. The hard disk drive maker benefited from higher demand for internet storage.

Xilinx (XLNX) posted fiscal fourth quarter profit of $0.47 per share, two cents above estimates, though the chipmaker's year over year revenue continues to decline.

Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) earned $0.60 per share for the first quarter, swamping estimates of $0.34. The mining company did post earnings that were short of expectations, but it also raised its full year sales forecast.

Newmont Mining (NEM) cut its quarterly dividend to $0.35 per share from $0.425 because of the ongoing drop in gold prices.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) will replace MetroPCS (PCS) in the S&P 500 following the close of trading on April 30. MetroPCS is in the process of merging with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA unit.

Skechers (SKX) has hired BDO as its auditor, replacing KPMG, which resigned after an ex-partner allegedly leaked inside information about the company. The casual shoemaker also projected current quarter net income that is short of Street estimates.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SUPERVISOR JURSIK STATEMENT ON COUNTY EXECUTIVE VETO MESSAGE

Supervisor Jursik
For Immediate Release April 24, 2013

Contact: Bill Zaferos, Public Information Manager
414/278-4230 or bill.zaferos@milwcnty.com

SUPERVISOR JURSIK STATEMENT ON COUNTY EXECUTIVE VETO MESSAGE

(Milwaukee) – Supervisor Patricia Jursik issued the following statement about action from the County Executive. Once again the County Executive provides a veto one day before the full County Board meeting with a politically charged veto message.

The actual veto message came to me only after it had been publically posted even though the Executive’s legislative director sat down with my office along with Director Nelson Soler for the purpose of providing any clarifications needed. The Executive’s representative offered no objections to the Resolution at that time.

With the actual veto message, the County Executive provided “testimony” from Maria Monreal-Cameron, President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Baas, Vice-President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). Neither objector came forward during the appropriate public hearing on this matter. While the County Executive has a history of charging the Board with micro-managing and interfering in administrative functions, the County Executive is now playing super-legislator.
In response to this veto and as Chairman of ECD, I will commit to the following:
1. I will place the addresses of all chambers across our county on the mailing list for public meeting notices of the ECD committee even if they have not specifically requested to be added as provided in the Wisconsin Open Meetings provisions.
2. I will invite MMAC and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to come before the ECD for an instructional meeting on governance in Milwaukee County. As a deliberative branch, the legislature works in committee structures and conducts public hearings at the committee level. The committee will provide these chambers with an opportunity to express concerns they may have with economic development in Milwaukee County.

3. With respect to this veto, I will ask the full board to refer the veto back to committee to give Ms. Monreal-Cameron and Mr. Baas an opportunity to vet their concerns on the specific resolution with the appropriate deliberative branch of government in an open meeting structure.

While this may not be as satisfying as having exclusive access to the Super-Legislator/County Executive of this government, it will be deliberative, not only for these two, but anyone else that may have a concern. As Chair of ECD I promise a fair and open forum where everyone will be treated with courtesy.

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Jay Saunders

Public Information Assistant
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors
414-278-4051
jay.saunders@millwcnty.com
county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard

Diversity of Commitments through the ALL Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative

                                     NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL FOCUS & ENGAGEMENT
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 April 24, 2013

MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) -- August 2-4, 2013 will be an exciting time and an historic time for Affordable Health Care engagement in the City of Milwaukee. Our GOAL is to share information for preparedness for beneficiaries regarding the upcoming October 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014 "full implementation" of the Affordable Health Care Law.  There will be Online and Offline options for the stakeholders.

ALL Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative is the Signature Plan for Action efforts of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC. Click.

The Extravaganza Fair has two parts, they are:

  • INSIDE - seminars, key speakers - health care practitioners-providers-pharmaceutical-insurers and professionals with knowledge of health care and the Affordable Health Care Law.
    • Briefings and Strategic planning for Urban Population Health Care.
    • Financial Investment and Cost Containment
    • IT/Information Technology, Smart Phones and You
    • Entrepreneurial and Employment
  • OUTSIDE - vendor booths for demonstrations, employment, exhibits, food and beverage.
    • Music and other entertainment.
It is 3 days for:  To Get information. To Listen. To Ask QUESTIONS. To Prepare for Decision-Making.

2013
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE EXTRAVAGANZA FAIR.
Mark your calendar and keep coming back to this website for updates.
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier for-profit firm that supports the Affordable Health Care Act.  It and its affiliate agents do not represent Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any government entity.

Delays in Courtrooms are Now the Norm


The Brennan Center Fair Courts E-lert summarizes news stories and editorials related to the independence of judges and the courts, including material attacking, defending, and concerning the judiciary.

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BUDGET

The New York Times features a piece that begins, “The Bronx courts are failing.” The article argues that courts in New York are crippled from budget cuts, and shows how delays are the new normal for court systems. The article continues, “With criminal cases languishing for years, a plague of delays in the Bronx criminal courts is undermining one of the central ideals of the justice system, the promise of a speedy trial. At a time of slashed judicial budgets across the country, the Bronx offers a stark picture of what happens when an overwhelmed justice system can no longer keep pace: Old cases pile up, prosecutions fail at alarming rates, lives stall while waiting for court hearings and trust in the system and its ability to protect the public evaporates.” The article continues with specific cases, and the damage that is done when cases languish: “In the bodega that night in 2007, a man in a T-shirt and jeans happened to be buying NyQuil when Robert Gaston was shot three times in the chest. Back then, he was the perfect witness: an off-duty cop. He said he had seen the gunman’s tattoos. But in five years, a lot of things can happen to a case in the Bronx. In 2010, Officer Marco Sang, the perfect witness of 2007, had been one of dozens of officers caught fixing tickets. The Police Department had disciplined him after he gave evasive answers. The lawyer for the man with the teardrop tattoos knew a gift when he saw one. ‘This whole case is Marco Sang,’ he told the jury. ‘Marco Sang is a liar.’”

Source: William Glaberson, Faltering Courts, Mired in Delays, New York Times, April 13, 2013.

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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC refer to The Brennan Center for Justice, at New York University School of Law as a regular source for information.

According to Chloe Albanesius - Nokia Wins Ban on HTC One in the Netherlands

PC Mag.com
Chloe Albanesius has been with PCMag.com since April 2007, most recently as Managing Editor for News. Prior to that, she worked for a year covering financial IT on Wall Street for Incisive Media. From 2002 to 2005, Chloe covered technology policy for The National Journal's Technology Daily in Washington, DC. She has held internships at NBC's Meet the Press, washingtonpost.com, the Tate Gallery press office in London, Roll Call, and Congressional Quarterly. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from American University in Washington, D.C.
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An Amsterdam District Court this week granted Nokia's request for an injunction against HTC One phones in the region.

At issue are microphone components produced by STMicroelectronics, which are used in Nokia Lumia and HTC One smartphones. Nokia, however, said it has exclusive rights to these components, prompting the lawsuit.

"HTC is disappointed in the decision," the company said in a statement. "We are consulting with STM and will decide whether it is necessary to explore alternative solutions in due course. In the meanwhile, we do not expect this decision to have any immediate impact on our handset sales."

Nokia did not respond to a request for comment, but in a statement posted on Engadget, the company said it "calls on HTC to compete using its own innovations and to stop copying from Nokia."

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

PUBLIC HEARING - WI 2013-2015 BIENNIAL BUDGET, SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013

BUDGET HEARING

MILWAUKEE DELEGATION

SATURDAY, April 20, 2013

Reps. Jon Richards, Sandy Pasch, LaTonya Johnson, Mandela Barnes, Evan Goyke, Christine Sinicki, JoCasta Zamarripa & Leon Young

Sens. Chris Larson, Nikiya Harris, Tim Carpenter & Bob Wirch

Place: Milwaukee Public School Administration Auditorium
5225 W. Vilet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Mary Glass - Chair/CEO
 My name is Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, POB 510602, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Greetings and thank you to our host legislators of the Milwaukee Delegation for today’s Public Hearing on the 2013-2015 Biennial Budget!

We especially thank Representative Jon Richards, 19th District – member of the Milwaukee Delegation and Joint Finance Committee, for Chairing today’s public hearing; and, Senator Bob Wirch from the 22nd District, also a member of the Joint Finance Committee for honoring your Oath of Office.

I am here to speak and inform on behalf of the over half-million Milwaukeeans that are in need of budget funding that takes a “POPULATION” approach for funding and reform for the Greater Good.

Our support today is 150% behind budgeted items that will help prepare our state for a more seamless preparedness for the Affordable Health Care law that is scheduled for “full implementation” on January 1, 2014.

We think Health Care should be a NO. 1 priority for the 2013-2015 state budget since it is during the time of the full implementation and it will impact ALL Wisconsinites – like it or not. The other reasons are basic to survival and leadership.

Right now, Health Care is the largest budget item of the state.

Research and statistics continue to share the impact of “population” valuing – demographics, gender and age groups – chronic diseases, use of technology, self-sufficiency, global competitiveness and growing cost.

My points speaks to valuing and prioritizing our infrastructure focus for channel development, economic pipelines and pathway development that is offline and online for now and long-term sustainability at the neighborhood level for growing for-profit, non-profit organizations and public institutions.

We must empower our top two (2) revenue streams to the Wisconsin state budget.

They are: General Purpose Revenue (42-50%) and Federal funding (28%). Our investment of funds must seek health care, education, technology and information preparedness to support a return on investment for the citizenry. The GPR is 42% and Federal Funding 28% - according to the WI Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s 2009-11 Budget Summary Information. The GPR cannot improve if it does not receive donated tax funds from the citizenry. The citizens cannot donate/pay if they do not have the funds due to high un- and under-employment, lack of business development, lack of financial investment in business development at the Urban neighborhood level where poverty is so severe.

The Federal funding is severely hampered if there are not giant returns when it provides a “funding stimulus”. We are defeating our efforts when we choose to take the funding available and use it to duplicate services and/or create services that are not vetted by the population it says it will serve, it is not household and neighborhood-driven; and, is not neighborhood accountable.

In fact, one of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC Action groups, MPA LLC CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL, is laying the foundation for a privately-operated Watch Group to help monitor and enforce preparedness of the consumer, active and responsible use of our General Purpose funds and federal funds; and, enforcement of our laws that are tied to regulatory concerns for self-sustainability. Special attention is given to Health Care and all levels of fraud – in and outside of government, private and non-profit.

We support the idealism recently shared by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in his April 12, 2013, 8th Biennial speech, that promotes "Resilience and Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice". To hear and see Speech:  CLICK

Yes. Funding is the oil that greases the operations of our state government and its connected neighborhoods – most if not all, of which are experiencing some type of economic deficit due to a lack of revenue, high un- and under-employment, lack of critical mass of business development and sustainability at the neighborhood level, financial wherewithal for housing, safety, health care, judicial reform and education. Too often we are so caught up in the competitiveness of the fight and greed, we do more harm than good. The 2013-2015 biennial budget for Wisconsin should be about the Greater Good.

We feel that it is a big mistake for the powerful WI Joint Committee on Finance to pit Wisconsinites against each other (cities, racial groups, income, class, age groups and family structures). To avoid its responsibility in improving the economic forecast of the largest city of the state, Milwaukee, is a violation of the Oath of Office each one took to serve. They must be held accountable with loud voices, media, internet and vote.

The city of Milwaukee brings to the coffers via population $$$BILLIONS each year to help drive up quality of life and economic development – yet it remains in Concentrated Poverty. The problem has been the oversight and management of these dollars for the greater good when it arrives at its destination from the appropriations. So, I say to you legislators here today, it is great to lobby, call for input from the citizenry and call for more funding, we ask that you provide enforcement of the funding with INCLUSION rather than DISCRIMINATION, transparency rather than bureaucracy, best practices rather than oligopoly and monopoly control and accountability for self, fellow legislators, the governor and All you serve.
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a "premier" Affordable Health Care for-profit supporter.

Friday, April 19, 2013

STATE MUST MOVE FORWARD ON COUNTY REFORM

Milwaukee County
Supervisor Deanna Alexander
18th District

For Immediate Release – April 19, 2013
Contact: Samuel Rappé, Legislative Assistant
414/278-4234 Office, 414/939-9339 Cell deanna.alexander@milwcnty.com

Twitter: @CntySupDeanna

STATE MUST MOVE FORWARD ON COUNTY REFORM
Freshman County Supervisor Exposes Board’s Real Intentions

Milwaukee –First term Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander released the following statement on the County Board’s attempts at self-inflicted reform:

“Last night some members of the County Board gathered for yet another tap-dance in front of Milwaukee media, where they presented their ideas for local reform—and by that I mean board leadership’s agenda for ducking the state’s much needed interventions.

“I’d love to properly analyze the board’s suggestions. I requested the list from the board in writing a week ago, when I learned that Chairwoman Dimitrijevic had shared details with the Wisconsin Counties Association while bargaining to secure their lobbying support against AB-85. But since my communication with leadership on most topics is outright ignored, I suppose it’s no surprise that I wasn’t invited to this party either.

“Rep. Joe Sanfelippo wrote AB-85 as his answer to the symptoms he witnessed in dysfunctional government structure and inbedded cyclical Milwaukee corruption. Whether it’s perfect or not, he offered a prescription to address the the diagnosis. While board leadership is adamant that it’s a ‘New Day at the county’ and their prescription for local reform is on the horizion, they have failed to address any genuine symptoms other than the headache Sanfelippo seems to be righteously and responsibly creating for them.

“They do not actually believe that there are any problems at the County Board—other than the presence of anyone who dares to speak out against the majority—and are carefully spoonfeeding crafted soundbites to the public as part of their efforts to self-sustain. There were no intentions to ‘reform’ until Sanfelippo became powerful and they have never once come out stating what problems they are trying to resolve with the department other than that pesky thing called ‘voter discontent.’ Their ‘New Day plan’ is not meant to solve a problem with the county, but a problem with the state—intervening. And don’t forget: the County Board can revise and reverse a county plan any time it chooses.

“When I ran for office, I thought I could help rebrand the county board’s image by regaining the community’s trust. If the community that supported me then still wants to see a rebranded county board now, I plead with them to hear my voice: There are things that I know about this board’s scandalous modus oporandi that I simply can not discuss with the public. But the Army didn’t teach me to whimper and hide—I am trying to bring you the good government you sent me here to build.

“The bullies on the board have demonstrated an unnerving willingness to set aside truth and fairness, to take away my voice, and to the certain detriment of the citizens of this county, disgracefully mislead the public and state lawmakers. So I am genuinely skeptical about ‘Hail Mary’ reform packages designed to stall state-based reform.

“There might be a few good ideas in Dimitrijevic’s ‘OUR Milwaukee County’ plan, but the complete package should not be swallowed hook-line-and-sinker as a substitute for state reform—especially on the fast-tracked timeline the board is suddenly embracing, and when we already know that state laws need revision anyway.

“I am calling on our state legislators to move AB-85 and SB-95 forward; those on the Milwaukee County Board with an ounce of common sense to at least lay over this reform plan being rushed before us so it can be properly vetted; and the citizens of Milwaukee County who give a flying hoot about their government to resist apathy: call your county and state representatives to ensure, that like me, your voice is heard.”
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

MILWAUKEE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION LLC selects Massachusetts - Health Care Focus

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
The Public Good
April 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) -- Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC has selected the state of MASSACHUSETTS for research and guidance for "PREPAREDNESS" for the "full implementation" of the Affordable Health Care (Patient Protection and Affordable Care act), January 1, 2014. 

Massachusetts is the 1st state to provide health care for all those who live in Massachusetts (prior to the AHC law).

Health Care Reform
The Massachusetts health care insurance reform law, St. 2006, c.58, informally referred to as Romneycare, is a state law enacted in 2006, signed into law by then-governor Mitt Romney. The law mandates that nearly every resident of Massachusetts obtain a state-government-regulated minimum level of healthcare insurance coverage and provides free health care insurance for residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The bill aimed to cover 95% of the state's 500,000 uninsured within a three-year period.  The law was amended significantly in 2008 and twice in 2010 and major revisions related to health care industry price controls were introduced in the Massachusetts legislature in May 2012 that passed in August 2012.

Among its many effects, the law and its amendments established an independent public authority, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, also known as the Health Connector. Among other roles, the Connector acts as an insurance broker to offer private insurance plans to residents. The reform legislation also included tax penalties on residents that fail to obtain an insurance plan, and tax penalties on employers with more than 10 full-time employees that fail to offer an insurance plan to employees. In 2007, Massachusetts tax filers who failed to enroll in a health insurance plan which was deemed affordable for them lost the $219 personal exemption on their income tax. Beginning in 2008, the penalty became pegged to 50% of the lowest monthly premium for insurance available from the Connector Authority (Wikipedia).

"The state of Massachusetts has a record of 98% plus in overall coverage and a 99% coverage of children.  That is very impressive.  We are looking at how Governor Mitt Romney and Governor Deval Patrick support of the idea of the entire state having health care made a giant difference in the outcomes we see today.  Governor Patrick idealism for health care is about investing in PUBLIC GOOD for the greater good.  So, we are looking at leadership, participants, trust, historic relevance, reforms, participants, insuranc coverages, community outreach, CUSTOMER CARE, self-transparency, self-accountability and today's success rate", said Mary Glass,
 Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.


Governor Deval Patrick speaks about Health Care and Education in this interview with Jon Stewart - Daily Show.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE - April 16, 2013, PBS, 9:00pm

TONIGHT ON PBS - 9 PM ET
Watch The Central Park Five on PBS. See more from Central Park Five.

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
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Contributing source Art Heitzer and PBS

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MILWAUKEE BUDGET HEARING THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013


April 16, 2013


Milwaukee Budget Hearing this Saturday

Dear Neighbor,

I am chairing a public hearing this Saturday, April 20, to provide Milwaukee residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the state budget. Other members of the Joint Finance Committee and area lawmakers will be there to listen as well. The public meeting starts at 11:00 a.m. and will be held at the MPS Administration Building, 5225 W Vliet St.

The co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee scheduled only four public hearings in the entire state on the budget—and Milwaukee was not one of them. This budget will have long lasting effects on Milwaukee, so please come and make your voice heard. We want to hear what you have to say.

Please share this invitation with your friends, and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,


JON RICHARDS
State Representative
Assembly District 19

Contact Info
State Capitol, 118 North, Madison, WI 53708, (608) 266-0650

TIPS FOR URBAN BENEFICIARIES of AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

April 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE (MPA-PPR) -- Care of the Anatomy is the No. 1 Health Care of doctors, nurses and health care practitioners.  It is the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention of disease or body ailments.

Affordable Health Care Law
On March 23, 2010, the United States became a country with guaranteed health care options for all.

As we approach the full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Law, January 1, 2014, it is so important that all Americans are more aware of health care options, acquire knowledge about/of AHC options, become wise in decision making of selection of health care providers, health care practitioners and financial planning that include health care needs going forward.

Urban Milwaukee
This is especially true in URBAN areas such as the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin - over a half-million folk. It is the responsibility of the recipient to become prepared to engage in their own BETTER health care and to help drive down COST.  This requires changing behaviors that include being your own data collector about your body signals.

It requires that you hold elected, appointed and hired government workers on all levels to participate in best practices and accountability on your behalf.  You representative MUST BE informed about the issues - not ready to pass the buck OR try to bathe in past accolades.  Therefore, you must go where they are - townhall meetings, hearings, offices, emails, telephone calls, write blogs and demand outreach of information.

Health Practitioners
The field of health care practitioners that provide "Primary Care" or "Family Care" are our first line of care. 

They are the initial link for what is going right or wrong with your structure.  After a visit, they will diagnose and provide an assessment of care which may include referral to a specialist in the area of the prognosis that is beyond their delivery of services.

It is important that you, the beneficiary, know who-what-when-where-how much-why about your health affairs in your "Record Keeping" for the best  health services.  You can not "leave" it all up to the health care practitioners (doctors, nurses and specialists).  Nor is it left up to the health providers (hospitals, clinics, nursing home, home care organizations, health journals, health departments and centers). And, nor is it left up to your "insurance" carrier.

Ask.  Listen.  Read.  Learn.
We must become more informed about our health.
It is the duty of the 21st Century patient, young through nonogenarian (90-99 years) to ask the questions and assist in getting the answers to your health care needs in a proactive fashion.  Remember, you are the expert who knows or should know about your body - if you have been paying attention.  For sure, if something has gone wrong with the excellence of operation of your internal organs-system, the brain has sent you a message - more than once.  For the caregivers of those who can not take on this responsibility, it is imperative that you are keenly aware and sharing the knowledge possible with the beneficiary.

The fact that there is a "title of Doctor" does not automatically mean you can not ask questions and can not give suggestions for decision making of your care options.

You and I must take the time to know what our doctor can and can not provide. We start by asking questions and providing data for options by the doctor or nurse practitioner.  This is whether you are in the Emergency Care, Primary Care, Specialist Care or Intensive Care.  This is one way we omit errors, correct errors, increase health care, prevent tragedies and bring down health care cost.

Health Monitor
Keeping an accurate and up-to-date clock with notes and/or a record of your appointments, changes in regular body behavior and body alarms/alerts (pains of all kind, sweats, appearance of blood anywhere, swelling, sores, excessive tearing, no tearing, irregular dryness in areas not normally seen, questionable bruises, questionable bruises that remain, blurred vision, coloration of urine, stool changes, use of limbs, lack of use of limbs, frequent urination, uncontrollable bladder, infections whereever, growths in whereever, gum soreness and bleeding, chronic bad odor of the mouth, gut infections, weight gain and weight loss, to name a few.) is  .

Being your own Health Coach for record keeping helps you help the practitioner of health but most of all, help in your health care and your peace-of-mind.

When selecting a health practitioners you can include the following:
  • Ask a doctor of trust to make a referral - ask questions to match what you are looking for in the practitioner.
  • Look up the background of the practitioner - online many if not most doctors provide a BIO on line.  Many are connected to some institution and/or organization and are on the website of the hospital, clinic; or, their own online link (i.e., Linkedin).
  • The doctor should have a Board Certification to say that the practitioner has had required extensive training and given the nod by a national medical specialty board.
  • Since much has changed in the field of medicine, it is important that the practitioner is receiving updates and upgrades in his/her field of medicine, especially her/his specialty.
  • Ask the practitioner about his/her upgrade as well as look at the plaques displayed on the doctor's wall to see if they are recent.
  • Determine what is your doctor's prerequisite of time for your visit, i.e., 15-30-45-60 minutes.  This will help both of you maximize the visit and schedule appropriately for next visit, diagnosed care and preventions going forward.  For example, when you are asked by the doctor the nature of the visit, you have noted specifics that have occured (with at least a general date and timeframe if possible) and are happening at the time of the visit to help pinpoint the problem(s).  Another tip is be prepared to leave a urine sample or blood sample.
  • Follow-up with a call to the doctor if you fail to address an issue.
  • Beware if the doctor is so busy that he/she do not take your concerns as important - fail to return calls timely or with reasonableness - remembering you must state if it is urgent or can wait until the end of day or when calls are usually made.
  • Beware if the doctor dismisses your concern without providing a reason for omission that is plausible.
To be continued . . .
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier supporter of Affordable Health Care.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Brief - April 15, 2013

US Stocks Seen Lower
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The new week on Wall Street begins with the tax filing deadline looming at midnight, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq coming off their second best weekly gains of 2013. However, some lower-than-expected first quarter growth figures from China are pushing investor sentiment lower as we look ahead to the Monday session.

Today's economic calendar includes the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Index for April at 8:30 a.m. ET, expected to drop to 6.7 for the month compared to March's 9.2. We'll also get the April sentiment index from the National Association of Home Builders at 10 a.m. ET, with economists looking for a slight increase to 45 from March's 44.

Financials are in focus on this morning's list of corporate earnings, led by Citigroup (C), Charles Schwab (SCHW), M&T Bank (MTB), and First Republic (FRC), while after-the-bell reports include the latest quarterly numbers from auto parts retailer Pep Boys (PBY).

Life Technologies (LIFE) leads our list of stocks to watch, with the maker of medical testing equipment reportedly close to a deal to be bought by Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) for nearly $13 billion dollars. Reuters reports the board of Life Technologies met over the weekend to review three takeover bids, choosing the Thermo Fisher offer over ones from Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) and a private equity consortium consisting of Blackstone Group (BX), Carlyle Group (CG), KKR (KKR) and Temasek Holdings.

Boeing (BA) will have more than 1,000 of its 737 jets inspected to examine their tails for possibly faulty parts. The FAA says the problem could potentially cause pilots to lose control of an aircraft.

General Motors (GM) and Ford (GM) will work together to jointly design new fuel efficient transmissions, a move that could potentially save them millions of dollars.

Plantronics (PLT) CEO Ken Kannappan will take a four-month medical leave to receive treatment for cancer. Chief financial officer Pamela Strayer will be acting CEO for the headset manufacturer during Kannappan's leave.

Microsoft (MSFT) is said to be working on a touch-enabled watch device, according to the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft would join Apple (AAPL) and others in working on such a device.

Google (GOOG) has made a settlement proposal to European Union regulators, according to Dow Jones. The proposal involves changes to Google's search engine to answer concerns that it operates in an anti-competitive manner.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Milwaukee County Board Show Oath of Office - Resume Union Negotiations with AFSCME Union leaders


April 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE COUNTY (MPA-PPR), according to the Milwaukee Journal newspaper, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors have met with and most likely will continue to meet with AFSCME Union leaders. 

According to Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association, "Whereas I think the unions would be wise to take this opportunity and clean up some glaring misgivings on their part; the fact that Milwaukee County Board has shown it has a backbone for moral leadership, best practices and accountability in this matter, it should be appauled on the merit".

"Their meeting is causing some dust to rise - SO WHAT.  This is a right that was stolen through arbitrary and capricious means.  It has taken several laps around the track and the stakeholders, majority of them, feel like they have been had by some of their own members and others who represent the decision Governor Scott Walker pursued and won.  He and supporters rammed down the throats of the collective bargain citizenry.  It is not over.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

LAWSON REPORT - April 11, 2013 - Stomping on Local Control in Milwaukee: Who's Next?


State Senator Chris Larson - 7th District
Dear Friend,

This week we not only take a more in-depth look at the gender wage gap, but we also examine a budget provision that infringes on local control, the importance of libraries in our community, and how to make your voice heard on the budget. Continue reading for more information on these and other important issues.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7
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In February of this year, legislative Republicans introduced legislation to supersede local control by eliminating Milwaukee's residency requirement for municipal employees, including teachers, police, and fire fighters. This attack on local control was also inserted into Governor Walker's 2013-2015 Biennial Budget.

Nearly 130 cities and towns across the state, including Milwaukee, have some form of residency requirement for various public employees. In Milwaukee, this requirement has been in place since 1938. I too have the requirement of living within the 7th Senate District if I wish to represent the people of that community. The slippery slope created by enacting this proposal could create a plague of infringement on local control regarding this and other issues that will likely spread beyond the borders of Milwaukee.

Village of Greendale President John Hermes voiced a similar perspective. According to recent news articles, at a public hearing before the Joint Finance Committee on the budget this past Monday, Hermes urged legislators to cut the budget provision prohibiting local governments and schools from having their employees follow residency guidelines.

He was quoted saying: "The requirement is especially critical to us. It has long been and should remain a home rule right." There is also growing bipartisan opposition within the Legislature, with Sen. Grothman and Rep. Kapenga openly opposing the proposal.

I agree that repealing residency requirements is a decision that should be left for local communities and governments to make. Local elected officials have the best understanding of the needs within their community. Should their constituents believe the current residency requirements are too restrictive, they are in the best position to act on those concerns. Residency requirements for city employees help to strengthen workers' bonds to the communities they serve, and maintain the integrity of the city's neighborhoods, economy, and services.

Specifically in Milwaukee, city employees help sustain stable, middle-class neighborhoods. Neither the Milwaukee Public School system, nor the Police and Fire Commission have had issues hiring and retaining quality employees from within the community. The long-term effect of large numbers of professional employees departing from the city would hurt the property values of homeowners in the surrounding neighborhoods, hindering the city's ability to provide services due to decreased property tax revenue.

Governor Walker's proposal has also elicited a great deal of opposition, including that by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' board of directors, the Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, which consists of the chief elected officials in Milwaukee County municipalities. These groups share my belief that residency is a matter of local control and does not belong in the state budget.

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505

Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email: Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

Mailing Address:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

Web Site:
SenatorChrisLarson.com

BEN FROM CLOUD U - Cloud Computing Stack, April 10, 2013

CLOUD U - w/Ben Kepes - Farmer, Consultant/Analyst, Curator in South Island,
New Zealand

Rackspace Cloud University, known as CloudU™, is a vendor-neutral, cloud education curriculum designed by industry analyst and all-around good guy, Ben Kepes. Even after you've earned the CloudU Certificate, come back often for more videos, whitepapers, podcasts and webinars about the most interesting topics in the Cloud. Not sure if CloudU is for you? Find out more about our CloudU vision.


More to come.

CLOUD COMPUTING 101 - What is Cloud Computing?

TECH TARGET (April 10, 2013) -- Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The name cloud computing was inspired by the cloud symbol that's often used to represent the Internet in flowcharts and diagrams.


A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour; it is elastic -- a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time; and the service is fully managed by the provider (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computer and Internet access). Significant innovations in virtualization and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high-speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated interest in cloud computing.

A cloud can be private or public. A public cloud sells services to anyone on the Internet. (Currently, Amazon Web Services is the largest public cloud provider.) A private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to a limited number of people. When a service provider uses public cloud resources to create their private cloud, the result is called a virtual private cloud. Private or public, the goal of cloud computing is to provide easy, scalable access to computing resources and IT services.


Infrastructure-as-a-Service like Amazon Web Services provides virtual server instanceAPI) to start, stop, access and configure their virtual servers and storage. In the enterprise, cloud computing allows a company to pay for only as much capacity as is needed, and bring more online as soon as required. Because this pay-for-what-you-use model resembles the way electricity, fuel and water are consumed, it's sometimes referred to as utility computing.

Platform-as-a-service in the cloud is defined as a set of software and product development tools hosted on the provider's infrastructure. Developers create applications on the provider's platform over the Internet. PaaS providers may use APIs, website portals or gateway software installed on the customer's computer. Force.com, (an outgrowth of Salesforce.com) and GoogleApps are examples of PaaS. Developers need to know that currently, there are not standards for interoperability or data portability in the cloud. Some providers will not allow software created by their customers to be moved off the provider's platform.

In the software-as-a-service cloud model, the vendor supplies the hardware infrastructure, the software product and interacts with the user through a front-end portal. SaaS is a very broad market. Services can be anything from Web-based email to inventory control and database processing. Because the service provider hosts both the application and the data, the end user is free to use the service from anywhere.

See also: hybrid cloud, cloud backup
Hybrid Cloud Services


A hybrid cloud infrastructure is a composition of private and public cloud setup—that remain as unique entities bound together by standardized technology that enables data and application portability.

Related glossary terms: public cloud, European Cloud Computing Strategy (ECCS), Computación en la nube, cloud insurance, hybrid cloud, cloud storage SLA

Parts of this post was last updated in December 2010
by:  Margaret Rouse
Source of material:  Tech Target
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is working with portal providers in Cloud servicing for state-of-the-art access and applications; as well as, for pathways of connection for All Hands on Deck, WE CAN - services to link portal, server, client, business-to-business and individual/client-to-individual/client.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SQUAWK BOX - April 10, 2013 - Regulations: Health Care's Jagged Little Pill?



Jonathan Bush
Athena Health Chairman & CEO
311 Arsenal St Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 402-1000
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Athena Health's integrated practice management and electronic health records ( EHR) solutions bring efficiency, access, and profitability to your medical group.

http://www.athenahealth.com/  

What is ACO?
An accountable care organization (ACO) is a healthcare organization characterized by a payment and care delivery model that seeks to tie provider reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients. A group of coordinated health care providers forms an ACO, which then provides care to a group of patients. The ACO may use a range of payment models (capitation, fee-for-service with asymmetric or symmetric shared savings, etc.). The ACO is accountable to the patients and the third-party payer for the quality, appropriateness and efficiency of the health care provided. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an ACO is "an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the traditional fee-for-service program who are assigned to it."
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier Affordable Health Care LLC supporter in Milwaukee for Preparedness of beneficiaries of Medicare-Medicaid-Social Security.

Community Strong Exclusive interview with ex-County Supervisor Johnny Thomas .

April 10, 2013


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Jury acquits Thomas on bribery, misconduct charges


Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas (right) appears in court in February with his attorney, Craig Mastantuono.

By Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 24, 2012
 
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Issue of the Week: Will Chris Abele Fire Patrick Farley?

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

By Shepherd Express Staff


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The BIG EAZY Catering & Conference Center Postpone Open House Event, NEW DATE Wednesday, May 1, 2013


OPEN HOUSE "RE-SCHEDULED"
- WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Mary Glass – Public Relations
Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC
p - 414.610.1044                                         
e: mpallccommunication@gmail.com


A POSTPONEMENT Publicity Notice

The BIG EAZY Catering & Conference Center Postpone Open House Event, NEW DATE Wednesday, May 1, 2013


MILWAUKEE (April 9, 2013) – The BIG EAZY owners have rescheduled the Open House event from Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 5:00pm – 6:30pm due to two (2) Construction delays not completed on Monday, April 8, 2013.

The Sales Department Director, Avis Thomas, is busy taking pre-orders and will release updates prior to the May 1, 2013 re-scheduled Open House.  The first Monthly Affordable Health Care and Communication business meeting will take place on Friday, May 3, 2013.

The owners, Chef Gregory Johnson and Partner Tony McGaughy, wish to show-off their NEW investments in the BIG EAZY Catering and Conference Center with ‘full-service’ in mind during THE Open House”, said Mary Glass, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, Public Relations firm.

 

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