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Right-To-Work Billionaire Wins IPS’ Coca-Cola Property Deal

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PART 1 OF A BIGGER STORY 

By Doug Martin 

 “I’m in a male-dominated business.  They like to peer deer
operating by way of with large antlers.”

   
                  Diane
Hendricks, in connection with
preserving a herd of deer on
her 200-acre property

“In a video
shot on Jan. 18, 2011, days after Walker used to be sworn in as governor and in a while
sooner than he offered his Act 10 invoice finishing collective bargaining rights for
public sector staff,” billionaire Diane Hendricks, from Beloit, Wisconsin,
asks the governor if there’s “Any probability we’re going to ever get to be an absolutely pink
state and paintings on those unions….And transform a right-to-work [state]?” She then
provides, “What can we do to help you?”

Scott Walker replies “The first step is we are going to handle collective
bargaining for all public worker unions, since you use divide and
triumph over… That opens the door when we do this.”

The proprietor of ABC Supply, “the
biggest wholesale distributor of roofing, home windows, siding and gutter fabrics”
with “715
retail outlets around the United States”,  together with 4 places in
Indianapolis, and lots of extra in Terre Haute, Bloomington, Muncie, and different
Indiana towns, Diane Hendricks, with a web value of $four.nine
billion
, has given Scott Walker’s marketing campaign a minimum of $519,100,
because of a fluke in Wisconsin legislation, which is extra money than even the Koch
Brothers have given Walker and greater than any donor to a candidate in Wisconsin historical past. 
The majority of this investment got here after
Hendricks’ assembly with Walker captured on video.

Hendricks prides herself on breaking unions.

In 2014, she gave $1
million
to Wisconsin Republicans to lend a hand transfer the right-to-work time table
ahead.  With lend a hand from a Koch Brothers-affiliated team whose “site used to be registered by way of Kurt
Luidhart of the Indiana-based ‘Prosper Group,’ a GOP virtual media company that
Walker’s marketing campaign employed in 2014 to run his on-line fundraising”, it labored.

Walker adopted in Mitch Daniels’ footsteps, getting rid of public staff’
rights (which resulted in protestors taking on the state capitol for weeks) and
sooner or later signing a right-to-work invoice for personal sector staff into legislation in
2015, the similar 12 months Hendricks, lately a member of the Trump marketing campaign’s
financial advisory
crew, passed $1 million to the
Koch Brothers-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund in September 2015, “sufficient
to make her one in all its peak 8 donors”.

Hendricks additionally sits
at the board
of the Bradley Foundation,
a faculty voucher-supporting and racist team I read about in Hoosier School Heist,
and helped fund
an anti-socialism/loose marketplace convention in Kohler, Wisconsin, the place “the Bradley
Foundation workforce did the legwork” and Diane and Bradley’s Michael Grebe signed
the invitation.

Diane Hendricks owns Hendricks Commercial Properties, the corporate purchasing the Indianapolis
Public Schools’ Coca-Cola assets, the place the 1930’s Art Deco Coca-Cola
bottling plant, as soon as the biggest Coca-Cola bottling plant on the earth, sits
and has been used lately for IPS bus maintenance.

Hendricks Commercial Properties competed with Strategic Capital Partners
(highlighted in Hoosier School Heist),
a constitution college and gentrification group with many political ties in
Indianapolis.  Going beneath the call Mass
Ave Partners
, in partnership with Schmidt Associates, Gene Zink’s Strategic
Capital Partners presented IPS $17.five million for the valuables.

In May
2016, alternatively, the IPS board voted to promote the valuables, positioned on an 11-acre
web page within the Mass Ave. district, to Hendricks’ team for $12 million.

Hendrick’s corporate’s $260 million building proposal is for a resort,
dinner film theater, retail, residences, and place of job house, amongst different issues.
Many hostile the plan, and the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association’s
president mentioned it used to be “the worst
of the proposals” for native citizens.

In 2017,
the City of Indianapolis mentioned it used to be “ready to dedicate as much as $four.6 million to
the downtown Bottleworks undertaking,” the call given to the advance by way of
Hendricks Commercial Properties.  Diane Hendricks’ corporate additionally “is
in search of $2.four million in web page paintings from the state”.  Hendricks Commercial
Properties’ proposal has “68,000 sq.
toes devoted to day care and ‘other schooling options.’”

Will those “other schooling options” come with constitution
faculties?  Maybe even ones which spouse with IPS?

The Hendricks Education Center, in Beloit, up to now has housed two constitution
faculties that have partnered with the college district.  At a rite for the
re-opening of the middle in  2010
after renovation, Diane Hendricks used to be venerated. “From
the district standpoint, we admire the whole lot Diane and the Hendricks
team has carried out in growing this marvelous facility,” uttered Milt Thompson,
the School District of Beloit Superintendent.  “Today’s a possibility for the general public
to peer what constitution faculties are all about.  This is the primary constitution
college in Beloit and that’s because of the efforts of the Hendricks relatives for
their contributions.”

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