Audit Reminds Us: Retirement Funds Bear Careful Watching

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

November 19, 2014 “What’s going on with the state retirement system?” the retired woman asked me. She’d started a business but needed retirement income to keep things going. “Wisconsin’s system is the best funded in the country,” I told her. “But we’ve got to carefully watch what happens there.” More than one out of ten Wisconsinites participates ...

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Deer Hunters Ask “What About that Private/Public Thing?”

Nov 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

November 12, 2014 “What happens if I have a public permit because I’m not rich enough to afford a private one?” the deer hunter asked me. “I shoot a deer and it runs across the road. There’s my deer. It’s not dead. But I don’t have a private permit to go get it.” “It just seems to ...

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Budget Numbers: Is It Really All Smoke and Mirrors?

Nov 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

November 5, 2014 “Are we in the red or in the black? What’s the truth? What’s the reality?” The rural Trempealeau County woman was clearly frustrated. “What do the figures really mean?” she asked me. “Is there a big hole? Or not? Is it all smoke and mirrors?” Fresh off the rhetoric of the campaign trail, people are ...

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Voting? No Photo ID Required, Yet

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 29, 2014 “I haven’t voted in three years,” a Galesville fairgoer told me this summer. He leaned up against the pole barn at the Trempealeau County Fair and shoved his fingers in his pockets. “I don’t want to show up and be told I can’t vote.” Changes in voting rules are confusing. A requirement to have ...

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A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 22, 2014 “Tell us about the Transportation Constitutional Amendment,” the Eau Claire man asked. On November 4th people have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution. The question, paraphrased, is: should money collected in gas tax and motor vehicle registration fees be kept in the Transportation Fund and used only for transportation ...

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Is Drug Testing Applicants for Public Programs a Wise Idea?

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

October 15, 2014 “If you require drug testing for unemployment insurance claims are you going to drug test farmers for crop insurance next?” the Colfax farmer asked the candidate. In several recent legislative forums, local candidates advocated for a proposal to drug test people making Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and unemployment insurance claims. Is this a good ...

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