Serving Wisconsin: Retiring Senators Offer Wisdom

Dec 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 10, 2014 “There is a yearning outside the Capitol for common sense, cooperation and compromise,” Senator Tim Cullen told his fellow Senators. “You all know how to do this if you’ve been married for more than 15 days.” As 2014 comes to a close, so do the public careers of several extraordinary Senators. I listened carefully ...

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Enjoy 100 Miles of Christmas

Dec 2, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 3, 2014 “It’s the holidays,” the Buffalo County man told me. “It’s time to enjoy all we have here.” This farmer will be joining many others who take time to travel the Great River Road during the Holiday Season. Communities along the Mississippi River are rolling out the welcome mat for holiday travelers. They want you ...

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Recent School Referenda Pass; Voters Show Strong Support for Local Schools

Nov 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

November 26, 2014   “I voted for the referendum,” the Mondovi woman told me. “I don’t have kids. I know it’s going to raise my property taxes. I don’t want to pay more, but I think we need to keep good schools.” All across Wisconsin voters chose to raise property taxes in support of their schools by passing ...

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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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Eau Claire, WI 54702