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Problems Left for the Next Budget Writers

Sep 20, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

September 20, 2017 “Policy is who pays, who doesn’t pay and where the money gets spent,” said the President of the NAACP in a recent speech. Policy making was center stage at the State Capitol when the long delayed $76 billion two-year state budget was rushed to passage just days after a majority of lawmakers voted to ...

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When “Up” is “Down” – Trying to understand last minute deals taking away local powers

Sep 14, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

September 13, 2017 A last-minute budget amendment has folks in Western Wisconsin very worried. Locals have spent seven years negotiating with large sand mines to reach agreements that allow neighbors and mines to co-exist. In some cases, locals decided certain sensitive and tourist areas needed protection from mines. All the careful negotiations appear poised to go out the ...

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Wisconsin’s Long Journey toward a Living Wage

Sep 5, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

September 6, 2017 “For an adult with a family who has to pay for food, clothing, and a place to live, and be able to pay for a car, the minimum wage is clearly not high enough,” wrote Bethany of Eleva-Strum High School. Wisconsin was one of the first states to enact a Living Wage.  The law ...

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Where Are the People? Ideological groups push de-licensing plan

Aug 30, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

August 30, 2017 “This bill does not allow for public the public even aware? You’re not allowing the public to have adequate input into this issue,” testified Stephanie Bloomingdale. Ms. Bloomingdale is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. She represented many workers who, along with the rest of us, just found out about bills that ...

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“Thank you, Wisconsin, for the Beautiful Gift”

Aug 22, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

August 23, 2017 “Friends in the Wisconsin Legislature, we beg you: Sign that bad deal with Foxconn,” recently wrote the Chicago Sun Times editorial board. “It’s the neighborly thing to do.” The Wisconsin Assembly obliged the Chicago newspaper and recently voted 50-39 to approve the Governor’s deal with the Taiwanese company, Foxconn. But lawmakers were not voting on ...

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