John Torinus

John Torinus is the chairman of Serigraph Inc. and a former Milwaukee Sentinel business editor who blogs regularly at johntorinus.com.

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Op Ed: Will Governor Candidates Duck Big Issues?
Op Ed

Will Governor Candidates Duck Big Issues?

Health care reform and UW reorganization are big issues Walker and his opponent may punt.

Op Ed: Environment Fading As Public Issue
Op Ed

Environment Fading As Public Issue

Wisconsin needs a renewed dialogue on the protection of our natural resources.

Op Ed: Trump Says “You’re Fired” to Republicans
Op Ed

Trump Says “You’re Fired” to Republicans

He’s at war with nearly every GOP leader; where does that leave the party?

Op Ed: Foxconn Should Embrace Green Goals
Op Ed

Foxconn Should Embrace Green Goals

They’ve operated with high environmental standards in Mexico. Why not in Wisconsin?

Op Ed: How to Get a Better Deal From Foxconn
Op Ed

How to Get a Better Deal From Foxconn

Company is a famously hard-nosed negotiator. State must be, too.

Op Ed: Non-Profit Packers Give to Charity
Op Ed

Non-Profit Packers Give to Charity

The franchise gives back to state, proving it is really America’s Team.

Op Ed: Foxconn Deal Could Be a Winner
Op Ed

Foxconn Deal Could Be a Winner

But the cost-benefit ratio should be carefully examined.

Op Ed: The Health Care Speech Ryan Should Give
Op Ed

The Health Care Speech Ryan Should Give

Try a managed cared plan that covers primary care for all.

Op Ed: Could Wisconsin Boom Like Seattle?
Op Ed

Could Wisconsin Boom Like Seattle?

WARF leader, former Seattle resident, offers road map to get us there.

Op Ed: The Medicare Advantage
Op Ed

The Medicare Advantage

It has consumer choice, competition and lower costs. A better model than Medicaid.

Op Ed: Lubar Center Accelerates Startups
Op Ed

Lubar Center Accelerates Startups

UWM's entrepreneurship center to be a highly visible hub for region’s startup economy.

Op Ed: Walker Is No Tommy Thompson
Op Ed

Walker Is No Tommy Thompson

But in his less inclusive, more political way, he may be just as successful.

Op Ed: Why Not a 4% Flat Tax for State?
Op Ed

Why Not a 4% Flat Tax for State?

Proposal drops income tax to 4% for all, adds sales tax on gas.

Op Ed: Trump Should Go Big on Health Care
Op Ed

Trump Should Go Big on Health Care

Turn states loose as innovators, create 50 different pilot plans.

Op Ed: Is Wisconsin Now a Red State?
Op Ed

Is Wisconsin Now a Red State?

With Ziegler victory, Democrats' decline, state now looks very red.

Op Ed: Trump Could Save the Great Lakes
Op Ed

Trump Could Save the Great Lakes

Instead of cutting funding, he could address invasive species.

Op Ed: Why Trump’s Art of the Deal Failed
Op Ed

Why Trump’s Art of the Deal Failed

He knows little about health care, and Ryan had the wrong plan.

Op Ed: Please Rethink Those Trump Tariffs
Op Ed

Please Rethink Those Trump Tariffs

A tariff wall will just force companies like mine to raise prices.

Op Ed: Where Will We Get Our Journalism?
Op Ed

Where Will We Get Our Journalism?

Journal Sentinel’s dramatic decline leaves huge void to be filled.

Op Ed: Ryan Health Care Plan Misfires
Op Ed

Ryan Health Care Plan Misfires

Private companies left out of discussion, may be pushed to drop employee coverage.

Op Ed: Huge Savings From State Self-Insurance
Op Ed

Huge Savings From State Self-Insurance

State employee managed health care plan could save $650 million per year.

Op Ed: Milwaukee Catching Madison On Startups
Op Ed

Milwaukee Catching Madison On Startups

Two new venture funds could push this city ahead in startup companies.

Op Ed: 6 Wisconsin Innovators On Health Care
Op Ed

6 Wisconsin Innovators On Health Care

GOP Obamacare “replacers” consulting wrong people, should talk with real problem solvers.

Op Ed: UW System Needs Tighter Financial Controls
Op Ed

UW System Needs Tighter Financial Controls

UW-Oshkosh scandal points to problem. Yet Walker opposed UW system audit.

Op Ed: In Defense Of The Press
Op Ed

In Defense Of The Press

President declares war on the media. But we’ll get a straighter story from them.

Op Ed: Grow UWM To Grow Metro Economy
Op Ed

Grow UWM To Grow Metro Economy

More funding should get bipartisan support from governor, legislators. Will it?

Op Ed: Medicaid Block Grants Could Benefit State
Op Ed

Medicaid Block Grants Could Benefit State

But only if the proposed change is handled properly.

Op Ed: Sykes Exits Cruel World He Helped Create
Op Ed

Sykes Exits Cruel World He Helped Create

His talk radio show was part of the problem. Will he help find solutions?

Op Ed: Make Lemonade From Trump’s Lemons
Op Ed

Make Lemonade From Trump’s Lemons

However chaotic his style, his team could take on issues like China trade imbalance.

Op-Ed: State Jobs Engine Running at Half Speed
Op-Ed

State Jobs Engine Running at Half Speed

Wisconsin trails the nation, needs comprehensive economic development program.

Op-Ed: Trump Could Trigger a Trade War
Op-Ed

Trump Could Trigger a Trade War

Which could badly damage the economy. A business exec looks at Trump’s policies.

Op-Ed: How to Replace Obamacare
Op-Ed

How to Replace Obamacare

Here’s a blueprint for a GOP health care plan with seven key ingredients.

Op-Ed: Can Trump Govern?
Op-Ed

Can Trump Govern?

Can the draft dodger, debt welcher, business bankrupter and philanderer actually lead?

Op-Ed: Treat Start-up Companies Like the Bucks
Op-Ed

Treat Start-up Companies Like the Bucks

$250 million spent on NBA arena could launch 500 high-growth start-up businesses.

Op-Ed: Will President Hillary Clinton Heal Divide?
Op-Ed

Will President Hillary Clinton Heal Divide?

Her opportunity is great… if she can overcome her flaws.

Op-Ed: Can Republicans Recover From Trump?
Op-Ed

Can Republicans Recover From Trump?

Party needs a new brand, new policies, more pragmatism.

Op-Ed: Health Costs And Rise of Trump, Sanders
Op-Ed

Health Costs And Rise of Trump, Sanders

The costs fueled a revolt, and are still rising under Obamacare. Is there a better way?

Op-Ed: Agenda Items for Walker’s Second Act
Op-Ed

Agenda Items for Walker’s Second Act

Gov. Walker needs to focus on policy, including job creation in Milwaukee, not politics.

Op-Ed: Two New Knees for Just $39,000
Op-Ed

Two New Knees for Just $39,000

Value healthcare approach saves thousands of dollars for both employee and company.

Op-Ed: Gov. Walker Needs a Second Act
Op-Ed

Gov. Walker Needs a Second Act

Progress has been made, but big initiatives are needed to secure Wisconsin’s prosperity.

Op-Ed: Mr. Trump, West Bend Ain’t Milwaukee
Op-Ed

Mr. Trump, West Bend Ain’t Milwaukee

Trump stumps for African American votes before a crowd with not one black person.

Op-Ed: Anti-Trade Movement Will Hurt State
Op-Ed

Anti-Trade Movement Will Hurt State

Wisconsin is a net exporter of products, yet Trump, Clinton, Feingold oppose global trade pacts.

Op-Ed: Good News on Worker’s Comp
Op-Ed

Good News on Worker’s Comp

Worker's comp rates decreased 3.2% which is good for Wisconsin's economy. But it could be a lot better.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin’s New Economy Taking Off
Op-Ed

Wisconsin’s New Economy Taking Off

More than half a billion was invested in startup companies in last two years.

Op-Ed: Value Healthcare Could Change America
Op-Ed

Value Healthcare Could Change America

Four-fifths of companies with more than 200 employees now self-insure. Huge savings result.

Op-Ed: Vote For Gridlock in November
Op-Ed

Vote For Gridlock in November

Don’t like Trump or Clinton? Support Paul Ryan and GOP House, so they can play defense.

Op-Ed: Shades of McCarthyism in Donald Trump
Op-Ed

Shades of McCarthyism in Donald Trump

He was trained by Joe McCarthy lieutenant Roy Cohn and uses Joe’s tactics.

Op-Ed: Contraceptives Key to Fighting Poverty Cycle
Op-Ed

Contraceptives Key to Fighting Poverty Cycle

UW-Madison study shows long-acting contraceptives like IUDs reduce unwanted pregnancies, single moms, poverty.

Op-Ed: 7 Ways to Improve UW System
Op-Ed

7 Ways to Improve UW System

Ray Cross and regents need to take bold steps in face of financial cuts.

Op-Ed: The Problem With Publicly-Owned Companies
Op-Ed

The Problem With Publicly-Owned Companies

Wall Street kingpin Byron Trott, speaking in Milwaukee, extols private and family companies.

Op-Ed: Marquette/Aurora Partnership Shows Leadership
Op-Ed

Marquette/Aurora Partnership Shows Leadership

New $120 million athletics research center may have more economic impact than Bucks arena.

Op-Ed: Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?
Op-Ed

Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?

GOP should stick to its principles and reject Trump. Ryan could lead the way.

Op-Ed: How Hillary Could Win GOP Votes
Op-Ed

How Hillary Could Win GOP Votes

Many Republicans won’t support Trump. Clinton could appeal, with the right policies.

Op-Ed: City’s Health Coverage a Huge Success
Op-Ed

City’s Health Coverage a Huge Success

Milwaukee's success holding down costs of employee health care echoes that of some private employers.

Op-Ed: 22 Reasons To Oppose Trump
Op-Ed

22 Reasons To Oppose Trump

Here are my reasons. Submit yours and we'll compile a list of 100 objections to The Donald.

Op-Ed: Where Are Presidential Candidates’ Solutions?
Op-Ed

Where Are Presidential Candidates’ Solutions?

Firebrand candidates inflame issues, overlook middle-ground fixes to nation's problems.

Op-Ed: In Defense Of The 1 Percent
Op-Ed

In Defense Of The 1 Percent

What they pay in taxes and why Bernie Sanders is wrong.

Op-Ed: Walker Targets Health Care Savings
Op-Ed

Walker Targets Health Care Savings

Self-insurance for state employees would get business support. But GOP legislators resist idea. Why?

Op-Ed: Why the Denver Development Boom?
Op-Ed

Why the Denver Development Boom?

A combination of tax limits and new taxes helped transform its downtown.

Torinus: Cheap Surgery on a Tourist Isle
Torinus

Cheap Surgery on a Tourist Isle

Ascension Health, big player in area health care, co-owns surgery center on Grand Cayman Island

Torinus: No, Walker Didn’t Lose Oscar Mayer
Torinus

No, Walker Didn’t Lose Oscar Mayer

Company's decision to shut down Madison plant was all about cost cutting.

Torinus: Despite Budget Cuts, UWM Keeps Innovating
Torinus

Despite Budget Cuts, UWM Keeps Innovating

More partnerships, more patents, more research, more endowment funds.

Torinus: Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?
Torinus

Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?

If he seeks innovative solutions, he might forge some grand compromises.

Torinus: How the Mighty Have Fallen
Torinus

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Journal Sentinel staff a third of what if was 20 years ago. Under Gannett it will only get worse.

Torinus: 10 Reasons Ryan Shouldn’t Run for Speaker
Torinus

10 Reasons Ryan Shouldn’t Run for Speaker

Serving as Speaker of the House would hurt Ryan, his party and the country.

Torinus: 7 Ways to Fight the Brain Drain
Torinus

7 Ways to Fight the Brain Drain

UW System cuts don't help, but taking the right steps can improve system and retain graduates.

Torinus: What Is Walker’s New Agenda?
Torinus

What Is Walker’s New Agenda?

Economy, environment, health care, central city problems and UW system all need serious attention.

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

They offered great entertainment, but candidates are missing some huge issues.

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Business and farmers want immigrants. A middle ground solution is needed.

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Republican proposal to merge them is neither timely nor well thought out.

Walker the War Hawk

Walker the War Hawk

As presidential candidate, Walker offers bellicose policies that would provoke Russia.

Abele and Lubar Help Startup Businesses

Abele and Lubar Help Startup Businesses

M7 region needs more entrepreneurs to reinvent economy.

UW System Needs Reorganization

UW System Needs Reorganization

Create true regional governance and move power away from Madison.

Op-Ed: Why We Need Term Limits
Op-Ed

Why We Need Term Limits

Shirley Abrahamson has served 39 years. Fred Risser has served 60 years. Maybe that's too long.

Why We Need the WEDC

Why We Need the WEDC

Yes, the state jobs agency has made mistakes, but has great value and simply needs retuning.

Wisconsin’s Economy Still Needs Help

Wisconsin’s Economy Still Needs Help

The business climate has improved under Walker but state still lacks a coherent vision of the future.

Valley of Death Hurts Startup Businesses

Valley of Death Hurts Startup Businesses

State could help with WHEDA funding. Why not try it on a pilot basis?

Workers Comp Reform Could Help Business, Unions

Workers Comp Reform Could Help Business, Unions

It could also help the state budget. So why haven't Republicans embraced the idea?

How Local Economy Hurt by UWM Cuts

How Local Economy Hurt by UWM Cuts

Epic Creative, a fast-growing West Bend company, depends on graduates of UWM's excellent film department, which faces cutbacks.

Seeking New Vision for Wisconsin Education

Seeking New Vision for Wisconsin Education

Meeting of statewide educators and community leaders finds a need to rethink UW System and better connect it to business and K-12 schools.

A Tale of Two Health Plans

A Tale of Two Health Plans

A private company's managed-care plan is far less costly than the state employee health care plan. What can we learn from that?

Bipartisan Majority Favors Conservation Program

Bipartisan Majority Favors Conservation Program

Survey shows nearly 90% in Wisconsin favor state stewardship program; will legislature protect program Walker wants to kill?

Can Ray Cross Reposition the UW System?

Can Ray Cross Reposition the UW System?

Legislators see it as a Madison-centered liberal redoubt. Maybe it needs a stronger base in Milwaukee.

Who Is Running The Ship?

Who Is Running The Ship?

While Walker campaigns for president, it's not clear who is running state government.

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

It's processed 41 patents in last nine years. But state funding cuts could endanger its growth.