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Op Ed: Avoid Partisan Gridlock, Let Voters Decide
Op Ed

Avoid Partisan Gridlock, Let Voters Decide

Referendums on key issues like state funding for K-12 and UW System could solve partisan divide.

Op Ed: Remembering George H.W. Bush
Op Ed

Remembering George H.W. Bush

One of the most down-to-earth guys you'd ever meet, he accomplished a lot.

Op Ed: The War Against Ala Carte Medical Pricing
Op Ed

The War Against Ala Carte Medical Pricing

It's the most expensive way to go and payers are increasingly rebelling.

Op Ed: President Trump is Beyond Divisive
Op Ed

President Trump is Beyond Divisive

He respects no one, maybe not even himself, and never seeks win-win outcomes.

Op Ed: 25 UW Campuses Strapped for Funds
Op Ed

25 UW Campuses Strapped for Funds

UW-Madison doing fine but other 25 campuses, including Milwaukee, have taken big hits to funding.

Op Ed: Land Trust Groups Work on Conservation
Op Ed

Land Trust Groups Work on Conservation

State’s 46 land trusts boast 25,000 members, have protected 538,000 acres in Wisconsin.

Op Ed: Extreme Partisanship Prevents National Solutions
Op Ed

Extreme Partisanship Prevents National Solutions

Could political reforms improve the state and national political system?

Op Ed: Where Will Walker, Evers Take Economy?
Op Ed

Where Will Walker, Evers Take Economy?

State in slow growth mode. Two candidates have very different approaches to this.

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

Much quicker passage, less public input, in first legislative session under Walker, analysis finds.

Op Ed: In Defense of Journalists
Op Ed

In Defense of Journalists

Trump is the enemy of truth. Journalists are still the best protection of a democratic nation.

Op Ed: Venture Investments On the Rise
Op Ed

Venture Investments On the Rise

Half billion in angel and venture investments in last two years great news for state.

Op Ed: Another Win for M7 Partnerships
Op Ed

Another Win for M7 Partnerships

$40 Million from Northwestern Mutual for Data Sciences at MU and UWM will have big impact.

Op Ed: Trump Dead Wrong on Canadian Trade
Op Ed

Trump Dead Wrong on Canadian Trade

We have a trade surplus with Canada, so a tariff war with our closest ally will only hurt U.S.

Op Ed: UWM Is Suffering a Brain Drain
Op Ed

UWM Is Suffering a Brain Drain

Talented faculty leaving. Business leaders and others should push for greater funding.

Op Ed: Trump’s Tariffs Hurt Wisconsin Economy
Op Ed

Trump’s Tariffs Hurt Wisconsin Economy

And his immigration policies impair the ability of employers to fill jobs.

Op Ed: Will Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates Take On The Big Issues?
Op Ed

Will Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates Take On The Big Issues?

They all want to repeal Act 10. What they should do is deal with state's pressing issues.

Op Ed: It’s a Great Time to Graduate
Op Ed

It’s a Great Time to Graduate

But don’t be afraid to switch jobs, careers. And don’t ever stop learning.

Op Ed: The Fight Against Medical Industrial Complex
Op Ed

The Fight Against Medical Industrial Complex

Some signs of progress. Prices still rising but not as much.

Op Ed: Rockwell, West Bend Lead Way in Ethics
Op Ed

Rockwell, West Bend Lead Way in Ethics

In contrast to VW or Wells Fargo, two state companies lead way with ethical standards.

Op Ed: Foxconn Deal Will Actually Lose Jobs
Op Ed

Foxconn Deal Will Actually Lose Jobs

That $4 billion, if spent in usual fashion by state government, would create far more jobs.

Op Ed: UW-Oshkosh Criminal Charges a Mistake
Op Ed

UW-Oshkosh Criminal Charges a Mistake

Smells of prosecutorial overreach, but shows need for tightening UW System rules.

Op Ed: 8 Issues Facing Health Care System
Op Ed

8 Issues Facing Health Care System

There will be disruptions “at a rate and scale never seen before.”

Op Ed: State Needs to Invest More In UWM
Op Ed

State Needs to Invest More In UWM

It’s critical to region’s economy. WOW county leaders should push for this.

Op Ed: UW System Changes Too Piecemeal
Op Ed

UW System Changes Too Piecemeal

Example: UW-Stevens Point reducing liberal arts. System-wide strategic plan is needed.

Op Ed: White House Firings Are Not Okay
Op Ed

White House Firings Are Not Okay

Disarray in government ultimately hurts the people you serve.

Op Ed: Milwaukee Film Cluster Could Be a Star
Op Ed

Milwaukee Film Cluster Could Be a Star

New effort is a classic example of reinventing the Rust Belt.

Op Ed: Walker Speech More About Politics Than Policy
Op Ed

Walker Speech More About Politics Than Policy

State-of-the-state speech was politically crafty, but ignored some major issues.

Data Wonk: Will Federal Tax Plan Succeed?
Data Wonk

Will Federal Tax Plan Succeed?

Past economic data suggests it won’t. And voters think it will fail.

Op Ed: Foxconn’s Low Return on State Investment
Op Ed

Foxconn’s Low Return on State Investment

Other state subsidies will have far greater jobs created per tax dollar spent.

Op Ed: Health Care Insurers Shaking Up Market
Op Ed

Health Care Insurers Shaking Up Market

Some are even buying health care providers. Changes could be good for consumers.

Does Tax Plan Enrich Ron Johnson?

Does Tax Plan Enrich Ron Johnson?

And will changes senator championed help small businesses? A look at the numbers.

Op Ed: Ron Johnson a Hero for Small Businesses
Op Ed

Ron Johnson a Hero for Small Businesses

His objections push Republicans to add federal tax breaks for small businesses.

Op Ed: Buyout Of Rockwell A Bad Idea
Op Ed

Buyout Of Rockwell A Bad Idea

Better for the company long term if Rockwell rejects takeover bid by Emerson Electric.

Op Ed: How CROWE Can Help State Economy
Op Ed

How CROWE Can Help State Economy

The launching of UW-Madison Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy is much needed.

Op Ed: UW System Reorganization a Bold Plan
Op Ed

UW System Reorganization a Bold Plan

What’s good and what could be improved in UW President Ray Cross’s proposal.

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?

Presenting the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance
Press Release

Presenting the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance

Former DreamWorks SKG executive hired as director of new organization created to cultivate, connect, and catalyze Milwaukee area film industry

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: 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: 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 Could Save the Great Lakes
Op Ed

Trump Could Save the Great Lakes

Instead of cutting funding, he could address invasive species.

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: 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: 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 Hurt Wisconsin
Op Ed

Medicaid Block Grants Could Hurt Wisconsin

20% of state’s citizens, 1.1 million, depend on Medicaid. Block grant system would threaten them with cutbacks.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

State Is Biased Against Newer Businesses

State Is Biased Against Newer Businesses

Hundreds of million in tax breaks for big companies, peanuts for small ones that create most jobs.

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.

Torinus: Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?
Torinus

Can Ryan Succeed as Speaker?

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

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?

Statement from Rep. Barca on massive layoffs at long-term care organization in Slinger
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Barca on massive layoffs at long-term care organization in Slinger

"The governor’s lack of planning and inclusiveness and failure to involve people in important public policy has had devastating consequences for the citizens of our state"