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How one Midwestern city saved its downtown

Go to downtown West Bend on a Saturday night or a sunny Sunday afternoon and you will see what a busy place it has become. It’s jumping. The downtown has become really lively, even on weekday nights. So, what’s changed? It must be the build up of many different attractions. For almost 50 years since the first serious ...

Drug hyperinflation erases health cost savings

Despite the best efforts of all kinds of smart people to put a brake on health cost inflation, the pharmaceutical industry keeps putting its heavy foot on the gas pedal. Take Serigraph Inc, my organization, as an example. The managers and co-workers collaborated to drive costs down by $259,000 in 2016. That’s a nice reduction in ...

Want Wisconsin road money? Then self-insure

For the Republican legislators looking for $300 million in the 2017-2019 state budget for road building, there’s a ready solution. Gov. Walker, who repeatedly gets elected by holding the line on taxes, steadfastly refuses to raise gasoline taxes, and many GOP legislators agree. They are wary of toll roads and probably don’t want to raise car ...

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When exploding health care costs threatened Serigraph's solvency, CEO John Torinus Jr. searched the country for solutions. Using his findings, Torinus applied innovative, cutting-edge strategies and cut his company's health care expenses well below the national average while improving his employees' care.