Will Aurora merger pay off for customers?

For the life of me, I can’s see how the proposed mega-merger between Aurora Health Care of Wisconsin and Advocate Health Care Network of Illinois will benefit payers like my company Serigraph or its co-workers. Nick Turkal, CEO of Aurora… Read more

Corporate giants enter Milwaukee startup game

Building block by building block, many players are creating a dynamic startup ecosystem in the Milwaukee region and Wisconsin as a whole. The latest entrants to this vital endeavor are Northwestern Mutual Life and Aurora Health. NML and… Read more

Wisconsin escapes from ‘tax hell’

After two decades of shining a spotlight on Wisconsin as a high tax state, Todd Berry is retiring as president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA). He is leaving on top. Todd Berry, head of Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (Disclosure: I… Read more

Re: Foxconn: Too Many Gophers at UW — Madison

The time has come for Wisconsin political leaders to address the state’s brain drain, and they can start by renegotiating the student reciprocity agreement with Minnesota. The trip wire for the necessity to deal head-on with the loss of… Read more

Will Trump, GOP makes taxes more fair?

Republicans in the White House and Congress have not tipped their hands on tax reform, other than to say they want corporate and personal income taxes to go south instead of north. Most importantly, they have not expressed themselves on one of the… Read more

Conservation challenges fade from public agenda

Journalist Dan Egan, the foremost chronicler of the challenges to the Great Lakes, just reported that two more invasive micro-species have been found in the lakes. The story is on the inside pages of the Milwaukee JournalSentinel. More than 180 had… Read more

How about Green Tier II for Foxconn?

The Wisconsin win of the gigantic Foxconn manufacturing plant for Southeastern Wisconsin creates as opportunity to apply some new thinking about how to regulate the environmental side of its operations. Instead of the adversarial model that most… Read more

Packers’ gold goes to more charities

Are your ready for some Green Bay Packers’ football? I am especially ready this year because The Packers have stepped up the philanthropic nature of the corporation. The Pack is about more than football. When you buy your ticket, it’s… Read more

Could Wisconsin boom like Seattle? One vote for ‘Yes’

Erik Iverson sees Wisconsin poised for the same kind of boom that Seattle experienced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. photo credit: warf.org He is the new managing director of the WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation), a position he… Read more

A third way: Default to Medicare Advantage for all

Most Republican leaders at state and national levels are proving that they are as clueless about reforming health care economics as the wonks who designed Obamacare. At the Wisconsin level, Republicans and Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee… Read more