50 stunning years under DNR; 50 more?

As the Department of Natural Resources turns 50, it’s appropriate to take note of the remarkable environmental and conservation progress since its birth, while remaining mindful of the need for enlightened governance and balance between the use of… Read more

UWM deserves fair shake in campus investment

It qualifies as big news that UW – Madison has won approval from the UW Regents and state government for $220 million in capital projects, including $123 million for a chemistry building renovation and addition. The building dates to 1964 and is… Read more

Piecemeal reorganization of UWS marches on

Piece by piece, without an overall strategic plan, forced by financial constraints, the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is undergoing reorganization. The latest major departure from long-established UWS structure is the decision by UW –… Read more

Bucky Tuition Promise: small step in right direction

Becky Blank and John and Tashia Morgridge have opened the doors wide to applicants from low- and medium-income families who want to go to college at UW – Madison. The Morgridges, who grew up in Wauwatosa, met at UW – Madison and made a… Read more

Warren, Jami, Jeff, We Need Your Help on Health Costs

Memo to: Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, Jami Diamond Memo from: John Torinus, health care payer Subject: New Business Model for Health Care Fellow Victims of the Medical Industrial Complex (MIC): As three major payers for health care for your more… Read more

Health care insurers seek better business model

Ostensibly, health insurers have long been on the side of the insureds, namely employers and their employees who pay the nation’s health care bills. But tectonic plates are moving in the delivery of health care, and it’s not so clear any… Read more

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