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

Startup economy accelerates with Lubar Center

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is putting on a new face. It stamped itself as an “E University” (Entrepreneurship U) with an inaugural ceremony Thursday for the soon-to-be-built Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. The 24,000 square foot… Read more

To cure tapeworm, state employees need self-insurance

As far as I can see, there is only one Republican leader in Wisconsin who understands the Medical Industrial Complex that has been driving health costs to an unsustainable level. Most Republicans just don’t get that god-awful costs are at the… Read more

4% flat tax for Wisconsin: a lot to like

Give Rep. Dale Kooyenga and Assembly Republicans credit for thinking big about Wisconsin’s tax base. dalekooyenga.com His Assembly bill that addresses the biggest sore thumbs in the current tax posture of the state has drawn skepticism from… Read more

Time for long ball on health care reform

Avid golfer Donald Trump hit an iron off the tee with his first run at repealing and replacing Obamacare. Predictably, it fell short. President Trump Golfing- photo credit NY Times It’s time for him to get out “the big dog,” the driver,… Read more

Trump wrong-footed on Great Lakes action

Bighead Carp | Photo Credit: Kate Gardiner President Trump likes bold executive orders to shake things up. So here are a couple that could endear him to the voters in the Midwestern fly-over states who put him in the Oval Office. He could… Read more

What happened to Trump’s Art of the Deal?

President Donald Trump President Trump may know a thing or two about hotel deals, but he totally flubbed the art of the deal with Republicans in Congress as they tried to replace Obamacare. So did his quarterback in the House, Speaker Paul… Read more

Trump must think win-win on trade

Warren Buffett “Please, President Trump, don’t throw me in that briar patch.” That’s the reaction of Serigraph and other American suppliers that operate primarily in the United States as they contemplate his proposed construction of a… Read more

GOP replacement plan: missed opportunities

Paul Ryan: Speaker of the United States House of Representatives In their rush to repeal and replace Obamacare, Paul Ryan’s Republicans in the House essentially punted. They had seven years while vehemently opposing the Affordable Care Act… Read more

Milwaukee catching Madison on startups

Move over, Madison, the startup economy is also on the march in Milwaukee. Two new venture funds in the Milwaukee region constitute another chapter along the entrepreneurial trajectory in the region. For the last ten years, there has been a… Read more