Category Archives: Business and Government

New casinos: not real economic development

The expensive battle between the Potawatomi and Menominee tribes over permission to build a giant new casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin has unending twists, turns, pros and cons, but there is one thing it isn’t. It isn’t economic… Read more

Pathways to happier Labor Days in Heartland

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, and dangerous foreign entanglements aside, the biggest and most intractable challenge facing America has to be joblessness, particularly in our inner cities. The national unemployment rate has dropped… Read more

Revenue source for strapped universities: entrepreneurs

As state support for the UW systems continues to fall, the new chancellor of UW-Madison, Rebecca Blank, has announced her intention to go dialing for dollars among its far-flung alumnae. She has little choice. As long as the federal and state… Read more

More execution, less talk on state, regional futures

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has weighed in with yet another slice-and-dice of the woes of the metro area. It was meant to be a “conversation starter.” To be straight about it, we really don’t need more “conversation” about our… Read more

250,000 jobs — a long term deal

The lack of specificity in the points and counter-points during and after Gov. Walker’s state of the state speech this week demonstrates that political leaders at all levels of government have few rock solid ideas about how to create jobs in the… Read more

Mining company fumbles on PR front

Gogebic Taconite needs a public relations expert. It continues to hide quietly in the wings as a new ferrous mining bill takes shape in the Capitol for consideration in the new legislature in January. It continues to hold out an unclear… Read more

Walker: long on fiscal results, rankings, short on jobs

As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sets himself up to win a second term in 2014 and to position himself as a presidential contender in 2016, he needs to make good on his number one objective from his 2010 campaign: job creation. He has proved he can… Read more

Where are real jobs numbers?

We are nine weeks past the filing by 96% of Wisconsin employers of their jobs data for unemployment insurance (UI) purposes, so why don’t we have those hard census numbers? The second quarter ended June 30, and businesses have 30… Read more

Still faster jobs numbers possible

Give Reggie Newson credit for speeding up the release of hard numbers on Wisconsin job totals. Newson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, has just issued the jobs totals from the census of the state’s employers as of… Read more

Save me from Chicago as a savior

Some big thinkers, looking for big answers for the troubles afflicting the Milwaukee economy, keep looking south to Chicago. They describe the Great Lakes region around Chicago as a mega-metropolitan area, of which the Milwaukee region is a… Read more