Big initiatives launched to save Great Lakes

Of all the issues facing Wisconsin, protection of our challenged fresh water assets has to be right at the top. So, the concept forwarded by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to create a Freshwater Collaborative that encompasses the… Read more

Bernie’s numbers look low for Medicare for All

Introduction: Since health costs are looming as the biggest issue in the 2020 presidential election and are by far the biggest economic issue facing the country, I will be writing a series of pieces on the management of health costs, which every… Read more

Exits tell story on effective job creation strategy

When entrepreneurs make a big exit, as the Wendorff family did recently, it should be front-page news and cause for celebration. As high-growth entrepreneurs take their often-difficult, lengthy adventures to a big pay-day, lots of good things… Read more

Calling all UW scientists to save the perch

It is a perpetual puzzlement that the major conservation issues facing Wisconsin seldom animate leaders of our political parties. The latest to draw a lack of response from either party is development of “a yellow perch desert” in Lake… Read more

UWM goes entrepreneurship-heavy

Not many universities in the Untied States squarely identify themselves with entrepreneurship. Most are entrepreneurship-light with a few courses and programs mixed into standard curriculum. Last week, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee… Read more

President Trump: please cut deal for soybean exports to China

The new numbers on our trade imbalance with China hit an all-time high of $419 billion in 2018, up from $347 billion in 2016 before President Trump took office on 2017. That rise comes despite his two-year trade war with China, a major conflict… Read more

Pols need to check out real reforms by employers

Just as the national debate ramps up on a government take-over of the nation’s health care, it looks like employers and market forces have already worked out a business model that is taming previously out-of-control health costs. A lead article… Read more

Bats, fellow mammals, are our friends

If you should meet a bat, thank a fellow mammal. He or she ate 4500 insects yesterday, including a banquet of mosquitoes. If you don’t see one, worry about it. Better yet, do something about it. The sad facts are that some bat species,… Read more

Purdue ‘moves’ — a Wisconsin strategic model?

In his “Annual Open Letter to the People of Purdue,” President Mitch Daniels paints a very challenging marketplace for Midwestern colleges and universities and the resulting need for strategic innovation. It’s a remarkable piece of… Read more

Many players made for successful M7 venture exit

Can anyone explain to me why the Wisconsin business media doesn’t get the profound impact of successful exits on the state’s startup economy? I tried peddling a nice story on the successful exit of a Milwaukee advanced manufacturing… Read more