Author Archives: johntorinus

Packers brass could have offered Rodgers a seat at the table

There is a cynical quip in business and financial matters that goes: “When they say it’s not about the money; it’s about the money.” That, however, doesn’t appear to be entirely the case in Green Bay in the deep-running rift … Read the rest

Whither go the 13 UW Colleges across the state?

A recent commentary in the Daily News reported that I implied in a recent column “that, perhaps the two-year colleges were no longer a necessary part of the University System.” I must have been unclear in what I wrote because … Read the rest

COVID drop in health costs won’t last

Businesses and their employees took an assortment of body blows to their finances in the year after COVID struck in early 2020, but there was one surprising offset to those losses: a sharp reduction in health care costs. People decided … Read the rest

Despite divisions, red, white and blue runs deep

Most Americans are basking in the afterglow of what is perhaps the best holiday in this country, the Fourth of July. It was a wonderful All-American day. The one-day pause in our daily routines brings Americans and their families together … Read the rest

State leaders weak on growth initiatives

If you have been in business for a while, you will have learned that you can’t cut your way to success. Layoffs, cutbacks in new equipment, deferring maintenance, shelving R&D, may be necessary to get through some tough patches, but … Read the rest

R&D spending, startup funding surge in Wisconsin

I made a mistake in a recent column on our university system, and I’m glad I was wrong. In one bullet point, I reported that research and development dollars had fallen off at our state’s research powerhouse, the University of … Read the rest

Manydeeds will walk UW high wire balancing act

With a changing of the guard in key positions at the University of Wisconsin, there is shaking and baking going on in favor of a system-wide strategic plan. There has been plenty of conversation over the years about the need … Read the rest

Biden Must Confront Putin on Ransomware

FBI director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee that companies should not pay ransom to get their computer systems working again. Easy for him to say. Thousands of US companies, large and medium sized, have been hacked and … Read the rest

Country needs to bring home major industries

One of the great learnings coming out the COVID near-depression is that a public-private partnership buttressed by massive government funds can produce amazing results. The delivery of the COVID vaccines in a short burst of time stunned everyone, including business … Read the rest

Fast on downside; pols slow on upside

It made sense to throw government money around in 2020 when many distraught businesses and families faced bankruptcy. Trillions of federal and state monies were rushed to the front lines of the COVID depression-level collapse. The Trump Administration moved lightning … Read the rest