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4th UW college folds, despite obvious solution

And then there were nine. Of the original 13 UW two-year colleges that have been around for a half century or more, nine are still operating despite sharp enrollment declines. But four have bitten the dust, or are about to. … Read the rest

Wisconsin 4th highest for health costs; Rand, Indiana lead reforms

For decades, self-ensured employers have been fighting -- mainly by themselves -- to put the brakes on out-of-control health costs. But finally, believe it or not, help is on the way from the federal government. A new federal law requires … Read the rest

COVID sidelines many workers, undercuts rebound

The COVID clamps on the available workforce explain much of the inability of the economy to get rolling again. Companies simply cannot get the available work done because they can’t muster full work forces for their operations. When one worker … Read the rest

Vote defect level low by most process standards

Coming from the world of manufacturing where “zero defects” or “Six Sigma” is always the ultimate objective, the recent election results in Wisconsin can only be viewed as remarkably reliable. The two recounts in Milwaukee and Dane County produced only … Read the rest

Tommy to the Rescue

Wisconsin has been desperately searching for leadership to get through the COVID epidemic that has ripped up the state. Fortunately, we finally have a leader who is stepping up to confront the monumental challenge. He is a well-known commodity. It’s … Read the rest

Wisconsin should create Coronavirus czar

Other states are responding to the raging forest fire of Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths by increasing restrictive measures, such as curfews after 10 p.m., complete shutdowns of indoor hospitality spaces like bars, restaurants and movie theaters. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin … Read the rest

Trump trashes our democracy on way out door

Way down deep, Donald Trump lost the election last week for two main reasons; he is essentially anti-democratic and he is not a nice man. A majority of the American electorate concluded that he has little respect for our democratic … Read the rest

Biden or Trump, Wisconsin votes for divided government

The aftermath of the Tuesday election continues to paint the Wisconsin bright purple. It continues to be the ultimate swing state. It swung to Donald Trump by a narrow margin in 2016, helping to put him in the Oval Office … Read the rest

Foxconn: more politics than business

How did we get so far off the tracks in the Foxconn train wreck in Racine County? At the bottom of the debacle were two major pieces of flawed strategic thinking running all the way from the Oval Office to … Read the rest

Whither health care after election? Who knows?

Pre-campaign, the biggest issue facing the 2020 candidates was the cost and coverage of health care in America. In normal times, the political campaigns of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would have clarified their game plans for … Read the rest