Rebel Companies go “BUCA-free” for health care

STEVENS POINT -- After some relief from health cost hyper-inflation during the COVID fall-off in treatments, costs are again rising, self-insured companies in central Wisconsin are revving up a rebellion against the Medical Industrial Complex. Among their tactics they are … Read the rest

Americans must play new job game better

No one disputes that the severe shortage of workers has become a drag on the U. S. economy. Nor that it looks to be a long-term problem. For lack of labor, restaurants have closed either permanently or for some days … Read the rest

Endangered bats start flying again

After seven to eight years of watching almost helplessly as little brown bats careened toward extinction, Andy Hanks has newfound reason for optimism. Hanks comes from a family of bat gurus. He is in the pest control business in Door … Read the rest

Upstream flood control pays off in Milwaukee watershed

This year’s heart-breaking floods in central Europe and big swaths of the United States point to how far-sighted conservationists have been in their work along the Milwaukee River and its three tributaries in Washington and Ozaukee Counties. For decades they … Read the rest

Unexpected state surplus could fix budget myopia

For Wisconsin politicians, August was Christmas. The Legislative Reference Bureau has just released a new budget projection for 2021-23, and it showed an astounding $1.7 billion in new surplus dollars. Thanks to a booming economic recovery, tax revenues rolled in … 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

Can we keep the Great Lakes great?

Last Friday at UW-Whitewater the Joint Finance Committee heard a pitch for about $10 million in the budget for the University of Wisconsin System over the next two years to create a fresh water collaborative across all 13 UW campuses. … Read the rest

Evers has Chance to Stimulate Startups

The Evers administration is in a position to provide massive help to the businesses in Wisconsin that have been set back by the COVID epidemic. The governor will have $3.2 billion in new dollars from the American Rescue Plan passed … Read the rest

Green Wave continues to Sweep Across Wisconsin

The concept of a Green and Gold Wisconsin is alive and well. That’s dual support for policies that promote economic prosperity on the one hand and environmental improvements on the other. Contrary to right-wing doctrine, they are not at odds. … 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