Category Archives: Government Spending

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

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

State, local budgets a mystery for all

Three extraordinary factors are muddying the waters for budget-making at all levels of government in Wisconsin. Citizens don’t have a clue of how they will be affected. The first unknown is how state and local leaders will use the gobs … Read the rest