We Won’t Forget Wisconsin

By: Wednesday August 6, 2014 6:35 pm

A new film called Wisconsin Rising is screening around the country, the subject, of course, being the activism surrounding the mass occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol in 2011. I recommend attending a planned screening or setting up a new one, and discussing the film collectively upon its conclusion. For all the flaws in Wisconsin’s activism in 2011 and since, other states haven’t even come close — most have a great deal to learn.

The film tells a story of one state, where, long ago, many workers’ rights originated or found early support, and where, many years later, threats to workers’ rights, wages, and benefits, and to what those workers produce including education in public schools, were aggressively initiated by the state’s right-wing governor, Scott Walker.

 

Will Wisconsin Stop Its Job Piracy?

By: Monday July 14, 2014 7:15 pm

The term “border wars” has taken on a new meaning for many states and cities across the United States that have been engaged in the practice of job piracy. However, a number of areas in the country are shifting away from this practice of luring jobs over state borders after recognizing that it is inefficient and does little to fuel job growth. Wisconsin policymakers should learn from the experiences in those states and localities and from the remedial actions they are taking.

Should Counties Put a BadgerCare Expansion Question on the Fall Ballot?

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 6:05 pm

The question of whether to take federal funding to expand BadgerCare is an important issue for Wisconsin voters and for counties. It makes a lot of sense for counties to put the question on the November ballot – to raise the visibility of the issue and to give voters a chance to weigh in on a very important matter of public policy.

New Bill in Congress Would Make Wisconsin’s Budget Harder to Balance

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 12:38 pm

A bill under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives could limit Wisconsin’s flexibility in applying sales tax and make it more difficult to invest in schools and communities, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows.

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 4:40 pm

The Wisconsin documents show the three companies that send Bakken crude trains through the state — Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific — all initially argued routes are “sensitive security information” only to be seen by those with a “need to know.”

Chris Christie And Scott Walker Facing Criminal Investigations

By: Friday June 20, 2014 1:03 pm

The field for the 2016 Republican presidential primary is hemorrhaging moderates. Both New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker are facing criminal investigations that could knock them out of the presidential race or even end their careers.

Late Night: Smash and Grab

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 8:00 pm

I hope everyone is sitting down; another “bold” Republican governor and 2016 presidential hopeful has landed himself in (worse) legal trouble. Chris Christie? No, that’s every day. This time, it’s that hilariously corrupt and goofy automaton from Wisconsin, Scott Walker.

And now that you’re over the shock, it turns out Karl Rove was involved.

GDP Numbers Confirm Wisconsin’s Lagging Growth

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 7:14 pm

Wisconsin’s economic growth has lagged behind that of most other states, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new report issued last week provides inflation-adjusted statistics on gross domestic product (GDP) in every state for each of the years from 2010 through 2013.

FRC’s Tony Perkins Exploits Bergdahl Controversy to Make Tacky Attack on Judges

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 3:49 pm

I’ve heard of throwing tantrums, but what the Family Research Council president Tony Perkins recently said about Wisconsin judge Barbara Crabb (the justice ruling against Wisconsin’s anti-marriage equality law) was just plain nasty.

The True Cost of Cheap Eats: Fast Food Workers in Wisconsin Strike

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Fast food workers in Wisconsin took part in a national strike today to rally for higher wages. Strikes took place in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau, and other Wisconsin cities. Workers are advocating for a wage floor of $15 an hour.

Wages in the fast food industry are low, and benefits are scarce. A typical front-line worker in a fast food restaurant earns $8.69 an hour, and only 13% of workers receive health benefits through their employer. In Wisconsin, 28,000 people work in front-line fast food service.

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