Manufacturing is a big part of our area economy. We also know that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find workers to keep the manufacturing industry fully staffed.
As secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, I oversee the credentialing and licensing of more than 440,000 licensed professionals in our great state. Our agency provides administrative services to nearly 100 boards, councils, and advisory committees. DSPS is also the …
When the economy tanked about 10 years ago, I filled this space by writing about the misery index. With today’s economy seemingly getting stronger, I thought I’d revisit the index to see if our misery has lessened.
Early last month, I watched my granddaughter walk across the stage and receive her high school diploma. It was in the same school my children received their diploma many years ago.
The grand bargain of worker’s compensation means that if a worker is injured on the job, the “exclusive remedy” available to them is worker’s compensation. Injured workers are guaranteed medical care and, if needed, payments for disabilities that stem from their workplace injury.
Many years ago, I remember saying to my wife that I was worried about the future for our grandkids as well as our country because we were turning into a land of retail, restaurants and recreation with a lot of minimum- or low-wage jobs. “We no longer make things here,” I told her.
A few months ago Kimberly-Clark announced plans to close two production facilities in the Fox Valley. This decision was unexpected and shocked many people from Neenah to Madison. Announcements that a mill is going to close, especially from a name as storied as Kimberly-Clark, cause a variety…
Things are looking up, according to a recent poll by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). Wisconsinites who participated in the scientific survey said they are more optimistic about the economy than they were last year.
There has been a great deal of discussion about ending trade deals that the United States has around the world. The Trump Administration has already backed away from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and has made pronouncements that they want to get out of the North American Free Trade Agr…
In 2016, Wisconsin exported more than $21 billion in products. Not surprisingly, Wisconsin’s biggest customers are its neighbors to the north and south, Canada and Mexico.