Anyone who has purchased healthcare services in Wisconsin knows that the cost of healthcare is high. Study after study verifies this fact. What individuals may not know, unless they spend some time shopping around the country for health care, is that the cost of healthcare in Wisconsin is ro…

Research and development is critical to the growth of any modern economy. It is how businesses stay ahead of their competitors, how new goods — and even whole new industries — are created. Whether the business is a start-up or a century-old company, continuous improvement — innovation — is n…

Success comes from opportunity and most industries have multiple options for a smart, adaptive business to be successful.

WMC was contacted by multiple media outlets in early October to get our reaction to a Bloomberg report that said Wisconsin lost 5,200 manufacturing jobs between August 2018 and August 2019.

This is not meant to be a complaint but a reflection of the reality facing our dairy sector. “We” means all of us.

Along, long time ago, a professor I did research for at college told me that I should learn all there is know about computers because — it was the future!

While checking some baseball scores online on ESPN, I ran across a story with this headline: “Kids aren’t playing enough sports. The culprit? Cost”

Afew weeks ago, our country celebrated the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. On July 16, 1969, a Saturn V rocket rumbled off the launch pad from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and headed toward the moon with three astronauts inside.

A combination of workforce challenges, inadequate Medicaid rates, and facility closures or downsizings are jeopardizing the future viability of Wisconsin’s nursing facilities and access to high quality care and services in Wisconsin. 

Small business owners all over Wisconsin recently learned from their accountants how much lower their tax bill was in 2019 as a result of federal tax reform.

The labor shortage is the biggest challenge facing Wisconsin businesses and, thus, the Wisconsin  economy. As a result, state business leaders need Gov. Tony Evers and the legislature to include tangible measures to address the problem in the state budget, which is the only piece of legislat…

Wisconsin’s business tax climate has seen marked improvements over the last eight years. Whether it’s CNBC (29 in 2010 to 17 in 2018), Forbes (40 in 2010 to 32 in 2018), the Tax Foundation (42 in 2010 to 32 in 2019), Site Selection Magazine (unranked in 2010 to 22 in 2018), or Chief Executiv…

The spinning plates on the Ed Sullivan Show provides a great visual of a balancing act. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, search for it on YouTube.

It’s almost December, and you may already have an unexplained, uneasy feeling in your chest. It’s coming, and whether you realize it or not, it can be very stressful for everyone at your company.

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 …

Every day I get emails from marketing and communication agencies around the country offering columns, articles and stories to run.

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.