Christina Lieffring

Christina Lieffring

Christina Lieffring is a freelance writer who previously worked at UpNorthNews and covered the city of Racine at The Journal Times, agriculture in Nebraska, and little bit of everything at KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's public radio station.

Child care providers warn that loss of additional funding will drive up costs, force many to close

By: - June 21, 2023

Mykenzie Ritschard of New Glarus had not signed up to speak at Tuesday’s rally in support of funding Child Care Counts, funding that Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee eliminated last week without explanation. But when organizer and child care provider Corrine Hendrickson opened up the podium to whoever wanted to speak, Ritschard fought through […]

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Wisconsin child care provider tells Congressional panel how government can help small business

By: - March 1, 2023

At Tuesday’s hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, Chair Roger Williams (R-Texas) in his opening statements blamed the struggles of U.S. small businesses primarily on taxes, inflation, and burdensome government regulations.  “Every extra hour of paperwork is one less hour [small business owners] can tend to their personal livelihoods,” Williams said in […]

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Bipartisan committee tackles National Guard sexual misconduct

By: - November 22, 2022

Ten potential bills have been developed so far to address more than a decade of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations reportedly mishandled by the Wisconsin National Guard. Allegations first surfaced in 2019, when Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin asked the Air Force to investigate the 115th Fighter Wing’s Security Forces Squadron, based in Madison. […]

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Wisconsin sees labor force rise

By: - June 17, 2022

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked up up to 2.9% in May from its historically low 2.8% in April, but that is actually good news. That uptick wasn’t caused by job losses—in fact the preliminary estimates for May 2022 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a historic high of 3,059,300 Wisconsinites were employed. What changed in […]

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Thousands could lose health care when the federal public health emergency expires

By: - June 16, 2022

State departments of health are bracing for the end of the COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency (PHE), which will affect health care coverage for millions of Americans, especially those on Medicare or Medicaid — known in  Wisconsin as BadgerCare.  The PHE was enacted in January 2020 by then-Secretary Alex Azar of the U.S. Department of […]

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Wisconsin restaurateurs couldn’t persuade Ron Johnson to vote for revitalization funds

By: - May 23, 2022

The ceremony to recognize Madison-area chef Dave Heide as Wisconsin’s 2022 Small Business Person of the Year on May 4 drew several prominent politicians, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson was absent, though a member of his staff spoke on Johnson’s behalf. Johnson’s office also followed up […]

Rally for choice at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 14 | Photo for the Examiner by Luther Wu

Wisconsinites protest threat to overturn Roe v. Wade

By: - May 16, 2022

Hundreds of protesters filled the western corner of the Capitol lawn on Saturday advocating for abortion rights in light of the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Among them, one woman, who asked not to be named, held a sign showing a black-and-white photograph of her grandmother. With nine children […]

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‘Day Without Child Care’ spotlights importance for parents, employers and kids

By: - May 10, 2022

Nearly 300 child care providers in 25 states signed up for “A Day Without Child Care,” an event organized to call for living wages for child care providers, and equitable, affordable access to child care across the country.  For the parents who spoke at an event Monday morning at New Glarus Village Park, “a day […]

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Agricultural runoff an overlooked threat to public health

By: - April 22, 2022

In Wisconsin, much of the discussions around water quality have been focused on contaminants including lead and PFAS.  But George Kraft, UW-Stevens Point emeritus professor and emeritus director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education, says his biggest concerns looking to the future are nitrates and pesticides from agricultural runoff.  “Instead of something that […]

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Advocacy group shines spotlight on child care need, potential solutions

By: - April 7, 2022

In late 2017, business leaders in Black River Falls started talking among themselves about how a lack of child care was causing absenteeism among their employees who were parents, even forcing some to drop out of the workforce. They formed the Jackson County Childcare Network. The group initially consisted of business leaders, then expanded to […]

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Child care providers are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic’s toll

By: - March 28, 2022

While many Americans are ready to move on from the COVID-19 pandemic, for some people, like Corrine Hendrickson, that isn’t an option.  Hendrickson is the owner and operator of Corrines Little Explorers, a child care center in New Glarus and a former board member of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA), an organization that conducts […]

Middle and high school girls from Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, Monona, McFarland take a body language class as part of a session on Latina leadership started by Beatriz Aguilar, a professor at Edgewood College

Latina leadership program takes off 

By: - March 22, 2022

Beatriz Aguilar, chair of the music department at Edgewood College, will sometimes volunteer as a translator at Madison-area schools. One time at Madison East High School, some parents asked her what she does for a living, and when she told them, their high school Latina daughter perked up and asked Aguilar if she had a […]