Work & the Economy

The home which Athlene Alexis, who owns EKCJ LLC, rented to Patricia Williams before she was evicted. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee woman evicted from home left dilapidated by landlord

BY: - July 29, 2022

“Right now, I’m still frustrated, I’m scared ‘cause I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Patricia Williams tells Wisconsin Examiner as she sits on the front porch of the place she called home for nearly a decade. “I don’t know where I’m going to go.” Like many others across Milwaukee County, the 62-year-old mother […]

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Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

BY: and - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

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Federal grant aims to help the Oneida Nation move further toward renewable, resilient energy

BY: - July 28, 2022

The Oneida Nation has been awarded a federal grant to help the tribe take another step toward renewable energy.  The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the funding through a program within the American Rescue Plan. This $100 million Indigenous Communities program was intended to help tribal governments and indigenous communities carry out projects “they […]

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Strong economy, declining gas prices have escaped notice, White House says

BY: - July 27, 2022

After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and falling gas prices — ahead of a […]

Jobs, unemployment hold steady in June, but growth is behind for the season

BY: - July 22, 2022

Wisconsin’s jobs picture largely held steady in June, with the number of jobs up by about 1.5% from a year ago, but with slower job growth between May and June than is typical for this time of year, the state labor department reported Thursday. “Jobs were up, but not as much as we normally would […]

Michael Monthey, an apprentice in the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program, moves a herd of grazing cows to a new grazing area on Scott Mericka's farm in Dodgeville.

As aging farmers retire, lawmakers explore how to boost beginning producers

BY: - July 15, 2022

WASHINGTON —   More than half of American farmers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, but the steep price of entry to start a farm, along with rising input costs and volatile markets, make it tough for young and beginning farmers to take their places. “Farming is inherently a risky business, but […]

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - One of the new ultra fast broadband towers is seen on a rural farm in Eureka in Hamilton, New Zealand. Vodafone and the New Zealand Government switched on the first wave of newly built cell sites under the Rural Broadband Initiative (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Broadband task force 2022 report says progress has been made but Wisconsin still under connected

BY: - July 14, 2022

The Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access released its 2022 report on Tuesday, showing that the millions of dollars in state and federal money spent on broadband expansion in recent years has increased access but there are still hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites without adequate internet service.  The report shows that there are persistent […]

PLAINVIEW, NY - Store employees work to stock shelves at a ShopRite supermarket on April 13, 2020 in Plainview, New York. Grocery stores and supermarkets on Long Island are busy balancing supply chains to keep up with increased consumer demands. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

U.S. inflation hits a 40-year high in June, but Biden points to decreasing gas prices

BY: - July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. inflation reached a 40-year high for June as prices for gas, food and rent increased, according to the latest Consumer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday. Consumer prices for all items increased 9.1% for the 12 months ending in June compared to last year, the biggest year-to-year increase […]

Masked customer at the Dane County Farmers' Market. The pandemic increased interest in smaller, local markets, but reduced traffic at the iconic Saturday market on Madison's Capitol Square. | Brent Nicastro Photography

What’s next for the Dane County Farmers’ Market?

BY: - July 6, 2022

The Dane County Farmers’ Market, widely praised as one of the best markets in the nation, marks its 50th anniversary this fall. It will be a time of well-earned celebration for the DCFM but tempered by the reality of change. Reeling from 15 months of COVID-19 safety disruptions, the market seemed almost normal when it […]

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Evers announces another $30M in regional workforce expansion projects

BY: - June 30, 2022

In the last batch of state grants for programs to address persistent workforce shortages in Wisconsin, six projects across the state will share in more than $30 million for training and for  addressing problems that have been identified as potential work barriers, including housing, child care and transportation. Gov. Tony Evers announced the grants Wednesday. […]

Workforce grants to boost manufacturing, education, building trades and health care

BY: - June 23, 2022

Programs in manufacturing, science and technology, education, the building trades and health care will share in more than $11 million in new state grants that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday. The grants are part of the second batch of Workforce Innovation Grants that the Evers administration has been awarding from the American Rescue Plan […]

State unveils $19.5M in grants to bolster workforce in manufacturing, forestry

BY: - June 22, 2022

Projects to provide training, bolster job skills and lower barriers to employment in a broad swath of northern Wisconsin will get $19.5 million in support in a series of grants that Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday. The grants are the latest round in a series of programs that the state is funding from federal pandemic […]