Work & the Economy

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‘We’re All In’ goes another round for small business aid

BY: - October 12, 2020

There’s a new short-term respite coming for small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. A second round of “We’re All In” grants for affected businesses with under $1 million in annual revenues will be available soon. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) will begin taking applications next week for 10,000 businesses grants […]

The progressive policy proposal in the deep red 5th Congressional District election

BY: - October 7, 2020

Tom Palzewicz is running as a Democrat against one of the most well known and powerful Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Palzewicz is running that race in the red 5th Congressional District to replace the retiring Jim Sensenbrenner — who has been in Congress since the Carter administration.  Palzewicz’ […]

Report offers guarded optimism for manufacturing comeback

BY: - September 30, 2020

Wisconsin manufacturing is recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has strained shipping schedules but also given a boost to domestic suppliers in the face of uncertainty about international sources. The Marquette ISM Manufacturing Survey for September paints a guardedly upbeat picture for the sector in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the focus […]

CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Cleveland debate: Fact checking claims from Trump, Biden

BY: - September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden squared off in their first General Election debate in Cleveland on Tuesday night. There were plenty of fireworks throughout the night, most coming from the debate stage and not from Progressive Field three miles away. (Sorry, Indians fans.) Here is a look at several claims with […]

Briggs & Stratton warehouse (photo by Michael Rosen)

Briggs & Stratton’s demise: greed, mismanagement, blaming others

BY: and - September 28, 2020

Just days before filing for bankruptcy in July, Milwaukee’s Briggs & Stratton Corp., at one time the largest producer of small engines in the world and employer to 11,000 union production workers making a solid, middle-class living, handed its top executives $5 million in bonuses, calling them “retention awards.”   In mid-September a federal bankruptcy court […]

Unemployment benefits application (photo by Getty Images)

Less than 1% of callers seeking unemployment got through

BY: - September 25, 2020

Telephone calls from people seeking unemployment compensation in Wisconsin so overwhelmed the state’s system in the first three and a half months of the COVID-19 pandemic that only half of 1% got through, according to a new audit released Friday. The report, produced by the state Legislative Audit Bureau, offers a glimpse of just how […]

DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman

Evers fires DWD chief over unemployment comp woes

BY: - September 18, 2020

The embattled head of the state’s labor department quit Friday on orders of Gov. Tony Evers amid continued delays in Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation system, which has been overwhelmed by record job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Evers asked for and received Caleb Frostman’s resignation as secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and […]

PSC extends moratorium on utility shutoffs again

BY: - September 18, 2020

With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike, the Public Service Commission is continuing the agency’s ban on utility shutoffs, this time until Nov. 1. Commissioners voted 2-1 on Thursday to extend the moratorium on disconnecting utility customers for nonpayment. The agency also is urging customers behind on their bills to arrange payment plans with utilities or […]

Wisconsin jobs come back, but at a slower pace

BY: - September 18, 2020

Unemployment in Wisconsin dipped again in August, but the state still had more than 200,000 fewer jobs than a year ago, according to data released Thursday. Service and hospitality industry jobs continue to be among the hardest hit, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced restaurants, bars, entertainment spots and other such establishments to […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 2 2013. The Badgers won 28-9.

Big Ten football, pandemic and politics collide as UW’s Blank testifies before Congress

BY: - September 16, 2020

Update: The Big 10 announced Wednesday morning that the football season will resume Oct. 23-24, with stringent medical protocols in place. University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank testified before a Senate committee Tuesday as speculation swirled all the way up to the Oval Office about the fate of the Big Ten’s football season. President Donald […]

"Cave Point, Door County, Wisconsin" by James Jordan bluffs on water edge at sunrise

Evers aims to boost tourism industry

BY: - September 14, 2020

The governor and state tourism head have an acronym for their latest pandemic-time economic boost: TRAVEL. That stands for Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift — an $8 million travel grant program to support the tourism industry. On Monday Gov. Tony Evers and Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney announced the grants which will be […]

Unemployment pay press conference

Union protest targets Johnson, unemployment supplement

BY: - September 11, 2020

Protesting Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to extending a $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment pay, members of the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) erected a “living room” outside the Milwaukee federal courthouse on Thursday, where the senator’s Milwaukee office is located. “The $600 a week payment broken down is $15 an hour […]