Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

08/25/14

Campaign for governor may hinge on new answers to old question

A generation ago, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan may have sealed his victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter with this question posed during a televised debate: “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a decision. I think when you make that decision, it might be well if you would ask yourself: Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

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08/18/14

Diverse workforce challenges require a mix of strategies for Wisconsin

Workforce development means different things to different people — which is why the term carries emotional and political weight across Wisconsin, from its small towns to its major cities. It also explains why policymakers must aspire to devise a balanced approach to meeting Wisconsin’s diverse workforce needs.

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08/11/14

Two research engines helping Wisconsin’s manufacturing base remain strong

An interactive map posted online this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms what you probably already knew about Wisconsin’s economy: Manufacturing and the jobs it produces are vital to the state.

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08/04/14

Technology becoming the fifth ‘T’ in the north woods economic portfolio

The Lake Superior region’s economy will likely always rest on some traditional pillars — timber, transportation, tourism, and taconite ore — but technology is becoming a fifth “T” in the jobs creation lineup.

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07/23/14

Why ‘outsourcing’ is a permanent (and necessary) part of the modern economy

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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