Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still


Coming debate over UW funding, structure deserves public attention

The stage is set for a state Capitol debate over the future of the University of Wisconsin System, from its smallest two-year campus to its flagship research powerhouse in Madison. Here’s hoping the debate is an honest effort to improve the performance, accessibility, and accountability of the state’s largest higher education system, not a political exercise driven by perception rather than fact.

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Low gasoline prices ideal for consumers, major challenge for alternative fuels

With gasoline prices hovering around $2 per gallon or less for regular grade across Wisconsin, drivers are saving money every time they fill up their tanks. The story for producers of alternative fuels and researchers seeking to unlock next-generation biofuels is very different. Their tanks are running on vapors.

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Cybersecurity talent shortage matter of economic and national security

In the (first) Cold War, Americans worried about nuclear attack and a retaliatory Armageddon that would have reduced the world to a smoldering wreck. Then came the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when a small group of suicidal zealots turned hijacked airplanes into bombs. Today’s weapons of choice for those who would attack U.S. interests are Trojan horse programs, denial-of-service attacks, and password-cracking tools used to steal or corrupt digital data.

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Business plan contest offers chance to grow, even if plan changes over time

RevolutionEHR, a Madison-based provider of electronic health records software for eye doctors, employs about 70 people, has grown to $5.5 million in annual revenue, and will continue to expand in Wisconsin even after a San Francisco investor bought a majority stake in the company.

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Skating to the puck: Policymakers should keep eye on emerging sources of jobs

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky is credited with proclaiming, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Maybe Gretzky should have become an economist after he hung up his hockey gear. His advice is salient off the ice as well as on.

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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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