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with Joe Vanden Plas


The Summer Wind: Concert in the Park a real treat

Gorgeous music from a full orchestra, performed as the sun begins to set, isn’t just a mid-winter’s dream, it’s a summertime reality thanks to a prominent local company and many gifted young musicians. Concert in the Park is presented by the Gialamas Co., but you can also think of it as your tax dollars at work, because the musicians of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra come from good stock (us).

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Van Hollen and business: Kinder, gentler enforcement

During Wisconsin’s recall election, Kathleen Falk made an issue out of what she viewed as lax enforcement by Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, who has issued far fewer DNR enforcement actions than her predecessors. At the time, Falk called on Gov. Scott Walker, her real target, to fire Stepp, who cited factors other than an alleged lack of enforcement. J.B. Van Hollen, who touts an open-door policy for businesses and non-businesses, has an approach that appears to be in step with Stepp.

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Walker’s secret weapon? His laser-like focus on economic development

Now that the "Mother of all recall elections" has come and gone, we’ve had a couple of weeks to digest why Gov. Scott Walker was able to fend it off. In truth, it was a combination of factors, but the most understated was the Governor’s intense, day-in and day-out focus on economic development.

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Politicians Write Their Own Death Warrants

It's been called "taxmaggedon," the nuclear tax bomb, and other unflattering things. "It" refers to the various tax breaks for businesses and wage earners that will expire in December unless Congress and the president act to extend them. According to an estimate by the Heritage Foundation, collectively they amount to a $494 billion economic hit, and they don't include the new taxes, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, associated with the Affordable Care Act.

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In defense of Kathleen Falk

This blog will come as a great shock to those who know me as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, but I’d like to say a few words in defense of the gubernatorial candidacy of Kathleen Falk. Falk, the former Dane County executive, is a committed progressive in every sense of the word. When she vowed to reverse the collective bargaining changes made under Gov. Walker’s budget reform bill, and even veto any biennial budget that did not accomplish this, the criticism came cascading down.

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