Inside Wisconsin


After the recalls: Time to get back to business on Wisconsin’s economy

The high-stakes fight for control of Wisconsin’s state Senate is over. The even higher stakes debate about securing the state’s economic future should resume now. With Tuesday’s recall elections keeping Republicans in control of the Senate, albeit with a thin 17-16 margin, an opportunity exists in Madison to get back to the business of governing and rebuilding Wisconsin’s economy.

With less federal funding likely, can Wisconsin attract more industry research?

Even after the federal debt ceiling is raised, one thing is certain about federal spending over the next decade: There will be less of it than expected. To be precise, federal spending will drop by about $2.4 trillion from current estimates. That means a full range of programs, from social services to defense to academic research, are likely to feel the pinch.

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