Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe raises their minimum wage to $10.25 per hour

If the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota can afford to raise the minimum wage at all of their businesses and enterprises, you would think everyone can. Read all about it here.

C’mon McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Menards, etc. You’re gonna tell us you can’t afford it? Puhleeeeeze.

A Quick Hit On The Propane Shortage!

There has been a fair amount of press on the shortage of propane in the state as temperatures continue to seek the bottom of the thermometer. Steve Carlson touched on it briefly here on Blogging Blue.

But today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discussed Governor Walker’s about face on providing financial assistance in securing sufficient propane [...]

Black Earth Meats, NIMBY and WEDC

As the consumer interest continues to grow for organic, sustainable, and humanely butchered meats…the media is finally starting to catch up.

The New York Times published an article about hogs raised humanely outdoors and the small farms that practice humane practices. One of the drivers behind the return to this type of farming is local [...]

The NLRB Finally Charges Wal-mart with Labor Violations!

In an investigation and negotiation with Wal-Mart over alleged abusive labor practices that have been ongoing since November of 2013, the NLRB has finally brought charges against the retailer:

The NLRB said the retailer illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain [...]

Iceland keeps a close eye on its banks following collapse

Perhaps this is a model we here in the United States could learn from. Iceland is a living experiment in what can happen when a country forces its financial firms to go under, rather than bailing them out, as much of the rest of the world did during the global financial crisis.

In October 2008, [...]

Sales Tax Holiday? Funny You Should Have Asked!

Two Wisconsin legislators are proposing two small sales tax holidays each year. By now you have probably heard that State Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) and Seator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) are pushing a proposal for a back to school tax holiday in August with a second one early in November for energy efficient [...]

UW Flexible Option and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp!

The University of Wisconsin System is about to roll out its Flexible Option degree program that will allow working adults and other non-traditional college students a chance to earn a college degree online. Although an online program, the fees for the Flexible Option program could still run more than $20,000 according to an article in [...]

Greg Sargent: Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district “a race to watch”

Earlier Steve posted a recap of his interview(s) with Democratic Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund, who’s running to unseat Republican Rep. “Struggling” Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district.

Coincidentally enough, Westlund’s candidacy is drawing attention nationally, with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog calling the contest in the 7th Congressional district “a [...]

EPI: raising minimum wage would boost economy, lift wages for millions of Americans

Via Occupy Democrats…

According to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute, an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lift wages for millions of Americans while also providing a boost to the economy. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, a bill introduced by Sen. [...]

Wisconsin’s Incarceration Problem

President Obama pardoned 13 people last week and commuted the sentences of eight others. Each of these commuted sentences was related to violations concerning crack cocaine. President Obama was able to do so by invoking the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Prior to the passage of the FSA, possession of crack cocaine held a far [...]

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