COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Balanced Budget Laws Hamstring States During World Pandemics

The great tsunami of conservative policy early this century included the demand for state balanced budget amendments. And of course former Governor Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos just had to have one…so of course Wisconsin does. The conceit is you have to live within your budget and so…

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The Insanity Around Hospital Health Care Charges

I am not going to dig too deep into this topic today, but after my recent experience it becomes more and more apparent that we need a universal single payer system and that pricing for health care services is completely out of control. Early in October, I had my second…

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What Did Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, or Steven Mnuchin Do Today?

They should have been meeting to finally hammer out the next COVID-19 financial stimulus package. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been working on this for months. They both should pretty much know where each party stands and be ready to meet somewhere in…

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Platform 2020: Wisconsin Should Move To A Part Time Legislature

It has been somewhere between 180 and 200 days since the Wisconsin Legislature has met and taken any kind of action…and we are knee deep in a pandemic and sinking. So it is abundantly clear that Wisconsin doesn’t need a full time legislature. And since the institution of the biennial…

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Why Is The City Of Milwaukee Putting A Million Bucks Into This Development?

As local newspapers shrink and eventually die under the onslaught of the internet and internet advertising venues, their often grand and centrally located headquarter offices outlive their usefulness. This is exactly what has happened with the offices of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and they are moving from the beautiful art…

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MKE Common Council Wants Full Funding for the Office of African-American Affairs

In a letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a majority of the Milwaukee Common Council are requesting full funding for the city’s Office of African-American Affairs. From my email in box to your eyes: MEDIA ALERT Council members urge full funding for Office of African-American Affairs in 2021 budget In…

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This Is Not Helpful Right Now: Vos Evers Feud Continues

While the state leaders are supposedly putting together a bipartisan state economic support bill for Wisconsin…it seems that there really is NO bipartisan activity on Madison’s capitol whatsoever. While the needs of Wisconsinites are immediate, the bill they’ve been working on is already a month old. WTF?? But here’s what’s…

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There Was a $600 Million Surplus but now there’s not!

Remember just a few weeks ago, when the Republican leadership in Madison was touting their acumen in recovering the Wisconsin economy and a resulting projected $800 million surplus in the coming budget? And after putting the required $200 million or whatever into the rainy day fund they needed to cut…

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America’s Newest One Percenters!

Nope, Zach and I didn’t sell Blogging Blue to some investment banker for billions… Instead, America’s new 1%’ers are at the bottom of the food chain apparently…the 3.3 million Americans who filed for unemployment last week…many of them out of work because of the procrastination and obfuscation of President Donald…

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The Balanced Budget Amendment…

Former Governor Scott Walker is of course still on his crusade for a federal balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Just as recently…as yesterday! While the president, his cabinet, and the senate are proposing cash payments to Americans to provide economic support during the economic catastrophe resulting from the COVID-19…

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