Morgan Stanley Report Lends Support For A $15 Minimum Wage

A new research report from Wall Street titan Morgan Stanley suggests that a phased in $15 minimum wage would have minimal negative or positive effects on employment but would lift millions of Americans out of poverty. Republicans, and even some democrats, have suggested that the job losses associated with a…

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Hey Joe, Where You Goin’ With That Covid Relief Bill in Your Hand

President Biden is scheduled to meet today with 10 GOP Senators to discuss their alternative to Biden’s proposed 1.9 trillion Covid Relief package. The alternative package would include reducing relief checks to $1,000 and targeting those checks to families and individuals with incomes lower than Biden’s package proposes. The $600…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Essential Employees Tend To Be Minimum Wage Earners

As the United States has struggled with lock downs, stay at home orders, and other socially and economically disruptive actions taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus…decisions were made about who is/isn’t an essential worker in an essential business. Obviously health care workers are essential, as are police and…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: The US Economy Is Built From The Bottom Up And Is Pretty Local

During the Great Recession, the Bush Administration, Obama Administration, and the Federal Reserve Bank focused on saving the economy by saving the big banks and investors and the auto industry. Those were the big players who were on the brink of bankruptcy and failure and would in fact cause great…

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The Republicans Need To Make Up Their Minds

So Congress passes a relief bill and the President torpedoes it and the House Dems take him at his word and then, the House GOP kills the new current version of the relief bill. I think the President needs to call House GOP leadership and Senate Majority Leader McConnell and…

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Wisconsin: How Your Representatives Voted On The COVID Support Bill:

AND add Senator Ron Johnson as one of only six NAY votes in the Senate…

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COVID-19: Lessons Learned: Employer Provided Health Insurance Isn’t A Viable Model.

Most of my life I have had employer provided health insurance except for the period when I was self-employed and bought my own on the open market. But that was over 40 years ago and it was actually rather affordable. But as we watched the pandemic ravage our country and…

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So Is The New WI State Crime Lab A Candidate For MKE’s Century City?

The State of Wisconsin put out a request for a new state crime lab for the Milwaukee area and although they got pretty specific on their geographical preference, would this be a candidate for Milwaukee’s Century City development? The state says either a refurbished existing building or new construction would…

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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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Giuliani’s Response To Being Hospitalized

On Tuesday we asked: Why Is Rudy Giuliani Taking Up A Hospital Bed? Well Mr. Giuliani apparently knows full well why: Now Rudy Giuliani, the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to contract COVID-19, has acknowledged that he received at least two of the same drugs the president received. He…

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