Economy & Business

Economy & Business
1:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Survey: Most Wisconsin Voters Support Higher Minimum Wage and Kenosha Casino

Wisconsin is one of twenty-two states where the minimum wage is set at the lowest possible level allowed by federal law, $7.25 per hour. Over three-fourths of registered voters in the state would support a minimum wage hike.
Credit Wisconsin Economic Scorecard

Lake Effect's Bonnie North talks with Joseph Cera of UWM's CUIR Survey Center.

More than three quarters of Wisconsin voters favor a hike in the minimum wage, so do business owners, according to the Wisconsin Economic Scorecard.

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28

A prospective job seeker gets information at a job resource fair for military veterans in Van Nuys, Calif., on Oct. 24.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:38 pm

Unless Congress acts very quickly, some 1.3 million workers will lose their extended jobless benefits on Dec. 28.

Democrats were scrambling late Wednesday to link an extension of benefits to a budget deal that is expected to get a vote as soon as Thursday. But if the effort fails, they will come back at it in 2014.

"We're going to push here after the first of the year for an extension of emergency unemployment insurance when the Senate convenes after the new year," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on Wednesday.

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Economy & Business
5:42 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Milwaukee Magazine Colleagues Remember Publishing Icon Betty Quadracci

Milwaukee Magazine president Betty Quadracci has died. She was 75.
Credit Kevin J. Miyazaki/Milwaukee Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine president and publishing icon Betty Quadracci died on Monday night. She was 75.

Quadracci co-founded the printing company Quad/Graphics with her late husband Harry in 1971.  The company purchased Milwaukee Magazine in the 1980s, and Quadracci served as its publisher until earlier this year.

Milwaukee Magazine's chief editor Kurt Chandler says Quadracci wanted to make sure her publication wasn't just another city magazine.

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Code Switch
4:23 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

A Midwestern Meatpacking Town Welcomes Immigrants

Binh Hua (left) and My Nguyen, both 18, work in the Garden City Community College chemistry lab. Both of their parents are employed by the Tyson Foods plant in Garden City, Kan.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 8:42 pm

Meatpacking plants used to be located in urban centers like Kansas City and Chicago. Over the past few decades, many plants have moved to rural Midwestern towns, which have seen a huge influx of immigrants as a result. Yesterday, we reported on tiny Noel, Mo., which has struggled to help assimilate the newcomers who work at a large poultry plant.

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Law
11:43 am
Wed December 11, 2013

No Cake For You: Saying 'I Don't' To Same-Sex Marriage

A Colorado judge recently ordered Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, to serve gay couples, after he refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.
Lindsay Pierce Denver Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:15 pm

There were a few snickers when a Colorado state judge ruled that a baker has to produce wedding cakes for gay couples even though he opposes same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

A cake? What's the big deal?

But the decision, handed down late last week, is just the latest slice in a debate that has gone front burner with gay marriage now legalized in 16 states, and counting.

Can individual businesspeople like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver be compelled to provide wedding (or commitment ceremony) goods and services to gay couples?

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