Economy & Business

Economy & Business
2:53 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

MATC and Union Sign New Contract - Months Earlier Than Usual

MATC contract features concessions and concerns.
Credit Dave Reid, Flickr

The MATC Board and its faculty union agreed to a new one-year contract this week, set to take effect in 2014, when their existing three-year pact expires.

What makes the deal noteworthy is the fact it happened months earlier than usual and while courts consider challenges to Act 10. That relatively new state law prohibits most public unions from negotiating for anything except limited pay increases.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
2:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

New Poll: Wisconsinites Would Spend Budget Surplus on Education, Medicaid

A new poll shows Wisconsinites divided over whether to use the state's budget surplus for income tax cuts.
Credit UWM CUIR graph

Wisconsinites would like to see the state spend money from its projected budget surplus on education and Medicaid, according to the results of a new poll released today.

The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll, conducted by UWM’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, asked 621 residents across the state how they would prioritize spending.  Forty percent of respondents said education should be the top priority, while thirty-three percent said additional Medicaid funding should be the most important.  An additional sixteen percent said income tax cuts should be at the top of the list, while ten percent thought it was most important to cover shortfalls in the transportation fund.

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Economy & Business
1:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Fondy Market Supports 'Opinionated Food Culture' On Near North Side

Vegetables abound at Fondy's Food Market.
Credit Fondy's Food Market

The Fondy Market at 22nd and Fond du Lac is one of the Near North Side’s success stories. There had been a farmer’s market in the area for decades, but about 10 years ago the market really took off in its present form, thanks in great part to Young Kim.

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Economy & Business
12:41 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

With Golden Guernsey's Bankruptcy, Is Wisconsin Losing Its Dairy Dominance?

A dairy policy analyst explains what impact the closure of the Golden Guernsey plant will have on Wisconsin's dairy industry.

Many school systems in the Milwaukee area had to scramble last week to find a new milk supplier and 100 workers are looking for jobs after the sudden closure of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant. The 83-year-old milk producer went on to announce that it is filing for bankruptcy protection.

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Economy & Business
10:19 am
Mon January 7, 2013

How Journalists Are Harnessing Social Media

Ellyn Angelotti specializes in journalism and social media at the Poynter Institute.

Social media tools continue to grow in popularity. About a billion people are now on Facebook, and half that many have Twitter accounts.

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Economy & Business
1:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Spices to Send You On a Flavor Safari

Yollande Tchouapi Deacon's company, Afro Fusion Cuisine, produces a variety of spices used in West African cooking.
Credit photo courtesy Afro Fusion Brands

  Earlier on today's show, essayist Kyle Cherek reflected that the word foodie is not just for trendy east or west coasters.  It’s a word that can – and is – used to describe people right here in the heartland that are passionate about food, especially locally sourced and prepared food.  But eating local doesn’t necessarily mean eating from a culinarytradition that is local.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
2:37 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

New Poll: Wisconsinites Lukewarm on Current Economy, But Optimistic

One set of data from the latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard.
Credit UWM CUIR graph

It’s a week-and-a-half since the election, and the nation’s attention has turned to our economic fortunes.  A standoff continues over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” though there is likewise increasing talk of a so-called “grand bargain” to head it off.

In Wisconsin, many are looking both to today’s formal announcement by the governor over health insurance exchanges, but also further ahead to the next proposed biennial budget.

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - Forum Audience Q&A

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted forum recorded Tuesday evening at Milwaukee Area Technical College, included a 45-minute question and answer session between the audience and our six panel members, which we present here in its entirety.

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Project Milwaukee
11:54 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - The Forum

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

All this week on WUWM, we've been trying to get to the heart of the so-called "skills gap" in Wisconsin - the divide between unemployed and underemployed workers and existing jobs in the region. It's a series we call Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

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Project Milwaukee
11:22 am
Fri November 2, 2012

WUWM Forum Highlights

The Project Milwaukee series featured a community forum at MATC.

All this week, WUWM has been exploring the skills gap, in our series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

Our project included a public forum on the downtown campus of MATC. Experts from different perspectives offered solutions for spanning the disconnect between people looking for work, and the jobs available.

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