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Education
1:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

New College Grads May Be Entering An Improving Job Market

Marquette University Commencement Ceremony
Credit Chris Stolarski

Thousands of local college students graduated over the weekend. UWM and Marquette were among those holding commencement ceremonies. More grads will pick up their diplomas next weekend, including at MSOE and MATC.

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Politics & Government
9:12 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Brooks and Dionne (Civilly) Take on Wisconsin's Place on the National Political Stage

Columnists David Brooks (left) and EJ Dionne, Jr.
Credit images courtesy of the authors

David Brooks and EJ Dionne chat with Mitch Teich onstage at the Public Policy Forum gala.

David Brooks and EJ Dionne disagree with each other – for a living. 

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

How Do We Fight Emerald Ash Borer? Let Us Count the Ways

Todd James "helps" Emerald ash borer emerge in Riveredge Nature Center forest.

Earlier this week on Lake Effect, the U.S. Forest Service’s regional forester said that invasive species are one of the agency’s most significant issues today. One of them - Emerald ash borer (EAB) continues to spread throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
4:48 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Work-Share Program

Gov. Walker signed into law on Friday, a measure allowing employers to reduce workers' hours, rather than laying them off, when business is slow.

Under the new law, workers could receive state unemployment benefits, for the hours lost. Employers would have to continue providing health insurance coverage and retirement plans.

According to the governor, the work-share program could save the state's unemployment reserve fund nearly five million dollars. He says 24 other states operate similar programs.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Gov. Walker's Health Care Plan May Cost $73M More Than Expected

New numbers regarding Medicaid eligibility changes in Wisconsin

In February, when Walker administration outlined its plan to change the Medicaid program in Wisconsin, it estimated the additional cost at $664 million during the next two-year state budget.

Now, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau puts the likely total at $734 million.

The administration rejected federal money to expand the state's Medicaid offerings, so that it covered all people living at up to 130% of the poverty level. The governor's plan, is to cover all households with incomes up to 100% of the poverty line, and then move the others into the federal marketplace.

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