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10:58 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Wisconsin Student Fights for Sequestration Compromise on Capitol Hill

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Alex Holland.

The sequestration deadline is today. Most lawmakers are at least uneasy about the across-the-board cuts totaling $85 billion, but negotiations to avoid them have been difficult. Democrats are reluctant to change entitlement programs. Republicans oppose new tax revenue.

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Economy & Business
10:36 am
Fri March 1, 2013

MATC Union Says Early Contract Will Deter Instructors from Retiring

Faculty contracts in place until Feb. of 2015.

Earlier this week, the MATC Board and its teachers union reached a new one-year contract – months ahead of schedule. The pact takes effect next February, when the existing three-year contract expires.

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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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Health & Science
2:48 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Learning About Wisconsin's Health Care Exchange or Marketplace

T-minus 10 months

In 10 months, the Affordable Care Act moves into full force.

Kenneth Munson, regional director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, says starting in October, Wisconsin residents can enroll in the state’s health insurance exchange or marketplace. Gov. Walker opted not to create it, so the federal government is doing the job.

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Mines
12:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

No Shortage of Discussion before Joint Finance Passes Mining Bill

Debate continues around mining bill as Joint Finance Committee votes
Credit P Rasmussen

Lawmakers hoping to usher in a rebirth of iron ore mining in Wisconsin – Monday stepped closer to that goal.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee advanced a mining bill to the full Assembly and Senate.

There was no magical “coming together” of the two distinctly divided parties during the debate at the Capitol.

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