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Project Milwaukee
1:23 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Is Wisconsin Any Better Off?

It was nearly a year ago that Gov. Walker proclaimed - Wisconsin is open for business. In order to re-enforce that message, his administration successfully advanced a number of tax breaks to encourage businesses to hire and even relocate to the state. There was some bipartisan support for the incentives, although Democrats labeled them marginal and later blasted the governor and Republican lawmakers for slashing money from things such as education. Still, Walker maintains Wisconsin is in a much better place with a balanced budget and improved business climate. Is that the case? WUWM’s LaToya Dennis posed the question to Abdur Chowdhury. He’s chair of Marquette University’s Department of Economics.

Project Milwaukee
1:20 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

GOP Pushes Conservative Social Agenda

Milwaukee Police Sgt. Kevin Eyre instructs students how to safely handle a gun.

We now continue “Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval.” All week, we’re examining the divisive year Wisconsin has experienced politically, with perhaps economic worries at the core. Last fall, for the first time in over a decade voters put Republicans in control of state government. New Gov. Scott Walker insisted he had the formula to erase the state’s massive deficit and create jobs.

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Project Milwaukee
1:17 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

State of Business

Cree Ruud Lighting plans to hire around 470 people over the next four years.

From the beginning, Gov. Scott Walker said once he took office his focus would be on creating jobs. During the 2010 campaign, he vowed to create 250,000 private sector positions during his first term. To help, he converted the commerce department into a public-private entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and instructed it to focus exclusively on fostering business growth, rather than also regulating the private sector. Walker also instituted a number of tax breaks for companies that create jobs here. In this installment of Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis explores the impact the changes are having on business growth. Things are bustling at Cree Ruud Lighting in Sturtevant. Until earlier this year, it had been just Ruud - a firm making commercial and energy efficient lighting. Then, Cree, a company based in North Carolina, specializing in LED lighting bought the Wisconsin operation for $525 million. Construction crews have since broken ground for a gigantic addition.

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Project Milwaukee
1:13 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Media Reflect on a Turbulent Year

Our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series features a roundtable discussion with journalists of all political bents analyzing the past year’s political events. That panel includes: Bruce Murphy, editor of Milwaukee Magazine; Lynda Jones, editor of the Milwaukee Courier; Steve Jagler, executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee; Mark Kass editor of the Business Journal of Milwaukee and David Haynes, editorial page editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Project Milwaukee
1:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

A Historical Precedent for an Unprecedented Year?

We try to figure out whether a seemingly unprecedented year in Wisconsin actually does have a historical precedent. Historian John Gurda is the author of nineteen books, including The Making of Milwaukee and Cream City Chronicles. He’s also a regular Lake Effect contributor, and he spoke with Stephanie Lecci as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series.

Project Milwaukee
12:56 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Attorney & Blogger Tracks Gov. Walker's Rise

Rick Esenberg

Our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval coverage continues with Milwaukee attorney and conservative blogger Rick Esenberg, and his take on the meaning and the legacy of the past year.

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Project Milwaukee
12:52 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Observers Analyze Gov. Walker's Ideology and Impact

Gov. Walker's bold, conservative proposals outraged critics, who rushed to the Capitol in protest last winter.
Credit John Gunther

Earlier this morning we talked with Scott Walker about his first year as governor.

He has been the driver of the sweeping and controversial changes in Wisconsin.

They include restricting public union rights and deeply cutting money for education.

As a result, critics are attempting to recall him, while supporters praise him for being bold.

In this segment of our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval, WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl shares insights from people who have observed Walker become the politician he is today.

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Project Milwaukee
12:48 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Walker Weighs in on a Tumultuous 2011

Gov. Scott Walker
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

Today we begin Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval. All week, we’ll explore the intersection of Wisconsin’s volatile political and economic climates in 2011.

The central figure in the drama has been Republican Gov. Scott Walker, now approaching his first anniversary in office.

Later this morning, we'll talk with people who've observed the politician over the years.

This hour, Walker reflects on his first year as governor, and his ideological formation. He chatted with WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl.

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Project Milwaukee
12:45 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Why Wisconsin Became a Hotbed for Political Unrest

Protesters loom as Gov. Walker testifies before a Congressional committee in April on fiscal problems faced by states.
Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

On Monday, we kick-off our Project Milwaukee series, “State of Upheaval.” We look back at the volatile year in Wisconsin politics, from the November 2010 election of Gov. Scott Walker to the effort now a year later, to kick him out of office. In our first segment, WUWM’s Erin Toner explores why Wisconsin became a hotbed for political unrest.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Sat December 10, 2011

Book App Astrojammies Blasts into Hardcover

A children's book application that's led the charge in combining literature and technology gets a hardcover edition. Stacey Williams-Ng is the author and illustrator of the interactive children's book Astrojammies, which is now available as a hardcover print book. It was first published as a book app for the iPad by Chicago-based Demibooks – where Williams-Ng is now Creative Director.

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