Economics


FIFTY PER CENT DECLINE IN FARM INCOME……CHANGE NEEDED IN FARM BILL

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By Darin Von Ruden, President, Wisconsin Farmers Union and a dairy farmer from Westby, Wisconsin. This Farm Bill is critically important. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve seen devastating dips in dairy and crop prices. The American farm economy is on the brink of a crisis. We need a drastic change in direction in the next Farm Bill. It may be time to focus less on how technology and exports are going to save the day and more on what can be done to address declining farm numbers, struggling rural communities, growing environmental concerns and the staggering anti-competi...

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GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

In the last five months, seven Door County communities have shown their support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would get money out of politics and give citizens their voices back in our elections. The city of Sturgeon Bay, the towns of Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Forestville and Liberty Grove along with the villages of Egg Harbor and Ephraim, all have unanimously approved resolutions backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that proclaims that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. They are part of a tremendous grassroots movement ...

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Bottom Up Economic Development

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My wife tells me I should be more positive with my articles. I should write more about good things that are happening. Being a cranky curmudgeon this is not easy to do. Plus the current political situation provides a continuous stream of great negative topics. The Foxconn giveaway in Wisconsin is an example. But economic development doesn't require huge tax expenditures to create jobs. There are other ways to create jobs and build economic security. There are many positive stories about local people across the country finding local solutions. These stories show alterna...

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WISCONSIN’S LONG JOURNEY TOWARD A LIVING WAGE

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“For an adult with a family who has to pay for food, clothing, and a place to live, and be able to pay for a car, the minimum wage is clearly not high enough,” wrote Bethany of Eleva-Strum High School. Wisconsin was one of the first states to enact a Living Wage. The law gave authority for determining a living wage to an Industrial Commission made up of a balance of employers, employees and the public. The year was 1913. Two years earlier, people attending a national conference of the National Consumers’ League in Milwaukee called for a minimum wage. Advocates ...

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WHAT’S A WOMAN WORTH?

Please join us for an afternoon of learning and lively conversation on a topic of concern everywhere in our society: wage (and often power) inequalities that women continue to face in the workplace. Wage disparity not only adversely affects women and their families all their working lives, but in retirement as well. This discussion puts all of these topics on the table. “What’s a Woman Worth?” will be held Thursday, September 14 at WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N. Military Road in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The time is 1 to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. You do not need ...

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Ruminations on Foxconn

The giant electronics manufacturer Foxconn has announced it will locate in Wisconsin. It supposedly plans to spend $10 billion to create a “campus” to build LCD panels. The politicians were, of course, tripping over themselves to get in on the photo op. But I wonder if the old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is.” The announcement was held at the White House. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, President Trump, Governor Walker, and House Speaker Paul Ryan were in attendance. Trump, with typical arrogance, said it wouldn't have happened if he ...

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Cuba: Some Historic Perspective

“Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.” Tryon Edwards, 19th century American theologian Normalizing relations with Cuba is long overdue. For over 50 years we have tried to change the government and social structure of this small, poor nation. Our animosity toward Cuba has been irrational, unnecessary, and contrary to our founding principles of liberty and democracy. President Obama's move toward normal relations was just the beginning. American involvement in Cuba began long before Castro and the current socialist ...

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CONVERSATIONS AT THE COUNTY FAIRS

I love county fairs. I love the sights, sounds, smells and the tastes of the fair. Moreover, I love all the people. Adorable little kids wander around with snow cones. Grandparents catch up on family news. Hardworking 4-Hers show cattle, cakes and cookies. I especially love the opportunity for conversations with voters about things of importance. The relaxed atmosphere of the fair invites good conversations about what’s going on and how our state should help. Cookies, roads and health care took up much of my conversations. Several home bakers spoke with me about ...

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WHAT’S A WOMAN WORTH?

Please join us for an afternoon of learning and lively conversation on a topic of concern everywhere in our society: wage (and often power) inequalities that women continue to face in the workplace. Wage disparity not only adversely affects women and their families all their working lives, but in retirement as well. This discussion puts all of these topics on the table. “What’s a Woman Worth?” will be held Thursday, September 14 at WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N. Military Road in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The time is 1 to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. You do not need ...

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CELEBRATING WISCONSIN’S DAIRYLAND

“Do you still milk?” I asked Jim at a recent gathering. “No,” he told me. “My son tells me the most help I can be is to stay out of the way,” he joked. We both agreed that was hard. Dairying gets in your blood. June is dairy month. A time to celebrate all we love about ‘America’s Dairyland’ – home to 1.28 million dairy cows, which is more than one cow for every five Wisconsinites. Reminiscing with an old dairy farmer, you realize the love of cows and farming never really goes away. The smell of newly mowed hay or the glistening dew on the field ...

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