It’s a waiting game for Wisconsin farmers as they watch the market to see how a recent trading spat between the United States and China will affect prices for their products.
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout’s criticism of Wisconsin’s startup activity was Verified by The Observatory as the state has ranked last in the past three years in the Kauffman Foundation’s annual report on state startup activity.
In a recent fact-check conducted by The Observatory, we verified a claim from Mayor Paul Soglin that Madison “leads the nation as one of the worst cities for binge drinking.”
Even before he took office in 2011, Gov. Scott Walker rejected $810 million in federal stimulus funding to build a passenger rail route between Madison and Milwaukee. Now, as the state is spending millions to draw more millennials, experts say what these young people want is more trains — and other mass transit.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction communications director, Tom McCarthy, a decline in enrollment often means a decrease in funding for school districts.
When you have a small school district and a limited budget, it comes down to choices, according to Kickapoo Area School District District Administrator Doug Olsen. For his district’s roughly 500 students, that often plays out in fewer electives and support staff.
Based on the Wisconsin Budget Project’s analysis, Walker’s tax cuts benefited the highest income taxpayers more than lower income taxpayers. The tax cuts further benefited the wealthiest taxpayers, who already pay a smaller portion of their income in state and local taxes than poorer taxpayers, according to the Wisconsin Budget Project.
With a new state budget looming, the UW-Madison looks to re-engage parts of the state that feel left behind
New outreach efforts, new message seek to bolster support for the state’s flagship university beyond Madison.
State Senate District 10 has unfailingly voted for Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf for the past 16 years, despite sometimes shifting to vote for Democratic presidential candidates. The Observatory dug deeper to find out why Harsdorf has been consistently so successful.
Across Wisconsin, 13 counties — from all parts of the state — have voted for Democrats and Republicans alike. Experts say the factors include turnout, changes in news consumption and the narrowed focus of the Democratic Party to Madison and Milwaukee.
Melrose-Mindoro Superintendent DelRoy DeBerg says an expansion of the state voucher program would pose as a challenge to school funding.