Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ

THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY FOR LAW & PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES MADISON LAWYERS CHAPTER PRESENTS: Executive Overreach in the Age of Obama: Dodd-Frank, IRS Targeting, & the DOJ A Conversation with former White House Counsel Boyden Gray Moderated by the Honorable Randy Koschnick, Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Madison […]

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Unemployment Reserve Fund Improving but Still in the Red

The Legislative Audit Bureau’s report on the state’s Unemployment Reserve Fund shows that the fund’s equity increased by $313.7 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year, however, the fund is still $612.4 million in the hole. During fiscal year (FY) 2011-12, fund equity increased from a deficit of $926.1 million as of June 30, 2011, to […]

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Additional Changes Proposed for WEDC

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has been the focus of much legislative attention since the Audit Bureau’s report on mismanagement at WEDC came out last month. In addition to items included in the JFC proposed 2013-15 budget, numerous bills have been introduced to make changes at the pseudo-agency. In the height of finance action, companion […]

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Legislature Moves Forward on Venture Capital

Wisconsin is a few steps closer to having a state-funded venture capital fund. On June 6, AB 181 was passed by the Assembly and its companion, SB 169 was the subject of a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Local Government. These bills would provide the framework for managing the $25 […]

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How Much Does Wisconsin Export to China?

A new report from the US-China Business Council provides a snapshot of how much trade growth with China has grown since 2003 by state. The report indicates that Wisconsin exports to China grew 256% from 2003 to 2012.   Wisconsin-specific information from the report. Click here to read the full report. 

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WEDC CEO Discusses Audit with WisconsinEye

WisconsinEye’s Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Reed Hall on May 17, 2013 about the recent audit that was critical of WEDC and the successful trade mission to China.  

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WEDC in the Hot Seat

In response to the Legislative Audit Bureau’s recent audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the public-private job-creation agency has faced increased scrutiny and its budget is in jeopardy. Budget Consequences On May 9, the Joint Finance Committee voted to make funding for WEDC conditional upon new compliance and reporting requirements in response to […]

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Governor Takes Cabinet on the Road for Economic Development

Gov. Walker has launched a “Cabinet on the Road” initiative to give the Governor and the Cabinet leaders the opportunity to listen and gather feedback from area business leaders and economic development groups around the state. “This is all a part of our continued efforts to help the people create jobs,” Governor Walker said. “I’m […]

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Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. This year’s events focus on the theme of travel effect. From May 4 – 12 events will be held across the country focusing on the impact of travel and tourism. According to a press […]

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Legislature Considers Various Venture Capital Proposals

This week the legislature held a hearing on one venture capital bill and started discussions about another. Venture capital is a hot topic this session because Wisconsin lags behind other states in the availability of start-up capital, but there is a hesitancy to put taxpayer money at risk. The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and […]

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