Spring 2018

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Editor's Note

House Speaker Paul Ryan did two things many Americans consider lunacy. He gave up a government job, and he made a public commitment to his family. Two stories in this issue chronicle just how ardently many Wisconsinites avoid doing either nowadays.
By Mike Nichols

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Tax incremental financing: Valuable tool or crony capitalism?

Funding mechanism — originally created to alleviate urban blight — has become a gravy train for developers and distorts the free market, critics say.
By Ken Wysocky

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Time to burn: So few fires to fight

Firefighters almost never fight fires nowadays, turning fire departments into emergency medical services agencies. Is there a better way?
By Dave Daley

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Tax incremental financing is a recipe for abuse

The state Legislature should fix the complex process that benefits developers and politicians at the expense of taxpayers.
By Rick Esenberg

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Government grows at expense of private sector

The Sheboygan Fire Department recently marked its 10th year of providing emergency medical services to city residents. But not all of the parties associated with the decision are celebrating the milestone.
By Dave Lubach

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Eschewing marriage

Add Catholics and older folks to those who are choosing to be single — with Catholic weddings dropping by 40 percent in recent years and many baby boomers opting against marriage for financial reasons.
By Marie Rohde

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Clinging to an old picture

Suggesting that changes are necessary to centuries-old fire department practices — given the drastic decrease in the number of fires today — isn’t an affront to firefighting heroes.
By Mike Nichols

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Celebrating marriage

On a March day, several couples tied the knot at the Milwaukee County Courthouse — illustrating that the institution still holds value for many Americans.

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Regional approach offers solution

Nationally, about 70 percent of firefighters are volunteer, according to the National Volunteer Fire Council; 80 percent of fire departments in Wisconsin are all-volunteer.
By Janet Weyandt

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Marriage is a foreign concept to some

Marriage has become so rare in some quarters that folks no longer know how to talk about it — literally. A pastor at a Milwaukee-area church discovered this firsthand while providing premarital counseling to a couple in 2016.
By Michael Jahr

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Conservative young Wisconsin women defy stereotypes

They’re spurned for not fitting the liberal mold, but they stand strong. "Conservative women have many targets on their back," one millennial says.
By Emily Jashinsky

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The road to driverless transit

As the world moves forward with automated vehicles, including autonomous transit, Milwaukee clings to 19th century technology.
By Baruch Feigenbaum

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From the ground up: A profile of Badger Mining Corp.

Family-owned for five generations, the industrial sand mining company headquartered in Berlin, Wis., thrives with its inclusive team approach and commitment to environment.
By Betsy Thatcher

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