Category: Economics

So Far State Officials Can’t Prove Roads Grow Economy

Posted July 6th, 2015 @ 6:30 AM by

If you have been reading my recent posts at Forward Lookout, you are aware that I have been sending out a series of open records requests to state office holders who claim that increased infrastructure spending grows the economy.  I recently received a response from Senator Jennifer Shilling’s Office to one such request. Like the […]

Can We Apply ROI Standards to Highways Please?

Posted June 4th, 2015 @ 9:18 PM by

If we can quantify the returns to the state for an $80 million investment in a sports arena, why isn’t it possible, with “big data” technology, to insist on obtaining a similar metric before approving $1.3 billion of highway bonding in the Governor’s proposed budget?

An Open Letter To Chris Mertes – The Sequel

Posted January 7th, 2015 @ 10:09 AM by

A few years back, Sun Prairie Star Editor Chris Mertes wrote such a ridiculous editorial that I wrote him an open letter. Mertes has outdone himself with his latest editorial so it is time for a sequel. It is said before every city council and plan commission meeting. It is said before every Sun Prairie […]

Dear Media: Please Research the Declining Returns on Highway Investments

Posted October 14th, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

Every couple of weeks, we hear about a $680 million shortfall in the transportation fund.  The unspoken premise being that the projects that are creating the need that exceeds what the gas tax brings in are demonstrably worth the investment.  So what is the return on highway investment nowadays? Go ahead, make a guess.  And keep in […]

Scott Walker Slaps Down Blaska

Posted September 15th, 2014 @ 10:56 AM by

In case you have not heard, Scott Walker’s campaign manager, Michael Grebe,  is suing the Madison School District.    Well, Grebe could not sue the district directly, since he does not live here and he is too busy selling off Northern WI.  In order to make the plans work, they had to find a stooge in […]

The Value Of Cindy Archer

Posted July 10th, 2014 @ 11:11 AM by

If you have not heard by now, one of Scott Walkers closest allies, Cynthia Archer, was recently promoted to a civil service job where she received an almost 12% raise and is making $31,000/yr over her predecessor. To make matters worse, she was “promoted” to this job despite the fact that she did not apply […]

Dynamic Duo

Posted June 6th, 2014 @ 10:16 AM by

divide and conquer Scott Walker has effectively created the biggest partisan divide in our state’s history. His goal was to “divide and conquer” and he has masterfully pitted people all across Wisconsin against their own family members, friends, coworkers, etc… In this era of bitter partisanship it is nice to see two people come together […]

Every Brat Has Its Thorns

Posted May 19th, 2014 @ 11:57 AM by

“Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at how to make a profit, that goes against God.” Pope Francis Madison’s Annual Bratfest will have a new flavor this year, a fifth stage sprinkled with a dose of “Christianity”. The festival’s turn toward faith mirrors that of Tim Metcalfe, a co-owner […]

Make The Magic

Posted April 14th, 2014 @ 7:32 AM by

One of my favorite charities – Camp Kesem – UW Madison, is having their annual fundraiser – Make the Magic. Make the Magic is our only annual fundraising event. At this event, we also hope to spread the word throughout our community to tell more people about Camp Kesem! When? Saturday, April 26, 2014 from […]

Jim Villa — $178,000/Yr + Cadillac Bennies!

Posted April 3rd, 2014 @ 7:51 AM by

The UW system created a new job- Vice President of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin System. Many immensely qualified people applied for this job, unfortunately we found out that only one qualification mattered….the ability to kiss the ring of the republicans in charge of our state. For this important qualification, they found the […]

Wisconsin State Journal – Getting It Wrong for 100 Years!

Posted March 10th, 2014 @ 9:47 AM by

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Wisconsin State Journal published an editorial on March 9th, 1914 proclaiming “Send Pickles to fight Scurvy“. Are you aware the scurvy is prevailing in our army, and our troops are diminishing every day in consequence? If so, why not try to alleviate their sufferings, […]