February 2021

Fixing the UI System

February 27, 2021 - 08:12

This week the Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously passed legislation, Special Session Senate Bill 1, that directs the governor to begin upgrading the Unemployment Insurance (UI) computer systems at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The bill requires DWD to issue a request for proposals within 30 days after the effective date of the bill. The legislation also includes provisions to protect businesses, schools and local governments from frivolous lawsuits and exempts the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits through March 14.

Governor's Bounce Backward Budget

February 20, 2021 - 07:23

On Tuesday, a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature watched Governor Evers' second budget address, which was given virtually to lawmakers. While he calls it the Badger Bounceback agenda, it's really a bounce backward budget. Instead of priorities to move the state forward, his $91 billion budget is more of a political document to fill the wish lists of his own party.

UPDATE: Primary for State Superintendent on Tuesday the 16th

February 12, 2021 - 09:58

Last November I wrote a piece on the February 2021 Primary Election for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. At that point there were five candidates and the former West Salem Superintendent, Troy Gunderson, looked like a candidate worthy of further consideration. A significant consideration was his experience in and knowledge of the Coulee Region. Upon further consideration, I have learned more about Dr. Gunderson – both positive and negative. For example, I am not impressed with his political endorsements on his website.