Wisconsin Must Avoid the Energy Mistakes of Germany

Renewable energy advocates hold up the German experience as an example of successful energy policymaking with some going so far as to call it a model for Wisconsin. Germany’s energy transformation or “Energiewende” calls for a nuclear-free and carbon-reduced economy … Continued

Continuing Wisconsin’s Era of Reform

By Kurt R. Bauer Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Wisconsin’s transformation from an anti-business to a pro-business state has been remarkable, but it is also incomplete. There is more work to be done in order for our state to achieve its … Continued

Another False War on Women (Again)

By Scott Manley Vice President of Government Relations Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Liberal Democrat lawmakers recently joined a handful of left wing activist groups to perform what now appears to be a recurring campaign ritual of the left: accusing the … Continued

Keep Wisconsin “Open For Business”

By Kurt R. Bauer President/CEO Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce – Wisconsin’s Chamber The State Chamber of Commerce conducts an economic survey of member CEOs twice per year. The most recent survey in June revealed something surprising. When asked “what is … Continued

These Aren’t Your Grandpa’s Environmentalists

Eric Bott Director of Environmental & Energy Policy Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce   In 1909, the man who coined the term “Conservation Ethic,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot, engaged in a very public row with then U.S. Secretary of … Continued

Making Wisconsin Irresistible to Business

By Kurt R. Bauer WMC President/CEO Wisconsin’s working-age population will grow by just 0.4 percent by 2030, according to the UW-Madison Applied Population Lab. During the same period, Wisconsin’s 65 and over population will grow 94.7 percent. Those two numbers … Continued

How to Accelerate the Economic Recovery

WMC News Column By Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO It looks like the U.S. economy grew somewhere between 2.5 and 3 percent in 2013. That falls short of what most economists predicted for the year.  But there is a silver … Continued

Legislature Must Seize Opportunity to Create Mining Jobs

News Column By Scott Manley, WMC Director of Energy and Environmental Policy An opportunity to create thousands of family-supporting jobs was lost earlier this year when the Senate fell one vote short of passing comprehensive mining reforms.  Wisconsin cannot afford … Continued