A primer on 529 college savings plan updates
February 25, 2015 10:50 AM
We want to remind families of 2014 changes to the Wisconsin's college saving program as well as share new federal regulations governing 529 plans. 529 college savings plans are a great vehicle for families to use to save for higher education. Contributions to the account grow tax deferred and earnings are tax free as long as the money is used to pay the beneficiary's qualified education expenses. And, many states offer income tax incentives for state residents.

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Marquette economist rips right-to-work law
February 24, 2015 10:53 AM
The right-to-work bill that is sailing through the Wisconsin State Legislature and headed for Gov. Scott Walker's signature will have an adverse effect on the state's economy and will have a divisive impact on its people, according to a new study by Marquette University's leading economist.

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Walker shifts more health costs to businesses
February 23, 2015 10:16 AM
The proposal by the Walker Administration to shift public employees to the health plans of employers in the private sector is pretty lame.

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Making property assessment better for taxpayers
February 20, 2015 10:28 AM
Should property assessment be done by 1,851 different units of government in Wisconsin as it is now? Or is there a more efficient way to perform this important function?

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Will 'pay their own way' work?
February 19, 2015 11:56 AM
On January 27, 2015, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker weighed in on the highly debated funding topic for a brand new arena for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, other teams and entertainment options. On that day, Walker revealed his plan to help the Bucks “pay their own way” by using funds generated within a “jock tax,” a tax placed on the prorated earnings of athletes who play in the state, regardless of local residency, along with revenue from the NBA's new TV deal.

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Can a presidential candidate be anti-conservation?
February 18, 2015 10:01 AM
Here we go again with the Wisconsin Republican Party and its war on conservation.

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What to do with your retirement plan If your employer is acquired
February 17, 2015 11:27 AM
When an employer is acquired by another company, the initial reaction is often concern about the future. Once the dust settles, some employees may find a change in ownership can create a retirement planning opportunity which simply would not exist in the absence of the sale.

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The Affordable Care Act: Where are we now?
February 16, 2015 10:54 AM
As of Jan. 1, 2015, the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act became effective for all employers with 100 or more employees. Although employers have been preparing for the employer mandate for some time (remember that it was delayed for one year), many questions have arisen now that compliance measures are being implemented, and many questions still remain. The good news is that some of these questions will be answered before the employer mandate becomes applicable for smaller employers (i.e., employers with 50 or more employees beginning in 2016), which may have more difficulty in complying with the requirements. This article briefly addresses some of the practical compliance issues and how those issues are being addressed.

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Are your patents at risk?
February 11, 2015 10:31 AM
Recent court and Patent Office decisions are finding more inventions are directed to abstract ideas using merely conventional steps, and thus not patentable.

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Wellness Summit to focus on mental health
February 10, 2015 12:40 PM
One positive fallout from Clint Eastwood's latest movie, “American Sniper,” has been the growing awareness of and discussion about mental health.

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GMC is not driving the downtown conversation
February 9, 2015 03:13 PM
In private conversations, some business executives are expressing frustrations that the Greater Milwaukee Committee is not playing more of a leadership role in the redevelopment of downtown Milwaukee.

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