UWM School of Freshwater Sciences makes a big splash
September 12, 2014 11:31 AM
When the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee unveils its expanded School of Freshwater Sciences this week in a two-day grand opening, it will be more than just celebration of the just-completed $53 million project.

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Nardelli was a straight shooter
September 10, 2014 08:48 AM
Editor's note: Tom Nardelli, who served as a Milwaukee alderman and as chief of staff for Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, passed away on Sept. 1.

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Counterpoint: Corruption kills business opportunities
September 9, 2014 12:46 PM
Your business bids for a government contract. Your reputation and track record are excellent and you have pared your price to the bone. You lose the bid, but find out later that the winning bidder made generous contributions to the elected government officials' campaigns. You suspect you are a victim of pay to play.

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Point: Wisconsin business climate vastly improved with Walker
September 9, 2014 12:36 PM
In the 2010 Wisconsin governor's race, then-candidate Scott Walker established a lofty goal for the state to create 250,000 private sector jobs within his first term. The number was big, it was bold, and more than anything, the statement put private sector businesses on notice that the state was going to do better.

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Tell me a little about yourself: Emerging liability issues with pre-employment background checks
September 5, 2014 11:22 AM
More and more employers are choosing to conduct background checks on potential hires, including checks for criminal and credit history. There are a number of legitimate reasons for doing so, including compliance regulations in certain industries, concern about liability for negligent hiring, and simply a desire to ensure that employers are selecting the right person for the job. Employers must be mindful, however, that administrative agencies at both the state and federal levels are scrutinizing these practices like never before, and that many states (like Wisconsin) have laws on the books that regulate how employers are permitted to use background check information.

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'Get Smarter' and jumpstart your career
September 4, 2014 11:54 AM
“The Transfer of Knowledge and Power to the Next Generation” will be the theme of the 2014 BizTimes Get Smarter Talent Development Conference.

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Back to school 2014
September 2, 2014 10:57 AM
Editor's note: This “A Note from Bill” article, written by Bill Penzey, owner of Brookfield-based Penzeys Spices, appears in the newest Penzeys Spices catalog.

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Congress must reauthorize Ex-Im Bank
August 29, 2014 10:45 AM
Every poll taken shows that the number one issue on the minds of voters is “jobs and the economy.” Why, then, is a federal program that has helped create thousands of Wisconsin jobs at hundreds of Wisconsin businesses and generated billions in economic activity for the state currently on life support in Washington, D.C.?

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Missing in governor race: health cost budget buster
August 28, 2014 11:04 AM
One of the major political footballs in this year's campaign for Wisconsin governor is how many people should be on the state's BadgerCare/Medicaid program. It is a legitimate issue, raised by the Obamacare offer of 100 percent coverage for three years for adding impoverished enrollees.

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Government plan hurts people with disabilities
August 27, 2014 10:25 AM
Imagine a plan designed to help people with disabilities find jobs in the community that left 78 percent of these people worse off than they were before.

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In 2014, our reforms are still working
August 26, 2014 11:11 AM
Editor's note: The following was written by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as his official epilogue for the release of his the paperback version of his autobiography, “Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge.”

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