As I See It

As I See It

Wisconsin's longest running daily commentary, a daily tradition since 1971.

Thursday - June 1, 2017 9:53 am

Ending WI DNR magazine not about saving money

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Just what is the real reason? That is what many are wondering about Governor Walker's idea to shutter a popular environmental magazine. Walker wants to stop the state's publication of the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine. This publication has been around nearly 100 years. It details conservation efforts, and highlights the…

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Perhaps they finally learned their lesson. Members of the Wisconsin Legislature have a history of stuffing non-spending items into the massive state budget. It is a way for them to get their pet projects passed without having to go through public hearings and other scrutiny. But perhaps that long trend…

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It is unnecessary, unproductive, and likely unconstitutional. The Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has endorsed Governor Walker’s idea to drug test those who receive public medical benefits. That is now a provision of Walker’s budget which the full legislature will vote on this summer. If approved, Wisconsin would become the…

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Whenever you fill up your car's tank with gas, you are paying more than you should have to in Wisconsin. That is because of the old and outdated Unfair Sales Act, more commonly known as the minimum mark-up law. This law dates back to the depression era, requiring Wisconsin gas…

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Monday - May 22, 2017 11:36 am

Drug drop-offs working well

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That is a lot of drugs. Which could have ended up in the wrong hands, or on the street. People in Wisconsin were clearly eager to properly dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs. The state's April Drug Take Back Day collected more than 66,000 pounds of unused medications. That…

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Free speech sure is in the political crosshairs these days. Lawmakers in Madison want to punish students in the UW System who protest speakers on campus. But they’re not stopping there. Now they want to create new, and unneeded, laws on rioting. A bill under consideration would make rioting a…

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Friday - May 19, 2017 11:11 am

WEDC still can't keep track of loans

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Good news and bad news for Wisconsin's job creation agency. Unfortunately, once again an audit finds the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation still has a long way to go to right the ship. WEDC uses state money to help private companies create jobs. But they still aren't doing a very good…

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Tuesday - May 16, 2017 11:31 am

FAIR drug prices? Yes please

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It sounds like an oxymoron. The title of new legislation being pushed in Washington is the FAIR Drug Pricing Act. We don't often hear “fair” and “drug prices” in the same sentence. Turns out the word FAIR in this sentence is an acronym, standing for fair accountability and innovate research.…

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Tuesday - May 16, 2017 8:59 am

Road funding bill belongs in state budget

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There are some things that belong in a state budget, and things that don't. How to pay for roads is one thing which certainly belongs in the budget. Lawmakers are often criticized, properly, for inserting things in a budget which don't belong there. They like to tuck their pet projects…

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Monday - May 15, 2017 9:05 am

Russia woes theme of Trump presidency

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Even amid all the constant chaos, there has been one constant to mark the Trump presidency so far. No matter the distraction du jour in this White House, the issue of Russia seems to remain front and center. In fact, it all appears to be related. Yet we seem no…

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