May 2, 2014 - 4:15pm
Above, the Apostle Island ice caves, a major draw for tourists this winter. Photo: N. Faile (CC-BY-NC-SA).
There were 100 million tourist visits to Wisconsin last year, generating approximately $11 billion in spending at resorts, restaurants, shops, gas stations, and other businesses.
May 1, 2014 - 5:45pm
Currently, aggregate donations are limited to $10,000 per person. Photo: QuidnuncQuixot (CC-BY-SA).
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has published a study that suggests that if state aggregate political spending limits are removed -- a possible outcome of an ongoing court battle -- a small group of individuals would be able to contribute millions to Wisconsin campaigns.
April 28, 2014 - 2:30pm
Above, the Dane County Farmers' Market. Photo: Howard Walfish (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Roughly a third of all farmers' markets in Wisconsin accept food stamps as payment, but that number could soon increase thanks to a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program.
April 27, 2014 - 1:30pm
The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw escorting a barge through ice fields on Lake Superior. Photo: Coast Guard News (CC-BY-NC-ND).
Great Lakes water levels are up compared to a year ago, meaning ships will be able to carry more cargo – a silver lining for the ships slowly traversing the ice fields of Lake Superior.
April 25, 2014 - 4:30pm
Dips, sandwiches, and premade meals at the People's Food Co-op in La Crosse. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
A food co-op in La Crosse is being recognized not just by the city for the positive impacts its recent expansion has had on the downtown community, but also by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
April 24, 2014 - 10:15am
State lawmakers approved two measures relating to University of Wisconsin pay and personnel Monday: the UW will have its own personnel systems separate from the rest of state government, and senior executives could get big pay increases.
April 23, 2014 - 5:15pm
A new study shows Wisconsin is losing out on nearly $29 million each year in tax revenue because of an offshore tax loophole.
April 21, 2014 - 4:45pm
Home sales were down 11 percent in March compared to the same time period last year. Photo: Diana Parkhouse (CC-BY).
Though March home sales were down compared to last year, home prices are up and economists are optomistic that 2014 will be a strong year for the state's housing market.
April 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
Using next year's projected tax refund to pay for healthcare premiums can work, but depends on one's income over the coming year. Photo: 401(k) 2012 (CC-BY-SA)
The Affordable Care Act makes it possible to use next year's predicted tax refund to pay for this year's health insurance, but those who use this method need to keep on top of the plan's details or risk a surprise next year.
April 18, 2014 - 4:00pm
A federal appeals court has upheld Wisconsin's “Act 10,” which restricts the right of public unions to to collectively bargain. The attorney for labor unions in the case says the ruling sends a troubling message.