Economy may be improving, but there's no ranking
"Wisconsin ranks No. 2 in economic growth", according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
UPDATE: Numbers nearly right, conclusion wrong
"Wisconsin is not as obese as the national average is. The national average, 35.7 percent of the population is obese. In Wisconsin, it's closer to 26 percent."
Still a big GAAP gap
"We’ve used (generally accepted accounting principles) here in this building the last two years."
"Loudspeaker" or "sound cannon?" In Madison, more the former
The Capitol Police force is "going so far as to use paramilitary equipment" in dealing with singing protesters in Madison
The number is correct, but what about that Great Recession thing?
Says potential Democratic opponent Mary Burke "implemented the policies of Jim Doyle. Those are the policies that, in his last term, saw the state lose more than 133,000 jobs."
Third offense is a felony, in most
Wisconsin’s criminal threshold for drunken-driving is "way out of line" with "states surrounding us," which "have the second offense as a felony."
Still high, but actually nudged down statewide in June
Federation for American Immigration Reform
"Unemployment has been on the rise throughout Wisconsin" as Paul Ryan stepped up his advocacy of "immigration increases."
Lousy record keeping doesn't equal failure
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. "cannot account for creating one single job."
Most of the decline on predecessor’s watch
Says the success of his economic agenda is supported by the fact "we went from unemployment at 9.2 percent when I decided to run for governor four years ago to two points lower."
Rejecting expansion hits state taxpayers
Wisconsin is "not walking away from a dime" in federal funds by rejecting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
No FBI; no fine paid
An 11-year-old girl was investigated by the FBI and had to pay a $500 federal criminal fine "because she found an injured woodpecker and put it in a cage to make sure that the bird was OK."
Report keeps crystal ball under wraps
A state report’s "projection is that approximately half of public employees" would live outside municipal boundaries in a decade if the state bans local residency requirements.
Outlier of a study on a long-dead bill
A recent study of a proposed cap-and-trade policy’s effect on Wisconsin consumers showed it could "raise gasoline prices by 141 percent and electricity rates by 171 percent" by 2030.
Not a ton, but more than one
"Not one dime gets added to the deficit because of Social Security."
Indirect urging at best
Wisconsin education agency "urged white students to wear white wristbands ‘as a reminder about your (white) privilege.’ "
Ranking outdated, misleading
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Wisconsin’s laws "ranked the worst in the world for mining investment."
Not true for most
"We’re taxing our small businesses now at rates higher than corporations."
Sheriff’s Office responds to few crime calls
David A. Clarke Jr.
"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.
"At least" is a stretch
A Republican-sponsored Wisconsin mining bill "will take at least seven years to create jobs."
Actually, falling home values brought it down
Thanks to actions by the Milwaukee County Board on the 2013 budget, the amount of county taxes on the average home in the city of Milwaukee "would be a $19 decrease."
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