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Referendum pros, cons

The Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a provision to require a referendum before any local property tax rate increase. Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, is likely to veto the budget bill item.

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The math of work-force reductions

Terminating employees is difficult in most instances. Beyond the emotional impact, employment laws require caution in the downsizing process. Legal requirements govern severance agreements that are offered to employees based upon the number of employees i

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Power the Future vital to economy

As the debate over We Energies' Power the Future plan heats up, it's important for the residents of southeastern Wisconsin to focus on fact, not fiction. With a lagging economy and high unemployment rates, we cannot afford to turn away the largest constru

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Constructive Comments

Giant aerial bombs -- the political kind -- have lit the skies of Wisconsin's early summer in advance of the Fourth of July. They may last through the remainder of the year accompanied by oohs and aahs from the assembled citizenry.

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Access not denied

As local governments look for ways to save money amid our state's $3.2 billion deficit, it has become popular to target the thousands of dollars the government pays to newspapers to run legal notices by pushing to simply post the notices on a government W

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Family time bill offers flexibility

Employees in the public sector have long been able to choose whether they can take paid time off as compensation for extra hours worked or whether they take overtime pay. Some individuals would prefer to spend time with their families or loved ones than r

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Waiting Games II

Three months ago, we discussed the difference between patience and procrastination. We waited for economic conditions to improve, for tax cuts to be enacted, for the stock market to perk up and for the Iraq situation to be resolved.

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