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Building Wisconsin jobs requires reimagining higher ed

Rebecca Kleefisch is Wisconsin’s former lieutenant governor and is the “Jobs Ambassador” for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin.

As a mom, I remember sitting in the eighth-grade parents’ “Introduction to High School” presentation in our district. As Wisconsin’s former lieutenant governor, I remember the part about higher education options students could choose at the end of high school: university or traditional college, technical college or apprenticeship.

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After a year, it’s time for Congress to act on trade pact

Vice President Mike Pence answers questions from the media while appearing with Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir during a stop in Milwaukee on Thursday. Pence was in Milwaukee that night for a closed-door fundraiser to raise money in Wisconsin for Vukmir, who faces the Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November election. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Vice President Mike Pence came to Kenosha County last week to push Congress to vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was signed in November 2018. It’s President Donald Trump’s plan to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement ...

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Thrill-seeker’s plunge ill advised

Unlike standard cell towers, 5G networks are often made of “small-scale nodes” installed on traffic lights and utility poles. The wireless company U.S. Cellular announced plans this week to bring a 5G network to Wisconsin. The announcement comes not long after state legislators passed a law setting statewide standards for the networks.

Let's preface this editorial by saying that we're glad the UW-Stout student Mason Barth is alive and well. But let's add this: We're also glad the 20-year-old Neillsville native is being held to account for his reckless actions.

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OPINION: New approach to shifting from per-gallon taxes to per-mile charges

Heavy trucks travel Interstate 43 near Grafton on July 17. Plans to rebuild and add lanes to this stretch of highway were approved by Wisconsin’s Transportation Projects Commission in 2014. That commission, which is required to approved major-highway plans before they can be added to state statute, is planning to meet in December for the first time in five years. (Photo by Kevin Harnack)

Ever since serving on the Transportation Research Board special committee on the long-term viability of fuel taxes in 2005, I have been persuaded that per-gallon fuel taxes are not a sustainable source of funding for 21st-century roadways. A subsequent national commission in 2008 (on which my Reason colleague Adrian Moore served) concluded that charging per mile rather than per gallon of fuel would be the best replacement funding source. But can that difficult transition be made?

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