Economy


Alyson Leahy, assistant director of the Wausau River District that works with business owners in that city, said some small businesses have altered their business models, such as increasing online sales, to remain financially viable during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
Nearly Two Years Into Pandemic, Some Small Businesses Still Struggling

Many entrepreneurs say they continue to face challenges amid continuing COVID-19 infections, a labor shortage, and supply chain disruptions.

Aspires is a health care provider that operates multiple hospitals and clinics across northern and central Wisconsin.
Nurses Up North Push for Better Pay Amid Pandemic Demands

Nurses at a major Wisconsin health network are demanding higher wages and better working conditions after two years of a pandemic and staffing shortages. 

Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) speaks during a press conference unveiling a Republican legislative package that would make it harder to access unemployment benefits and BadgerCare. GOP lawmakers claimed the bills will help address the worker shortage. (Screenshot via WisEye)
Public Assistance Would Be Harder to Access Under GOP Bills

Despite a record-low unemployment rate, Republican lawmakers want to make it harder for unemployed and low-income people to access public assistance under the guise of addressing the worker shortage.

A teacher at Community Care Preschool & Childcare in Beaver Dam teaches 2-year-olds about the parts of their face using a game and a song about snowmen. (Photo by Cara Spoto)
Wisconsin Childcare Advocates Holding Out Hope for Build Back Better

Advocates say Build Back Better is needed to rescue a childcare system in crisis that pairs high costs and low availability for parents with low pay for providers.

Shawn Phetteplace, Midwest regional manager for Main Street Alliance. (Photo courtesy of Shawn Phetteplace)
Main Street Alliance Looks to Continue Growing as an Alternative to Big-Business Lobbies

Shawn Phetteplace, regional manager for the Main Street Alliance, lays out the organization's top priorities for next year.

Dairy farmers across Wisconsin have struggled during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some said they would not still be in business without financial assistance from the state and federal government. (Photo by Julian Emerson)
After 2 Years of COVID, Farmers Look to Turn Things Around in 2022

Wisconsin farmers have hard a rough couple years. Recent investments could help reverse that trend.

Scott Walker
Three Years Later, Former Gov. Walker Still Wants to Raise Taxes on the Working Class

The one-time face of the state's Republican emerged last week to once again propose eliminating the state's income tax, and increasing the state's sales tax.