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WisBusiness: Video available from recent WisBusiness events
3/4/2008

Video is now available from several recent events sponsored by WisBusiness.com and WisPolitics.com. Video is posted from luncheons with Commerce Secretary Jack Fischer and Dean Health System CEO Craig Samitt and from a climate change conference held in Madison.

Read below for descriptions of the events and links to WisBusiness coverage and online video.

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March 11
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Business leader luncheon with Commerce Secretary Jack Fischer

Wisconsin’s economy is facing “challenging times,” but should be able to weather a potential national recession better than many other parts of the country, Commerce Secretary Jack Fischer said during a recent luncheon sponsored by WisBusiness.com, Madison Magazine and the Madison Club.

Fischer said Wisconsin does not have either the “high hills” or the “deep valleys” of some coastal states.

“What we have is consistency,” he said. “We also have the strength of our exports and our entrepreneurship. We have a strong base here in Wisconsin.” Business leader luncheon with Craig Samitt, Dean Health System

For a doctor, Craig Samitt has a rather bleak view of health care in the United States.

“The industry is broken… and needs to be transformed,” said Samitt, who has been CEO of the 500-physician Dean Health System for nearly 18 months. His aim is to shake up the delivery of medicine while improving service, holding down costs and improving efficiency and quality.

Samitt, who spoke at a luncheon sponsored by WisBusiness.com, Madison Magazine and the Madison Club, said many doctors do not like it when he criticizes their reluctance to embrace technology or points out the high rate of health care errors.

“Why is our defect rate so much greater than any other industry?” asked Samitt, who said the health care is the only service business that doesn’t act like one. Coping with Climate Change conference

It may not happen this term, but Congress will soon produce global warming legislation to limit carbon dioxide emissions in the United States, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin predicted Monday.

Speaking at a “Coping with Climate Change” conference hosted by WisPolitics.com, Baldwin -- a Democrat -- predicted the bill would feature market-based “cap-and-trade” requirements to control CO2.

During a later speech, Republican U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner ripped cap-and-trade rules as harmful to the economy, saying it was important for climate change legislation to protect jobs and involve countries other than the United States.
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