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— The Public Service Commission is due to hold its biennial Strategic Energy Assessment today to evaluate whether Wisconsin’s current and future electrical supply is adequate to meets the state’s needs from 2008 through 2014.
The hearing will field such questions as:
-Anticipated growth in energy demand.
-Planned new construction of generation and major transmission lines.
-Need to purchase power from outside sources.
-Types of fuels they plan to use.
The PSC will write a draft report assessing the adequacy and reliability of the state’s electrical supply. Utilities, advocacy and interest groups and the general public are invited to submit oral and written testimony to comment on the draft. The PSC will issue a final report and submit it to the Legislature in early 2009.
— Milwaukee voters have overwhelmingly approved a binding referendum requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees. It was backed by 69 percent of voters with 31 percent opposed.
Milwaukee 9to5 Director Amy Stear, whose group got the measure on the ballot, called it a “great win” that will help with people’s health, economic well-being and ability to take care of loved ones who get sick.
“We’re very happy for our community and city that families in Milwaukee are going to enjoy a healthier, more economically stable city in the future here,” Stear said.
MMAC President Tim Sheehy wasn’t surprised by the result, but said it will hurt Milwaukee’s ability to attract and retain jobs.
“I don’t view this as an advantage in selling Milwaukee as a place to attract and expand jobs,” Sheehy said, noting that employers could choose to locate somewhere they would not have to pay the added expense.
— Columbia St. Mary’s Inc. has laid off 74 employees, which officials say is part of a systemwide initiative to reduce costs because of the economic downturn.
“As employers cut back on health benefits, and as workers are losing their jobs we find that fewer patients are seeking care; and for those that we do care for we are paid less for the services we provide,” Leo Brideau, president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s, said in a written statement.
The layoff was immediate and did not affect any physicians or registered nurses, said Kathy Schmitz, spokesperson for the Milwaukee-based system.
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TCF will join in bank-rescue program: TCF Financial Corp. said Monday it will participate in the U.S. Treasury Department’s financial rescue program, becoming the latest area bank to take federal money in return for stock. Wayzata, Minn.-based TCF (NYSE: TCB), which has 27 branches in Wisconsin, said it received preliminary approval from the Treasury to participate in the voluntary program. Under the agreement, the Treasury would make a $361 million investment in senior perpetual preferred stock of TCF.
Columbia St. Mary’s cuts staff: Columbia St. Mary’s Inc. laid off 74 employees Monday, which officials say is part of a systemwide initiative to reduce costs because of the economic downturn. “As employers cut back on health benefits, and as workers are losing their jobs we find that fewer patients are seeking care; and for those that we do care for we are paid less for the services we provide,” Leo Brideau, president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s, said in a written statement.
TomoTherapy completes acquisition of Chinese firm: Madison-based TomoTherapy Inc. on Tuesday announced it has finalized an agreement to acquire privately held linear accelerator manufacturer Chengdu Twin Peak Accelerator Technology Inc., based in Chengdu, China. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Area awards highlight strong growth in lean times: Northeastern Wisconsin manufacturers continue to prosper in the face of a downturned economy. Five will be recognized Thursday night by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce with Manufacturing Awards of Distinction. “Things are strong. We’ve had a really, really strong influx of new business,” said Chris Moore, owner and president of N.E.W. Industries Inc. of Sturgeon Bay.
Sun Prairie firm gets big contract: A Sun Prairie firm is being included in a $12 million contract to set up a new data center for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Comprehensive Computer Consulting, in partnership with EDS, has been awarded a five-year, $12 million contract to assist in the move of the FDA’s data center from Rockville, Md., to White Oak, Md
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– Freedom company recognized as one of Valley’s manufacturers of the year
– Papermaker Appleton honored by P&G
– Orion earnings beat expectations; company lowers full-year forecast
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– Bemis Co. declares stock dividend
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REAL ESTATE (back to top)
– Combined Locks expects slight tax hike for 2009
– Stevens Point: Proposed downtown apartment complex draws opposition
– Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce begins move to new building today
– Veridian Homes held to expiring inclusionary zoning rule
– Architectural firm may move to Menomonee Valley
– Milwaukee: Apartment building planned at Farwell, Kenilworth
– Courtyard by Marriott planned near airport
TRANSPORTATION (back to top)
– Midwest more active in fuel hedging
– Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Krispy Kreme offer voters goodies
UTILITIES (back to top)
– WPS to interrupt power Thursday in Door County
HEALTH CARE (back to top)
– Diane Postler-Slattery, president and chief operating officer of Aspirus Wausau Hospital, receives Athena Award for her efforts to give opportunities to women
– Assisted Living Concepts’ earnings fall
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– BLC Community Bank opens new business center in Green Bay
– Summit and Great Wisconsin complete merger
– Stritch program training black leaders
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