It was one of Scott Walker’s first acts as Governor in early January. Meeting in a special session, Wisconsin lawmakers were charged to come up with “a bold set of reforms aimed at helping businesses create jobs.” Not surprisingly, the new Governor laid down the gauntlet, calling for, among other things, an overhaul of the Commerce Department and small business tax cuts. The time frame to complete the plan was set for little more than a month; the target figure 250,000 new jobs by the end of 2015. With unemployment holding steady at 7%, what will it take to reach this target figure? What are the ways in which state government and the private sector can generate more work for Wisconsin? Find out in the next Wisconsin Academy “Conversation Series” presentation:
What Jobs, What Works? A Conversation on the Wisconsin Economy with Don Nichols and John Torinus
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, from 7:00–8:30 pm at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall, 221 State Street, Madison
Two of Wisconsin’s best minds on jobs and the economy assess the current situation in Wisconsin and prospects for economic growth and development in the state. Don Nichols, emeritus professor of economics at UW–Madison and the former director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, and John Torinus, Chairman of Serigraph Inc. of West Bend and a founder of BizStarts Milwaukee will discuss several recent plans and proposals offered by business associations, think tanks, and government offices on how best to revitalize the state’s economy and generate jobs.
Can’t attend in person? Watch the live online video stream of this presentation, beginning at 7:00 pm. Streaming video made possible with support from the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE).
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Academy Evenings engage the public in a wide variety of topics of public interest and feature Wisconsin’s leading thinkers, scholars, and artists. These free forums are intended to encourage public interaction with these leaders in an intimate atmosphere designed to foster discussion and build community. The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters sponsors Academy Evenings regularly in Overture Center for the Arts in Madison and at other venues across the state. For more information on Academy Evenings in your area, visit wisconsinacademy.org/evenings.