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— The PSC is meeting today to finalize requests from WE Energies and Madison Gas & Electric to increase the fixed charges customers pay on their monthly bills.
The commission voted 2-1 last month in the separate cases to sign off on the requests, which backers argue better spread out the costs of infrastructure. Critics contend the increases hit the poor the hardest and create a disincentive for customers to save power. The increases in the fixed costs were paired with reductions in the hourly usage rates.
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— The Wisconsin Realtors Association says existing home sales in Wisconsin fell last month compared to November 2013, but prices were up.
The WRA’s latest monthly report finds existing home sales in November were down 6 percent while median prices rose 6.6 percent to $145,000 compared to a year ago.
“Putting these numbers into perspective, our housing market remains strong in Wisconsin,” said Dan Kruse, the chairman of the WRA Board of Directors. “We had the strongest September to November sales period since 2006, before the Great Recession began.”
— Madworks Coworking’s accelerator program, “Madworks at Campus” is offering grants to early stage startups to participate in a 10-week lean startup class.
The program is open to University of Wisconsin faculty, staff, students and Madison area entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply is Jan. 22.
— A team of UW-Madison engineers is creating new, more robust decision-support software that could help prevent a frequent, potentially fatal blood-clotting condition in hospitalized patients.
The work was done within the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and in collaboration with Geisinger Health System and UW Hospital. It’s part of a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help prevent and manage venous thromboembolism, which occurs when a blood clot in a vein breaks free and travels in the blood. The clots sometimes make their way to the lungs.
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University Research Park
QuadGraphics to close Tennessee plant
Artisan Partners opening Sydney, Australia, office
State home sales fall in November while median sales price rises again
Zeon Solutions acquired by St. Louis tech firm
Grand Chute company adds 57 jobs
Manufacturers expect revenue growth, salary increases in 2015
UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
Madison Gas & Electric
Wisconsin Technology Council
University Research Park
– State Cranberry Growers Vote to Raise Check-Off Assessment
– Associated Bank opens new branch in Racine
– Appleton arena undergoing changes, update
– Strong year for commercial development in FDL
– New technology changes anatomy lessons at NWTC
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Arthur Nizza named new leader of Meriter-UnityPoint Health
– Ex-Packers Pro Shop boss Hogan joins Prevea Health
– Youth apprenticeship a fast-track to metalworking career
– H&S Manufacturing prizes work ethic over experience
– Pierce Manufacturing utilizes mentors
– Johnson Controls’ lithium-ion batteries power 2014 Hybrid Range Rover
– Milwaukee Business Journal’s top quotes of 2014: Year in Review
– Wisconsin jobs agency losing another top exec
REAL ESTATE ^top^
– Madison receives four widely differing proposals for Garver Feed Mill
– La Crosse County home sales hold steady in turbulent market
– Unusual office-furniture business expanding, hiring
SMALL BUSINESS ^top^
– Madison brewery crafts gluten-free beer
Wisconsin Economic Development Association
*100+ Women Who Care Madison: Will close the year at $40,000 in donations
*Associated Banc-Corp: Announces new ticker symbol for its depository shares
*Associated Banc-Corp: Christopher C. Piotrowski named to Associated Banc-Corp executive committee
*Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Register now to travel with DATCP to food shows in China and Europe
*First Bank Financial Centre: Named top SBA lender in Wisconsin
*Full Compass: Doug Carnell joins Full Compass as chief operating officer
*Knapp Chiropractic: Adopts a local family
*ManpowerGroup: 2013 sustainability efforts focused on economic, social and environmental impact areas
*Murphy Associates: Judi Murphy honored with Chamber Champion award
*Progress Lakeshore: Business plan accelerates Heavy Pedal Bicycle’s success
*Summit Credit Union: Alex Ysquierdo joins Summit Credit Union as manager for City Station branch
*UW Health: Predicting readmissions for elderly patients
*UW-Madison: Muddy forests, shorter winters present challenges for loggers
*Wisconsin Better Business Bureau: Tips for hassle-free gift returns and exchanges
*Wisconsin Medical Society: WMJ: Increased incidence of shoulder repair surgeries significant
*Wisconsin Realtors Association: November home sales fall as median prices increase
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