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Milwaukee has made great progress in recent years on seeding high-tech start-up firms. But, while local universities deserve much of the credit for providing the city with the human material, will capital investment follow? Read more

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Milwaukee is embarking on one of the largest public-works projects in the city’s history: The replacement of the more than 76,000 lead water lines running to residences and businesses throughout the metropolitan area. Read more

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Local transportation assets are getting a closer look in proposed state and county budgets. But are decision-makers truly serious about addressing the needs of our local roads, bridges and bus systems? And can we afford it? Read more

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Although the City of Milwaukee seems to be moving toward a more permissive view of personal marijuana use, state law hasn’t changed. Read more

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The highly regarded Public Policy Forum just released the final part of their major study, “Help Wanted,” which analyzed the current labor market trends in education and the fact that teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming ra... Read more

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This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of hot (and sometimes lukewarm) takes from Ryan Schleicher, Milwaukee Record co-founder Matt Wild and I, we're digging into a new Public Policy Forum survey of Milwaukee millennials. The survey .. Read more

On Music

While Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s campaign mailer paints a rosy picture of the county’s bus system, in reality Abele is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Scott Walker, and holding the Milwaukee County Transit Syste... Read more

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The effort to lower fines for small-scale possession of marijuana in Milwaukee, led by Ald. Nik Kovac, is one of the first rational political steps in the state toward reducing the widespread human damage that is caused not by pot, but by l... Read more

Hemp 6 Comments

Once again, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Scott Walker Read more

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Major decisions concerning the presence and vitality of thearts in Milwaukee are afoot.The Spirit of Milwaukee ("A 501(c)3 private non-profitcorporation whose mission is to educate the public, both locally andnationally, about greater .. Read more

Visual Arts

The newest voucher school study from the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum (PPF) confirms what we've known for years: Students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) aren't performing any better than their peers in the Milwaukee... Read more

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Timothy White’s Catch a Fire will probably remain the classic Bob Marley biography, but that hasn’t prevented everyone who ever met the reggae artist from writing his or her own account. British music journalist Chris Salewicz interviewed M... Read more


The Milwaukee Admirals take on the Lake Erie Monsters tonight at a 7 p.m. game at the Bradley Center. Afterward, two Admirals players will stick around to meet fans and sign autographs. Read more

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