Waukesha County, Republican pols failed to kill it.
The Calatrava Addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum
Sunset on the lakefront, summer 2018
Milwaukee River empties into Lake Michigan
Wisconsin wind farm, east of Waupun
86 turbines overcame Walker's blockade
Skylight illumination in Milwaukee City Hall
The historic 19th-century building has stone floors, copper decoration, and iron work by the famous artisan Cyril Kolnic. Stop in and walk around.
What water, wetland protection is all about
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
Lake Michigan in winter
James Rowen's Bio
James Rowen is an independent writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked as the senior Mayoral staffer in Madison and Milwaukee and for newspapers in both cities. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007.
One of the best. Pragmatism and principle, carefully balanced. We've not seen his equal in all the years since his service as governor.
The current incumbent couldn't carry the shoes of Pat Lucey.
Anderson / Lucey at the helm could have saved us from the slide into abject Republican mendacity and pandering.
Indeed! A man who understood that being governor or Wisconsin meant that doing good to all of its citizens was the point.
1. He changed the DOT emphasis from new highway construction to maintenance and repair of existing roads and support for urban mass transit (mainly bus);
2. His PSC appointments blocked nuclear power plant construction in a time when Wisconsin utilities wanted to aggressively build more, but would have set up large, unproductive capital costs when Three Mile Island would have brought them to a halt before completion;
3. He was a major mover in the change from departments headed by citizen boards to a secretarial form of administration;
4. He made deals with business--such as the constitutional amendment to exempt machinery and equipment from property tax--but got significant business investment and other policies in exchange--there was a short period in the mid-70's where Wisconsin was the "Star of the North" for its economic performance;
5. He followed Nelson, Reynolds and Knowles, but his administration continued advancing the DNR from game management and parks to the more integrated (competing/conflicting) management and environmental regulation and enforcement duties;
and 6. yes, the University merger.
Marty Schreiber, his Lt. Gov who stepped into the Gov office never figured out what to do with a huge surplus (what a burden....), but there were also hard feelings with public employees and a strike by them at the time he left for Mexico. A few years after this, Lee Dreyfus was proud that in four years, his great accomplishment was two appointments to the UW Board of Regents.
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