Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce: “Optimism is falling” in Wisconsin

From the Badger Institute: Will things improve? No: 47% expect the national economy to “remain flat” over the next six months, and 20% — one in five —expect it to “decline,” as in recession. “Optimism is falling,” said WMC President Kurt Bauer, who quoted one captain of industry as saying, “We may not be in … Read more

The 10 Most Bikeable Cities in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, a state known for its lush landscapes and vibrant cities, offers more than just picturesque views and bustling urban life. It’s also a haven for cyclists, with cities that prioritize bike-friendly infrastructure. In this Redfin article, we delve into the top bikeable cities in Wisconsin, exploring the unique characteristics that make each city a … Read more

Is Wisconsin in Recession? | Econbrowser

WisGOP thinks so. “From an economic recession to cheerleading for DEI, Governor Tony Evers has dragged Wisconsin down over the course of his tenure. …” If one takes the NBER definition of a recession, then WisGOP’s assessment is off. From NBER: The NBER’s definition emphasizes that a recession involves a significant decline in economic activity … Read more

The Wisconsin Economic Situation | Econbrowser

WMC has a survey of 180 member firms  out indicating only 22% of respondents believed that the Wisconsin economy is strong. Source: WMC.   This is a strange finding in light of today’s December employment release, which showed continued employment growth. Figure 1: Wisconsin Nonfarm Payroll Employment (black, left scale), and Philadelphia Fed early benchmark … Read more

The Wisconsin Macro Outlook (Updated for Employment Release)

Yesterday, the Wisconsin macro outlook was reviewed in the context of the November Economic Forecast released by the DoR. Today, we can update the picture, using the newly released employment numbers (piece on WPR today). First, the October decline in nonfarm payroll employment is erased, and November’s number is up, hitting the forecast. Figure 1: … Read more

Wisconsin DEI markets in everything

In a deal months in the making, the University of Wisconsin System has agreed to “reimagine” its diversity efforts, restructuring dozens of staff into positions serving all students and freezing the total number of diversity positions for the next three years. In exchange, universities would receive $800 million for employee pay raises and some building … Read more