Economy

Mention Hollywood and politics in the same sentence and most people envision liberal screen stars lining up on Rodeo Drive to save a whale, rescue a polar bear or hug a Democrat. That stereotype is flipped in Wisconsin these days, where a conservative Republican state senator...

Wisconsin’s growing entertainment software industry will be showcased from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at Madison's Raven Software. The Game On! event is part of an effort to save the state's one-year-old film incentive program by a coalition including Film Wisconsin, Arts Wisconsin and...

The number of filers for first-time unemployment claims fell last week, though they remain at very high levels. Tom Koulopoulos, author of "The Innovation Zone," tells Kelsey Hubbard historical periods of high unemployment proceed periods of extremely high innovation....

Sverre Roang has asked his colleague, Lisa Lange, to let us know about an interesting wrinkle in the economic stimulus plan (also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which we will refer to in this column as the "Recovery Act") that could be...

CHICAGO – What enduring projects are we spending the stimulus money on and what skill sets are we trying to save? Every state and local legislature should be asking those questions as they look at spending this money. Unfortunately, many are taking a 1950s approach...

“The reality of the devastation in the economy is just starting to be understood by those in municipal and county governments,” comments James Carlini. Many state and local agencies are just beginning to wake up to the fact that revenues are down as they work...