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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]

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New Hampshire Spending

Two major events during the last week, the Super Bowl and the New Hampshire Presidential primary, generated millions of dollars in television advertising revenues. Advertising Age estimates that spending on ads during Super Bowl 50 reached an all-time record of $377 million. According to A.C. Nielsen, an average of 111.9 million people watched the Super […]

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Oil dominates this economy

Back in July 2014, not many people knew that oil was selling for over $100 per barrel. Today, with oil hovering around $30 per barrel, the discussion over how low the price of oil will fall has replaced the debate over whether the Packers should have gone for two points. Quite simply, the law of […]

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Highest tax revenue in 2015

The December issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer reports that Wisconsinites paid $27.9 billion in state and local taxes in 2015. That’s equal to 11.0 percent of total personal income in the state or an average of about $4,800 for every Wisconsin resident. Which of the following generated the most tax revenue in Wisconsin in 2015? […]

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Total tax burden 2015

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reported that Wisconsinites paid an estimated $80 billion in taxes in 2015. The $80 billion consists of a wide variety of taxes including federal and state income taxes, Social Security taxes, Wisconsin sales taxes, property taxes, gas and fuel taxes, and cigarette taxes. Payments to the State of Wisconsin totaled $18 […]

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What impact will raises have on Wal-Mart’s bottom line?

Last February, Wal-Mart announced that they would be raising the starting hourly wage at their U.S. stores to $9.00 per hour. In his annual address to stockholders in October, Wal-Mart President and CEO Doug McMillon stated that this increase will cost the company $1.2 billion in 2015. The same day, Wal-Mart’s stock price fell over […]

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Resolution: Pay Cash for Everything?

You’ve achieved one of last year’s New Year’s resolutions. You got rid of your high interest credit card and replaced it with a card that charges only 6 percent interest. Unfortunately, you got a little carried away this holiday season buying gifts, and your credit card balance is $2,500 This year’s resolution is to put […]

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Is Amazon taking over the retail world?

Did you shop on Amazon this year for holiday gifts? Finding someone who hasn’t purchased something from Amazon is getting about as rare as finding someone who has never eaten at McDonald’s. Founded in 1995 as an online bookseller, Amazon now sells almost everything. Over the most recent twelve-month reporting period, Amazon’s revenues exceeded $100 […]

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Gas seems cheap, but is it?

A few months ago, not many of us would have guessed that gasoline prices would be under $2.00 per gallon for Christmas. It has been a long time since gas sold for $1.85 per gallon. Today, gas seems cheap, but is it? Some of us are old enough to remember the good old days when […]

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