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COWS in the News

March 28, 2015 | Milwaukee Courier

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, State Representative David Bowen, Laura Dresser, Jennifer Epps-Addison of Wisconsin Jobs Now (WJN), and Robert Reed, a long-time Wisconsin resident and home care worker, cited the problems and offered solutions to economic racial disparity in their state.

Full article HERE.

March 25, 2015 | Capital Times
Despite loss of middle class families, Walker administration says state 'heading in the right direction'

“Wisconsin’s growth and prosperity are not being widely shared,” Laura Dresser wrote in a January report. “Over the last 40 years, Wisconsin’s richest residents have experienced dramatic increases in income, while Wisconsinites not among the very highest earners saw little or no income growth.”

Read full article here.
February 13, 2015 | Isthmus
Isthmus cover story, More Than Minimum, cites COWS study and includes interview with Laura Dresser.
Read full report HERE.
January 22, 2015 | EPI

Manufacturing is as a large and vital contributor to the national economy and even more so to the economy of the state of Wisconsin. Despite manufacturing job losses, due in part to national policies that harm national competitiveness, Wisconsin remains a national manufacturing leader.

The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobsreleased today by the Economic Policy Institute, shows the continuing importance of US Manufacturing, and Wisconsin’s unique position in it. 


Press Release HERE.

November 21, 2014 | Huffington Post
Associate Director Laura Dresser posts on Huffington Post's The Blog.
READ MORE about lessons from Milwaukee's WRTP/BIG STEP.
November 04, 2014 | MIT Energy Initiative
November 03, 2014 | Innovation Hub
October 27, 2014 | Salon
COWS calculates that raising the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lead to pay increases for half a million Wisconsinites.  READ MORE
October 26, 2014 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Jobs Now calls for living wage, cites COWS and EPI study: Raise The Floor.
October 15, 2014 | The Capital Times
COWS Associate Director Laura Dresser is interviewed. READ MORE
October 15, 2014 | Milwaukee Shepherd Express
Issue of the Week:
"Did you know that Wisconsin’s governor, on his or her own, can raise the minimum wage? In fact, the governor is required by law to ensure that all Wisconsinites—not just those earning a minimum wage—are paid a living wage for their work." READ MORE
October 10, 2014 | Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Linda Branch, a 50-year-old personal care worker in Milwaukee, works 20 hours a week making $11 an hour, or around $400 every two weeks. That's barely enough to make her rent, she told the state's Department of Workforce Development in a recent filing. She added that she recently had to borrow money to keep her electricity running, and that she could not afford to send her grandson, whom she raises, to his recent homecoming dance. READ MORE
October 09, 2014 |
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker spent this week trying to convince women voters that he isn’t as extreme on reproductive rights as his record shows. Between a misleading ad about new restrictions on abortion and dodging questions about his anti-choice position even in cases of rape or incest, Walker is clearly trying to redefine his stance on women’s health as he enters the final weeks of his campaign against Democrat Mary Burke. READ MORE
October 09, 2014 | The Capital Times
Poverty-wage work is widespread in Wisconsin, particularly in food, retail, residential and in-home health care sectors, with roughly 700,000 workers earning less than a living wage in 2013, according to a report released Thursday by the Madison-based Center on Wisconsin Strategy and the Economic Policy Institute.

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Michelle Bright

Press Liaison

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Tel: 608.890.2543


Laura Dresser

Associate Director

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Tel: 608.262.6944



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