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COWS in the News

December 12, 2018 | Madison Magazine /
Laura Dresser, associate director of COWS, says one key difference is that the Twin Cities metropolitan area, at 3.5 million people, is far larger than that of Milwaukee, home to 1.5 million people. Full story here.
October 09, 2018 | NextCity: Inspiring Better Cities
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP)/BIG STEP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are stepping up to discuss strategies with Invenergy.
October 03, 2018 | Madison 365
As Wisconsin becomes more and more diverse, so do its high school graduates. In 2000, for example, 10 percent of high school graduates in Wisconsin were students of color. By 2016, that number had more than doubled to 22 percent. But how are they fairing in the post-high school higher-education world?
October 03, 2018 | Wisconsin Public Radio/The Morning Show
One of the nation’s largest companies is raising its minimum wage for all of its workers. Starting next month, Amazon will pay all its American employees $15 a hour, which is more than double the federal minimum wage. But will other companies follow suit? This hour, economist breaks down the significance of Amazon’s pay hike, the economics of raising the minimum wage, and whether Wisconsin could sustain a move to $15 an hour.  
September 28, 2018 | WUWM/Milwaukee's NPR
Interview with Laura Dresser on the State of Working Wisconsin.
September 28, 2018 | WUWM/Milwaukee's NPR
A look at Wisconsin’s economic recovery since the Recession of 2008 and the people who have been left behind, and inteview with Laura Dresser on Lake Effect, WUWM’s locally-produced magazine program.
September 18, 2018 |

UW Study Finds Job Increases, High Productivity And Slow Wage Growth.

September 14, 2018 | Wisconsin Public Television
Here and Now interview with Laura Dresser.
Anchor Frederica Freyberg and reporter Zac Schultz engage Wisconsin's business and political leaders in conversation on the week's major news.
September 05, 2018 | Working Partnerships USA & the UC Berkeley Labor Center
To learn more about this new report and what this research tells us about automation and the future of work, visit the interactive report.
September 03, 2018 | 101.5 WIBA FM
Live from the South Central Federation of Labor's Annaul LaborFest, Associate Director Laura Dresser was interviewed about the 2018 State of Working Wisconsin.
September 03, 2018 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/

"The fight for $15 campaign has drawn attention to the minimum wage – and set a benchmark." Full article here.

September 01, 2018 | Wisconsin State Journal/
"Wisconsin’s economy has finally recovered from the Great Recession, a full 10 years after it hit, a UW-Madison report says."
July 30, 2018 | Wisconsin Public Radio
WPR's John Munson interviews former NSF-ASA Fellow Steve Viscelli.
Trucking is the backbone of the American economy, but there are problems ahead for the industry. Most urgently, the trucking industry faces a severe driver shortage, and it’s already starting to have a tangible impact on commerce...and your wallet. This hour, we explore America’s ongoing shortage of truck drivers, what’s behind it, and what solutions are being proposed.
July 29, 2018 | Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
La Follette School student and COWS Graduate Student Hourly Jennifer Johnson spoke with Guatemalan students about educational opportunities in Madison on July 19 during the EducationUSA Alumni Fair. A second-year MPA student, Johnson participated while interning with the U.S. Department of State in Guatemala City.
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Michelle Bright

Press Liaison

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Laura Dresser

Associate Director

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Tel: 608.262.6944



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