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COWS in the News

August 14, 2019 | New York Times
From the NYT 1619 Project.
Matthew Desmond, August 14, 2019
“Low-road capitalism,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison sociologist Joel Rogers has called it. In a capitalist society that goes low, wages are depressed as businesses compete over the price, not the quality, of goods; so-called unskilled workers are typically incentivized through punishments, not promotions; inequality reigns and poverty spreads. 
July 26, 2019 | Wisconsin Examiner
Laura Dresser spoke as part of the Tax Reform Bus Tour at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
July 01, 2019 | University of Wisconsin-Madison News

UniverCity Year partnered with the Green County Development Corporation to address a host of community challenges and projects. By matching UW faculty and students with areas of community need, the partnerships are producing tangible benefits and making a lasting difference throughout Green County. 


Read about, and view photos of, all the honorees.

May 30, 2019 | WPR
"We used to expect the middle class to grow. That was kind of a given. And we’ve had nearly 20 years where it hasn’t," said Laura Dresser.
Full article here.
May 16, 2019 |
American life is improving for the lowest paid - May 16, 2019, The Economist on line.
May 15, 2019 | University of Wisconsin-Madison
In appreciation, the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison recognizes individuals and programs that create lasting connections between UW–Madison and Wisconsin communities. The Community-University Partnership Awards celebrates those who create innovative approaches to education, health, the arts, community service, business, scientific inquiry and civic involvement. These partnerships represent prime examples of the Wisconsin Idea in practice across our community. The reception will include presentation of the LaMarr Billups Community Engagement Award.
April 04, 2019 | WPR
University of Wisconsin-Madison program that connects students and faculty with local governments to solve problems is going outside of the Madison area for the first time.
February 12, 2019 | Wisconsin Public Radio/Central Time

A recent study from a Wisconsin think tank suggests that state could increase energy-related jobs and keep money within the state’s borders if it moved away from fossil fuel usage. We turn to the researchers behind the report to consider this and to understand the possible effects on the environment and public health.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

WPR's Central Time

Green Jobs Could Be Good For Wisconsin Workforce
COWS report here

February 09, 2019 |
Moving away from fossil fuels could create thousands of jobs, improve public health, and increase overall economic activity by nearly $14 billion in Wisconsin, according to a new study by COWS.
January 07, 2019 | The America Prospect, Winter 2019

The election win wasn’t just about Congress. Many of the openings for democratic reform will be in the states.


“We will have people in charge who are actually interested in the project of running government well. This feels enormous, especially for the environment and social services,” says Laura Dresser, associate director of COWS(the Center on Wisconsin Strategy), a research center based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Leadership that is committed to protecting water and resources, to enforcing the law and believing in science: This makes for a better Wisconsin, where state workers can actually do their jobs.” 

January 05, 2019 |
As director of the UniverCity Alliance at UW-Madison, Gavin Luter tries to bridge the gap between academia and the “real world.”
January 04, 2019 | Mobility Lab

Despite policies meant to encourage alternatives to cars, traffic in cities has actually increased faster than population.


From 1990 to 2015, the metropolitan population has gone up some 30 percent while urban interstate lane miles have increased 68 percent, according to a new report, and accompanying webinar, from SSTI and the Mayors Innovation Project.

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?
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