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Jun 15, 2011
Category:
A review of the COWS program and the work and research it conducts.
Jun 02, 2011
Category: Transportation

Smart Transportation is the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s integrated response to the crisis of crumbling infrastructure and limited revenues to address it, and the need to better align transportation with community revitalization and sound land use policy. PennDOT was the first state program reviewed in detail by COWS' State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), and it remains one of our prime examples of a thoughtful DOT wrestling with the challenges of fiscal austerity, sustainability, and system preservation.

 

The review was done at the request of PennDOT to assess the effectiveness of its Smart Transportation program in integrating land use and transportation in its decision-making and to identify areas of opportunity to advance the Smart Transportaion agenda.

May 19, 2011
Category: Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Values Budget is a balanced approach to our fiscal challenges that demonstrates Governor Scott Walker's choices are not necessary choices. Through sacrifice that is fairly shared, and by building on Wisconsin’s history of progressive innovation, we can maintain and further improve public structures that work for everyone. The Wisconsin Values Budget, unlike the governor’s "cuts only" approach, begins again to truly share the burden of creating a dynamic and prosperous economy that promotes opportunity, security, and freedom for all Wisconsinites.

 

View the long version (4 page) or short version (1 page) describing this alternative budget plan.

 

Lead Sponsors: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

May 19, 2011
Category: Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Values Budget is a balanced approach to our fiscal challenges that demonstrates Governor Scott Walker's choices are not necessary choices. Through sacrifice that is fairly shared, and by building on Wisconsin’s history of progressive innovation, we can maintain and further improve public structures that work for everyone. The Wisconsin Values Budget, unlike the governor’s "cuts only" approach, begins again to truly share the burden of creating a dynamic and prosperous economy that promotes opportunity, security, and freedom for all Wisconsinites.

 

View the long version (4 page) or short version (1 page) describing this alternative budget plan.

 

Lead Sponsors: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Institute for Wisconsin’s Future, Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS)

May 05, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin

In this brief, we offer data on public-sector workers -- their pay relative to the private-sector workforce, the size of Wisconsin's public workforce over time, and analysis of what the wage reductions in the 2011-13 budget will cost different public workers -- and data on the most most important cause of the state's budget deficit: declining revenue due to the Great Recession.

Mar 23, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin
A look at why the Wisconsin retirement system is one of the healthiest in the country.
Feb 15, 2011
Category: State & Local Policy, Wisconsin
A research summary of findings by an EPI study comparing worker-compensation in the public-sector and the private-sector.
Dec 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Bridges are innovative approaches to skill delivery that help adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in post-secondary training. Leading to career-path employment or further learning in a specific industry or occupational sector, bridges at Wisconsin's technical colleges typically link basic skills development with occupational skills training and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.


Wisconsin Bridges Case Studies profiles various bridge programs that are being piloted throughout the state. This case study discusses the CNC Skills Institute at Western Technical College. 


The case study was excerpted from:
Building Bridges in Wisconsin: Connecting Working Adults with College Credentials and Career Advancement

Dec 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Bridges are innovative approaches to skill delivery that help adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in post-secondary training. Leading to career-path employment or further learning in a specific industry or occupational sector, bridges at Wisconsin's technical colleges typically link basic skills development with occupational skills training and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.


Wisconsin Bridges Case Studies profiles various bridge programs that are being piloted throughout the state. This case study discusses the English Langage Learning/Certified Nursing Assistant (ELL/CNA) Bridge at Northcentral Technical College.  


The case study was excerpted from:
Building Bridges in Wisconsin: Connecting Working Adults with College Credentials and Career Advancement

Dec 06, 2010
Category: Jobs & Skills, Wisconsin, Jobs & Skills: Job Quality & Industry Studies

Bridges are innovative approaches to skill delivery that help adults in need of basic skills or English Language Learning succeed in post-secondary training. Leading to career-path employment or further learning in a specific industry or occupational sector, bridges at Wisconsin's technical colleges typically link basic skills development with occupational skills training and accelerate the transition from pre-college to college level work.


Wisconsin Bridges Case Studies profiles various bridge programs that are being piloted throughout the state. This case study discusses the Artisan Baking/Culinary Bridge at Moraine Park Technical College.


The case study was excerpted from:
Building Bridges in Wisconsin: Connecting Working Adults with College Credentials and Career Advancement