Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Editor Don Huebscher writes that the state needs to get a full picture of the UW System's reserve funds and determine how much is enough. It's unfair to parents and students if tuition costs are higher than they need be, but do we know for certain how much should be held in reserve?, he asks. We should answer that question before making bad decisions.
The Racine Journal Times isn't at all impressed with the "food stamp" bill edging its way through the state Legislature. It's misdirected, the newspaper states. The federal government makes the rules on food stamps. It would be better if legislators pushed Congress to pass a new farm bill than waste time on something over which it has no control.
Blogger James Rowen has been reading the critical audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and finds it "jaw dropping." Nearly every page contains revelations of undocumented spending and lack of oversight, he says.
The association that is pushing expanded voucher schools for Wisconsin responds to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's editorial earlier this week that says the evidence shows an expansion of choice schools isn't warranted. The association's response, which is published on the right-wing MacIver Institute's blog, claims that the Journal Sentinel refused to publish it.
Meanwhile, the blog Blue Cheddar posts a news item from WEAC that highlights the news today that the federal government is concerned there isn't enough oversight of voucher schools in the state, particularly on how they admit students with disabilities.
On the Urban Milwaukee blog, Michael Horne posts a piece on how Mayor Tom Barrett is lobbying area businesspeople to oppose Scott Walker's plan to do away with city residency requirements for its workers. The least that should be done is to pull the measure from the state budget so that it can be debated on its own merits, the mayor insists.
Christian Schneider writes about the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute's new study of the state of marriage in Wisconsin. The study contends that marriage has become a lifestyle choice rather than a moral imperative. Consequently, more children are born out of wedlock and it's costing taxpayers big money to deal with the problems that can cause.
On FightingBob, Ed Garvey speculates that Milwaukee steelworkers, who have turned down a contract offer from Caterpillar, will make a deal with the big equipment maker. Garvey believes Caterpillar will make an offer to the union that will be contingent on the steelworkers supporting quick approval of the iron mine in northern Wisconsin. Far-fetched? Not in today's world, he says.
Blogger Chris Liebenthal calls Leroy Butler a "leap of class" in refusing to back down on his praise for Jason Collins having the courage to announce he's gay. Collins' revelation had the right-wing in a frenzy, he adds.