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Rainy — but milder — weekend on tap

A week's worth of sunshine would feel pretty good in Madison, but it most likely isn't in the cards just yet.

March 07, 2013 2:50 pm(0)

Supreme Court candidates to debate March 22

The two candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court plan to debate March 22.

February 28, 2013 3:23 pm(0)

Biz owner backs tax tweaks, sees room for government savings

As a small business owner who designs custom software for restaurants and stores, Bret Gundlach and his staff do a lot of driving. Yet he woul…

October 08, 2012 1:00 am(0)

Tax code in need of reform

Paying taxes is an annoying part of life, though Maurita Burzynski of Chippewa Falls might not mind as much if she was certain of what program…

October 07, 2012 2:00 pm(0)

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October 06, 2012 4:49 pm(0)

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October 06, 2012 4:49 pm(0)

Businessman backs teacher pay boosts but wants districts to tackle waste first

As a fiscally conservative businessman, Bret Gundlach sees plenty of opportunities for school districts to cut administrative overhead without…

September 07, 2012 1:00 am(0)

We the People: Education

Most people agree, at the very least some reforms are needed to our education system, but there's very differing opinions about how to go about it.

September 04, 2012 8:59 am(0)

School tech use a question of cost and necessity

It’s still a few years before Nick and Maurita Burzynski’s one-year-old son, Alexander, is ready to go to school, but his education is already…

September 02, 2012 2:00 pm(0)

We the People: Family shares thoughts about job market

WISC-TV is one of several media organizations participating in the We the People Wisconsin 2012 Economy project, which asked its participants …

August 06, 2012 10:22 pm(0)

State jobs situation could be improving, biz owner says

Madison small-business owner Bret Gundlach is one American whose top personal concern isn't the nation's lack of jobs. Not only are he and his…

August 06, 2012 1:00 am(0)

Jobs and support available for many unemployed

In the uncertain job market and sluggish economy, Nick and Maurita Burzynski of Chippewa Falls are thankful to each have jobs that allow them …

August 05, 2012 2:00 pm(0)

We the People: Employment

What really are the keys to getting people back to work and the job market stable again?

August 03, 2012 4:31 pm(0)

We the People: Families react to health care ruling

Following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold much of President Barack Obama's health care law, the We the People Wisconsin Economy…

July 03, 2012 10:57 pm(0)

We the People: Health Care

The recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the President Obama's health care law is sparking a big debate in this country about health care reform.

July 02, 2012 7:45 am(0)

What is We The People?

The We the People/Wisconsin 2012 Economy Project brings together Wisconsin residents from diverse backgrounds and circumstances and shares the…

July 01, 2012 7:00 am(0)

Impact of health care law a point of interest

With Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Maurita Burzynski of Chippewa Falls hopes that what’…

July 01, 2012 7:00 am(0)

Biz owner sees utility model as possible fix for health care problems

Madison small-business owner Bret Gundlach believes the nation's health care system needs to be fixed. But instead of implementing the Obama a…

July 01, 2012 1:00 am(0)

What others are saying about health care in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal

June 30, 2012 2:43 pm(0)

Family divided by politics puts party lines aside

Families across Wisconsin are mulling what the future holds for politics now that the recall election has come and gone, and the Klarich famil…

June 09, 2012 2:30 pm(0)

We the People: Civil discourse leading up to recall

This month, we're taking a look at civil discourse and the political climate leading up to the historic recall election.

June 03, 2012 5:14 pm(0)

Politics an unwelcome house guest

With this year’s recall elections, it seems the candidates will run, and voters can’t hide.

June 03, 2012 1:00 pm(0)

Business owner sees reasons for unity despite political differences

Madison business owner Bret Gundlach firmly believes 90 percent of people are in the middle politically. So it has been a bit disturbing for h…

June 02, 2012 1:00 am(0)

Politicians' inability to work together frustrates Reedsburg couple

Politicians' inability to work together frustrates Reedsburg couple

The inability of Democrats and Republicans to work together in Madison or Washington, D.C., is especially frustrating for Phil Rogers and his …

May 27, 2012 7:00 am(47)

We The People: Women react to gender, generational questions in politics

As politicians crisscross the state in search of votes, themes like the "war on women" are prevailing on the campaign trail, drawing attention…

May 10, 2012 9:17 am(0)

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Project participants

Chippewa Falls: Nick and Maurita Burzynski

After a cheesy pickup line and a whirlwind romance, Nick and Maurita Burzynski of Chippewa Falls got married in 2008. Last April, the household got a new member: their son Xander. To support their growing family, Nick discontinued his studies at the local technical college to work full-time first shift at the local hospital. Maurita works part-time second shift at Menards so that either she or Nick would always be home with Xander. The small family makes enough money to support themselves, but they worry about the sluggish economy, coupled with their student loan debts and home mortgage. (Chippewa Herald)

Galesville: Brenda and Ron Herman

Brenda and Ron Herman live in a three-bedroom house with two kids, two cars and two dogs. They earn a little more than the state median income — enough to make them comfortable, but not secure. They worry about job security, the price of gas, health care and education. They read the paper and watch the news but aren’t always up to speed on the issues. They make an effort to vote but aren’t especially political. She works as a county child support specialist; he’s a third-shift janitor. (La Cross Tribune)

La Crosse: Palmer Hoffland

71 year old Palmer Hoffland grew up right around the corner from the woman he would eventually marry. He and his high school sweetheart, Martha, live in a home just outside of the rural farming community of Viroqua in western Wisconsin. Palmer is a retired banking executive. He and Martha have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. With his background in banking, Palmer is concerned terribly about debt issues especially on the national level. He says politicians are looking out for their own parties and not their constituents. He worries about what the huge national deficit will mean for his kids and grand kids. (WKBT-TV)

Little Suamico: Ron and Cynthia Nelson

Ron and Cynthia Nelson live in Little Suamico with their three young boys. Hayden is six, Colton is three, and Brycen is seven months old. The family is active in their church and now, they want to be more active in the political process. Cynthia tells us she grew up in a conservative family; Ron was raised a Democrat and his father belonged to a union. Though their backgrounds are different, both Ron and Cynthia tend to agree with conservative candidates. Still, Ron is hesitant to declare himself a Republican. Both have concerns about the amount of taxes they’re being asked to pay. And, with Ron working in the finance industry, he says his biggest concern is over-regulation of business. (WFRV-TV)

Madison: Bret Gundlach

Bret Gundlach is a 44-year-old, father of two who lives on Madison’s east side. He runs a small consulting company with five employees called TransformPOS, Inc. that helps restaurants, clubs, bars and other hospitality businesses with point-of-sale and other high-tech solutions. He says his company is doing well, though profits in 2011 were down a bit from 2010. This year looks strong, however, with sales up from last year, he notes. A fiscally conservative and socially moderate Republican, Gundlach is a strong backer of Gov. Scott Walker who supports a limited-government philosophy.

Oregon: Jim and Lauralyn Klarich and family

Retiree Jim Klarich, 64, says he's voted Democratic in every presidential election, and his wife says she also leans left. Jim and Lauralyn's 37-year-old son David describes himself as more conservative as he gets older, his wife Odessa says she also tends to vote Republican.

The divided family, is more together than they seem. Their Oregon home is not just the dwelling of Lauralyn and Jim, but David and Odessa and their five-year-old son Gage.

Reedsburg: Phillip and Emily Rogers

Phillip and Emily Rogers of Reedsburg are old fashioned when it comes to money. They believe you should put 20 percent down when you buy a house. They avoid the temptations of credit cards. And they believe in saving for a rainy day.

But when a debilitating disease struck Emily Rogers virtually overnight, causing her to lose her job and require round-the-clock care, the family had to recalibrate their dreams. While Phillip works as a teacher and school principal, providing for his wife and three children is a struggle without the support of friends and neighbors.

“It’s tough, but we have a strong faith and I just take it a day at a time and try to stay positive,” Emily Rogers said. “It is what it is and you accept it and make the most of it.” (Wisconsin State Journal)