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Economic Scorecard analysis: Many doubt value of homeownership

The latest Wisconsin Economic Scorecard survey illustrates a trend that has some financial advisers at odds with real estate professionals on this key
question: is home ownership a good investment? The latest Scorecard quarterly results released last month included a question
about homeownership and whether respondents believed it to be a good investment.

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Millennial professionals want trains, trails and fast-track careers

Today’s young professionals – so-called millennials – seek a clear path to career growth, recreational opportunities and above all, plenty of public transportation when deciding where they want to live and work. That was the consensus of a panel of young adults who spoke frankly to
business professionals attending the Future Wisconsin Economic Summit Wednesday in downtown Milwaukee.

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EPA administrator says carbon rules could be boon for Wisconsin

The Midwest’s EPA chief said Wisconsin stands to gain economically from new rules that require states to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent within 15 years, rebutting opponents of the rule at a WisPolitics.com luncheon in Milwaukee.
Yesterday’s luncheon led with a presentation by Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 administrator, who outlined the proposed rules and suggested “building blocks” for states to proceed.

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Entrepreneurs cautioned on prepping for angel investors

Milwaukee-area entrepreneurs hoping to apply for funds to get their start-up companies off the ground got a dose of hard reality on Thursday from representatives of Wisconsin’s 2-year-old Super Angel Fund. “It’s not enough to have a great idea,” said Tom Schuster, the fund’s general managing partner,
who addressed about 75 businessmen and women at a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon in Wauwatosa.

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Moody: Patients like hybrid health systems

In 1993, Mark Moody was thrilled to be offered a chance to live and work for two years in New Zealand, where the country was undergoing a radical change to its longtime health care system. He was there, working for Aetna, when New Zealand decided to experiment with expanding privatization within its longtime government-run national health care system.

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Sebelius: ‘Disingenuous’ for Supreme Court to overturn insurance subsidies

Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told WisBusiness.com on Tuesday it would be “disingenuous” for the U.S. Supreme Court to conclude that health care subsidies under Obamacare are illegal in three dozen states, including Wisconsin. “I hope the court will read the law in its whole and rule that what was intended is clearly what was set up,” she said in an interview in Milwaukee.

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Johnson Controls considers branching out in energy storage business

As Americans increasingly clamor for renewable energy sources to supplement utility power grids, Glendale-based Johnson Controls is exploring a possible new product line: energy storage hubs. “We have a building efficiency business, we have a battery business and we have automotive,” said Brian Dillard, executive director of systems electronics and integration for Johnson Controls. “Energy storage kind of fits somewhere in between buildings and batteries for us. It’s a new area that we’re focused on.”

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Industry execs: Boosting renewable use not a simple process

Despite a clear call from voters for power utilities to increase wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, industry executives agreed in Milwaukee that’s going to be expensive and complicated. Many residents and businesses are intrigued by the idea of installing solar panels and wind turbines that would feed carbon- and pollution-free energy into major utility grids — with the goal of helping the environment, lowering their energy bills and perhaps even “selling” excess energy to the utility. But building the physical facilities and a fair pricing structure won’t be easy or cheap, panelists warned Tuesday at the 2015 Mid-America Regulatory Conference annual meeting in Milwaukee.

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