Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval

2011 will go down in Wisconsin's history as one of the most volatile years for the state's politics and economy. While facing a big state budget deficit, amid the national recession, Governor Scott Walker implemented massive spending cuts and limits to public workers' collective bargaining rights shortly after his inauguration. As Democrats attempted to delay votes, and thousands of citizens protested, Republican lawmakers approved the governor's policies.

The events sparked months of heated debate over the GOP agenda, as well as recalls of state senators and efforts to unseat the governor. Walker's supporters maintain that he is positioning Wisconsin for an economic rebound and fiscal stability. His critics insist the policies are harming the middle class, public education and the social safety net.

During December 2011, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval explored the intersection of Wisconsin's volatile political and economic climate. WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers reflected on the year, examined the long-range impact of the new policies and looked into where the state may be headed.

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Project Milwaukee
3:18 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

Panel Answers Audience Questions About 2011

Project Milwaukee Q&A

Members of a studio audience posed question to our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval panel about what happened in 2011 and where we might go from here, Friday morning at the Pabst Theater.

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Project Milwaukee
3:09 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Live Panel Discussion, Part 3

We conclude our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval live panel discussion with a look at what the future of Wisconsin should be.

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Project Milwaukee
3:06 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Live Panel Discussion, Part 2

We continue our live panel discussion of the legacy of the past year in Wisconsin politics, live from Cudahy's Irish Pub at the Pabst Theater.

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Project Milwaukee
3:00 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Live Panel Discussion, Part 1

Project Milwaukee Panel

All this week, as part of our Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval series, we’ve been trying to digest the events of the past year – from the budget repair bill to controversial legislation, to the ongoing recall efforts. Today, live from Cudahy's Irish Pub at the Pabst Theater, we speak with a panel of guests – including lawmakers and people affected by this turbulent 2011 in politics. We ask what the past year has meant and what their vision of the Wisconsin of the future might be.

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Project Milwaukee
2:50 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Economist Critical of Gov. Walker's Job Claims

Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval

Our series, Project Milwaukee: State of Upheaval draws to a close Friday.

Today, we’re examining how new legislation and a shift in state policies in 2011 have positioned Wisconsin for the future.

In 2010, Gov. Scott Walker ran on a pro-jobs agenda, promising to help create tens of thousands of jobs. He's been struggling to meet his goal.

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