Lynn Welch on Madison’s 3.9% per capita personal income growth (2002 to 2003), which ranks it 30th among the 360 metropolitan areas measured by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. (interestingly, Appleton’s personal income growth rate was 4.1%) Here’s the BEA’s data (.xls file – 4.27.2005 BEA news release)
Welch credits the high tech economy for these results – perhaps so. Epic Systems has grown substantially as has Promega (mentioned in the article). Of course, Epic is moving to Verona and Promega is in Fitchburg.
Wisconsin ranks 12th in per capita tax collections, according to the US Census Bureau. More on state tax comparisons from Kathleen Murphy.
There’s been no shortage of articles on Apple’s latest operating system aka “Tiger” or Mac OS X 10.4. I’ve been quite impressed. Spotlight, the ability to search everything on your computer is very handy – and fast. Read on:
Mossberg recently wrote that the “Windows computing platform is in a genuine crisis“. I wouldn’t spend a dime on a windows system these days.
Foreign Policy wonks & observers would do well to keep up with William Lind. His latest looks at non-state entities and the flow of drugs.
LA Mayor releases a report on gaps in broadband coverage. We’re still working on getting rolling in Madison. When on travel, I continue to be pleasantly at the amount of free wifi available around the country.
Interesting reading, Bob Lutz talks about his recent visit to China and their growth prospects.
Bill Christofferson summarizes Wisconsin members of Congress who had their travel expenses paid for by private corporations & non-profits:
- Jim Sensenbrenner: 19 trips; 168K
- David Obey: 13 trips; 73K
- Paul Ryan: 6 trips: 25K
- Tammy Baldwin; 12 trips: 29K
Hard to see how any of this benefits Wisconsinites. Sensenbrenner’s trips were paid for by many special interests, including the Hollywood Lobbyists (Sensenbrenner’s committee has jurisdiction on copyright issues).
Fascinating and timely article from the Economist on health care & IT
The inability, and reluctance, of doctors and hospitals to use information technology more widely is killing thousands of people
IT is strategic – when used wisely.
David Cullen (D-Milwaukee) plans to introduce legislation that would lower the state gas tax by 0.05 per gallon for the summer.
This seems unwise…
At some point, there will be too many (I’m not all that much of a fan). Ryan Masse dives in:
Noah’s Ark water park in Wisconsin Dells currently lies in a state of hibernation, a fact of life for any outdoor attraction residing in the upper Midwest.
When the park reopens next month, it will be greeted by new competition — although not in the Dells. Instead, the challenge will come from Six Flags Inc., which will unveil its brand new Hurricane Harbor water park on the grounds of its Great America Theme Park in Gurnee, Ill.