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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Sarah Schoenfeldt


U.S. congressmen, experts discuss labor force at Memorial Union

Congressional leaders, including U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., focused on addressing the political, economic and cultural concerns facing Wisconsin amid a changing economy during a discussion at Memorial Union Thursday. The panel met to talk about issues ranging from declining union membership, stagnant wages and job loss to racial disparity and public school funding. The panel included U.S. Reps. Pocan, Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and Donald Norcross, D-N.J., as well as education, labor and policy professionals from around the country.


UW economic professors emphasize importance of immigration in letter to Trump

With immigration policy being one of the cruxes of the Trump administration, six UW-Madison economic professors penned a letter along with professors nationwide to President Donald Trump, detailing the economic benefits of immigration. Of the 1,470 professors to sign the bipartisan letter, six are from UW-Madison, and an additional 10 are from other Wisconsin schools. The letter addressed concerns over the Trump administration’s isolationist immigration policy and outlined positive gains derived from immigration.


Republican legislators reintroduce ban on fetal tissue research

State Republican lawmakers reintroduced a bill this week that would ban the sale, circulation and research of fetal tissue, which could affect ongoing research at UW-Madison starting in 2018. The bill would allow the attorney general to prosecute the sale of fetal tissues in Wisconsin, which is currently not allowed, forbid fetal tissue research from a for-profit entity, abortion clinic or entity that exists to collect fetal tissue to sell. If signed into law, those who violate the ban would face a $50,000 fine and potentially nine months in prison.

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