FROM WASTE STREAMS TO REVENUE STREAMS: MANAGING SOLID WASTE IN WISCONSIN
The December 2023 issue explores the management of solid waste in Wisconsin with articles that discuss the technological advancements in the industry, the importance of educating the public about how to dispose of items properly, the creative uses of closed landfills and more.
The issue features a column from Forward Analytics on the rising age of motherhood in Wisconsin and a legal issues column that outlines county concerns regarding the closure of two-year UW campuses.
See the December 2023 issue here.
WISCONSIN PORTS MAKING WAVES
For millenia, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and their tributaries have been used as a means of transportation. The November 2023 Wisconsin Counties explores recent activity at some of the state’s major ports and their importance to the local, regional and state economies.
The issue also features highlights from the 2023 WCA Annual Conference and a legal review of local health officer authority.
See the November 2023 issue here.
EXPLORING THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE
The agriculture industry in Wisconsin is evolving as it adapts to environmental, technological and consumer changes. Learn from leading statewide experts about how the industry is changing and the local policy implications while also taking a fun look at agritourism in the state.
The Research Room column discusses the implications of soaring property values and the Legal Issues column explains the doctrine of “incompatibility of office.”
See the October issue of Wisconsin Counties here.
HEALTHY WATERWAYS=HEALTHY WISCONSIN
From providing clean drinking water to supporting commerce and recreational opportunities, Wisconsin’s abundant water sources serve a multitude of purposes and play a crucial role in our lives. The September 2023 issue of Wisconsin Counties explores the numerous efforts underway across the state to protect and preserve the quality of our waters.
The issue also includes a welcome to the 2023 WCA Annual Conference and an overview of the legal issues surrounding recent payments to counties from a Monsanto lawsuit.
See the September 2023 issue here.
PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE: AGING AND LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES
Through their nursing homes, aging and disability resource centers, adult protective services agencies, and other programs, counties play an integral role in Wisconsin’s continuum of care. This issue shines a light on these important programs and the challenges they face.
The August 2023 issue also celebrates the historical shared revenue reform signed into law in July and features analyses of two important Supreme Court cases.
See the August 2023 issue here.
TAKING FLIGHT: GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORTS CONNECT WISCONSIN TO THE WORLD
From the number of jobs sustained by the aviation industry to the futuristic eVTOLs that will be in the skies soon, this issue focuses on counties’ general aviation airports and the impact they have on the state.
The Legal Issues column discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Tyler v. Hennepin County, that will impact how counties handle tax-delinquent property. This issue also includes an important notice for the WCA Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference in September.
See the July 2023 issue here.
THE CREATIVE ECONOMY: FOSTERING A PATH TO INNOVATION
The June 2023 issue delves into the mindset and strategies for fostering innovation and the creative economy with examples of successful initiatives throughout the state as well as a closer look at the digital transformation.
The issue also includes a short primer on the looming Social Security crisis and an interesting explanation of why Wisconsin’s western border is “missing.” The legal issues column provides important information about a new law designed to protect federal judges and their families.
See the June 2023 issue here.
COUNTY BOARD OPERATIONS: PURSUING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
In the May 2023 issue, we delve into the important realm of county board governance. Experienced county officials from across the state share their thoughts and advice on what it takes to successfully run county government.
The issue also features an interview with newly appointed Department of Natural Resources Secretary Adam Payne and a look at the status of youth mental health in Wisconsin.
See the May 2023 issue here.
PROTECTING CHILDREN. SAVING FAMILIES
The April 2023 Wisconsin Counties magazine focuses on child welfare with a particular look at the needs of our youth who find themselves, through no fault of their own, interacting with our counties’ child protective services, foster care and court systems.
It also summarizes the recent state Supreme Court decision curtailing the “dark store” theory and includes a call for resolutions for the WCA Annual Business Meeting.
See the April 2023 issue here.
TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE: THE RECRUITMENT, RETENTION AND TRAINING NEEDS FOR COUNTY SHERIFFS AND JAILS
The March 2023 issue delves into the recruitment, retention and training needs for county sheriffs and jails along with related law enforcement topics on cybersecurity and combating the fentanyl crisis. The March issue also highlights an initiative helping Wisconsin veterans and a UW program assisting counties.
See the March 2023 issue here.
SHAPING WISCONSIN: THE COUNTY ROLE IN LAND USE DECISION MAKING
The February 2023 magazine digs into the county role in land use decision making. It takes a closer look at the land use planning process, GIS mapping and conservation practices as well as an in-depth legal column on the county’s role in regulating solar projects. The issue also includes columns from the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker on their priorities for the 2023-24 legislative session.
See the February 2023 issue here.
IMPROVING OUR MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE SYSTEM
Wisconsin’s mental health response system needs to be improved for those in crisis, law enforcement, the medical community, and taxpayers. The January 2023 issue delves into the complex issues involved and the steps that need to be taken to make the system more effective and efficient. The issue also includes a recap of the 2022 elections and a look at the independent state legislature theory case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
See the January 2023 issue here.
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