Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
It's Friday night. Time to unwind. The weekend has finally arrived. The sun has set. The evening sky has erupted. Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of the day and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight, music for the littlest ones.
We begin with the Princeton Jazz Quintet.
All of our regular weekend features will be here as I return to my usual blogging pace (It's been an interesting week).
Saturday, get the weekend dog-walking forecast and DOGS IN THE NEWS from The Barking Lot. (There will be an item Franklin alderman Steve Taylor might find interesting).
Also Saturday, our weekly installment of Week-ends. This person will get a mention.....
Here are the topics the panel discusses tonight on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10 at 6:30 with a repeat broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – UW INCREASES.
Just a half year into her tenure the new UW Chancellor demonstrates that she’s not that much different from the previous one. She suggests hitting students from middle and upper income families with an additions “surcharge” on top of whatever other tuition increases are approved by the Board of Regents. Students from wealthier families would be asked to pay $250 extra next year ($1000 a year extra by the fourth year) so that the University can hire more faculty, create more class sections, shrink class sizes, and have more financial aid available for needy students. Is it fair for a state university to charge wealthier students more for an education? Should it be the responsibility of those families to supply financial aid for needier students? Should the Board of Regents simply set tuition at a rate that is needed and apply that same rate to everyone? Should the UW be contracting in these difficult financial times, instead of expanding? Should the non-stop building projects on the UW campus be put on hold? Is Chancellor Martin looking more like a friend of the staff than a friend of the student?
2 – MILWAUKEE PREVAILING WAGE.
The Governor wants a “prevailing wage” standard for all publicly funded construction projects all over the state, but Milwaukee’s aldermen beat him to it here in the state’s biggest city. The aldermen vote to force contractors who accept public funding to pay the “prevailing wage” and hire a certain number of unemployed minorities. I don’t see a heck of a lot of construction going on in the city right now. Is this just one more way to force developers to go to neighboring communities that desire growth, but don’t dictate what wages should be? In good times it might be an admirable measure, but today?
3 – NEWSPAPERS.
As newspapers around the country die, or cut back to a few days a week, or go completely online, can the same fate be that far off for Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel. Circulation continues to fall, the stock is worth less than a buck a share, the layoffs and forced unpaid leaves continue. What’s next? Does the quality of the newspaper product and management practices have anything to do with the precarious position of this newspaper, or can this all be blamed on a national economy, and the loss of advertising?
4 - THE CASE OF DANIEL ACKER.
Jennifer and I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support and well wishes about our wonderful news.
Thank you one and all!