Sustaining Wisconsin provides facts and suggested strategies for dealing with the state’s challenges. We link to these resources throughout the site. Below, you will find policy papers organized by issue area. You can jump to each topic area here:
Democracy and Civic Culture | Jobs and the Economy
Families and Communities | The Future
The Environment and Natural Resources
Some documents are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To view PDF documents, you can download the free Adobe Acrobat software.
You will find one page briefings, which are short, concise summaries of situation and strategy. These are available in HTML (web page) and/or PDF format.
The Background Papers are more in-depth and longer. At present, they are only available in PDF format.
One of most pressing issues facing Wisconsin residents in the future is how to deal with our recycling and waste strategies. Historically, Wisconsin residents have been national leaders for recycling and keeping garbage out of landfills. But beyond stuffing your cans and bottles in the blue barrel instead of the gray one, what can the average Wisconsinite do about this problem? According to Rep. Larry Balow of Eau Claire (D) Wisconsin should increase the amount it charges waste haulers to dump garbage in state landfills–boost Wisconsin’s “tipping fee” from 30 cents a ton of garbage to $10 a ton. Granted, landfill management is not a hot-button issue for most residents, but the facts surrounding solid waste policies make clear that something must be changed in the way we handle our trash:
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