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Sunday, December 21, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 36.0° F  Overcast with Haze
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Madison up, Madison down

UP: Madison. An analysis by the Business Journal of Milwaukee found that the Madison metro area has had the best employment record of any metropolitan area for the past decade, with a jobless rate of 3.5%. Is this what they mean by "78 square miles surrounded by reality"?

DOWN: Madison. As expected, the city faces a brutal budget year. In a press conference, Mayor Paul Soglin says he hopes a 3% tax hike and a 5% cut to city agencies, along with furloughs or layoffs, will be enough to make up a $5.6 million cut in state aid. "Never in my experience in city government did we face a set of circumstances such as we confront for 2012," Soglin says.

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