UP: Wisconsin. The state has an unexpected $35 million surplus -- $18.4 million in excess reserves from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and $17 million from an economic development tax on businesses. The windfall spurs partisan bickering, with Republicans clamoring for tax cuts and Democrats saying the GOP should have been using that money for job training and economic development during the recession.
DOWN: Proud parents. The Wisconsin State Journal announces that it has ceased publishing birth notices after the city's two birthing hospitals decide to no longer release the information because of security concerns. Kathy Kostrivas, Meriter Hospital's assistant vice president for women's health services, says the birth notices "set people up as targets for somebody who might want to steal a baby." They are awfully cute.