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Survey shows Madison's homeless population continues to grow

Homelessness in Madison has grown slightly in Madison over the past year, with city workers counting 808 people without a home on Jan. 29, 2015, including 217 children. The "point-in-time" survey is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and done twice a year. >More
 Paying more than the minimum wage

There's been a lot of debate over whether the federal government and Wisconsin should raise the minimum wage. Opponents claim such a hike would cause widespread job loss among the working poor. Proponents expect a higher wage to lift all boats, putting more money into the hands of people who would spend it. While the debate goes on, one local businesswoman is proving employers can pay living wages and still turn a profit. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: 2015 Mayoral debate

Last Thursday, on WORT's In Our Backyard news program, Isthmus news editor Joe Tarr and WORT's Dylan Brogan talked about highlights of the debate and gave their impressions of the campaign so far. >More
 Judge Doyle Square opponents hope hotel subsidy is dead

Ald. David Ahrens doesn't tend to get excited about the actions of the Common Council, where he is often at odds with his 19 colleagues, protesting their votes and arguing that the data don't support their actions. But on Tuesday night, Ahrens was thrilled about the direction the council took on Judge Doyle Square, a development he's been arguing against for more than a year. >More
 Madison mayoral campaign heats up with debate on disparity issues

A campaign forum on racial and economic disparities -- sponsored by WORT-FM and Isthmus at the Rev. Alex Gee's Fountain of Life Covenant Church -- injected some much-needed energy into the Madison mayor's race Wednesday night. >More
 Can anyone beat Paul Soglin?

Mayor Soglin has dominated Madison politics for more than 40 years and is running for what would be his eighth term in office. Although he has vulnerabilities and enemies, it would be an upset if any of these challengers knock him out of office. >More
 Isthmus, WORT sponsor Madison mayoral forum focusing on disparity issues

Here's a troubling question: How can a community as rich and prosperous as Dane County have some of the worst disparities in the country? We get a chance to ask this question at a Madison mayoral forum on Feb. 4, at the Rev. Alex Gee's Fountain of Life Covenant Church. >More
 Madison Metro bus riders angered by proposed stop closings

Michael Barrett doesn't ride the bus all that much, as he mostly gets around by bicycle. But his mom and an elderly neighbor both depend on Madison Metro to get out. And so Barrett, who is a member of Madison Area Bus Advocates, fears how changes proposed by Madison Metro -- to thin out bus stops along routes through the isthmus -- might limit some people's independence. >More
 Madison loses top city planner Steve Cover

Madison's top city planner, Steve Cover, is resigning to take a job in Virginia. Cover says he was offered a position that he calls one of the "top planning jobs in the country": director of community planning and housing development for Arlington County, Virginia, near Washington D.C. >More
 Dane County residents concerned about proposed Enbridge oil pipeline expansion

A Dane County committee will hear a proposal next month on whether to allow a tar sands pipeline to triple its capacity -- exceeding the size of the controversial Keystone pipeline. >More
 Candidates begin declaring for the spring 2015 election for the Madison Common Council

The deadline to file nomination papers for the Madison Common Council is just a few weeks away, but so far, only half of the 20 members have indicated they're running for reelection. >More
 City doubles down on tourism funding for Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Madison's 2015 budget was especially tough to produce, with almost every city department forced to tighten their belts. Some departments saw slight increases in the $283 million budget -- mostly to cover modest increases in pay and benefits -- but overall spending generally stayed flat. There was one notable exception: The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. >More
 Is retail getting squeezed out of State Street?

Mayor Paul Soglin worries that Madison's main drag, State Street, is becoming overrun with bars and restaurants. So Soglin is contemplating taking regulatory action to ensure that the mix of retail remains strong on this historic commercial strip. >More
 Critics accuse Paul Soglin of election stunt

Did Mayor Paul Soglin play the Common Council with an ingenious political ploy? That's how some council members felt after last week's budget battle with the mayor. >More
 Environmentalists try to influence MGE through shareholders

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is widely expected to rule in favor of Madison Gas and Electric's controversial proposed rate hike on Wednesday. MGE proposed increasing its flat fees while decreasing rates for the amount of electricity consumed. >More
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