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AMKE: The List 12-5-11

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The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 8.6% in November from 9% in October, making it the lowest it’s been since March 200. But one of the reasons it fell was because the size of the labor force shrank by 315,000 as people stopped looking for jobs. Now I mentioned this last week, the Job Center of Wisconsin is adding roughly 100,000 new job postings to its website.

Sheboygan City Council is planning on scheduling a recall election for Mayor Bob Ryan in January.  This comes after incidents of public drunkenness. There were over 4,700 recall petition signatures and that’s about 600 more than needed for the election. Mayor Ryan admitted to being an alcoholic and says he’s recovering.

The NCAA is honoring Milwaukee’s very own Will Allen of Growing Power for its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt award. Back in the day Allen was the first African American basketball player at Miami. He went to work on family farms and eventually created Growing Power. The award is given to individuals whom believe their college athletics and attention to physical well-being helped shape their future goals.

Governor Walker’s Administration recently unveiled a new policy that states demonstrators at the Capitol could be liable for the cost of extra police or cleanup and repairs after protests. The policy also requires permits for events at the statehouse and other buildings. Skeptics of the policy say, “They’re unsure how people will react if they have to pay to express their First Amendment opinion.” But supporters say, “The policy is to provide equal and continual access for all Wisconsinites to the state buildings, in a way that’s safe and reasonable.”

Yesterday Mayor Barrett set off for his second trade mission to China. Business leaders and education officials will be alongside the mayor and the goal is aimed at opening new markets for local products while encouraging Chinese investment in Milwaukee. With those efforts, it could eventually pay off in creating more Milwaukee jobs.

The U.S. Department of Energy is giving a federal grant of $465,000 to a Wisconsin group to help boost solar energy installations on homes and businesses across the state. One goal is to reduce administrative and other barriers that are preventing more solar installations.