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Senate Propose Bill to Create Consistent Regs
The Wisconsin Senate's Labor Committee heard testimony in January on a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of
ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime, benefits, and discrimination and wage claims.
The bill's lead sponsor, Republican
state Sen. Chris Kapenga, said the restrictions were needed in the face of cities in other states enacting ordinances covering such things as wages, benefits, and other issues that result in a patchwork of requirements creating confusion. Having a variety of different local requirements would make Wisconsin a less com
petitive and more costly state to do business in, he said.
Scott Manley, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Senior Vice President of Government Relations, told the committee Wednesday during a lengthy legislative hearing, "Having fair, consistent, predictable and uniform employment regulations is an important factor in the competitiveness of Wisconsin businesses. We don't believe businesses should have to guess what employment laws apply based on where they're doing business in this state," Manley said.
He said the bill would also end codified discrimination by some municipalities in the state.
In Madison, this would result in the elimination of a dozen protected classes, including gender identity, non-religion, homelessness, source of income, lack of a social security number, physical appearance, political beliefs, student status, domestic partners, citizenship, unemployment status, and credit history.
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10 Money-Saving Tips
Constantly being on the go means habit and immediacy often win out over what's best for your bank account. Here are some money-saving tips to help cut costs.
1. Get a Grocery Store Rewards Card -
When paired with deals, coupons, and weekly adds, a card can save hundreds or thousands annually.
2. Pick Apart Your Cell Plan -
The key to saving cash on a cell plan is to select only what you'll use, and leave all else behind.
3. Pay Off Debts In Full - Paying
10-percent more than the minimum on every payment will exponentially cut both interest accumulated and pay period length.
4. Cut the Cord -
After the 6-month introductory rate for cable TV expires, a basic plan can jump to over $100 per month. Consider a streaming-only Netflix account that starts at $8 a month and gives instant access to an intimidating library of films and TV shows. Then there's Hulu, Vevo, YouTube, ESPN 360, Google video...
5. Cut Out A Vice or Two -
Kicking any habit will immediately save cash, whether it be drinking soda, or smoking a pack of cigarettes daily. This change need not be life altering. Something as simple as downsizing the extra-large value meal or having only one beer with dinner adds up over time.
6. Learn to Haggle -
You won't have time to negotiate the price of fruit every time you reach the register, but it can be especially effective when comparison shopping for bigger ticket items.
7. Don't Speed -
This one is a no-brainer. Going even 5 mph over the limit makes you vulnerable to radar and shaves little more than 15 or 30 seconds off of your trip, particularly in the city. Not only does staying under the limit ward off tickets, it's kinder to your engine and gas mileage.
8. Plan Ahead for Impulse Buys -
Resist the temptation to buy that snack when paying for your gas. Keep granola bars and gum in your car to stave off convenience buys.
9. Use Social Media to Save -
Many businesses now update followers on sales, promotions, and other deals.
10. Ditch the Clothes Dryer -
All clothing can be air dried for free all year long if you're willing to wait. It's gentler on fragile fabrics and bright colors, plus air drying won't turn your favorite t-shirt into an infant onesie.
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Black Pepper Chicken
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized
1 small red or green bell pepper, cored, and thinly-sliced
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
2 stalks celery, thinly-sliced on a bias
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons freshly-cracked black pepper (or more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Optional toppings: thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan or wok. Add chicken and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a clean plate, and set aside.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the sauté pan, along with the bell pepper, onion, celery and garlic. Sauté for 5-6 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, as the veggies are sautéing, whisk together the soy sauce, cornstarch, oyster sauce, vinegar, black pepper and ginger in a small bowl until combined.
Once the veggies are ready go to, add the chicken and sauce mixture to the pan, and stir until the veggies and chicken are evenly coated. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Taste, and season with extra soy sauce and/or black pepper as desired.
Remove from heat, and serve immediately, sprinkled with your desired toppings.
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