Dan Mulder is staying away from the marching and chanting around the Capitol steps in Madison and staying put in his office and warehouse. But itâs not because he doesnât have an opinion. Far from it.
Mulder is the general manager and chief executive officer of a local business employing 25 people. Heâs seen costs skyrocket and health care insurance premiums continue to rise.
He describes himself as an independent â he did not vote for the recently inaugurated Gov. Scott Walker. These days, however, he says Walkerâs plan on fixing the budget deficit, which includes removing public sector employeesâ collective bargaining rights, is right on the mark.
âI just think [Walker] deserves an Oscar for standing up,â Mulder said. âHeâs got the resilience and the constitution to stand up and take on this issue.
âHe fully realizes and understands that you canât pay with what you donât have, so heâs trying to live within his means. And thatâs something that is completely foreign as a concept to most government sectors because if they need more money, they just raise taxes. The people who are paying those taxes are saying, âWe canât pay any moreâ.â
Mulder is a proponent of a civil and rational dialogue and exchange of ideas. He says the protests and chaos happening at the Capitol is not the way to go about getting things done.
âHe who is loudest, he who is most vocal, he who creates the most mayhem prevails in the day,â Mulder said, shaking his head. âThat should never be what this process is about."
âItâs really tragic because this is somewhat akin to the Civil War. Not that weâre at that level and hopefully we wonât be. But youâve got brother against brother, neighbor against neighborâthatâs how driven this argument is.â
As far as the Democratic legislators fleeing the state toÂ prevent a vote on the controversial bill, Mulder says they were elected to do a job - and not just when they feel like it.
âThe last time I woke up, we were in a democratic society,â Mulder said, adding that the November elections â which put both a Republican governor and Republican legislature in placeâwere a clear mandate that itâs their turn to try some solutions.
âThat Republican administration has been put in place by public mandate. And now that theyâre exercising that mandate there's a minority of the population that doesnât want to conform to that. Then itâs not a democracy anymore.â
He concluded by saying if people arenât careful, the situation could eventually turn into anarchy.
A company with roots in India is planning to nearly double its presence in Michigan.
Tata Technologies - part of the Mumbai-based Tata Group -Â is looking to fill 400 job openings primarily for its North American headquarters in Michigan. The company organized a job fair in Southfield, Michigan, just outside Detroit, to attract potentialÂ auto engineers, designers and product lifecycle managers.
Tata routinely works with theÂ UnitesÂ States'Â largest auto manufacturers; one of its biggest partnerships is with Chrysler. Â The employees they are looking to hire will end up putting a lot of their skills to work within some of Tata's customers - which also include Ford and General Motors.
Thereâs very little for sale on the ice-lined shelves of Minneapolisâ Coastal Seafood that comes from the Gulf of Mexico.
But that doesnât mean the Gulf oil disaster isnât having a small ripple effect on the seafood industry in the Twin Cities.