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Getting the 'short end of the stick'
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Rural Wisconsin citizens often feel they are getting "the short end of the stick" in resource allocation, according to a study by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Katherine Cramer. Her study, to be included in an upcoming book, may help to shed light on the current struggles in the state Capitol over issues like highway funding, a $500-million basketball arena in Milwaukee, reducing taxes on the wealthy and changes in labor laws and social service programs. Resentment toward certain groups is a key part of understanding the political mix in Wisconsin, she says in a draft chapter of the book.

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