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  • If there’s ever a year for a state like North Dakota to shake up the coveted top five of  CNBC's Top States For Business rankings, this would seem to be it.

  • Is Wisconsin's Union Crackdown Good for Business? Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 3:36 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s highly controversial plan to rein in public employee unions is still tied up in the courts. But one reason fellow governors are watching Wisconsin so closely—beyond the bare-knuckled politics—is Walker’s claim that, among other things, the plan would mean Wisconsin is “open for business.”

  • Wisconsin Judge Blocks Union Law Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    A protestor holds a sign during a demonstration inside the Wisconsin State Capitol.

    A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect.

  • Wisconsin Enacts Union Curbs, Rescinds Layoffs Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has officially taken away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state's public employees.

  • Wisconsin Assembly Cuts Union Bargaining Rights Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 5:57 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker

    Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers, ending a heated standoff over labor rights and delivering a key victory to Republicans who have targeted unions in efforts to slash government spending nationwide.

  • Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

  • Politics is Bad for Your (Company's) Health Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:38 PM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    There are few things more beloved in Wisconsin than sausage—bratwurst in particular. So when people in the state are seriously considering stopping buying their brats from one of its most iconic homegrown firms, you know something is up.

  • Obama Move to the Center is All Talk So Far: Welch Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 8:07 AM ET
    Jack Welch

    President Obama's attempts to move to the political center have been more cosmetic than concrete, author and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch told CNBC.

  • Republicans Target Unions Across State Capitols Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 10:17 AM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year with promises to cut spending and bolster the business climate now are beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations.

  • Police Hunt Wisconsin Lawmakers Who Skip Union Vote Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 2:43 PM ET
    Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

    Police officers are looking for Democratic Wisconsin lawmakers who were ordered to attend a vote on a bill that would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights.