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Healthcare Workers Support Mask Mandate

Healthcare Workers Support Mask Mandate

Healthcare workers knock Republicans for doing nothing for unemployed.

Concert Venues Seeking COVID-19 Relief

Concert Venues Seeking COVID-19 Relief

Some independent venues say they can't last another six months.

Evers Says No Statewide School Re-Opening Plan

Evers Says No Statewide School Re-Opening Plan

School districts will be responsible for decisions about re-opening.

Baldwin Jobs Bill Has Support of Employment Agencies

Baldwin Jobs Bill Has Support of Employment Agencies

Legislation would direct federal funds to transitional jobs programs.

CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike

CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike

But the Spring election saw voter participation cut in half.

National Guard’s COVID-19 Testing At Risk

National Guard’s COVID-19 Testing At Risk

Federal funding for this ends next month. Guard members have helped accomplish much of testing in Wisconsin.

Larson Launches State Mask Mandate Petition

Larson Launches State Mask Mandate Petition

State senator has gotten 8,000 signatures and a torrent of social media abuse.

State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

The review will determine whether the company is eligible for the tax credits.

What Should Next Pandemic Aid Bill Include?

What Should Next Pandemic Aid Bill Include?

State’s Democrats, Republicans disagree on who needs federal help and how much is needed.

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

New legislative package targets state's struggling unemployment system.

The COVID-19 Child Care Chasm

The COVID-19 Child Care Chasm

In Southeast Wisconsin, 61% of licensed providers closed, either temporarily or permanently.

Baldwin Bill Pushes Transitional Jobs

Baldwin Bill Pushes Transitional Jobs

Pandemic dramatizes long-term issue of job shortages, issue pushed by policy analyst David Riemer.

State Institutes Mask Mandate for Executive Branch Employees

State Institutes Mask Mandate for Executive Branch Employees

Evers doesn't think he can impose a statewide mask requirement.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Child Care Providers?

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Child Care Providers?

Two out of five child care providers were closed by May.

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Instead of convening and legislating, Republican legislators pitch a personal loan program.

Evers Won’t Issue New Shutdown Order

Evers Won’t Issue New Shutdown Order

Cites Republican and Supreme Court opposition even as state cases double in just one month.

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Robin Vos and three other Republicans who opposed federal grants got at least $150,000.

45% in State Have Put Off Medical Care

45% in State Have Put Off Medical Care

Census Bureau survey also finds 21% may face loss of job income, 18% missed rent or mortgage payment.

Can Palzewicz Win Race for Congress?

Can Palzewicz Win Race for Congress?

Democrat running in Republican leaning district long held by Jim Sensenbrenner.

Deadline Today for WEDC Business Grants

Deadline Today for WEDC Business Grants

As part of pandemic relief, state offering 30,000 grants of $2,500 apiece to small businesses who apply.

Metro Pay Gap for Women Improves

Metro Pay Gap for Women Improves

Study finds Milwaukee County women earn 85% of what men get compared to 79% nationally, 76% in Waukesha County.

Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Governor says the state is at a "watershed moment" for the issue of police reform, racism.

Companies’ Absence Policies Cause COVID-19 Risk?

Companies’ Absence Policies Cause COVID-19 Risk?

Briggs & Stratton worker collapses on the job. Employees fear calling in sick will get them fired.

Evers Calls For Action to Dismantle ‘Systemic Racism’

Evers Calls For Action to Dismantle ‘Systemic Racism’

Governor says, "We must use this dark moment to begin to be an example for the rest of the nation."

Foxconn Audit Delayed Two Months

Foxconn Audit Delayed Two Months

Company claims it earned a subsidy for employees hired and capital expenditures, state still analyzing data.

Workers Concerned About Safety During Reopening

Workers Concerned About Safety During Reopening

As many are called back to work, there are more questions than answers about their safety.

State Offering Aid for Local Health Clinics

State Offering Aid for Local Health Clinics

$10 million of CARES Act funding is set aside to help clinics in underserved communities.

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

Democrats say Walker administration failed to update the system, now it can't handle unprecedented wave of unemployment claims.

State Creates Directory of Online Businesses

State Creates Directory of Online Businesses

A guide for shoppers to 230 small businesses offering online outlets.

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Up 17-fold in state since pandemic, as companies avoid layoffs by switching workers to part-time.

Advocacy Groups Want Better Worker Safety

Advocacy Groups Want Better Worker Safety

Following COVID-19 outbreak at Kenosha Amazon facility, they urge legislators to reinstate protections.

State Allocates $100M for Nursing Home Aid

State Allocates $100M for Nursing Home Aid

Funding from the CARES Act will go offset COVID-19 related expenses.

State Creates Pandemic Rent Assistance Program

State Creates Pandemic Rent Assistance Program

Gov. Evers is using Cares Act funds to help low-income residents pay for housing.

Evers Details $1.1 Billion Pandemic Plan

Evers Details $1.1 Billion Pandemic Plan

State’s share of CARES Act to ramp up testing, tracing, PPE supplies, hospitals.

Baldwin Calls for Meat Industry Protections

Baldwin Calls for Meat Industry Protections

29 Democratic senators demand that Trump administration address worker safety.

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

AG Kaul filed a brief as a friend-of-the-court in Supreme Court Case.

Kaul, Unions Push Meatpacking Safety Rules

Kaul, Unions Push Meatpacking Safety Rules

Kaul among 20 state attorneys general pushing Trump for tougher regulations.

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

Analysis: Republicans want a Badger Bounce Back, but distort details of Evers' plan.

GOP Inaction Cost Wisconsin $25 Million

GOP Inaction Cost Wisconsin $25 Million

Already depleted unemployment trust fund misses out on millions in federal aid.

Political Organizers Go Digital To Reach Voters

Political Organizers Go Digital To Reach Voters

Social media, Zoom calls and texting campaigns supplant face-to-face campaigning during pandemic.

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce wants to replace the Badger Bounce Back plan with their own.

State’s Work-Share Program Prevents Layoffs

State’s Work-Share Program Prevents Layoffs

Part of new COVID-19 relief bill, allows employers flexibility, expands unemployment compensation.

Religious Leaders Back Safer At Home Extension

Religious Leaders Back Safer At Home Extension

An interfaith coalition criticized the state GOP's lawsuit seeking to dismiss the order.

Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Both sides lobby Evers, Legislature for help to make rent payments, avoid flood of evictions.

Evers Calls For Federal Aid As Revenues Decline

Evers Calls For Federal Aid As Revenues Decline

State revenues are being decimated by the economic shutdown.

Reduced Nurses Aid Training Part of COVID-19 Bill

Reduced Nurses Aid Training Part of COVID-19 Bill

Evers vetoed a bill that reduced CNA training requirements in 2019, GOP slipped provision into aid package.

Business Groups Want State To Reopen

Business Groups Want State To Reopen

Pushing Evers to act within two weeks. Scientists say it's too soon.

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

An attorney says the court didn't follow their normal rules for accepting briefs.

How to Deal With Medical Debt

How to Deal With Medical Debt

Timely new guide by Health Watch Wisconsin as medical care needs rise during pandemic.

Who Will Be Denied Medical Resources?

Who Will Be Denied Medical Resources?

State’s disability groups call for equal treatment should life-saving supplies need to be rationed.

Healthcare Workers’ Jobs Upended by Pandemic

Healthcare Workers’ Jobs Upended by Pandemic

Workers are jumping into new roles and challenges to deal with COVID-19

COVID-19 At The Bargaining Table

COVID-19 At The Bargaining Table

Unions, employers discuss workplace changes in the age of pandemic.

Evers Urges Legislators to Convene

Evers Urges Legislators to Convene

“We still need” state solutions to coming surge of COVID-19 patients, he warns.

Evers, Republicans Spar on Holding Election

Evers, Republicans Spar on Holding Election

Governor wants all vote-by-mail election, Fitzgerald blasts idea, "this is ridiculous.”

State Cites Companies For Price Gouging

State Cites Companies For Price Gouging

Sends cease-and-desist letters to 16 companies accused of price-gouging during pandemic.

On 10th Anniversary, Affordable Care Act At Risk

On 10th Anniversary, Affordable Care Act At Risk

Activists hold telephone rallies, cite Act's importance amid the pandemic.

One Year After Shopko Went Bankrupt

One Year After Shopko Went Bankrupt

Virtual town hall of ex-workers talk about impact of retail chain's 2019 shutdown.

Coronavirus Could Hit State Economy Harder

Coronavirus Could Hit State Economy Harder

Wisconsin more dependent on trade than most states, could face bigger downturn.

Transportation: Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding
Transportation

Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding

Milwaukee County Transit System gets $1 million grant.

Baldwin Backs Bill To Save Wisconsin Defense Contracts

Baldwin Backs Bill To Save Wisconsin Defense Contracts

Bill restores $3.8 billion diverted away from the Department of Defense for construction of the southern border wall.

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Liberal group’s report links gerrymandering to less health coverage, more deaths from preventable causes.

Trade War Wounds May Heal Soon

Trade War Wounds May Heal Soon

Job losses may be slowing and new trade agreements are offering hope.

Poor Quality Housing Causes Health Problems

Poor Quality Housing Causes Health Problems

Report by Community Advocates links health and housing, offers recommendations to make housing more affordable.

Assembly Stalls on Farm Crisis Legislation

Assembly Stalls on Farm Crisis Legislation

Despite bipartisan movement, the bills never saw a special session.

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Opinions in Racine County shifting as company’s plans keep changing.

BadgerCare Changes Could Drop Coverage for Poor

BadgerCare Changes Could Drop Coverage for Poor

Changes set in motion by Walker administration could boot poor from state Medicaid program.

Brostoff Slams Occupational Licensing Legislation

Brostoff Slams Occupational Licensing Legislation

The Milwaukee representative assails legislation, says it could have a hazardous outcome.

Call Bolton to Testify, Baldwin Urges

Call Bolton to Testify, Baldwin Urges

Former National Security advisor’s book says Trump froze Ukraine aid to force Biden investigation and implicates Ron Johnson.

Can Union Organizers Thread Act 10 Needle?

Can Union Organizers Thread Act 10 Needle?

UW Hospital nurses seek discussion with management, who say they can’t bargain.

DNR Working On New PFAS Rules

DNR Working On New PFAS Rules

GOP controlled assembly rejects legislation enabling tougher regulation of "forever chemicals."

Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Limited bills on homeless, clean water passed, nothing on dark stores tax loophole.

Mocked By Trump, Wisconsin Woman Sets The Record Straight

Mocked By Trump, Wisconsin Woman Sets The Record Straight

Protester ejected from President Trump's rally in Milwaukee tells her story.

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

First floor session of 2020 saw partisan attacks and the passage of controversial legislation.

Trump’s Flights of Fancy at Rally

Trump’s Flights of Fancy at Rally

President's speech in Milwaukee filled with exaggerations and made-up numbers.

Report Ties Green Energy to Economic Growth

Report Ties Green Energy to Economic Growth

State’s potential for green jobs huge, but still ranks 41st in solar power.

State Occupational Licenses Under Scrutiny

State Occupational Licenses Under Scrutiny

Legislators, pushed by conservative groups, seek to review, relax occupational licensing.

One Year After Baraboo’s Nazi Salute

One Year After Baraboo’s Nazi Salute

Residents, school district, assess what they’ve learned since notorious prom photo brought town national attention.

State Politicians Respond to Iranian General’s Killing

State Politicians Respond to Iranian General’s Killing

Activists are protesting and politicos weighing in on assassination, U.S. troop escalation.

Report Assails Short Term Health Plans

Report Assails Short Term Health Plans

Boosted by Trump, proliferating across state, offering inadequate coverage.

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Legislators still haven't approved union contracts from last year.

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time in five years, restarts planning.

Evers Signs ‘Telehealth’ Bill

Evers Signs ‘Telehealth’ Bill

Medicaid patients who get health care delivered long-distance now qualify for coverage.

Seeking an RX for Rising Drug Prices

Seeking an RX for Rising Drug Prices

Governor’s task force brings business, consumers, Republicans and Democrats to the table

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

The chemicals are all over and very toxic. Evers has created two teams to target problem.

Another New Owner for Journal Sentinel

Another New Owner for Journal Sentinel

Gannett merges with GateHouse, more staff cuts for Milwaukee newspaper likely.

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

Bipartisan bill banning trespassing opposed by environmentalists who say it restricts lawful protests.

Upgrade the New Deal, Riemer Declares

Upgrade the New Deal, Riemer Declares

Book by former aide to Norquist, Doyle, who helped Tommy Thompson design Badger Care, offers bold solutions.

Sean Duffy’s Rocky Start

Sean Duffy’s Rocky Start

Congressman-turned-CNN commentator gets roasted for his comments, even by his new colleagues.

Journal Sentinel Braces for New Merger

Journal Sentinel Braces for New Merger

GateHouse/Gannett merger could mean fewer papers and still more staff cuts.

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Republican-created bill would limit protests of oil, water, fuel pipelines. If it passes, will Evers veto it?

Bills Target Energy Pipeline Protesters

Bills Target Energy Pipeline Protesters

Model legislation created by ALEC targets protests, passed in Iowa but modified by Wisconsin Republicans.

Midwest, State’s Racial Gaps Grow

Midwest, State’s Racial Gaps Grow

State’s African Americans far behind in education, employment, wages.

Can Democrat Tom Palzewicz Win the 5th Congressional District?

Can Democrat Tom Palzewicz Win the 5th Congressional District?

He lost to Sensenbrenner with 38% of the vote in 2018, better than previous Dems had done

DNR Releases PFAS Contamination Data

DNR Releases PFAS Contamination Data

PFAS chemicals have been linked to a multitude of health problems

Owners Lobbying For Service Workers

Owners Lobbying For Service Workers

New organization lobbies state officials on behalf of service industry workers

Kaul Slams Food Assistance Cuts

Kaul Slams Food Assistance Cuts

Attorney General joins counterparts from 23 states to oppose the cuts.

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

The approach “just sucks,” governor says on new state podcast.

Bill Seeks Payments From Unwed Fathers

Bill Seeks Payments From Unwed Fathers

State among few with birth cost recovery program. Senate bill expands program.

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Records show Legislature fielded nearly 48,000 contacts from people and 98% opposed lame duck laws.

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

50 investigations by Department of Revenue of companies suspected of cheating workers on pay.

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

Skyrocketing costs at issue.“Like taking on the NRA,” says a consumer activist.

Pade To Run Against GOP Rep. Bryan Steil

Pade To Run Against GOP Rep. Bryan Steil

Steil succeeded Paul Ryan in congressional seat held by Republicans for 25 years.

Survivor of Gun Violence Opposes the Death Penalty

Survivor of Gun Violence Opposes the Death Penalty

Pardeep Kaleka's father was murdered in the 2012 Sikh temple mass shooting.

Dem Lawmakers Push Bill to Tax Guns

Dem Lawmakers Push Bill to Tax Guns

Revenue from tax would provide services to gun-crime victims.

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

Former Gov. Walker was Wisconsin’s top NRA beneficiary.

What Does GateHouse Deal Mean for the Journal Sentinel?

What Does GateHouse Deal Mean for the Journal Sentinel?

Layoffs? Cost cutting? Consolidation?

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Also supports bill to provide $40 million in loans for home owners to replace lead laterals.

GateHouse Deal Could Hurt Journal Sentinel

GateHouse Deal Could Hurt Journal Sentinel

GateHouse Media could take over Gannett, causing more cost cutting at JS, other papers.

Legislators Want to Protect ACA Coverage

Legislators Want to Protect ACA Coverage

Laws needed to assure health coverage continues if courts overrule it, Democrats say.

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Fair Maps groups embrace nonpartisan redistricting in Assembly, Senate bills.