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Public Employees Seek a Voice At Work

Public Employees Seek a Voice At Work

Evers budget restores collective bargaining rights. Republicans vow to block this.

Will There Be Enough Vaccines For Teachers?

Will There Be Enough Vaccines For Teachers?

As of Monday they can get vaccinated. But supplies likely to fall short.

Work-Share Program Surges During Pandemic

Work-Share Program Surges During Pandemic

Struggling businesses can keep employees on part time and lost wages recouped through state unemployment system.

Baldwin Bill Helps Veterans Exposed to Toxins

Baldwin Bill Helps Veterans Exposed to Toxins

U.S. service members exposed to cancer-causing toxic materials at horrific air base.

Medicaid Expansion Gives More Kids Coverage

Medicaid Expansion Gives More Kids Coverage

Study shows Wisconsin’s children would benefit if state accepted federal ACA expansion money.

New Law Lets Pharmacy Students Give Vaccines

New Law Lets Pharmacy Students Give Vaccines

Evers signs legislation aimed at expanding state’s COVID-19 vaccine operation.

Legislators Advance Unemployment Fix, COVID-19 Deal

Legislators Advance Unemployment Fix, COVID-19 Deal

But Republicans won’t pay for new computer system Evers says is needed.

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reopens

Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Reopens

New three-month enrollment period for Affordable Care Act seeks more enrollees.

PPP Business Expense Tax Break Approved by Committee

PPP Business Expense Tax Break Approved by Committee

Democrats tried to narrow the tax break on expenses paid for with federal relief money.

Suit Asks State Supreme Court to Toss Mask Order

Suit Asks State Supreme Court to Toss Mask Order

Suit targeting emergency order now wants court to block emergency declaration.

Survey Finds Public Support For Unions

Survey Finds Public Support For Unions

64% support public employees’ right to organize, union-backed survey finds.

Will Supreme Court Act on Mask Mandate?

Will Supreme Court Act on Mask Mandate?

State high court has sat on case for months, could decide fight between governor and Legislature.

Evers Wants Unemployment Insurance Reforms

Evers Wants Unemployment Insurance Reforms

GOP controlled legislature refuses to take up reform bills.

Race and Income and ‘Back to School’

Race and Income and ‘Back to School’

Republicans decry virtual schooling for Black students. But Black families more likely to support it.

Far More Women Getting Vaccines

Far More Women Getting Vaccines

Nearly 10% of women and just 5.2% of men in Wisconsin have gotten at least a first dose.

Ending Mask Mandate Could Hurt Businesses

Ending Mask Mandate Could Hurt Businesses

50 organizations are lobbying Legislature to keep it. Not one group favors ending it.

Paid Sick Leave Has Health Benefits

Paid Sick Leave Has Health Benefits

Report finds universal paid sick leave would reduce pandemic’s spread by 10%.

GOP Legislators Want to Repeal Mask Mandate

GOP Legislators Want to Repeal Mask Mandate

A joint resolution would terminate Evers' public health orders.

Mass Vaccination Bill Clears Committee

Mass Vaccination Bill Clears Committee

One provision would expand vaccination to everyone by March, DHS says bill doesn't address "critical limitation."

Assembly Bill Seeks to Vaccinate Everyone

Assembly Bill Seeks to Vaccinate Everyone

Would overrule health officials, who say making everyone eligible would overwhelm limited vaccine supply.

Cases Down, Deaths Higher in Nursing Homes

Cases Down, Deaths Higher in Nursing Homes

AARP report finds 2.7 deaths per 100 Wisconsin residents in most recent month measured.

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Bipartisan bill goes back to Assembly, where leader says GOP will resist compromise.

The Science on COVID-19 and Schools

The Science on COVID-19 and Schools

When are in-person classes safe and when can they help disease surge? That depends.

Johnson Controls Settling PFAS Lawsuit for $17.5 Million

Johnson Controls Settling PFAS Lawsuit for $17.5 Million

The company will pay a group of Peshtigo families that filed a class action lawsuit.

Assembly Committee Passes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Assembly Committee Passes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Vos calls measure ‘bipartisan’ though all Democrats oppose it.

Capitol Christmas Decoration Memorializes COVID-19 Victims

Capitol Christmas Decoration Memorializes COVID-19 Victims

A garland was made with a ring for every person that has died in Wisconsin.

Evers Offers Compromise Bill on COVID-19

Evers Offers Compromise Bill on COVID-19

After meeting with Republican leaders, offers draft bill with “items on which all of us can agree.”

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Massive delays in claims, duplicate payments and an unreliable call center among issues found in report.

Small Businesses Pan Assembly COVID Proposals

Small Businesses Pan Assembly COVID Proposals

Robust state aid, uniform public health rules outweigh proposals such as liability shields.

Pandemic Raging in Nursing Homes

Pandemic Raging in Nursing Homes

7-fold increase in deaths. AARP study finds. Wisconsin among 5 states with biggest hike in cases.

Dementia Related Deaths Rising, Advocates Say

Dementia Related Deaths Rising, Advocates Say

Deaths of Wisconsin residents with Alzheimer's and dementia are up 14%.

Progressive Activist Organization Fires Unionizing Employees

Progressive Activist Organization Fires Unionizing Employees

Workers at Wisconsin Voices say they were fired to shut down unionization.

Evers Slams Paxton for Lawsuit

Evers Slams Paxton for Lawsuit

Texas AG “under investigation” trying to deny "the votes of the people in Wisconsin.”

DHS Shortens Quarantine For Some

DHS Shortens Quarantine For Some

For those exposed to someone with COVID-19 quarantine now 10 days rather than 14.

Baldwin, Moore Seek Biden’s Support For Transitional Jobs

Baldwin, Moore Seek Biden’s Support For Transitional Jobs

The two Wisconsin legislators have sponsored bills in the Senate and House that would help workers connect to job market.

Unpaid Care at State’s Hospitals Cost $1.3 Billion

Unpaid Care at State’s Hospitals Cost $1.3 Billion

Charity care and bad debt up by $90 million in 2019, could rise more in 2020.

Black Friday Retailers Make Changes for COVID-19

Black Friday Retailers Make Changes for COVID-19

Retailers go online, or spread out their shopping days to reduce crowds.

Wisconsin Unemployment Increased in October

Wisconsin Unemployment Increased in October

Service sector lost nearly 30,000 jobs.

Contact Tracing Effort Is Far Behind

Contact Tracing Effort Is Far Behind

COVID-19 cases rising too fast, state would need 20-fold increase in tracers to keep up.

Nursing Homes Need More Resources, AARP Says

Nursing Homes Need More Resources, AARP Says

Report documents shortages of staff and PPE supplies amid rising pandemic.

Hospitals, Nursing Homes Facing Staff Shortages

Hospitals, Nursing Homes Facing Staff Shortages

When healthcare workers contract COVID-19 it exacerbates existing staff shortages.

‘This Crisis is Urgent,’ Gov. Evers Warns

‘This Crisis is Urgent,’ Gov. Evers Warns

State could see 5,000 deaths by January 1 if people don’t change behavior, stay at home, wear masks.

Pandemic Surges as Courts Tie Evers’ Hands

Pandemic Surges as Courts Tie Evers’ Hands

Federal coronavirus task force says Wisconsin needs more comprehensive strategy.

State Supreme Court Won’t Hear COVID-19 Capacity Case

State Supreme Court Won’t Hear COVID-19 Capacity Case

The high court refused a petition by the governor to hear case on order limiting public gathering.

Missing Mail-In Ballots Case Unlikely to Affect Wisconsin

Missing Mail-In Ballots Case Unlikely to Affect Wisconsin

300,000 ballots are unaccounted for by USPS.

Evers Asks High Court to Review COVID Rules

Evers Asks High Court to Review COVID Rules

As lower courts flip flop on bar and restaurant restrictions he wants Supreme Court to step in.

USPS Still Delaying Mail, Baldwin Charges

USPS Still Delaying Mail, Baldwin Charges

Calls on Postmaster General DeJoy to reverse actions causing delivery delays.

Waukesha County Exec Has COVID-19

Waukesha County Exec Has COVID-19

Paul Farrow tested positive, has mild symptoms. He opposed Evers' mask mandate.

Religious Leaders Want Stricter COVID-19 Measures

Religious Leaders Want Stricter COVID-19 Measures

Some call for restricting religious gathering size, more personal responsibility.

Watchdog Group Seeks Probe of Johnson Project

Watchdog Group Seeks Probe of Johnson Project

Did Walker administration pull strings to give senator’s children tax credits worth up to $2.1 million?

Republicans Have ‘Blood On Their Hands”

Republicans Have ‘Blood On Their Hands”

Evers signals he will ignore Legislative restriction, challenges GOP to present their pandemic plan.

State Awarding Grants to 10,000 Small Businesses

State Awarding Grants to 10,000 Small Businesses

Round II of “We’re All In” grants will give each business $5,000.

Please Legislate, Democrats Ask State Senate

Please Legislate, Democrats Ask State Senate

They call on Republican leaders to come back in session, deal with crisis state faces.

Caregivers Need Better Pay, Support, Report Finds

Caregivers Need Better Pay, Support, Report Finds

Evers' task force recommends legislation and investments to help state's caregivers.

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

But Republicans have proposed zero plans for dealing with the coronavirus.

Plaintiffs Harmed By Mask Order, Lawyer Argues

Plaintiffs Harmed By Mask Order, Lawyer Argues

Conservative group asks court to end Evers mandate as state's COVID-19 cases soar.

Evers Urges Citizens, Practice COVID Safety

Evers Urges Citizens, Practice COVID Safety

As cases surge, governor has given up on GOP legislators, urges people to stay home, wear masks.

Barnes Urges Social Distancing to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Barnes Urges Social Distancing to Slow COVID-19 Spread

The lieutenant governor says people need to exercise caution heading into cold weather.

Homeland Security Talking Points Sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse

Homeland Security Talking Points Sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse

The federal agency told officials to say he was there defending small business owners.

Is Wisconsin Manufacturing Recovering?

Is Wisconsin Manufacturing Recovering?

It could be. A new report suggests a delicate recovery is underway.

Lawsuit Seeks End to State Mask Order

Lawsuit Seeks End to State Mask Order

Conservative group files motion for temporary injunction. Circuit Court will hold October 5 hearing.

Wisconsin Needs More Contact Tracers

Wisconsin Needs More Contact Tracers

State likely needs an additional 8,000 tracers to respond to COVID-19 spread.

Film Details Disenfranchisement in Wisconsin

Film Details Disenfranchisement in Wisconsin

Documentary chronicles the human cost of gerrymandering.

Republicans Fight Evers Mask Order

Republicans Fight Evers Mask Order

Emergency order “obviously illegal,” Evers a “lawless governor,” Vos declares.

Evers Wants to Extend Mask Mandate

Evers Wants to Extend Mask Mandate

Order expires in two weeks, governor looking at "every possible avenue” to extend it.

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

One third of all state campaign donations, some $12 million, from secretive outside groups.

Local Health Officials Stripped of Power?

Local Health Officials Stripped of Power?

State Supreme Court’s Dane County ruling could threaten longstanding power of all local health officials, expert believes.

Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Jobs First Coalition spent $1 million to elect Republican legislators but left it off tax forms, complaint to IRS says.

Pandemic Shines Spotlight on Workers’ Struggle

Pandemic Shines Spotlight on Workers’ Struggle

Crisis makes Labor Day 2020 like no other, experts at roundtable discussion say.

Eviction Moratorium Is Short-Term Relief

Eviction Moratorium Is Short-Term Relief

New measure does not forgive rent or late fees. Advocates call for more help.

Jacob Blake Handcuffed to Hospital Bed

Jacob Blake Handcuffed to Hospital Bed

Groups call for Kenosha law enforcement leaders resignation or dismissal.

Baldwin Demands Post Office Undo ‘Harmful Changes”

Baldwin Demands Post Office Undo ‘Harmful Changes”

Temporary suspension in recent changes by USPS “did not reverse the damage already done,” Senator charges.

Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Watchdog group dings speaker for not reporting all financial interests.

Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

With an eye to DNC, faith activists in city oppose Trump, call for less gun violence, more social justice

Johnson’s Attacks on Unemployment Aid Lack Evidence

Johnson’s Attacks on Unemployment Aid Lack Evidence

The pandemic, not unemployment insurance, is keeping people out of work.

Are COVID-19 Deaths Higher Than We Think?

Are COVID-19 Deaths Higher Than We Think?

An epidemiological model suggests they could be.

Baldwin Rebukes Trump Admin Over Testing Shortages

Baldwin Rebukes Trump Admin Over Testing Shortages

Local healthcare company Aurora has recently started rationing COVID-19 tests.

Trump Directives Fall Flat in Wisconsin

Trump Directives Fall Flat in Wisconsin

President’s executive action on unemployment and evictions cause ‘uncertainty and confusion’, Evers says

Pandemic Still Hurting State Economy

Pandemic Still Hurting State Economy

Downturn far worse than during Great Recession. People’s fears, not shutdown orders, are driving downturn.

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.