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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.