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Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Republicans worked for “veto-proof” bill so Gov. Evers has little room to reshape legislation.

Assembly Passes State Budget By 60-39

Assembly Passes State Budget By 60-39

To secure Senate approval adds amendment to help a company championed by Republican senator.

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Sen. Dave Craig won't support budget saying it spends too much. Pushing GOP closer to deadlock over budget.

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Majority Republicans rejected many Evers proposals. Minority Democrats assail GOP plan.

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court will keep most of the laws in effect while it decides on appeals to them.

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

Vehicle title fee up 137%; higher fees would raise $393 million for roads.

Walker Never Reached 250,000 Jobs Created

Walker Never Reached 250,000 Jobs Created

Finalized statistics show just 233,101 jobs created in 8 years, trailing 33 states in growth.

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Old law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, could apply if Roe decision overruled.

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Budget committee rejected his proposed increase, but he’s still lobbying Republican legislators.

Court Watch: Justice Kelly Will Run For Full Term
Court Watch

Justice Kelly Will Run For Full Term

Conservative appointed to Supreme Court by Walker will face two opponents in 2020.

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

Assembly Republican plan increases K-12 school spending by $500 Million, still $900 million less than Evers plan.

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Budget committee approves this and 2% hike each year for all other state workers.

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

The hot-button issue took center stage Saturday as Wisconsin Republican lawmakers held their annual statewide convention in Oshkosh.

State Lawmakers at Odds on Education Funding

State Lawmakers at Odds on Education Funding

Republican legislators approve $25M increase in funding state tech schools, but nix Evers’ plan to increase financial aid proposal. Democrats say it falls short.

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Right-leaning members of Wisconsin Supreme Court skeptical in oral arguments on lawsuit challenging lame-duck session before Evers took office.

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

State high court rules 4-3 that all 82 Walker appointees can return to work.

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Governor says Foxconn executive Louis Woo met with him in March, requested changes.

Bill Funds Electric Car Charging Stations

Bill Funds Electric Car Charging Stations

Republican proposal would help pay for stations located along I-94 corridor.

Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Madison

Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Madison

“It is about all of us — not me, us — transforming this country.”

Evers’ Approval, Disapproval Rises in Poll

Evers’ Approval, Disapproval Rises in Poll

But big majority in MU poll says Legislature not cooperating with governor and support him on most issues.

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Judges rule Evers did not violate court order when he rescinded Walker's appointments.

Neubauer Downplays Her Democratic Ties

Neubauer Downplays Her Democratic Ties

Traditional campaign for Supreme Court stressing experience, endorsements by judges.

The Rise of Brian Hagedorn

The Rise of Brian Hagedorn

Supreme Court hopeful's conservative credentials were established early.

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Republicans will appeal. Evers and Kaul quickly drop state from suit against Affordable Care Act.

Neubauer, Hagedorn Spar Over Political Ties

Neubauer, Hagedorn Spar Over Political Ties

Candidates for Supreme Court debate over who is more political or biased.

Kaul Joins Suit Challenging Border Emergency

Kaul Joins Suit Challenging Border Emergency

Governor, Attorney General announce they're joining lawsuit alleging Trump is violating constitution.

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Fitzgerald assails “alarming... level of spending and bonding”.

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Drawing of political boundaries would move from the Legislature to a nonpartisan commission.

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

No evidence of crisis, governor says. Vos condemns move.

Evers Joins Unions on Lame Duck Suit

Evers Joins Unions on Lame Duck Suit

GOP bill require 200,000 state agency reports to legislature, his lawyers contend.

State Heavily Reliant on Property Tax

State Heavily Reliant on Property Tax

Report: Wisconsin ranks seventh nationally in reliance on property taxes to fund municipal services.

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

This one argues Republican legislators violated U.S. Constitution and will of the voters.

GOP Legislators Back Pay Hike for Lawyers

GOP Legislators Back Pay Hike for Lawyers

Hourly fee for private attorneys taking public defender cases would rise from $40 to $70.

GOP Senators, Too, Resist Honoring Kaepernick

GOP Senators, Too, Resist Honoring Kaepernick

They remove Milwaukee native and former NFL star from black history resolution, but won’t say why.

Special Ed Funding Gap Hits $1 Billion

Special Ed Funding Gap Hits $1 Billion

That’s per year, new report says. Schools required to provide education, but it's grossly underfunded.

GOP May Resist Kaul on ACA Lawsuit

GOP May Resist Kaul on ACA Lawsuit

Attorney General wants to drop lawsuit, Republican legislators hint they won’t let him.

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Democrats may consider but prefer gas tax indexing.

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Governor says he can’t support plan with no long-term funding.

State To Review Foxconn Air, Water Permits

State To Review Foxconn Air, Water Permits

Evers says DNR review needed to see whether changes are necessary.

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Second suit filed, argues Republicans violated state constitution.

Evers, Foxconn Deny Project Is On Hold

Evers, Foxconn Deny Project Is On Hold

Foxconn and WEDC’s Hogan also deny governor tried to “renegotiate” deal.

Evers Budget Will ‘Put Kids First’

Evers Budget Will ‘Put Kids First’

His chief of staff says governor’s budget will prioritize K-12 schools, UW System.

Foxconn Won’t Build TVs in Wisconsin

Foxconn Won’t Build TVs in Wisconsin

Can’t compete in U.S., company exec tells Reuters.

Evers Hires Private Lawyers In Lame Duck Case

Evers Hires Private Lawyers In Lame Duck Case

Suit seeks to overturn Republican laws limiting governor’s powers.

Groups Will Sue Against Lame Duck Laws

Groups Will Sue Against Lame Duck Laws

Will argue entire “extraordinary” session was illegal, demanding all laws be struck down.

Evers Taps Barca, Former Obama Official

Evers Taps Barca, Former Obama Official

Rep. Barca will run revenue department, Andrea Palm will run Health Services.

Evers Will Visit Lincoln Hills

Evers Will Visit Lincoln Hills

Walker never visited troubled youth prison or any correctional facility during eight years in office.

Evers Wants Voucher Costs on Tax Bills

Evers Wants Voucher Costs on Tax Bills

New governor’s budget will include showing cost of private school vouchers on property tax bills.

Evers Forms Panel On Prison Reform

Evers Forms Panel On Prison Reform

Includes two former Supreme Court justices, three former prisons administrators.

Schimel Concedes Election to Kaul

Schimel Concedes Election to Kaul

Republican attorney general won’t seek recount, lost by 17,000 votes to Democrat Josh Kaul.

Race for Governor: Last of the Republican Upstarts
Race for Governor

Last of the Republican Upstarts

Of 11 GOP governors who flipped states In 2010, Walker Is only one seeking a third term.

Race for Governor: Voters Remember Act 10
Race for Governor

Voters Remember Act 10

And they’re still divided. Will law curtailing public unions impact governor’s race?

Walker, Evers Take Different Routes on Roads

Walker, Evers Take Different Routes on Roads

Evers says roads “are crumbling,” Walker says Evers will hike gas tax.

Walker, Evers Talk Taxes, Health Care, Immigration At First Debate

Walker, Evers Talk Taxes, Health Care, Immigration At First Debate

Gubernatorial candidates also discuss criticism from former Walker cabinet secretaries; charges of plagiarism at Wisconsin's DPI.

Fitzgerald Downplays Pre-Existing Conditions Issue

Fitzgerald Downplays Pre-Existing Conditions Issue

Republican Senate leader says he lacks votes to pass bill, then says it could pass “in the future.”

Baldwin, Walker Lead in Latest MU Poll

Baldwin, Walker Lead in Latest MU Poll

Baldwin up 10% over Vukmir, Walker up by just 1% over Evers.

Don’t Kill Business Tax Credit, Walker Warns

Don’t Kill Business Tax Credit, Walker Warns

Evers would end it. Most of money went to wealthiest 12% of state residents.

Baldwin, Vukmir Debate Health Care, Abortion

Baldwin, Vukmir Debate Health Care, Abortion

Challenger Vukmir was consistently on attack for one-hour debate.

Democrats Refile Redistricting Suit

Democrats Refile Redistricting Suit

Federal suit against state’s gerrymandering rewritten to meet U.S. Supreme Court concerns.

Election Had Big Democratic Turnout

Election Had Big Democratic Turnout

100,000 more people voted in Democratic primary despite massive Republican spending on Senate race.

Race for Governor: Democrats Make Closing Arguments
Race for Governor

Democrats Make Closing Arguments

Lively gubernatorial debate covered topics from Gov. Walker's worst action to cutting the state's prison population.

Justice Dallet Sworn in to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Justice Dallet Sworn in to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Says in this time of division our future "lies in accepting and honoring our differences."

Vukmir, Nicholson Debate, Both Back Trump

Vukmir, Nicholson Debate, Both Back Trump

Neither criticized anything president has done, no major disagreements between candidates.

Race for Governor: Liberal Groups Won’t Endorse For Governor
Race for Governor

Liberal Groups Won’t Endorse For Governor

None of four Democratic finalists got more than one-third of online vote.

Poll Good News for Evers, Vukmir

Poll Good News for Evers, Vukmir

Evers lead widens in gubernatorial primary, Vukmir nudges ahead of Nicholson.

Race for Governor: Roys Leads Democrats in Money Raised
Race for Governor

Roys Leads Democrats in Money Raised

Also leads seven other Democratic candidates for governor in cash on hand.

Walker Met With Accused Russian Agent

Walker Met With Accused Russian Agent

Maria Butina, charged by federal prosecutors, posed for photo with Walker during his run for president.

Race for Governor: Democratic Candidates Duke it Out
Race for Governor

Democratic Candidates Duke it Out

In debate all eight Democrats running for governor blast the Foxconn deal.

High Court Backs Evers Over Walker

High Court Backs Evers Over Walker

Evers can hire his own attorney in legal battle rather than AG Schimel, as Walker insisted.

Walker Silent as Trump Attacks Harley

Walker Silent as Trump Attacks Harley

State Republicans decline to criticize Trump for attack on iconic state business.

Walker’s Former Prisons Chief Blasts Governor

Walker’s Former Prisons Chief Blasts Governor

Ed Wall endorses Democrat Evers for governor, does ad charging Walker mismanaged Lincoln Hills.

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering

No decision on merits. But Wisconsin case may eventually be sent back to high court.

Race for Governor: The Many Campaigns of Paul Soglin
Race for Governor

The Many Campaigns of Paul Soglin

First elected to Madison Common Council in 1967, now running for governor in Democratic primary.

Legislative Committee Approves Highway Funding

Legislative Committee Approves Highway Funding

“The roads in Illinois are much better,” Republican Sen Alberta Darling charges.

Who is Josh Pade?

Who is Josh Pade?

On June 1, Pade became the 10th Democratic candidate for governor in 2018 primary.

Act 10 Protests Ignited Mahlon Mitchell’s Political Career

Act 10 Protests Ignited Mahlon Mitchell’s Political Career

Madison firefighter hopes to harness union power to oust Walker.

Andy Gronik’s Path From Business To Politics

Andy Gronik’s Path From Business To Politics

Career in asset-based lending led him to where he is today, a Democratic candidate for governor.

Longtime Democrat Matt Flynn Reintroducing Himself to Voters

Longtime Democrat Matt Flynn Reintroducing Himself to Voters

After four unsuccessful runs for office, will this be Flynn's year?

Walker Runs Race on His Own Terms

Walker Runs Race on His Own Terms

Have Democrats figured out what it takes to beat Walker?

Minnesota Passes Us In Total Jobs

Minnesota Passes Us In Total Jobs

Wisconsin had 98,000 more jobs than Minnesota a decade ago, but now behind.

Court Watch: High Court Splits Decision on Lawyer Pay
Court Watch

High Court Splits Decision on Lawyer Pay

Hikes fee for county-appointed lawyers but not lowest-in-nation fee of state public defender’s office.

GOP Senators To Pick Wisconsin’s Judge?

GOP Senators To Pick Wisconsin’s Judge?

Vote on Michael Brennan would ignore Democratic Senator Baldwin’s objection to him.