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City Hall: State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget
City Hall

State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget

Seven Republicans take aim at proposal to reduce police staffing, but don't mention sales tax request.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched
Eyes on Milwaukee

$44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched

Huge group of politicians, dignitaries, salute project to redevelop Civil War-era VA complex.

Bill Toughens Penalty for Assaulting a Nurse

Bill Toughens Penalty for Assaulting a Nurse

Advocates note 1 in 4 nurses are assaulted on the job, a “silent epidemic.”

Legislation seeks to make BID/NID options more effective and efficient
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Legislation seeks to make BID/NID options more effective and efficient

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan September 18, 2019

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

U.S. Education Secretary visits St. Marcus Lutheran School, promotes $5 billion federal plan for private schools.

Line Forming for Sensenbrenner’s Seat

Line Forming for Sensenbrenner’s Seat

8 Republicans (Vukmir, Nicholson, Fitzgerald, Farrow etc.) considering a run, along with one Democrat.

Bill Expands Minority Teacher Loan Program

Bill Expands Minority Teacher Loan Program

Would bring more minority teachers to 20 additional school districts.

Your Right to Know: Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret
Your Right to Know

Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret

Charging citizens making open records requests means less scrutiny of government.

Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments
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Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments

The task force will report to the governor on or before March of each year on their activities.

Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin

"Electric scooters improve access to low-cost transportation options and can serve as a first or last-mile solution to residents and visitors in communities throughout our state."

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits

Senate Bill 83, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 6, creates the equal treatment of retail sales of all types of liquor for off-premises consumption.

Op Ed: Requiem for the Commons
Op Ed

Requiem for the Commons

Mutilated Marcus Center grove is just one of county’s many public spaces threatened by actions leaving citizens out in the cold.

Transportation: Electric Scooters Could Return This Year
Transportation

Electric Scooters Could Return This Year

Bill working its way through state Legislature to legalize electric scooters.

Murphy’s Law: Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%
Murphy’s Law

Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%

New study shows Wisconsin has more students in debt than 44 states. Any solution?

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Average grad has $30,000 in debt, state's total student debt is $24 billion.

Campaign Cash: $35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races

New record set: 2018 spending was 27% more than in 2016, double that in 2014.

Campaign Cash: Secretive Fund Spent $715,480 On Democrats
Campaign Cash

Secretive Fund Spent $715,480 On Democrats

High Ground Political Fund, connected to Nation Consulting, funded six state senate races.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Statement on Republican Plans to Cut Taxes
Press Release

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Statement on Republican Plans to Cut Taxes

"Middle-class families in Wisconsin should keep more of what they earn."

State Senate Celebrates Swearing-In Ceremony Ahead of Upcoming Legislative Session
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State Senate Celebrates Swearing-In Ceremony Ahead of Upcoming Legislative Session

"Senate Republicans will continue to fight for hard-working families, taxpayers, and the future of our state just like we have for the last eight years."

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Announces Senate Standing Committees, Chairs
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Announces Senate Standing Committees, Chairs

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate this session as we continue to pass reforms that put hard-working families first."

The Contrarian: Tony Evers Faces Tough Choices
The Contrarian

Tony Evers Faces Tough Choices

With a structural deficit and transportation fund debt, delivering a “people’s budget” won’t be easy.

Op Ed: Doomsday Headlines on State Budget Are Silly
Op Ed

Doomsday Headlines on State Budget Are Silly

State revenues are increasing, but spending requests are unrealistic.

Will Referendums Lead to Legal Pot?

Will Referendums Lead to Legal Pot?

Some legislators hope for change after medical or fully legai pot approved in 18 local referendums.

Campaign Cash: GOP Legislative Candidates Have 3-1 Edge in Cash
Campaign Cash

GOP Legislative Candidates Have 3-1 Edge in Cash

But state’s Democratic legislative candidates raised nearly as much since January.

Rep. Kooyenga caught lying about cuts to schools
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Rep. Kooyenga caught lying about cuts to schools

Kooyenga hides voting record as reports surface of drinking on the job

Campaign Cash: Liberal Outside Groups Spend Big
Campaign Cash

Liberal Outside Groups Spend Big

More spending for Democrats in five of six key state senate races.

The State of Politics: Democratic Program Recruits Women Candidates
The State of Politics

Democratic Program Recruits Women Candidates

Emerge program’s training give women the confidence to run for office.

Campaign Cash: Big Walker Donor Gets $250,000 Grant
Campaign Cash

Big Walker Donor Gets $250,000 Grant

Badger Meter donates $26,000 to governor, gets big state grant from WEDC.

3 months later, Dale Kooyenga still hasn’t refunded taxpayers $30,000 for Signgate
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Backs Dale Kooyenga for State Senate
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Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin Backs Dale Kooyenga for State Senate

Activist Group Hails Brookfield Assemblyman’s Principled Leadership

The State of Politics: Foxconn Deal Has Divided the State
The State of Politics

Foxconn Deal Has Divided the State

Even Republicans disagree about the deal.

Primary opponent withdraws, endorses Vining for the 14th Assembly District
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Primary opponent withdraws, endorses Vining for the 14th Assembly District

This week Vining also received the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction.

The State of Politics: A State MPS Reform Proposal. Again
The State of Politics

A State MPS Reform Proposal. Again

Scott Walker joins a list of governors and others who’ve proposed reforms.

Op Ed: UW-Oshkosh Criminal Charges a Mistake
Op Ed

UW-Oshkosh Criminal Charges a Mistake

Smells of prosecutorial overreach, but shows need for tightening UW System rules.

Wisconsin Mother of the Year declares for the 14th Assembly District
Press Release

Wisconsin Mother of the Year declares for the 14th Assembly District

"I’m determined to fight For The People on three fronts: people, planet and profit."

Governor Walker Signs Bills to Create and Expand Outdoor Recreation, Attract Talent to Wisconsin, and Improve Medical Assistance
Op Ed: Kooyenga and Freedom of Speech
Op Ed

Kooyenga and Freedom of Speech

Legislator taking down sign he disagreed with violates a bedrock American principle.

Governor Walker Signs Bills on Improving Family Access to High-Quality Child Care, Creating Transitional Jobs Program for Wisconsin Veterans, and Increasing Funding for Watershed Protection Grants
Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay $30,000 for Rep. Kooyenga Crime
Press Release

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay $30,000 for Rep. Kooyenga Crime

Kooyenga should reimburse Wisconsinites for the money we paid to settle his lawsuit for theft

Campaign Cash: Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017
Campaign Cash

Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017

Most of it to Republicans, who have 3.2 times more campaign cash than Democrats.

Court Watch: GOP Legislators Push Harsher Bail Rules
Court Watch

GOP Legislators Push Harsher Bail Rules

State constitutional amendment opposed by defense lawyers, supported by City of Milwaukee.

Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs 19 Bills Into Law

Acts 65-83.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
Press Release

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting
Press Release

Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting

"We stand firmly against discrimination in any form and we wholly support our friends in Israel."

Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel
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Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel

The bill would also prohibit state agencies and local governments from establishing their own policies to boycott Israel.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Republicans Heap Hate On Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Republicans Heap Hate On Streetcar

Three different legislative changes to oppose the project; all will have no impact.

Another GOP candidate declines to challenge Tammy Baldwin
Press Release

Another GOP candidate declines to challenge Tammy Baldwin

"The weak field of GOP candidates willing to challenge Tammy Baldwin continues to dwindle with Rep. Dale Kooyenga declining to run."

Murphy’s Law: Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker
Murphy’s Law

Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker

Should one billionaire dictate the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate?

Eyes on Milwaukee: MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery

Breaks ground on new brewery with twice the capacity and rooftop beer garden.

Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King
Press Release

Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King

Did Kevin Nicholson support Rep. Dale Kooyenga and D.C. Leah's votes to raid millions from the funds available to take care of Wisconsin's elderly veterans?

Op Ed: Leave Our Craft Breweries Alone
Op Ed

Leave Our Craft Breweries Alone

Tavern League, Beer Distributors push Legislature for more regulation. Wrong approach.

Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?
Press Release

Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?

It's been widely reported that Senate Republicans are drafting their version of Trumpcare behind closed doors.

Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process
Press Release

Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process

Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga Fail To Get The Job Done

Op Ed: Why Does GOP Oppose Student Debt Reform?
Op Ed

Why Does GOP Oppose Student Debt Reform?

Republican legislators still resist bill allowing students to refinance loans.

Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today
Press Release

Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today

Cost of Their Own Schooling May Explain Ignorance of Student Loan Debt Crisis, But it Doesn’t Excuse Their Refusal to Help

The State of Politics: Kooyenga Flat Tax Rejected
The State of Politics

Kooyenga Flat Tax Rejected

Walker, GOP slam his gas sales tax and flat income tax proposal.

Wisconsin Budget: Bill Hikes Gas Tax by 24%
Wisconsin Budget

Bill Hikes Gas Tax by 24%

But proposal hides this by reducing gas tax and adding sales tax on gas.

Op Ed: Why Not a 4% Flat Tax for State?
Op Ed

Why Not a 4% Flat Tax for State?

Proposal drops income tax to 4% for all, adds sales tax on gas.

Governor Walker Signs Senate Bill 2 into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs Senate Bill 2 into Law

"We are constantly looking for new ways to make Wisconsin state government more effective, efficient, and accountable'

The State of Politics: Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget
The State of Politics

Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget

Does governor expect them to throw out his bag of goodies?

Murphy’s Law: Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died
Murphy’s Law

Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died

In changing state ratings to protect choice schools, Republicans ended up killing OSPP.

MPS Sets Sights on Increased State Funding

MPS Sets Sights on Increased State Funding

Buoyed by victory on OSSP takeover law, union and parents call for funding equity.

The State of Politics: ”CPA Caucus” Seeks Major Tax Changes
The State of Politics

”CPA Caucus” Seeks Major Tax Changes

Four Republican lawmakers would simplify taxes and end some sales tax exemptions.

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Union leader, key Republican and DPI all want a student centered approach to state funding.

MPS Teachers Oppose State Partnership Plan

MPS Teachers Oppose State Partnership Plan

They demand specifics; Demond Means denies he will “takeover” failing schools.

What Would Tommy Do?

What Would Tommy Do?

A Republican governor was once UW’s greatest champion. Those days are long gone.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation Modernizing the Collection of Hospital Data
Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law
Press Release

Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law

The law explicitly requires the commissioner to target a public school for transfer into the separate district and then initiate a request-for-proposal to determine who should run the school.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law

Acts 200 - 257.

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

Estimated annual cost in Wisconsin is $2.9 billion, or $508 per person.

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

Data on Milwaukee CEOs discussed at UWM summit on inequality.

UW-Milwaukee hosts experts discussion of city’s growing inequality
Press Release

UW-Milwaukee hosts experts discussion of city’s growing inequality

The event takes place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Edith S. Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 49 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

AFP Applauds Occupational Licensure Reform
Press Release

AFP Applauds Occupational Licensure Reform

Bill Expands Access to Opportunity for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters
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Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters

Your Right to Know: Back Open Government? Prove It!
Your Right to Know

Back Open Government? Prove It!

Assembly voted 96-1 for resolution backing open government, but legislators continue to look for ways to limit it.

Op-Ed: Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”
Op-Ed

Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”

Republican plan giving Abele power over low-performing MPS schools offers few details.

The State of Politics: Budget Included Big Changes on Taxes
The State of Politics

Budget Included Big Changes on Taxes

Changes slash Alternative Minimum Tax on the wealthy and reduce “marriage penalty.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar

In an unexpected move, Walker helps avoid messy situation between city and county.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Construction Starts in October
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Construction Starts in October

On-going engineering work continues to save millions of dollars. And anti-streetcar group has given up trying to stop the starter line.

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
The State of Politics

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

Lawmakers Should Get Behind Alternative Minimum Tax Repeal
Press Release

Lawmakers Should Get Behind Alternative Minimum Tax Repeal

Rep. Kooyenga's Proposal A Common Sense Solution For Wisconsin Taxpayers

Republicans Sell Out Funding Public Schools for More Tax Giveaways to Rich
Press Release

Republicans Sell Out Funding Public Schools for More Tax Giveaways to Rich

According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Republicans have spent $1.9 billion in various tax giveaways between 2011 and 2014.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal
Press Release

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Statement on the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program Proposal

Providing the best K-12 education system for the community should be a priority for everyone who lives in Milwaukee

Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver regarding the Kooyenga/Darling proposal
Press Release

Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver regarding the Kooyenga/Darling proposal

Both Bonds and MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver expressed skepticism that the so-called "turnaround district" will do anything to improve outcomes for students.

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host half-day conference on critical K-12 education issues
Press Release

Marquette Law School, College of Education to host half-day conference on critical K-12 education issues

The event is part of a continuing series of conferences on K–12 education sponsored by the Law School and College of Education, and is open to the public.

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Republican plan for Milwaukee would allow high-performing charter schools to replicate without any approving authority.

The State of Politics: Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

Republican legislators want to reduce borrowing in Walker transportation budget, but this could delay numerous projects.

Republican Plan for MPS Attacked

Republican Plan for MPS Attacked

Bonds says plan would be devastating financially and lay off hundreds of staff.

Exploring state lawmakers’ “New Opportunities for Milwaukee”
Press Release

Exploring state lawmakers’ “New Opportunities for Milwaukee”

Statement of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton January 30, 2015

Proposal to create inner city opportunities deserves a close look
Press Release

Proposal to create inner city opportunities deserves a close look

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 29, 2015

The State of Politics: The Republican Revolution Part II
The State of Politics

The Republican Revolution Part II

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has a really big agenda for Wisconsin. It reads like a papal encyclical.

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

Plenty of Horne: Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board
Plenty of Horne

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?

Back in the News: A Streetcar Named Cooperation?
Back in the News

A Streetcar Named Cooperation?

Republicans force city to pay to relocate utilities for streetcar and Barrett calls for cooperation from We Energies to keep costs down.

Streetsblog: More Transit Funding Needed, Fitch Ratings Warns
Streetsblog

More Transit Funding Needed, Fitch Ratings Warns

Economy could suffer if governments don't recognize decline in driving and other trends that favor transit.

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?

Many of the board's seats are either vacant or held by legally unqualified individuals.

Milwaukee County Child Support Named Agency of the Year
Press Release

Milwaukee County Child Support Named Agency of the Year

Abele nominated Kooyenga and the Milwaukee County CSS for the WCSEA awards.

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Republicans join Koch Brothers, opposing actions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

The GOP’s Young Guns

The GOP’s Young Guns

Some of the newest Assembly Republicans, including four accountants, dictated the final budget.

County Executive Abele Thanks Legislators for Increasing Child Support Funding
Press Release

County Executive Abele Thanks Legislators for Increasing Child Support Funding

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele applauds members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee for putting money back into the budget to support Child Support funding across the state.

Common sense prevails on downtown streetcar project
Press Release

Common sense prevails on downtown streetcar project

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 9, 2013

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

If the streetcar is killed and federal money for it is lost, it will mean the total amount of federal transit money for Wisconsin rejected by Scott Walker will exceed $1 billion.

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy
Press Release

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl
Press Release

Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik
Press Release

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik

Dear residents, The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that’s of critical importance to our future. Since 1938, Milwaukee has required all city employees to live within its municipal boundaries. The residency requirement has helped maintain a strong middle class in our neighborhoods, bolstered property values and ensured that municipal employees live […]

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade
Press Release

Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

County Supervisor Supports New Reform Bill
Press Release

County Supervisor Supports New Reform Bill

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander is pleased to announce support for changes made in the drafting process of state legislation aimed at reforming governance in Milwaukee County.