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Wisconsin Awash in Federal Covid Funds

Wisconsin Awash in Federal Covid Funds

Billions must be spent by 2026. Evers administration eyes long-term investments.

Gov. Evers Announces $250 Million for New Grant Programs to Help Wisconsin Communities Rebound and Build Long-Term Economic Recovery
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Gov. Evers Announces $250 Million for New Grant Programs to Help Wisconsin Communities Rebound and Build Long-Term Economic Recovery

Neighborhood Investment Fund and Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Investment grant programs will provide funding for transformational projects

Gov. Evers Announces Vaccine Clinics, Encourages State Workers and Families to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
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Gov. Evers Announces Vaccine Clinics, Encourages State Workers and Families to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination is key to protecting employees and their families from Delta variant

Gov. Evers Awards $50 Million in Beyond the Classroom Grants
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Gov. Evers Awards $50 Million in Beyond the Classroom Grants

Includes $500,000 awarded for technical assistance to out-of-school nonprofits

Gov. Evers Announces $10 Million to Support Wisconsin’s Tourism Industry through Local Tourism Investment Projects
Gov. Evers Announces More than $22 Million of Public Infrastructure Grants to Wisconsin Municipalities
Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program Payment of Internet Bills
Gov. Evers, Oneida Nation Chairman Hill Sign Compact Amendment Permitting Event Wagering
Gov. Evers Announces $1.4 Million in Grants for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Gov. Evers Announces More Than $140 Million for Wisconsin’s Tourism and Entertainment Industries
State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

Fiscal bureau projects far more tax revenue than expected for 2021-2023.

State Capitol Discriminates, Legislator Charges

State Capitol Discriminates, Legislator Charges

Signs asking unvaccinated people to wear masks is “discrimination,” Republican insists.

Gov. Evers Announces $50 Million to Support Kids’ Learning Opportunities, Mental Health
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Gov. Evers Announces $50 Million to Support Kids’ Learning Opportunities, Mental Health

Beyond the Classroom grants help ensure access to learning opportunities and programming for school-aged kids

Gov. Evers Announces New Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Foxconn Sued for Breach of Contract

Foxconn Sued for Breach of Contract

Real estate developer seeking nearly $400 million on behalf of taxpayers.

Evers Names 30 Equity Council Members

Evers Names 30 Equity Council Members

Governor’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion appointees include leaders from nonprofits, tribes, churches, community groups.

RENEW Wisconsin to host 10th Annual Renewable Energy Virtual Summit
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RENEW Wisconsin to host 10th Annual Renewable Energy Virtual Summit

Industry experts, policymakers, and advocates gather to highlight the diversity of technologies, people, and scale needed to shape our clean energy future

The State of Politics: Spending on Medicaid, Prisons Skyrockets
The State of Politics

Spending on Medicaid, Prisons Skyrockets

Up much faster than inflation in last 20 years, crowding out other spending.

WDVA to Host Virtual Roundtables on Supporting Veterans
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WDVA to Host Virtual Roundtables on Supporting Veterans

Attendees to Discuss Future Funding of WDVA Programs, Benefits, Services

Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Grants will go to businesses that didn't qualify during previous rounds.

Gov. Evers Announces Grants to More Than 650 Wisconsin Lodging Industry Partners
Gov. Evers Announces $15 Million in Grants Distributed to Wisconsin’s Live Music and Entertainment Venues
Kaul Sues Legislature Over Lame Duck Laws

Kaul Sues Legislature Over Lame Duck Laws

Lawsuits can’t be settled, consumers lose out on potential settlements, AG charges.

AG Kaul Announces Legal Action to Allow DOJ to Again Enforce Wisconsin Laws Without Unconstitutional Legislative Interference
Gov. Evers Announces $6.6 Million for Organizations Providing Out-of-School Care for Kids During Pandemic
Kids From Wisconsin Receives COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Award
Gov. Evers, DOA Secretary Brennan Announce 54 Awardees for the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program
Milwaukee’s First Stage Receives COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Award
Racine Art Museum Awarded COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant
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Racine Art Museum Awarded COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant

Racine, WI November _, 2020

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Announced as COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Recipient
Gov. Evers Announces Cultural Organization Grant Awardees
Will Foxconn Pay Taxes Pledged to Racine County?

Will Foxconn Pay Taxes Pledged to Racine County?

If company doesn’t the state may have to bail out local taxpayers.

Back in the News: The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real
Back in the News

The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real

The Verge interviews employees who describe nightmare-like conditions and a completely phony project.

Two years after Trump put a shovel in the ground, Wisconsin is still waiting on Foxconn to come through
Gov. Evers Announces $8.3 Million for COVID-19 Testing at Wisconsin’s Private, Non-Profit, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
Gov. Evers, DOA Secretary Brennan Announce More Than $36 million for Public Infrastructure and Facility Projects
Gov. Evers, WisDOT, DOA Announce $18 Million in Public Transit Grants for Wisconsin Communities
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Gov. Evers, WisDOT, DOA Announce $18 Million in Public Transit Grants for Wisconsin Communities

Grants will enable Beloit, Wausau, Sheboygan, Madison, Eau Claire, Racine, Green Bay, and La Crosse to purchase a total of 34 public transit buses

Gov. Evers Announces $5 million COVID-19 Cultural Organization Grant Program
State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

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

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Cuts to State Spending Due to COVID-19
Gov. Evers Announces $1.5 Million in Grants for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” Program
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.

Gov. Evers Announces $25 Million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
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.

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

State losing billions in revenue due to the economic shutdown.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Squeezes Evers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Squeezes Evers

Demands $45 million from the state and for what? Probably nothing.

Foxconn Says It Earned Tax Credits

Foxconn Says It Earned Tax Credits

But state officials challenged Foxconn's eligibility in 2019, will review employment claims.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Convention Center District Authorizes $420 Million Expansion, Raises Hotel Tax
Eyes on Milwaukee

Convention Center District Authorizes $420 Million Expansion, Raises Hotel Tax

District still aiming for 2023 opening even though bonds can't be sold.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?

“Ironclad” contract may allow company to count seasonal employees for tax credits.

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.

Second Round of VW Transit Capital Assistance Grants Available
Wisconsin Budget: Why Foxconn Contract Is In Dispute
Wisconsin Budget

Why Foxconn Contract Is In Dispute

Both sides may have reason to renegotiate contract.

Senate Democrats Offer 2020 Agenda

Senate Democrats Offer 2020 Agenda

Shilling pushes homeless funding and closing dark store tax loophole.

The State of Politics: All They Want for Christmas
The State of Politics

All They Want for Christmas

The Christmas wish lists of Gov. Evers, Mayor Barrett and other politicians.

Convention Center Moves Forward

Convention Center Moves Forward

District board hires Atlanta-based architectural firm for $300 million project.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Deal Looks Dead
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Deal Looks Dead

Company’s revised plan ineligible for subsidies and Foxconn opposes contract rewrite.

Foxconn Says it Can’t Find Workers

Foxconn Says it Can’t Find Workers

Can’t attract talent, company says, throwing more doubt on state-subsidized deal.

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Switch from Gen 10.5 plant to Gen 6 plant makes it ineligible under contract, company is told.

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Governor’s fired Agriculture Secretary now the Department of Administration’s director of business and rural development.

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Every Republican votes not to approve Evers appointee Brad Pfaff.

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

Republican Finance Committee co-chairs refuse Evers request for 60 new hires in state government.

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

Plan would more closely align state public defenders’ pay with that of state prosecutors.

Plats and Parcels: New Apartments Near Streetcar Line
Plats and Parcels

New Apartments Near Streetcar Line

Plus: Where does the Strauss deal stand? State office building moving forward.

Gov. Evers Announces More Than 60 New Assistant Attorney Positions throughout State
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Gov. Evers Announces More Than 60 New Assistant Attorney Positions throughout State

These positions were allocated throughout the state based on requests made by the county district attorneys, with 56 Wisconsin counties receiving a total of 64.95 new positions.

Forging New Frontiers in AI Education – Diercks Hall Opens at MSOE
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Forging New Frontiers in AI Education – Diercks Hall Opens at MSOE

The 65,536-square-foot building, located at 1025 N. Milwaukee St., was made possible with a $34 million gift from MSOE alumnus Dwight Diercks and his wife Dian and features an NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”

New computer science hall will keep MSOE at cutting edge of education and tech.

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Now their homes are gone for road widenings that never happened.

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

New analysis shows the cost to taxpayers per job outweighs the return.

Transportation: WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service
Transportation

WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service

With $35 million from new budget, WisDOT seeks federal matching grants for expansion.

Discovery World Announces Bryan Wunar as New President and CEO
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Discovery World Announces Bryan Wunar as New President and CEO

A native of Joliet, Illinois, Bryan has received multiple awards in STEM education, including being named one of the “Most influential People in STEM” by the National Afterschool Association.

Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay
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Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay

"This grant for the City of Green Bay means more opportunities for everyone to recreate and appreciate the beach at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, and I believe will be economically beneficial to the entire region."

Gov. Evers Announces Grants for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

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

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Wisconsin Center District plans downtown expansion by 2020, still hopes for state funding.

Press Release: Secretary-designee Joel Brennan Responds to Foxconn Statement
Murphy’s Law: Evers Embraces Expertise
Murphy’s Law

Evers Embraces Expertise

Hiring talented people, appointing expert advisors, who knew you could govern that way?

Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments
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Governor-elect Evers Announces Key Cabinet Appointments

"I’ve said all along that my goal is to build a Wisconsin where people come together to invest in a brighter future for everyone..."

Discovery World Names John Emmerich Interim President
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Discovery World Names John Emmerich Interim President

Organization to launch search for President and CEO to replace Joel Brennan.

ALL DAY TOMORROW – Free Bus Rides, Free Stickers and Free Admission
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ALL DAY TOMORROW – Free Bus Rides, Free Stickers and Free Admission

Take Your Kid on the Bus Day: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board
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Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board

The board will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 21 at the Wisconsin Center.

Murphy’s Law: Barrett Will Run for Reelection
Murphy’s Law

Barrett Will Run for Reelection

Mayor calling supporters, plans to run for 5th term in 2020, they say.

Black Arts Fest MKE and Discovery World Double the Savings for August
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Black Arts Fest MKE and Discovery World Double the Savings for August

Purchasers buying festival tickets online get FREE Admission to Discovery World

Northwestern Mutual Invests $600,000 in Discovery World Expansion
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Northwestern Mutual Invests $600,000 in Discovery World Expansion

Funds will advance the organization’s educational initiatives and community impact

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Arts and Culture Building Boom
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Arts and Culture Building Boom

Symphony, Ballet, Discovery World and Art Museum expansions transforming the city.

SHARP Literacy Announces First Public Fundraising Campaign to Help Meet the Demand for School Programs
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SHARP Literacy Announces First Public Fundraising Campaign to Help Meet the Demand for School Programs

SHARP Literacy helps K4 through fifth grade students build reading, writing and researching skills.

Kooky Cooky House Opens at The Domes Saturday
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Kooky Cooky House Opens at The Domes Saturday

’60s-’70s Milwaukee Attraction Recreated as Indoor Exhibit

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

New 10,000 square foot pavilion, and remodeling of existing building planned.

Discovery World Plans Major Investments on Milwaukee’s Lakefront
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Discovery World Plans Major Investments on Milwaukee’s Lakefront

Project to break ground on October 10.

Sci-Fi Family Day Invades Discovery World with Returning Favorites and Brand New Experiences!
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Sci-Fi Family Day Invades Discovery World with Returning Favorites and Brand New Experiences!

The event takes place on Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free Bus Rides, Free Stickers and Free Admission – Take Your Kid on the Bus Day Features Something for Everyone
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Free Bus Rides, Free Stickers and Free Admission – Take Your Kid on the Bus Day Features Something for Everyone

Families across Milwaukee County can leave their cars, minivans and SUVs at home on Saturday, September 23rd

Discovery World Plans Major Investments on Milwaukee’s Lakefront

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Discovery World Plans Major Investments on Milwaukee’s Lakefront
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Discovery World Plans Major Investments on Milwaukee’s Lakefront

The first phase of the project features a 10,000 square foot expansion that will be located on Discovery World’s north lawn.

Learn to Love Your Great Lakes with Discovery World and Fund for Lake Michigan
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Learn to Love Your Great Lakes with Discovery World and Fund for Lake Michigan

Family-friendly event features fun and interactive educational experiences aimed at introducing our community’s connection to fresh water through local organizations.

Foundation continues Gifts to the Community with free admission to lakefront sites
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Foundation continues Gifts to the Community with free admission to lakefront sites

The Foundation’s Gifts to the Community are being presented this year in partnership with Fund for Lake Michigan.

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

Abele wants them to take over arts center but WCD board members would rather wait till 2020.

Marcus Center Cast Into Limbo

Marcus Center Cast Into Limbo

No one seems to agree with Abele's plan to have it absorbed by sprawling Wisconsin Center District.

In Public: The Design Competition That Wasn’t
In Public

The Design Competition That Wasn’t

Lakefront Gateway competition picked a team, not a design. So what will that mean for the lakefront?

Could Marcus Center become downtown’s orphan venue?
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Could Marcus Center become downtown’s orphan venue?

Wisconsin Center District postpones plans to take over Marcus Center
Plenty of Horne: City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant
Plenty of Horne

City Accepts $14 Million Federal Streetcar Grant

City wins TIGER grant after "a brutal competition" where demand for transit dollars greatly exceeded the sums appropriated.

Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition Culminates with the Selection of the Graef Team
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Lakefront Gateway Plaza National Design Competition Culminates with the Selection of the Graef Team

Water, Year-Round Activity Featured Among Ideas

Greater Milwaukee Foundation announces free weekend at Discovery World, Oct. 3-4
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Greater Milwaukee Foundation announces free weekend at Discovery World, Oct. 3-4

All access, special activities await guests of the Foundation’s next Gift to the Community

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Discovery World and Rockwell Automation Unveil Brand New Music Factory Exhibit
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Discovery World and Rockwell Automation Unveil Brand New Music Factory Exhibit

The Music Factory is designed to delight visitors of all ages and inspire children to explore careers in engineering and automation.

Planning and a Pint Series Takes on Lakefront Planning and Development
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Planning and a Pint Series Takes on Lakefront Planning and Development

Please join the Urban Planning and Public Administration Chapters of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association onWednesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m

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?

Mike Cudahy Steps Down as Co-Chair of Discovery World Board of Directors
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Mike Cudahy Steps Down as Co-Chair of Discovery World Board of Directors

Randy Crocker to serve as Board Chair.

Business: The Return of Flying Car
Business

The Return of Flying Car

What will be featured at next month’s third annual showcase of technology and innovation.

Neighborhood House announces Jeff Martinka as its new Executive Director
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Neighborhood House announces Jeff Martinka as its new Executive Director

Milwaukee native tapped to lead community center on Milwaukee’s West Side

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.

Neighborhood House Executive Director Richard Cox announces retirement
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Neighborhood House Executive Director Richard Cox announces retirement

Neighborhood House, which serves thousands of children, adults and families on Milwaukee’s west side, has announced the retirement of Executive Director Richard Cox at the end of April 2014.

Does Lakefront Still Lack a Vision?

Does Lakefront Still Lack a Vision?

Panelists at Discovery World conference debate plans and opportunities for Milwaukee's lakefront. A report with photos.

The Roundup: Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money
The Roundup

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

Murphy’s Law: Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?
Murphy’s Law

Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?

It's a wacky idea, but Ed Thompson may turn out to be a real spoiler in the race for governor.

Murphy’s Law: Ameritech Catches Political Fire From Competitors
Murphy’s Law

Ameritech Catches Political Fire From Competitors

Open up this month's Ameritech bill and you may find a surprise.

Murphy’s Law: Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around
Murphy’s Law

Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around

My, how times have changed.