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Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Evers budget and Republican proposals are miles apart. A compromise won’t be easy.

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

GOP sniping at Evers plans for workforce training, minimum wage hike, funding to fix UI system.

GOP Pushes Stimulus Approach Evers Already Vetoed

GOP Pushes Stimulus Approach Evers Already Vetoed

11 Republican bills try to dictate how governor allocates federal pandemic aid.

GOP Legislators Question Federal Pandemic Aid for MPS

GOP Legislators Question Federal Pandemic Aid for MPS

MPS getting 36% of $2.2 billion for state schools under federal formula prioritizing high poverty districts.

GOP Legislators Want Pandemic Aid for Tax Rebate

GOP Legislators Want Pandemic Aid for Tax Rebate

They propose $1 billion property tax rebate with aid based on value of homes.

The State of Politics: Legislature’s Budget Roadshow Coming Soon
The State of Politics

Legislature’s Budget Roadshow Coming Soon

Since 1985 regional budget hearings have been held. Planned for April, all in small towns.

Thousands of Wisconsinites Sign Petition in Support of Cannabis Legalization
Legislature Okays Unemployment System Upgrades

Legislature Okays Unemployment System Upgrades

Bill also includes COVID-19 legal immunity for businesses.

City of Mayville receives $137,500 state grant to support redevelopment of nonprofit coffeehouse
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City of Mayville receives $137,500 state grant to support redevelopment of nonprofit coffeehouse

WEDC investment to help fund renovations for The Open Door Coffeehouse

GOP Legislators Cast Doubt on Evers’ Plans

GOP Legislators Cast Doubt on Evers’ Plans

Resistance to school funds hike, local sales tax, upping minimum wage, legalizing pot.

Evers Pushes Juvenile Justice System Changes

Evers Pushes Juvenile Justice System Changes

Sweeping reforms would close youth prisons and end Serious Juvenile Offender Program.

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.

The State of Politics: Evers Pushes New Programs, Spending
The State of Politics

Evers Pushes New Programs, Spending

Republicans warned him not to include budget items they oppose. He will anyway.

GOP Plan Puts Students, Teachers At Risk?

GOP Plan Puts Students, Teachers At Risk?

Legislators require federal education aid to be used to push in-school instruction.

Federal COVID-19 Aid Funneled to In-Person Schools

Federal COVID-19 Aid Funneled to In-Person Schools

State GOP lawmakers' plan penalizes school districts that provided virtual instruction.

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.

Op Ed: Republican COVID Callousness
Op Ed

Republican COVID Callousness

Legislators wrong to criticize inmates getting the vaccine when prison infection rates are so high.

State Revenue Surplus Higher Than Expected

State Revenue Surplus Higher Than Expected

State officials will begin next budget with a projected balance of $1.9 billion.

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.

New Finance Co-Chair Expects Challenges

New Finance Co-Chair Expects Challenges

Republican Rep. Mark Born expects partisan disagreements, expects compromises will be reached.

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approves $350 million for Key Projects
Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approves $73 million for Key Projects
Building Commission Approves $65 million for Key Projects
The Idea Activists and Police Agree On

The Idea Activists and Police Agree On

Why are cops still being sent to respond to mental health crises?

The State Of Politics: Ten Years After Act 10
The State Of Politics

Ten Years After Act 10

Most of those who voted for it are gone. How has the Capitol changed?

City of Beaver Dam receives $106,000 state grant to support redevelopment of vacant downtown property
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City of Beaver Dam receives $106,000 state grant to support redevelopment of vacant downtown property

WEDC investment to help fund renovation of vacant building into a Great Harvest Café and Bakery

Building Commission Approves Projects, Gov. Evers Applauds Approval for Secure Residential Care Centers for Children and Youth
GOP Underfunds Youth Corrections Plan

GOP Underfunds Youth Corrections Plan

Republican legislators only approved funding for four out of six new youth corrections facilities.

WEDC supports John Deere project to expand, add jobs
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WEDC supports John Deere project to expand, add jobs

New facility will create 12 jobs, draw $24 million capital investment

Gov. Evers Applauds Renewable Energy Project Approved by Building Commission
Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development
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Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development

Industrial site is latest addition to Certified In Wisconsin® program

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects
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Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects

Gov. Evers is committed to maintaining safe and reliable buildings by making smart and efficient maintenance decisions and investing in needed repairs and upgrades across the state building portfolio.

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Budget committee approves some 40 projects, including UWM Chemistry Building.

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

But Republican budget rejects Medicaid expansion that would save the state $320 million, Evers notes.

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.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Republicans say $2.5 billion too high, back smaller price tag for top priorities.

GOP rejects funding for cancer research facility, veteran homes, and mental health facilities
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GOP rejects funding for cancer research facility, veteran homes, and mental health facilities

Republicans jeopardize investments in Wisconsin’s future

Gov. Evers Moves Forward on Plans to Close Lincoln Hills
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Gov. Evers Moves Forward on Plans to Close Lincoln Hills

"We are committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can."

Gov. Evers Announces 2019-2021 Capital Budget Recommendations
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Gov. Evers Announces 2019-2021 Capital Budget Recommendations

These Capital Budget Recommendations aggressively and responsibly address deferred maintenance and life safety issues in state-owned buildings.

State Building Commission Approves Key Projects
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State Building Commission Approves Key Projects

Design and construction of UW-Milwaukee Sandburg Hall renovation project.

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.

Conagra Brands expanding Birds Eye Foods operations in Beaver Dam
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Conagra Brands expanding Birds Eye Foods operations in Beaver Dam

Company expects to create approximately 140 jobs over five years to support Birds Eye

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
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.

Leah announces 300+ Wisconsin endorsements
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Leah announces 300+ Wisconsin endorsements

Leah has also been endorsed by former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Maggie’s List, RightNOW Women PAC and VIEW PAC.

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Restricts Suits Against Businesses
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Restricts Suits Against Businesses

Special interests supporting legal restrictions donated $14 million to Republican legislators.

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

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

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

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

Today the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

"The funds approved by the commission will be instrumental in strengthening the facilities at 13 UW campuses."

New State Law Helps Debt Collectors

New State Law Helps Debt Collectors

Makes it easy for debt buyers to target consumers with poorly documented claims.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state.

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Bills with photo ID, limiting absentee voting, making it tougher to register -- got scant support from lobbyists.

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

Party leaders let them sponsor high-profile bills likely to win votes.

Rep. Richards calls on Gov. Walker to renounce arresting federal officials who are doing their jobs
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Rep. Richards calls on Gov. Walker to renounce arresting federal officials who are doing their jobs

Today Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), the ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Health, released the following statement calling on Gov. Walker to oppose any legislation that would call for the arrest of federal officials who try to implement the Affordable Care Act in Wisconsin.