Paul Brennan covers politics and policy for Wisconsin Watchdog.

Lawmaker wants Wisconsin DOT to slow down on traffic roundabouts

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Wisconsin DOT can’t say how many traffic roundabouts it has installed on state highways over the past 15 year, but it plans to keep doing it. A new bill by Rep. David Craig would force DOT to pay closer attention to local concerns when deciding where to install roundabouts.

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State law makes emergency medical services problems worse in rural Wisconsin

By   /  August 24, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Emergency medical services in rural Wisconsin are in critical condition and state law is making it worse. A new bill seeks to address one of the biggest problems but an effort to placate union objections could undermine the effectiveness of the bill.

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Two strikes and you’re out: Fighting unemployment benefits fraud in Wisconsin

By   /  August 20, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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People who have committed two acts of fraud to receive unemployment benefits would be banned from receiving benefits under a new bill by Rep. Samantha Kerkman. The bill is receiving the partisan pushback that has been common in Wisconsin politics.

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Bill aims to curb law enforcement money grabs in Wisconsin

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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In Wisconsin the police can seize your money or other property just because a dog decided it smelled guilty, thanks to the state’s civil asset forfeiture law. Groups from across the political spectrum are supporting an effort to reform the law.

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Education week-in-review: Stopping reform and a big tax break

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  California, Education, Education Blog, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From California, where a school board is suing to stop school reform, to Nebraska, where a school board member’s family business gets a big tax break, it’s been an interesting week in education reform.

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Education week-in-review: Ghosts and quotas

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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From Pennsylvania, where a judge ruled in favor of ghost teachers, to Louisiana, where a new quota may cause problems for charter schools, it’s been an interesting week in education news.

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