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Wisconsin, 15th in manufacturing job growth, to Illinoisans: Come on up

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New employment numbers show Wisconsin surpassed many of its Midwest neighbors in creating new manufacturing jobs over the past year, prompting one Wisconsin business leader to put out the welcome mat to Illinois workers. Wisconsin added 3,000 manufacturing jobs between March 2016 and March of this year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]
Published on: May 5, 2017
DRUG CRISIS: Opioid abuse in Vermont has increased tenfold since the year 2000.

Wisconsin Medicaid panel decides to keep Suboxone on its preferred list

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WISCONSIN – Suboxone, a medication that aids in the recovery of opiate addiction, will remain a preferred Medicaid-covered drug in Wisconsin despite complaints from state jail officials that it’s too easy to smuggle into prisons because of its film form. A state Medicaid pharmacy committee decided this week to add a pill form of the drug to its preferred […]
Published on: May 12, 2017

Study finds Wisconsin poverty rate reached new low in 2015

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Wisconsin conservatives see a recent drop in the state’s poverty rate as proof that low taxes and pro-business policies are working. The report by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that a key statewide poverty measure declined from 10.8 percent in 2014 to 9.7 percent in 2015 – the lowest rate ever recorded since […]
Published on: June 8, 2017

Forbes: New York Shakespeare Festival received $30M from taxpayers

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New York City’s Public Theater “Shakespeare in the Park” production of “Julius Caesar” sparked political drama for its on-stage assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. Before the performance Donald Trump Jr. asked via a tweet, “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” Here’s the answer to Trump Jr’s question: Data at […]
Published on: June 13, 2017

Wisconsin community banks hopeful for Dodd-Frank rollback

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The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was sold as a way to rein in a freewheeling Wall Street, but Wisconsin bankers say the law has burdened community banks to the point of accelerating mergers and consolidation. “2016 saw a significant jump in merger activity here in Wisconsin,” Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association […]
Published on: April 24, 2017
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Coal mining is the biggest U.S. energy employer.

Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

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Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states. As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.   “My district has more United Mine Workers members than any other Congressional district in the nation,”Congressman Mike […]
Published on: May 3, 2017

UW-Platteville whistleblower professor fighting on

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“I wasn't willing to give up my integrity and forego the safety of our students for the carrot they offered,” Burton wrote.
Published on: April 13, 2017
Shutterstock ImageTAXPAYERS BURNED: Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $2 million for a police officer on paid suspension.

Treasurer: ‘Glaring example of stupidity’ to cost taxpayers $90 million in rent payments

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Over the 20-year life of the lease, total rent payments on the Department of Corrections building are expected to hit $90 million.
Published on: April 5, 2017

Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

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A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is “a conservative replacing another conservative.” What the Times probably intended to say is that the […]
Published on: May 6, 2017

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Photo contributedA WHISTLEBLOWER'S STORY: Social Security Administration employee and federal whistleblower Machelle Keller says her health has rapidly declined since she first brought allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse to light.

A whistleblower’s story: Paying the price for shining a light

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“I’m so tired of it. I don’t know how much more I can take,” the Social Security Administration employee said.
Published on: March 8, 2017

Assembly passes state treasurer amendment, issue goes to voters

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The proposal to eliminate the position of state treasurer goes to referendum in April 2018.
Published on: March 10, 2017
Photo by politicalpoint.netCALLING ALL STATES: State Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, says his bill calling for Wisconsin to join a convention of states to discuss a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution is moving forward.

Article V balanced budget resolution working way through Legislature

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“We’re excited about it. We’ve got a good list of cosponsors so it looks pretty good for this resolution to go through,” Kapenga said.
Published on: March 6, 2017

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Wisconsin in focus: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Green Bay Press-Gazette: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents Two local Democrats and a citizen advocacy group are calling for opening BadgerCare enrollment to all state residents in order to combat rising health care costs. State Sen. Dave Hansen and state Rep. Eric Genrich, both Democrats from Green Bay, said the […]

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Study: Heroin use costs U.S. more than $51 billion a year

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Heroin use and addiction in the U.S. costs more than $51 billion every year, according to a new study released by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s school of Pharmacy. Researchers came to the figure by tallying the costs of crime and incarceration, lost productivity on the economy, and treatment of not only addiction but […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Paul Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Wisconsin State Journal: Paul Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year despite political divisions among Republicans and a crowded legislative agenda for Congress. Ryan is due to give a speech on tax reform Tuesday afternoon […]

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Haupt: Fed up with elder abuse

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“The Federal Reserve can continue to print more money, but cities and states can’t.” – Rob Liner The central bank has crushed the interest rates seniors have relied on for centuries to supplement their incomes and live lives that are meaningful and independent. After slaving in factories, fighting wars for our country and preserving democracy […]

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Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Hotel, apartment owners contest whopping increases in property values

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin State Journal: Hotel, apartment owners contest whopping increases in property values Madison hotel and apartment owners are contesting huge spikes in property values this year — many increases are over 100 percent — but city officials say properties were undervalued and increases are appropriate and warranted. Ahead lies a potentially lengthy appeal process and […]

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