AP file photoYOUR MONEY: Gov. Scott Walker laid out his $76.1 billion biennial budget plan Wednesday before a join session of the Legislature. The proposal calls for significant increases in k-12 education spending, a 5 percent tuition cut, and no gasoline tax increases.

Wisconsin in focus: Gov. Scott Walker tweets he’ll veto state budget if it raises property taxes

Published on: May 23, 2017

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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

REINS Act headed to Wisconsin Assembly for a vote

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Wisconsin is one step closer to reining in regulatory rules and putting the power back into the hands of the people they elected to make the decisions. On April 26, the Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection recommended the passage of the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act. The […]
Published on: April 28, 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
.OOPS! Turns out Gov. Scott Walker is not at the center of some sinister "criminal scheme." A John Doe prosecutor is force to correct the record Thursday.

Wisconsin in focus: U.S.-Canada trade battle heats up

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: U.S. slaps Canada with tariffs on lumber A week after President Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt Wisconsin dairy farmers, he’s slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber. “It has been a bad week for US-Canada trade relations,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday. The tariffs, of up to […]
Published on: April 26, 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

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

Wisconsin’s top headlines – April 18

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President Trump’s in Wisconsin Tuesday, technology jobs are growing in the state and more headlines from around Wisconsin. CNN: Trump to push ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy at Wisconsin visit President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” rhetoric of his campaign. The order […]
Published on: April 18, 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: Wisconsin once again ranks last in Kauffman startup activity index

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Capital Times: Wisconsin once again ranks last in Kauffman startup activity index Once again, the Kauffman Foundation has pegged Wisconsin as the worst state in the nation for startup activity. And it’s not even close. The state has received the worst scores in the U.S. for new business creation from the foundation since 2015. […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Republican lawmakers seek to ease phosphorus regulations

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Wisconsin State Journal: Republican lawmakers seek to ease phosphorus regulations A group of 31 Republican state lawmakers are calling for the federal government to help ease regulations of phosphorus discharge into lakes and streams, saying complying with the standards is too expensive for small municipalities. The standards for phosphorus discharge, which can cause unnatural weed and […]

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Haupt: Politics a grandiose sales pitch

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer According to a recent Gallup report, Americans regard the clergy as the most honest and honorable of all professions. And this same survey lists the bottom three […]

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Wisconsin in focus: DNR ended social dinners after legal snarls, but they’re back

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  News, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin State Journal: DNR ended social dinners after legal snarls, but they’re back — with public notice The Department of Natural Resources policy board will gather for a social hour followed by an informal dinner meeting in a Downtown Madison pub this month despite promising in October to end the practice amid complaints such meetings were […]

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Wisconsin Medicaid panel decides to keep Suboxone on its preferred list

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  1 Comment

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 […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin taxpayers would save $2.7 billion under GOP plan

By   /  May 12, 2017  /  News, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin taxpayers would save $2.7 billion under GOP plan Most taxpayers in Wisconsin would see some savings under an Assembly GOP tax cut package and upper-income earners — those who currently pay the most income taxes — would eventually save $1 billion, a new analysis has found. The report from the nonpartisan […]

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