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DOT proposes new $2 billion take from taxpayers

The headlines are all talking about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s budget proposal to hike taxes and fees by $751 million in the next biennium, but the real increase to taxpayers would be far, far greater, topping $2 billion in new taxpayer funding. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014


From Netflix to oil paintings, feds spend $3.5 trillion in 2014

The conservative Heritage Foundation’s popular annual report on federal spending is out, and there’s good news and bad news in it. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lt. governor, revenue secretary release tax reform report

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Revenue secretary Rick Chandler have wrapped up a year-long tour of the state taking citizens’ comments on tax reform, and this week they released their report to Gov. Scott Walker. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 12, 2014

Walker: Tourism is key for economy

In Minocqua last Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker touted tourism as a key way to improve the northern Wisconsin economy. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

EPA swims closer toward defining waters of the U.S.

It’s all over but the shouting, as they say, and right now the shouting is pretty loud. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tiffany announces key appointment

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) said last week he has been appointed to the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. (Public access)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Will right-to-work lay bare GOP schisms?

It’s the battle Gov. Scott Walker and other establishment Republicans say they don’t want to have next year, but it’s the battle they seem increasingly unlikely to avoid: the fight for right-to-work legislation in the state of Wisconsin. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Federal workers on extended paid leave: $700 million

Round up the usual suspects. (Subscriber access)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Political Digest: A look at state and local issues
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

EPA proposes sweeping air quality standards

The Obama administration continued this week its relentless barrage of executive orders and intended regulations, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to tighten the nation’s air quality standards. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New DNR program expands wetland mitigation options

Developers needing to mitigate unavoidable wetland impacts in construction projects now have another option, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this past week. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 28, 2014

Bucks' proposal could cost taxpayers $214 million, or more

The new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks must build a better place to play, and, if one proposal were to get the nod, state taxpayers would be on the hook for about $214 million, and perhaps a lot more. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Conservatives to GOP senators: Don't restore the filibuster

For years it was known as the “nuclear option” – threats by the majority party in the U.S. Senate to do away with that body’s long tradition of filibustering. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Agencies ask for $2.2 billion more than state likely to have

They won’t get all they are asking for, but state agencies have turned in their budget requests for the 2015-17 biennium and the wish list is long. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The real reason Gov. Scott Walker won re-election in Wisconsin

A lot of election observers were scratching their heads the morning after the mid-term elections when Gov. Scott Walker had run up his usual winning margin of 53 percent against Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 21, 2014

Midterms 2014: Snapshot of a changing political landscape

News Analysis

What’s the difference between the 2010 midterm elections and the 2014 midterm elections? (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

State DPI budget proposes $613 million more for education

State superintendent of education Tony Evers unveiled his agency’s 2015-17 budget this week, calling for the state to spend $613 million more for education than in the previous budget and to revise the state’s school funding formula. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 14, 2014

Snowstorm strikes early in Northwoods

The Lakeland area got hit with some of the most snow in the nation on Monday and Tuesday in the first major storm of the winter season, according to the National Climatic Data Center. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 14, 2014

Walker defeats Burke for second term

In the end, it wasn’t that close. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Midterm yields victory for most Republicans in Northwoods

The outcome of Tuesday’s election in Oneida and Vilas counties was, by and large, consistent with statewide returns. (Subscriber access)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Election night 2014
Resluts from the Nov. 4 election.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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