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Gov. Walker proposes bill change to expand rural broadband efforts
Gov. Scott Walker is asking the Wisconsin state legislative body to approve a bill which directs an additional $35.5 million toward the construction of broadband infrastructures throughout the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 9, 2016

DNR looks to close $4 million shortfall
Madison - An audit of the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Account - requested by the legislature and conducted by the DNR - could end up raising money for the agency in any number of ways: license fee increases, charging non-license holders a fee to access state-owned land, or requiring the registration of non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Walker promises to lower UW tuition
Gov. Scott Walker hasn't announced whether he will seek a third term next year, but his State of the State address Tuesday contained all the ingredients for a tasty campaign dish: a promise to lower tuition, and to build on an already growing economy and lower taxes. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 13, 2017

After Times' questions, DNR web page catches up to policy
After questioning from The Lakeland Times, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has changed its climate-change web page to reflect a policy of neutrality on its causes and effects, rather than embracing the dramatic manmade hypothesis the web page has touted since the Doyle administration. (subscriber access)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Lawmakers take aim at UW 'Problem of Whiteness' class
Two Republican lawmakers are condemning a proposed UW course over what they say is its extreme politically correct content, and one said ongoing political correctness at the university could affect the UW System's upcoming budget. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wardens, rangers to see big changes
Madison - The rumblings in Madison Nov. 30 did not bump the Richter scale, but no doubt more than 200 DNR employees were left shaken by news that their jobs will change - dramatically in some cases - under a new DNR schematic that will remove credentials from all state forest and state park rangers.
Friday, December 9, 2016

Elections commission approves presidential recount timeline
Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants a recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, and she's going to get one - though not the one she wanted - after paying almost $3.5 million to the state. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 2, 2016

Governor Walker announces new rural economic development initiative
A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

State winning opioid epidemic fight
Wisconsin Medical Society chief medical officer Donn Dexter says a new report by the Controlled Substances Board shows 8.2 million fewer opioids dispensed in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year, and that's a sign the state is winning the battle against opioid addiction.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Johnson requests information on FBI examination of new Clinton emails
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has sent a letter to James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, following the announcement the FBI would examine newly discovered emails "pertinent to the investigation" into Clinton's private email server.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Record number of job seekers with disabilities reaching employment goals
The Department of Workforce Development said this week that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has helped a record 9,507 individuals with disabilities reach their employment goals during the first two full federal fiscal years following Gov. Scott Walker's launch of a program to encourage more employers to hire job seekers with disabilities.
Friday, November 4, 2016

Shankland: Walker and Republicans have hollowed out staffing at DNR
Assembly assistant Democratic leader Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) released a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau this week showing that staffing levels at the state's Department of Natural Resources have hit a 30-year low, at a time when she says that the challenges facing the DNR have never been greater.
Friday, November 4, 2016

New figures show continued growth in choice programs
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has released its annual figures for students participating in the state's school voucher program, and the enrollment numbers are continuing to see what one group calls "ample growth."
Friday, October 28, 2016

PSC urges consumers to seek assistance before heating moratorium
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is urging consumers who are disconnected to contact their local utility to make arrangements for service reconnection prior to the start of the winter heating moratorium.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Report: 61 percent of money in Wisconsin Senate races comes from out-of-state
A new report by the WISPIRG Foundation and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund shows that 77 percent of funding in the 34 U.S. Senate races happening nationwide comes from out-of-state.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Johnson: Pentagon should cease collection of National Guard bonus repayments
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has asked Defense secretary Ashton Carter to explain the Department of Defense's alleged request that National Guardsmen repay re-enlistment bonuses paid to them nearly 10 years ago.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Walker seeks far-reaching revisions in state regulations
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to rewrite hundreds of regulations – and to eliminate two scores more – as the governor continues to act to reduce what he calls the state’s still onerous regulatory infrastructure.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Federal appeals court upholds Act 10 in its entirety
Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers scored a major victory Friday, as a federal appeals court rejected union challenges to the constitutionality of Act 10, the state’s controversial collective bargaining reform law.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Walker hits familiar themes in State of the State
Gov. Scott WalkerGov. Scott Walker
With a re-election campaign now less than two years away, Gov. Scott Walker delivered his third State of the State speech Tuesday night, waxing familiar on themes ranging from tax cuts to regulatory reform, and urging the Legislature to get a mining bill passed.
Friday, January 18, 2013

Vocke named chairman of state's Government Accountability Board
Judge Timothy VockeJudge Timothy Vocke
Judge Timothy Vocke of Rhinelander was named this week as the chairman of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board for 2013.
Friday, January 18, 2013

New rules, and more, on horizon in the wake of the wolf hunt
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lands Division Administrator Kurt Thiede indicated there is a lot to do and watch for following the state’s first modern wolf season – permanent rules, for instance. 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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