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You may think that our state government needs the treasurer as an official financial office, but in Wisconsin the state treasurer simply does not manage financial duties because these duties have been delegated to other agencies. For example, since 1968, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau ... job
The federal government began encouraging states to push against underage drinking in the late 1990s, said Julia Sherman, coordinator of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project. The project is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and provides services to improve the community ...

"Representative government and the election of our representatives are never 'unnecessary,' never a 'waste of taxpayer resources,' and the calling of the special elections are as the Governor acknowledges, his 'obligation' to follow by virtue of (state statute)," read the court order from Judge Reilly, ...
Speaking at a Wisconsin Women of Politics luncheon at Rock Garden in Howard, Michael Screnock says he offers something the Wisconsin Supreme Court has never had before. "I worked for nearly 12 years in local government, so I understand the workings of local government at every level and every aspect of the ...
So rest assured, Wisconsin voters: Eliminating the do-nothing and wasteful state treasurer's office in Tuesday's spring election won't compromise good government or harm your right to know what state government is up to. Instead, it will save a little money and further the noble efforts launched ...
It's what Wisconsin's government hopes for -- and environmentalists fear. If given the go-ahead by Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources, electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, which is based in Taiwan, would make liquid crystal displays, more commonly known as LCDs, in ...

"In the process of trying to fix a problem that existed, Congress tipped the scales in the other direction and actually created a new problem, that is that farmers who sell to cooperatives are now at a disadvantage," said Kara O'Connor, government relations director for the Wisconsin Farmers Union. ... Tax
One of the great things about Wisconsin democracy is the infrastructure of local government, which gives grass-roots candidates a chance to shape not just the makeup of town boards, village boards, city councils, school boards and county boards but the debate about issues that can -- and must -- ...
It will undoubtedly lead to voter confusion and electoral chaos. Also, holding the special elections after the conclusion of the regular session is a waste of taxpayer dollars and local government resources." In his own statement, Walker blamed Holder's group for forcing Wisconsin "to waste money on special ...
MADISON - Wisconsin voters on April 3 will have to decide on whether to eliminate the 170-year-old office of state treasurer, but many of them don't even ... the Legislature and governor's office from January 2009 to January 2011 and that Republicans have controlled all of state government since then.
Lest we forget, let's take a moment to remind ourselves once more of the extraordinary subsidies Foxconn Technology Group is in line to receive in return for building a $10 billion factory in southeast Wisconsin. From state government alone, it's as much as $3 billion. Then there are the hundreds of millions ...
“It was deliberately slipped in when everybody's back was turned,” said Amber Meyer Smith, government relations director for Clean Wisconsin. “The stink on this process is pretty bad.” The Natural Resources Development Association, a pro-business group representing the Georgia timber company, ...
The national unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent. The workforce agency reports that a record of more than 3,068,000 people were employed in February. That's 7,400 more people working than in January. The private sector lost a total of 300 jobs in February, but the government sector added ...
The previous record was 3 percent unemployment in July 1999. The national unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent. A record 3,068,200 people were employed in February. That's 7,400 more people working than in January. The private sector lost a total of 300 jobs in February but the government ...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge Thursday ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections to fill a pair of legislative seats vacated by fellow Republicans, handing a victory to Democrats who have pushed for the elections to be held. A national Democratic group led by former U.S. Attorney ...
Waukesha County hosted a roundtable Wednesday featuring Eric Hargan, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Advertisement. "We're here to learn so we can transmit what you're learning, what works and what doesn't work, to other states that are as hard-hit or worse ...
"Open government is good government," Schimel said. "Since I established the Office of Open Government in 2015, we have worked hard to respond to records requests faster and found new ways to make government more transparent. I am proud that local and state officials count on our office for advice ...

"It's heartbreaking to hear that this is going on and our government isn't doing anything about it," Saleh said. The demonstration comes as Walker and his fellow Republican lawmakers are privately writing legislation to help pay for school safety improvements. Walker wasn't present for the statehouse ...
Lueders, who is president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, asked for the documents in an electronic form, such as a flash drive, email folder or compact disc. Krug's staff responded by offering to let Lueders review more than 1,500 printed pages of emails in person or take home copies for ...
It's part of what may be the state's most expansive election-security efforts to date, following the events of 2016, when hackers linked to the Russian government unsuccessfully targeted election systems in Wisconsin. The state's IT agency thwarted the 2016 hacking attempts, and no voting information was ...
The assessment will be conducted nearly two years after Russian agents targeted — but did not access — systems in Wisconsin, according to federal officials. The efforts in the summer of 2016 were aimed at a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development system as Russian government actors looked ...
Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (www.wisfoic.org), a group dedicated to open government. Council member Mark Pitsch is an assistant city editor at the Wisconsin State Journal and president of the Madison chapter of the Society of ...
Wisconsin State Journal, March 11. Stop playing games with public records. Two state lawmakers are being cute in responding to requests for government emails under Wisconsin's open records law. They're refusing to deliver the public documents electronically, as the requesters have sought. Doing so ...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin candidate for governor has posted an online campaign video that includes a brief passage showing her breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter. Former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys appears in the video touting her efforts in the Legislature to pass legislation to ban the ...
It was funny in its bitter little way because it parodied what conservatives in Wisconsin government seemed to want from their university system—basically, a network of low-cost vocational training centers, as opposed to what was then a system of thirteen more-or-less real-deal regional comprehensive ...
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has sued a Wisconsin county that operates a senior living community, alleging that the community discriminated against an employee by not granting her a religious exemption to its flu vaccination requirement. The Ozaukee County government, which ...
President of Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell, right, discusses his plan for Wisconsin on Feb. 22 at the ... “We used to be known for honest government and clean water, now we're known for corrupt government and dirty water,” Flynn said.
Historically, Wisconsin has been heralded as a forward-thinking state when it comes to environmental policies. In 1998, Wisconsin's state government passed a “Prove It First” mandate, which required companies to clearly prove their projects would be able to be in operation for a decade and be closed for ...
Growing the Canadian organic sector, which had more than $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2017, will contribute to our government's ambitious goal of reaching ... Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Government of Canada is providing essential support to update the Canadian Organic Standards.
The federal government would contribute 75 percent of the funding for Wisconsin's reinsurance program with the state covering the rest. Other governors have also embraced reinsurance funds, including Alaska Republican-turned-independent Bill Walker, and Democrats Mark Dayton of Minnesota and ...
Sturm Foods isn't the only company to do this: Manufacturers in Wisconsin have erased at least $150 million in taxable value on their plants over the last five ... Companies have a fiduciary responsibility to not overpay their taxes, said Scott Manley, senior vice president of government relations for Wisconsin ...
State government would cut checks to Wisconsin parents and a Fox Valley consumer products company under bills scheduled for votes in what could be the final session day of 2018 for the Wisconsin Assembly. Gov. Scott Walker introduced both plans within the last month as he looks to put the finishing ...
One case in point was that, on February 15, the bill was approved with a single amendment: Never, under any circumstances, can the Wisconsin government limit the use of SNAP dollars to buy dairy products. That means even if the state succeeds in defining “healthy,” it can't consider banning ice cream at ...
The state Assembly voted Tuesday on party lines to reject a proposal to require universal background checks for gun purchases in Wisconsin, opting instead to offer funds for armed guards in schools and crack down on .... Motoviloff said she feels that the government values guns over the lives of students.
Rothschild told students that millions of dollars in special interest campaign contributions are “destroying our tradition of clean government in Wisconsin.” “Now we are kind of a paragon of dirty government,” he said. Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, echoed a similar theme, ...
Wisconsin Constitution's requirement that we provide free and uniform public schools for all children? • Wisconsin Constitution's requirement that our state protect Wisconsin waters under the public trust doctrine? • State government's obligation to protect and facilitate every citizen's freedom to vote and ...
“At yesterday's public hearing on Senate Bill 801, our committee heard from many Wisconsin small business owners who raised concerns with our current alcohol beverage regulation system," he said. "Many have been negatively impacted by the antiquated, confusing nature of Ch.125 laws and it is clear ...
Recipients of public housing would also be required to undergo screening for drug use under a bill passed Thursday. Like similar requirements already approved in Wisconsin, people who test positive would be given access to treatment. The state is waiting for the federal government to approve its plans to ...
A recent analysis of Wisconsin's public sector shows that the state has fewer public employees than most others. The report, conducted by the Wisconsin Budget Project, found that in 2016, Wisconsin had 49.4 government employees per 1,000 residents – 2.9 percent fewer than the national average.
Leaders across business, healthcare, human services, local and state government, education, and a variety of other sectors participated in presentations and roundtable discussions to share ideas, perspectives, and experiences that will become the building blocks for a language roadmap for Wisconsin.
The bipartisan deal that ended the federal government shutdown and left open the door for a congressional solution on immigration is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. Wisconsin's workforce crisis demands it. Whether it's dairy and agriculture, information technology, construction, tourism or ...
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has sued the federal government over its handling of a proposal for a huge mine a short distance from the ... The federal government has delegated to the state of Michigan extra authority for protecting wetlands and waterways like those on the mine site, which is ...
Federal courts could survive a couple of weeks during a government shutdown, but after those two weeks they would have to lay off employees considered non-essential. You'll still be getting your mail because the United States postal service is not funded by tax payer dollars. Travelers in Green Bay also ...
Scientists at the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies looked at 230 verified wolf attacks on livestock in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 1998 through 2014. The study concludes that in the 31 cases government wildlife ...
Robert Gegios of Glendale law firm Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C. is representing the companies in the case. Partial settlements of more than $12 million have now been reached with four defendant groups in the lawsuits, which are being paid out to Wisconsin companies and government and public entities.
"By barring state scientific research and basic population monitoring, (the bill) takes Wisconsin back 100 years, to a time when fear and ignorance determined our approach to wildlife." Supporters fought back, saying the state needs to send a clear message to the federal government that it's well past time to ...
But Madison, the home of state government and the University of Wisconsin flagship campus, is also an economic driver for the state, with a 2 percent unemployment rate in November that was far below the state average of 3.2 percent. And since Walker took office, homicides statewide have increased from ...
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that dozens of Wisconsin homeowners living near the site of the future Foxconn manufacturing plant are fighting back in court, by filing an injunction on Monday to stop construction of the factory because the government is infringing on their constitutional rights ...
Speaking in support of the measure, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce lobbyist Scott Manley said it was impractical for all 1,924 units of local government in Wisconsin to have different labor regulations. He said the measure would create a "fair, consistent and predictable climate for employment ...
As I retire after almost 25 years as president of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, I can't help but reflect on how Wisconsin government and politics have changed over the decades. Perhaps the most significant change that has occurred is the increasingly partisan and polarized nature of ...


 

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