Politics & Government

Politics & Government
4:11 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Early Poll: Clinton is Wisconsin's Preferred 2016 Presidential Pick

What if the 2016 presidential race was today?

According to a new Marquette Law School Poll, Wisconsin would favor a Clinton-Ryan presidential race, with Clinton winning.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Assembly Gets Tough on Underage Drinkers, Repeat Drunken Drivers

One bill would mandate prison sentences for certain repeat offenders
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The state Assembly approved a couple of measures on Tuesday, meant to reduce alcohol-related crimes.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin Congressman: U.S. Needs Right to Vote Amendment

Wisconsin’s newest Congressman wants the U.S. to amend its Constitution, so it guarantees adult Americans the right to vote in their home district.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Wisconsin May Double Job Search Requirements

Laid-off workers in Wisconsin may have to search for four jobs a week – rather than two, if they want to continue receiving unemployment compensation. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approved the higher standard on Monday. Now it’s part of the proposed state budget, and would give Wisconsin one of the highest standards in the country.

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Politics & Government
9:27 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Some Win, Some Lose Following Joint Finance Moves

State lawmakers were busy last week dealing with several measures impacting Milwaukee.
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The City of Milwaukee felt several body blows last week, when the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee passed budget provisions directly affecting the city.

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Politics & Government
8:48 am
Tue May 14, 2013

State Senate Votes Today on Milwaukee County Board Changes

State Senators are poised to act today on a bill that would weaken the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

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Politics & Government
11:25 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Assembly Sends Milwaukee County Reform Legislation to Senate

The Milwaukee County Board has already approved its own reform measures
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The Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to shorten the terms of Milwaukee County supervisors and limit the board’s power.

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Politics & Government
4:47 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Two Legislative Committees Grill WEDC

Legislators are looking into a variety of ways to rein in the economic agency, in the wake of a scathing report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau
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Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Streetcar Project Suffers Setback at Hands of Joint Finance

The Joint Finance committee Thursday essentially killed plans to run a streetcar through downtown Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Walker Gives WEDC Vote of Confidence in Light of Criticism

Gov. Scott Walker says his job creation agency overall is doing good work
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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

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