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3:11 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Update: Budget Committee Actions Wednesday

Budget work has ended for the day
Credit Justin W. Kern

The Legislature's Joint Finance resumed its work Wednesday, reviewing Gov. Walker's proposed 2013-2015 state budget. Among actions the panel took before adjourning:

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Milwaukee's Newest Concert Venue Is One of Its Oldest Places

The Miller Caves will host two concerts by actor and musician John C. Reilly on June 16th
Credit Jordan Fischer, via Flickr

Listen to the interview, recorded at the Miller Caves.

If you’ve ever taken the tour at the Miller Brewery, you’ve probably encountered the Miller Caves.  A veritable underground bunker, carved into the hill above State Street in the Miller Valley.

The space is more than a century old, but it will soon be put to a use it’s never held in those hundred plus years – that of a concert venue.  The Pabst Theater Organization is pairing with MillerCoors to host the first-ever concert at the Miller Caves in June.  The two shows on June 16th will feature actor and musician John C. Reilly.

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Books
2:51 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Thinking of Moving to the Country? Give This a Listen.

Farm life is all that it's cracked up to be - or perhaps more so.
Credit Sir Hectimere photo, via Flickr

Author Kristy Athens speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Many people who live in the city or suburbs have had the somewhat romantic notion of giving up the rat race and buying a place in the country... maybe getting some chickens, growing some of your own food. It's tempting, especially after you've sat in rush hour traffic for a while.

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Regional
2:39 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Milwaukee Rotary Marks 100 Years, Looks to Next Century

An aerial view of the future Rotary Centennial Arboretum.
Credit Rotary Club of Milwaukee

Rick White and JoAnn Anton speak with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is celebrating its centennial anniversary this month.  The local branch of the service organization was founded just eight years after the international organization was begun, making it one of the longest operating chapters in the world.

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Books
2:31 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Why Are We So Fascinated With the Apocalypse?

Theologian Elaine Pagels
Credit Jerry Bauer

Listen to Mitch Teich's interview with Elaine Pagels, recorded on stage at MPL's Centennial Hall.

A massive tornado sweeps through an Oklahoma suburb.  A bomb causes mayhem at the Boston Marathon.  A gunman kills children at an elementary school, while another kills worshippers at a Sikh temple.  They’re all tragedies.  For some adherents to the bible’s New Testament, they are indications of a world moving in an apocalyptic direction.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Budget Committee Puts Off Votes on Governor's Voucher and Charter Plans

Republican leaders not yet in agreement on school issues

GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Wisconsin Weighs In on Drones

Tech students in Madison develop drones
Credit Madison Area Technical College

While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.

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Education
10:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Joint Finance Committee Delays Vote on Special Needs Vouchers

Aaron and Sandy Krause are proponents of the special needs vouchers. Aaron has autism, and says he’s been able to perform much better in a small, private school than in a public school
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The Joint Committee on Finance was expected to vote on the school vouchers on Wednesday; however, lawmakers adjourned without taking action on the item.

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Politics & Government
8:54 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State Law Would Make Banks Monitor Some Private Accounts

State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.

The law would also require financial institutions  that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.

The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.

Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Talks Over Private School Choice Expansion Deadlocked

An effort to strike a compromise on a Walker administration plan to expand private school choice has hit a roadblock.

A state Senate leader says talks designed to strike a compromise on Gov. Scott Walker's  private school choice expansion plan have reached an impasse.

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