state budget

Politics & Government
11:04 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Senate Approves Unemployment Changes Now Headed to Assembly

The state Senate has approved major changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program. Tuesday’s vote fell along party lines. Republicans approved the legislation; Democrats opposed it. The changes include higher weekly payments and a requirement that participants apply for four jobs a week, rather than two. The bill also eliminates instances when people can quit jobs and receive unemployment and gives the state access to personal bank accounts – if the fund pays an individual too much. Democrat Lena Taylor fought the banking provision.

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Politics & Government
1:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

GOP Legislators Grapple with Budget, Discord

The Legislature’s finance committee is expected to take up contentious issues this week
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Republican legislators have not been walking in lockstep this time, with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget.

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Politics & Government
3:51 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

11 Republican Legislators Demand Changes to State Budget

If the GOP lawmakers reject the budget, it might not pass in the Assembly
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A group of GOP state lawmakers sent a letter to legislative leaders on Thursday, saying they cannot support the proposed state budget, in its current form.

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Environment
1:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Finance Committee Weighs Future of County Conservationists, Buy Local Program

Big rains carry unprotected soils and sediments from agricultural and construction sites into Lake Superior in Chequamegon Bay (near Ashland, Wis.) It's these situations county conservation departments try to avoid.
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Why should the State maintain funding for county conservationists? One analyst explains they help farmers - and Wisconsin's water.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Report: Walker Proposal Could Reduce Food Stamp Participation

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released a report on the possible impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to require food stamp recipients to work.

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Education
12:21 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

DPI Must Track Discrimination against Special Needs Students in Voucher Schools

Lennise Vickers (right) spoke at a news conference about the poor treatment she says her daughter received at a voucher school.
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The U.S. Department of Justice is warning Wisconsin that its school choice or voucher program cannot discriminate against students with disabilities.

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