From The Wheeler Report Blog

WHEELERweek – 5/22/17

As published by The Wheeler Report – January 13, 1995 … Assembly Republicans moved ahead with their “fiscal responsibility” agenda....
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MACCO WANTS COMPREHENSIVE FUNCTIONING TAX STRUCTURE

As chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. John Macco has held five public hearings on taxation in Wisconsin....
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Friday May 26, 2017 - Updated 3:25pm

Governor

1:37pm
Gov. Walker. Honors bravery of Wisconsin prisoner of war at the Captain Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza.
1:36pm
Gov. Walker. Orders flags to half-staff on Memorial Day.

Budget

2:48pm
Wisconsin Association of Health Plans. Administration implies self-funding will increase state costs.
1:55pm
One Wisconsin Now. Republican legislators rejecting student loan refinancing themselves attended college at one-fifth the cost today.
1:45pm
Rep. Quinn. Rural Wisconsin Initiative priorities receive funding in the budget.
1:40pm
Rep. Berceau. Republicans besmirch Thompson's legacy to control campus speech.
12:28pm
LeadingAge Wisconsin. Wisconsin applauds Joint Finance Committee's actions on Medicaid long term care.
12:26pm
Reps. Sargent, Berceau. After consecutive damning reports, Joint Finance Republicans move to privatize state audits.
12:25pm
Rep. Brooks. Statement on actions taken by Joint Finance Committee.
12:24pm
Rep.Rohrkaste. Budget committee approves expansion of dementia care specialists.
12:23pm
Lake States Lumber Association, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association & Wisconsin Consulting Foresters. Wisconsin's leading timber and forest associations join the Chair of the Forestry Committee and the Wisconsin Council on Forestry in opposition to the Forestry Mill Tax Sunset.
12:19pm
Wisconsin Association of Family & Children's Agencies. Joint Finance Committee advances school-based mental health.
11:07am
Disability Rights Wisconsin. Applauds Joint Finance for ending waiting lists for children.
11:06am
Rep. Allen. Statewide property tax should be eliminated, says Rep. Allen.
10:59am
WHCA/WiCAL. JFC budget supports nursing homes, family care providers.
10:57am
Gov. Walker. Visits Delevan-Darien High School to highlight historic K-12 investments included in budget proposal.
10:55am
DOA. Rejecting self-insurance will cost Wisconsin taxpayers. GIB Letter.
10:50am
Medical College of Wisconsin. Applauds Joint Finance Committee vote to expand Wisconsin's Child Psychiatry Consultation Program.
8:46am
Rep. Taylor. In unprecedented move, JFC Republicans allot millions to establish partisan, conservative think tank at UW-Madison.
8:45am
Rep. Considine. Congratulations to Circus World!
8:42am
Residential Services Association of Wisconsin. Thank you! Finance Committee for millions invested toward long-term care workforce crisis.
7:50am
Wisconsin Assisted Living Association. Applauds Joint Finance Committee motion to address long-term caregiver shortage crisis.
7:38am
Survival Coalition. Thanks Joint Finance Committee for investing in home and community-based services.
5:17am
Rep. Novak. Request for Dementia Care Specialist Program funding approved by Joint Committee on Finance.
5:03am
Wisconsin Personal Services Association. Joint Finance Committee takes important step to address the workforce crisis, but more work needs to be done.
5:00am
Rep. Nygren. Budget committee approves new engineering school for UW-Green Bay.
5:00am
Sen. Erpenbach. Statement on today's budget committee action on Medicaid and Department of Health Services.
4:58am
Sen. Darling. UW-System budget invests in Wisconsin's future.
4:54am
Sen. Taylor. Seeks to invest in UW System and American Dream.

1:42pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker administration: No self-insurance triggers 10 percent jump in premiums.
11:43am
Cap Times. Walker administration: Wisconsin employee health insurance premiums would jump without self-insurance switch.
7:35am
WBAY. Budget committee approves new engineering school for UW-Green Bay.
7:32am
Wisconsin State Journal. Editorial: Tommy Thompson center at UW-Madison is a fine idea.
4:52am
Washington Post. At Trump's urging, states try to tilt Medicaid in conservative directions.
4:52am
Cap Times. Budget committee approves Scott Walker's plan to drug test some Medicaid recipients. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin Public Radio. U.S. News & World Report.
4:47am
Janesville Gazette. Budget panel denies Nass' motion targeting diversity training.
4:44am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Walker repeats push against separating transportation budget.
4:43am
Wisconsin Public Radio. GOP lawmakers reject Walker's tuition cut.
4:42am
U.S. News & World Report. Highlights of budget committee's UW budget changes.
4:37am
Fox 11. Gov. Walker stresses importance of transportation budget.

Legislative

3:25pm
One Wisconsin Now. Jesse Kremer amendment would make his attack on campus free speech even worse.
12:31pm
Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. What they're saying: Bipartisan group of legislators, law enforcement, victims' rights group rallying around Marsy's Law for Wisconsin.
11:05am
Assembly Committee on Urban Revitalization. Announces public hearings in Beloit.
11:03am
Rep. Shankland. To hold office hours on Tuesday.
11:01am
Sen. Risser. Appointed to Governor's Steering Committee on Autonomous Vehicles.

4:46am
WSAW. Prevailing wage debate divides Republicans, Democrats and laborers.
4:36am
WBAY. Three veterans bills introduced in Legislature.

State Agencies

3:24pm
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. To host canoe trips.
1:38pm
DATCP. Counties sought to host 2019 Alice in Dairyland finals.
12:31pm
DNR. Public hearings and meetings.
11:19am
Wisconsin Historical Society. Listed in National Register of Historic Places:  LaSalle Shipwreck. St. Mary School. Fort Atkinson Club. Washington Avenue Neoclassical Historic District.
11:09am
DFI. Net lending on the increase at state-chartered banks.
8:43am
DFI. Edvest college savings plan to celebrate National 529 Day.

Economy/Business

1:58pm
DWD. New quarterly census of employment & wages data released.

Courts

5:14am
WKOW. State settles lawsuit against UW official for $200,000.
4:49am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Lawyers ask Supreme Court to support public defender pay increase.
4:39am
WTMJ. Sex offender group sues the city of Milwaukee for discrimination.

Local

2:47pm
City of Milwaukee Arts Board. Awards $238,000 to 35 arts organizations.
2:46pm
Madison Mayor Soglin. Weekly schedule.
2:46pm
Madison Mayor Soglin. Statement on City of Madison policies on audits of community and neighborhood centers.
4:56am
Milwaukee County Sup. Alexander. Rescinding raises while blaming workers will hurt Milwaukee County.

4:48am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. American Legion condemns changes in vet hiring preferences for Milwaukee police, fire.

Congress

12:18pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. To President Trump on proposed Medicaid cuts: America's veterans deserve better.
11:11am
DPW. Wisconsin needs a straight answer from Gov. Scott Walker after Trumpcare CBO score.
11:02am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Introduces legislation to help businesses move made in Wisconsin goods to market.

4:41am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ron Johnson's whistleblower protection bill passes U.S. Senate.
4:40am
Wisconsin State Journal. Glenn Grothman: Greg Gianforte "seems like a good guy."
4:40am
The Hill. Senate staff to draft health bill during recess.

Politics

1:47pm
RPW. ICYMI: Poverty down in Wisconsin.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Governor

12:40pm
Gov. Walker. Discusses workforce development efforts at Central Wisconsin Wisconsin Regional Talent Summit.
5:11am
Rep. Summerfield. The show must go on.

4:58am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin teens can now attend private music festivals that serve alcohol.

Budget

5:08pm
Rep. Macco. Relationship between Oneida Tribe and UWGB to continue.
4:56pm
Rep. Macco. New engineering school to be established at UWGB.
4:27pm
UW System President Cross. Statement on Joint Finance Committee vote on UW System 2017-19 biennial budget.
4:07pm
Badger Advocates. Comment on Joint Finance Committee action.
3:47pm
Sen. Erpenbach. Statement on another Republican budget that cuts UW classrooms.
3:37pm
Former Gov. Thompson. Excited about new center.
3:06pm
Rep. Mursau. Governor's appointed Council of Forestry opposes elimination of forestry mill tax.  Wisconsin Council on Forestry Letter.
2:52pm
Sen. Nass. JFC allows UW System to mandate cultural fluency and white privilege training. 
1:21pm
RPW. Statement on plan to freeze tuition, make college more affordable.
11:41am
Gov. Walker. End the wait for children in need of long-term care services.
11:26am
Rep. Steineke. Responds to Governor Walker's "Get it Done."
10:52am
Rep. Brandtjen. It's time to eliminate taxpayer funded radio and circus museums.
10:50am
Sen. Nass. Governor Walker's transportation budget - still best option.
9:51am
Gov. Walker. Weekly Radio Address: Get It Done.
9:24am
Gov. Walker. On state transportation budget: "Get it done."

1:55pm
Cap Times. Three sticking points in Wisconsin budget negotiations: transportation, tuition and taxes.
1:51pm
WEAU. Update: Republican senator, UW critic opposes budget.
1:41pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmakers eye scrapping secretive budget maneuver.
12:47pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin lawmakers to freeze not cut UW tuition.
10:23am
Janesville Gazette. The Latest: Walker says he'd be OK without tuition cut.
10:01am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker: Splitting budget could delay road projects.
5:33am
WXOW. State budget calls for $10 million increase in financial aid grants.
5:31am
WISC. Lawmakers to vote on pay raise for personal care workers.
5:05am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Officials continue to look at changing state worker health plan.
4:59am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin seeks to be first to drug test Medicaid applicants.
4:56am
WUWM. How performance-based funding could impact Wisconsin's public universities.
4:50am
Janesville Gazette. Details of Walker welfare reforms set for legislative vote.

Legislative

4:34pm
Rep. Allen. Enthusiastic about upcoming "Coffee with Scott."
4:33pm
Sen. Hansen, Rep. Genrich. To introduce private pension plan based on Wisconsin Retirement System.
1:38pm
Assembly Committee on Urban Revitalization. Announces public hearings in Milwaukee.
1:02pm
Sen. Vinehout. Column: Audit: WEDC cannot be certain of any jobs created or retained.
12:22pm
Rep. Sinicki. Democratic Weekly Radio Address: "Let Wisconsin Work."
11:40am
Sen. Carpenter. Introduces bill to stop state Legislature from taking local control away from communities.
11:28am
Rep. Skowronski. Highlights success of honor flights.
5:17am
NFIB. Small business fights for personal property tax elimination.

5:30am
WBAY. Marinette County District Attorney quits over caseload.
5:04am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin pays nation's lowest rate to defend poor. Lawyers say it's time for a raise.
4:53am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Lawmakers push to eliminate personal property tax.

State Agencies

4:55pm
DNR. Outdoor Report.
4:31pm
DSPS. Meetings, week of May 29.
4:26pm
ETF. GIB selects pharmacy benefits manager, raises concerns about possible premium increases.
3:15pm
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. To meet at Black Hawk Unit.
3:08pm
AG Schimel. Announces new partnership with five pilot counties on sexual assault response training. 
1:53pm
DFI. Wisconsin one of three states represented at national financial literacy commission meeting.
1:01pm
AG Schimel. Announces new AMBER Alert website, recognizes National Missing Children's Day.
10:18am
PSC. Integrated anaerobic digester system request for proposal update.

3:31pm
Appleton Post-Crescent. Wisconsin prisons spend $10M treating hepatitis C.
1:45pm
WBAY. Wisconsin unveils newly designed Amber Alert website.
12:02pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin DNR has reached goal of putting up for sale 10,000 acres.

Economy/Business

12:41pm
TDS Telecom. Pormotes Vicki Villacrez to Senior Vice President.
5:13am
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. Statement on record low unemployment numbers for April.
5:10am
Wisconsin Bankers Association. Statement on first quarter 2017 FDIC numbers.

5:43am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin unemployment drops statewide in April, records broken for the month.
4:59am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Wisconsin banks report higher profits in first quarter.
4:55am
Cap Times. Wisconsin continues to follow national trends in job creation, preliminary estimates show.

Environment/Outdoors

4:52am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Fall buck-only zones cut back; eastern Eau Claire County one of few areas with designation.

Statewide

11:30am
MacIver Institute. Positive poverty news clearly shows a job and economic growth are the keys to ending poverty, not government programs.

5:31am
CBS 58. Ten of top 20 drunkest cities in America are in Wisconsin.
4:46am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Added agony: Justice is haphazard after kids' gun deaths.

Courts

12:20pm
USA Today. Supreme Court forced to confront the 'unsavory' politics of district lines.

Education

3:05pm
UW-Madison. Government transparency limited when it comes to America's conserved private lands.
1:03pm
UW-Madison. Zika infections could be factor in more pregnancies.
9:20am
Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. Over 800 student athletes to participate in 2017 State Tournament June 10th.
5:16am
UW-Platteville. Dornak wins Innovations in Technology Award.
5:15am
UW-Platteville. Faculty awarded nearly $128,000 in WiSys grants.

4:53am
Duluth News Tribune. Northland College making big cuts.
4:45am
Green Bay Press-Gazette. Howard-Suamico cuts teaching positions.

Local

4:31pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lipscomb. Supervisors take action to block illegal raises.
3:44pm
Milwaukee County Sups. Weishan, Schmitt. Urge protection of Sanctuary Woods. Wauwatosa Letter. Resolution.
11:56am
Wisconsin Justice Initiative. Clarke says he's not responsible for jail medical care; state law says he is.

12:05pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee County Board plans to rescind raises Chris Abele gave to top administrators.
11:48am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee's population declines while Madison and surrounding areas continue to grow.
5:32am
WJFW. 'Forget about what the state says': Oneida County supervisor urges board to defy state law to protect lakes, rivers.
5:01am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Milwaukee's infant mortality rate drops, but racial disparities remain.
4:44am
Superior Telegram. County adopts CAFO ordinance.
4:44am
Marshfield News-Herald. Marshfield Utilities broke the law, state says.

Congress

2:32pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Fact checking U.S. Rep. Pocan's smear of school choice.
1:56pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Nobody's Safe: Raising awareness of heroin/opioid epidemic.
10:00am
U.S. Sens. Johnson, Booker. "Ban the Box" bill clears committee.
9:18am
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health. Trump budget is a blatant assault on women and families.
9:17am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Bapartisan VA accountability reform one step closer to Senate passage.
5:18am
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. Some cuts don't heal.
5:12am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Statement on nonpartisan CBO score for congressional Republican health care bill.
5:08am
DPW. TrumpCare to cost 23 million Americans their health insurance by 2026.
5:08am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Statement on CBO score of House-passed health care bill.

5:29am
WQOW. Wisconsin delegation has very different views of the CBO report on the AHCA.
5:03am
Madison.com. Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math.
5:02am
The Hill. Navy leaders defend Trump's lackluster ship budget.
4:54am
Reuters. Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog.
4:49am
Beloit Daily News. Children's advocates: Cuts in Trump's budget won't heal.
4:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Great Lakes restoration efforts threatened under Donald Trump budget.
4:47am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. DeVos declines to say whether she'd send her kids to a Milwaukee voucher school.

Politics

5:18pm
RPW. ICYMI: Senator Tammy Baldwin's trouble with the truth.
3:58pm
Walker for Governor. ICYMI: Interview with John Mercure "I have never been more optimistic about the future of this state."
5:14am
RPW. ICYMI: Democrats head to convention facing a battle for "Party's Soul."

 

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