The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday April 24, 2015 - Updated 4:30pm

Governor

4:29pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Cost to protect Walker more than tripled since Doyle.
5:24am
Chippewa Herald. Scott Walker's political group says it will repay security travel costs.

Budget

3:05pm
Reps. Taylor, Hintz. Earth Day or Apirl Fools Day?
11:20am
Sen. Marklein. Column: Studying the details and making decisions.
5:28am
Sen. Vinehout. Column: Let's debunk a few budget myths.

11:58am
Cap Times. Lawsuit on behalf of electric ratepayers one motive behind move to kill Citizens Utility Board.
5:14am
Appleton Post Crescent. Outagamie County concerned about recycling cuts.
5:12am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Tom Barrett reveals little about arena funding talks. Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee Business Journal.

Legislative

12:49pm
Reps. Hesselbein, Brostoff. DeVry campus closing shows need for state watchdog, reps say.
11:18am
Sen Vukmir. Tax Freedom Day in Wisconsin.
5:31am
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Senator Devin LeMahieu and Representative Mike Kuglitsch named as State Conservation Legislators of the Year.
5:27am
Rep. Macco. Introduces ABLE bill.

State Agencies

1:50pm
Edge Messaging. AG Brad Schimel Half Hour Happy Hour interview. 
1:18pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings, April 26-May 2.
11:59am
DWD. Deputy Secretary congratulates Youth Apprenticeship graduates in Dane County.
11:13am

OCI. Bulleting to insurer: Guidance regarding the U.S. HHS extended transitional policy for large employers with 51-100 employees.

5:29am
DNR. Outdoor Report.

5:19am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State corrections official says prisons understaffed for mental health care.
5:18am
Wisconsin Public Radio. New state parole chief faces pressure from justice reform advocates.

Economy/Business

11:15am
Alliant Energy. Proposes continued investment in clean Wisconsin energy.
5:30am
Integrys Group. Michigan PSC approves Wisconsin Energy acquisition of Integrys Energy Group.

1:23pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Alliant Energy proposes $750 million gas-fired power plant in Beloit.
5:16am
Janesville Gazette. Trade partners shying away from poultry, egg products due to bird flu in Iowa, Midwest.

Statewide

2:26pm
One Wisconsin Now. 1T day: Worst. Anniversary. Ever.
1:53pm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Metro Realty. Carol Roen named CEO.
1:19pm
Wisconsin Bankers Association. Wisconsin bankers educate young consumers through reading.
12:00pm
Wisconsin Fair Housing Network. Statewide fair housing awards presented.

5:16am
Dunn County News. Deadly bird flu continues march across state.
5:13am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Binge drinking in state still far exceeds U.S. average.

Courts

3:00pm
Dane County Circuit Court. Machinists Local Lodge 1061 v. State - Defendants' motion to dismiss and brief in support.
8:50am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Michael R. Luedtke.
8:49am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Paul G. Belke.

Education

4:30pm
UW-Eau Claire. Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity to feature faculty-student projects.
1:18pm
UW-River Falls. Head Softball Coach Perkins to retire following 2015 season.
11:57am
UW-Madison. From farm to city to farm again: Startup will implement new phosphorus recycling process in Midwest.
11:56am
UW-River Falls. Seven undergrads honored with Chancellor's Award for Students.

5:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. Madison School District eyes 'full-service' schools to serve community needs.
5:17am
Badger Herald. Could raising the cap on out-of-state student enrollment be next?

Local

2:20pm
Madison Mayor Soglin. City unveils draft public market business plan. 
9:37am
Wisconsin Technology Council. Venture investment trends in Northeast Wisconsin highlighted at WIN-Northeast May 7 luncheon.

5:26am
Milwaukee Ald. Puente. MPS officers make armed robbery arrests.

Congress

2:39pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Champions efforts to promote Wisconsin's national scenic trails.
11:19am
RPW. ICYMI: Baldwin campaign pays $45,000 for law firm on Tomah flap.

Federal Agencies

9:38am
Cornucopia Institute. Prominent government watchdog asks Obama Administration to remove organic leadership at USDA.

5:33am
The Hill. Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017.

Politics

11:16am
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Walker's economic development agency under the microscope.

5:21am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Gov. Scott Walker's shifting views on immigration.
5:13am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. On campaign trail, Walker sheds light on influence of faith.

Thursday April 23, 2015

Governor

10:46am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker addresses potential Natural Resources layoffs.
5:01am
WBAY. Gov. Walker visits the Fox Valley.

Budget

4:14pm
Rep. Krug. Public budget hearings update.
3:49pm
UW Colleges and UW Extension Chancellor Sandeen. Statement on Rep. Quinn and Rep. Brooks budget motion.
1:48pm
Reps. Quinn, E. Brooks. Move to protect 2 year UW campuses, UW-Extension.

1:32pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Poll: Two-thirds of respondents oppose $300M budget cut for UW System.
11:23am
WKOW. Sen. Fitzgerald says lawmakers feel "even less of a commitment" to restore $300 million UW System cut.
8:18am
WFRV. State budget plan cuts money for recycling.
5:29am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker says his budget repeals Common Core, but it only reiterates existing law.
5:27am
Racine Journal Times. Editorial: Restore funding for Citizens Utility Board.
5:23am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: Funding puzzle needs solutions.
5:07am
Vernon Broadcaster. JFC votes against Gov. Walker's plan for Kickapoo Valley Reserve.
5:07am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Walker: Any uptick in revenue should go to K-12.
5:05am
Fox 11. Walker says there won't be 'huge amount' of new revenue.
5:00am
SW News. UW-Platteville announces first round of cuts.
5:00am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin residents ok with park fee increases, corporate naming, not so much.
4:58am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Arena summit to reconvene Thursday; public lands board plan still in play.

Legislative

4:17pm
Rep. Macco. Lt. Governor joins in "Journey of Wisconsin Worker Day."
4:12pm
Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Neylon. Bill protecting victims of harassment heads to Senate floor.
3:51pm
Wisconsin BPDD. Disability organizations support new ABLE Act legislation to help people plan for the future.
3:24pm
Rep. Barnes. Statement on gun violence prevention legislation.
2:27pm
Rep. Sargent. Upskirting bill advances from Senate Judiciary Committee.
1:54pm
Rep. Neylon. Submits letter to FAA on UAS regulations. Letter.
12:00pm
Rep. Steineke. Assembly Republicans tackle failed Smarter Balance system.
10:40am
Sen. Harris Dodd, Rep. Berceau. Legislative Democrats introduce universal background check bill.
10:23am
Sen. Harris Dodd. Weekly Democratic Radio Address.
10:22am
Rep. Jorgensen. Offers help to McCain Foods workers following news of Fort Atkinson plant closure.

3:23pm
AP. Bill  to fix problem with marijuana byproduct law circulated.
10:44am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Vos: Taxpayers feel 'ripped off' by Badger Exam.
5:25am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee lawmaker vows to keep up effort on gun sale background checks.
5:08am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin lawmaker seeks 'black box' recordings in operating rooms.

State Agencies

3:26pm
DATCP. Second avian influenza detection found in Barron County commercial turkey facility.
2:30pm
DWD. Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program highlighted in Rice Lake.
2:22pm
WHEDA. Awards $12.5 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits statewide.
2:00pm
DPI. School libraries to share $35.5 million from Common School Fund.
1:42pm
DWD. Issues positive UI financial outlook report.
12:50pm
WEDC, UW-Extension. SBIR Advance thrid round opens for high-tech small businesses.
10:41am
OCI. Insurance Commissioner says "Get Money Smart."
10:34am
DWD. Lt. Governor celebrates STEM education with project lead the way.
9:39am
DATCP. Accepting applications for dairy processor grants.

5:04am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Protesters address climate change at Capitol.

Economy/Business

10:33am
WMTV. McCain Foods to close Fort Atkinson plant.

Statewide

2:26pm
AARP Wisconsin. Seeks nominees for top community service volunteer award.
12:16pm
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Power of Wisconsin's constitutional offices have shifted.
11:38am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Announces new communications director.
10:25am
Wisconsin Technology Council, IBM, WEA Trust. Twenty-six entires advance to second phase in 'Wisconsin YES!' youth biz plan contest.
9:36am
Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. Construction Workers' Memorial Service scheduled for April 28, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
9:29am
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. ManpowerGroup joins as Gold Founding Member.

5:33am
Racine Journal Times. Lake Michigan reaches highest level since 1998.

Courts

9:00am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Michael R. Griep.

5:09am
Wall Street Journal. Editorial: Wisconsin goes to the Supremes.

Education

2:02pm
UW-Stout. University claims state recycling crown for second straight year.
1:27pm
Marquette University. Rick Majerus Family Foundation gives $1 million to Marquette to create endowed scholarship in his honor.
10:37am
UW-Madison. Program helps address nursing shortage in rural Wisconsin.

11:10am
Marquette University. And Alverno College win WELCOA Gold.
5:10am
Daily Cardinal. Student Council proposes increased minimum wage, Wisconsin Grant funding.

Local

3:59pm
Rape Crisis Center. Welcomes new board members.
12:53pm
Wisconsin Procurement Institute. 3rd Annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Business Conference.
10:48am
MacIver Institute. Mayor Tom Barrett needs to end his trolley folly lawsuit.

4:59am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Amtrak's Hiawatha route may be hit by proposed Illinois budget cut.

Congress

3:06pm
U.S. Rep. Ribble. Bipartisan, bicameral bill aims to curb federal improper payments to the deceased.
1:59pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Statement on Loretta Lynch confirmation.
1:16pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Comments on confirmation of Loretta Lynch.
1:15pm
U.S. Rep. Kind. Calls on Sec. Vilsack to detail the USDA response plan to address bird flu outbreak.
10:36am
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Merkley. Introduce bill to require federal transportation projects to use made-in-America materials.
10:18am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Introduces bills to promote healthy lifestyles for kids.

5:43am
Reuters. Republicans move to extend spies' power to collect phone data.
5:21am
Chippewa Herald. Kind bill would require IGs to publish all reports.

Federal Agencies

5:21am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low.

Politics

3:47pm
Bloomberg. Scott Walker once gave Jeb Bush's brother campaign advice.
12:26pm
Minneapolis Star-Tribune. In Minnesota visit, Walker discounts idea Wisconsin's economy is performing at inferior rate.
5:24am
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Walker won't disclose presidential ambitions until June.
5:20am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Declining approval back home could complicate a Walker presidential bid.
5:02am
Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Gov. Walker to speak at Edina gathering.
5:01am
Bloomberg. Scott Walker defends Wisconsin subsidies to Kohl's