The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday September 19, 2014 - Updated 5:01pm

Governor

4:59pm
Rep. Nerison. Agriculture's economic growth is no small potatoes.
11:50am
Gov. Walker. Economic impact of Wisconsin agriculture jumps from $59 billion to $88 billion.
11:49am
UW-Extension. Agriculture now generates $88.3 billion and 413,500 jobs in Wisconsin, UW study says.
10:10am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Good government advocates call for Walker to step down from WEDC.

Budget

3:02pm
Rep. Krug. Economic growth expected to create budget surplus.
11:09am
Sen. Shilling. GOP leaders acknowledge massive deficit.

Legislative

3:25pm
Reps. Barca, Lassa. Audit shows continued problems at WEDC.
10:48am
WEDC CEO Hall. Response to LAB audit.
10:11am
Rep. Goyke. Commemorates POW/MIA Recognition Day 2014.
10:06am
Joint Audit Co-Chairs Cowles, Kerkman. Audit recommends further improvements to WEDC's financial management.
9:35am
LAB. Report: Governor's Read to Lead Development Fund.
9:34am
LAB. Report: WEDC.

11:11am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Audit: jobs agency makes progress on bad loans by writing many off.

State Agencies

3:19pm
DOJ. Michigan man convicted of child enticement.
3:12pm
DOT. Statement from Wisconsin Department of Transportation regarding roadside memorials.
1:58pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings, Sept. 21-27.
11:58am
DOJ. David Dejanovich bound over for trial under State's sexually violent person statute.
10:49am
DSPS. Meetings, week of Sept. 22.
10:04am
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. Celebrates Silver Jubilee.
10:03am
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. Riverway forestry tour slated for October 1st.
9:39am
DFI. Registration is open for 4th annual financial literacy summit Oct. 17 in Green Bay.
9:26am
DWD. Meetings and hearings, week of Sept. 22-26.
5:06am
DNR. Outdoor Report.

Economy/Business

12:20pm
DWD. BLS August 2014 employment report: Wisconsin outperforms four Midwest states in rate of private-sector job growth year over year.
11:54am
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional and state employment and unemployment - August 2014.

Statewide

5:01pm
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Sexual assault advocates applaud NFL funding for sexual assault services.
2:34pm
MacIver Institute. School report cards a wake-up call for Milwaukee parents and every Wisconsinite.
7:16am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Coalition highlights new model of preventing the heroin/opioid health crisis in Wisconsin youth.
7:13am
Arts Wisconsin. To present Creative Summits throughout Wisconsin - Fall 2014.

5:57am
Bloomberg. Fish-choking microbeads have states limiting cosmetic contents.
5:24am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 282,000 card numbers from Wisconsin Home Depot breach for sale online.

Courts

4:57pm
Clean Wisconsin. Judge: DNR was right to require groundwater monitoring at New Chester.
3:20pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice on Wheels brings Supreme Court to Waukesha to hear cases.

5:31am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Full appeals court should reverse Wisconsin's voter ID ruling.
5:03am
Racine Journal Times. Walker not getting involved in suit over ballots.
5:00am
WKOW. Hearing set on request to change Wisconsin ballot.

Education

11:52am
UW-Stout. Construction students win national Chapter of Excellence Award.
9:30am
UW-Madison. Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance.
5:12am
MPS. Malcolm X plans continue to move forward.
5:09am
MPS. Board OKs health care changes that maintain commitment to retirees, save up to $6 million per year.

Local

10:45am
Milwaukee Ald. Bauman. Resolution seeks equal treatment for projects that requires moving utilities.

2:36pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Three Democratic county clerks won't use GAB-issued ballot.
12:51pm
WKOW. Dane County clerk won't use redesigned ballots, says they are too confusing.
5:32am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Iron County may prosecute activists recorded trespassing near mining site.

Congress

2:00pm
U.S. Rep. Petri. Introduces bill to prevent trains from blocking intersections.
10:43am
U.S. Rep. Petri. Honored as Taxpayers' Friend by National Taxpayers Union.
5:08am
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Comments on continuing resolution voter in the Senate.
5:07am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Statement on Senate vote to authorize an expansion of American military efforts in Syria.
5:04am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Introduces bipartisan "Teacher Tax Relief" Act.

5:46am
USA Today. Senate approves Obama's Syria plan in funding bill.

Federal Agencies

9:34am
WISPIRG. Some good, some bad in Obama Executive Order on protecting antibiotics.
5:11am
Cornucopia Institute. USDA maintains pattern of corporate appointments.

6:05am
The Hill. Beer fight brewing over EPA rule.

Politics

4:58pm
NFIB. Wisconsin small business backs Walker for reelection.
1:59pm
Walker for Governor. Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: Drug testing would boost support for aid programs.
12:46pm
RPW. Senator Luther Olsen calls on Mary Burke to resign from the Madison Metropolitan School District Board.
11:56am
Bewley for State Senate. Professional Fire Fighters of Wisonsin endorses.
11:52am
RPW. Mary Burke plagiarized jobs plan, violates MMSD policies and schools where she studied.
11:10am
Walker for Governor. National Federation of Independent Business endorses.
9:32am
LeMahieu for State Senate. Endorsed by Volunteers for Agriculture Committee, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
9:29am
Walker for Governor. Mary Burke wants to implement Minnesota's failed Obamacare exchange in Wisconsin.
7:14am
Walker for Governor. Statement on Burke plagiarism.

10:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. Mary Burke accused of copying job plan from other Democrats.
10:39am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Burke fires consultant over jobs plan copying.
10:36am
Appleton Post Crescent. Burke 'disappointed' by copied text in her job plan.
5:33am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Candidates for Wisconsin attorney general agree to debate.
5:22am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Editorial: Drug testing would boost support for aid programs.
5:01am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Walker, Burke see new jobs numbers differently.

Thursday September 18, 2014

Governor

1:11pm
Gov. Walker. Governor's Office accepts artist applications for Wisconsin's 2014 National Christmas Tree ornament.
12:26pm
Gov. Walker. Unemployment reforms, economic recovery translate to real savings for Wisconsin small business.
9:50am
Gov. Walker. Honors participants at Best Buddies 25th Anniversary Leadership Breakfast.

Budget

4:39pm
Joint Finance Co-Chairs Darling, Nygren. The real numbers: LFB predicts structural surplus. LFB Memo.

Legislative

4:42pm
Sen. Darling. Beyond the Blues; Wear blue this Friday to support those with depression.
4:37pm
Rep. Jorgensen. Journal: With voter ID required, act now to ensure you can cast a ballot November 4th.
3:42pm
Sen. Harris Dodd. In Governor Walker's economy, Wisconsin families lose.
2:00pm
Rep. Hulsey. An easy way to solve Wisconsin's budget, jobs problems - create an clean energy jobs fund.
1:36pm
Sen. Hansen. While Wisconsin continues near bottom in job creation Governor Walker and Republicans blame the workers.
12:27pm
Sen. Larson. Wisconsin still in economic freefall.
11:18am
Rep. Barca. Wisconsin still dead last in the Midwest in job growth under Gov. Walker, Republican Legislature.
9:49am
Rep. Shankland. Wisconsin one of three states to allow devastating cuts to food stamps.
9:24am
Sen. Harris Dodd. Weekly Democratic Radio Address.

State Agencies

3:44pm
DWD. Deputy Secretary Barry highlights Governor Walker's worker training investments, improving economy at Workforce Development Month event.
3:41pm
DATCP. Seminars to help farms, food businesses grow local markets.
10:08am
Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Awarded grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services.

5:15am
Appleton Post Crescent. Editorial: Track down those who lost BadgerCare.
5:05am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State paying off federal debt for jobless benefits.
5:03am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. City asks state PSC to reconsider streetcar decision.

Economy/Business

11:17am
DWD. Federal jobs data: Wisconsin's rate of private sector job growth outpaces Illinois, Minnesota in year ending March 2014.
9:22am
DWD. Wisconsin's unemployment rate declines to 5.6% in August.
9:21am
Bureau of Labor Statistics. County employment and wages.

12:56pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Latest quarterly jobs report ranks Wisconsin 33rd.
9:52am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin's unemployment rate falls to 5.6% in August.
4:51am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Latest Wisconsin jobs numbers to be released.

Statewide

2:38pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Michigan water policy advocate to speak at October WFU event.
1:13pm
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. Number of poor Wisconsinites remains high, income growth not widely shared.
11:45am
Wisconsin Women's Network. Identification requirements hurt voters.
11:44am
Ruffed Grouse Society. Partners for young forests.
10:34am
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health. PATCH program gets support to expand into rural Wisconsin.
8:56am
Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. Motorists urged to be alert during fall harvest season.

4:53am
Wausau Daily Herald. Health care providers braced for enterovirus D68.

Courts

9:51am
District IV Court of Appeals. Wisconsin Professional Police Association v. Wisconsin Counties Association.

5:37am
Bloomberg. Wisconsin voter ID ruling assailed in ACLU reversal bid.
4:49am
Chippewa Herald. Groups appeal voter ID ruling, allege 'eleventh-hour' changes will disenfranchise thousands.
4:47am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Federal appeals court focuses on issue of safety in nocturnal deer hunting case.

Education

11:15am
Marquette University. Milwaukee College Prep CEO Rauh goes "On the Issues" to discuss school's approach to education.
10:35am
UW System. Launches website to help students comply with Wisconsin voting requirements.
8:57am
UW-Madison. Down Syndrome helps researchers understand Alzheimer's disease.

4:50am
Wisconsin State Journal. UW-Madison to issue separate voter IDs starting next week.
4:46am
Milwaukee Business Journal. MPS board committee supports Common Ground athletic facilities 'dream.'

Local

12:52pm
Media Trackers. Data shows Chisholm's DA office ignores felons with guns.
8:55am
Springside Cheese Corp. Family tradition continues as sons take ownership.

5:19am
CBS 58. City sending out absentee ballots and voter ID letters Thursday.

Congress

1:58pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Kaine, Portman. Introduce bipartisan bill to trains high-quality CTE teachers.
1:35pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Pocan, Miller, Murray introduce bill to invest in apprenticeships, increase skilled workers.
12:54pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Introduces Digital Coast Act to aid Great Lakes communities in water management, disaster response, long-term planning and restoration.
11:16am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Introduces bill to help low-income households pay off student loan debt.
5:27am
Peace Action Wisconsin. 6 of 8 Wisconsin House Representatives vote against arming Syrian rebels.

5:11am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Petri to propose bill to address rail crossing blockage.
4:46am
Duluth News Tribune. House votes to arm Syrian rebels.

Federal Agencies

8:53am
U.S. DVA. Madison VA Hospital to host Town Hall meeting.

Politics

4:35pm
DPW. Don't call it a comeback...Seriously, don't.
3:46pm
DPW. #TBT to Glenn Grothman's push to criminalize single parenthood.
1:33pm
Schimel for Attorney General. Happ agrees to one debate.
11:47am
RPW. Mary Burke an "unequivocal" supporter of the law that will cost thousands of Wisconsin jobs.
11:14am
Grothman for Congress. Announces new Communications Director.
10:12am
Walker for Governor. Mary Burke, if you care about jobs why do you want to expand Obamacare?: Wisconsin projected to lose 51,000 jobs because of Obamacare.
8:52am
Walker for Governor. Releases new TV ad: "Savings."
7:04am
Walker for Governor. Releases new TV ad: "The Lie of the Year."

2:39pm
Fond du Lac Reporter. Harris criticizes Grothman's "beck and call" comment.
4:48am
La Crosse Tribune. Walker's allies rush to help GOP governor.