The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Tuesday March 28, 2017 - Updated 4:59pm

Governor

5:12am
Wisconsin Hospital Association. Walker administration announces health care training grants.

5:00am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Walker visits Altoona to tout worker training grants.
4:58am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With Congress gridlocked, Scott Walker wants Trump to OK drug tests for state health coverage.

Budget

4:59pm
ETF Sec. Conlin. Joint Committee on Finance testimony.
4:19pm
Chief Justice Roggensack. Remarks before the Joint Committee on Finance.
3:57pm
Elections Commission. Budget testimony.
1:25pm
Gov. Walker. Invest in student success and a strong workforce.
11:07am
Leg. Council. Memo on self-insurance.
10:36am
Transportation Development Association. Transportation fact sheet.
10:22am
Gov. Walker. Discusses historic K-12 education investments at Peshtigo Middle and High School.
9:14am
DOA. Governor Walker's budget makes historic investments in Wisconsin's future. Budget testmony.

12:17pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker budget planks in doubt.
12:16pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Walker aide defends budget under bipartisan questioning.
4:53am
Wisconsin State Journal. Public school advocates: Scott Walker's K-12 funding proposal in jeopardy.
4:48am
Badger Herald. Student finance committee 'wholeheartedly rejects' parts of Walker's budget proposal.
4:46am
CBS 58. Residents voice their concerns at budget listening session.

Legislative

4:30pm
Rep. Barca. Statement on "Permitless Carry" bill.
3:36pm
Sen. Marklein. Joint Finance Committee rejects stewardship land purchase.
3:33pm
Sen. Larson. Irresponsible Republican bill proposes arming teens.
2:49pm
Rep. Bowen. Statement on GOP free-for-all gun proposal.
2:25pm
Rep. Crowley. Appointed to Black Male Achievement Advisory Council.
1:50pm
Rep. Steineke. Column: Why conservatives are focusing on ending homelessness in Wisconsin.
1:45pm
NRA. Applauds introduction of Wisconsin Right to Carry legislation.
1:34pm
Sen. Nass. Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform committee action on SB-76.
1:12pm
Rep. Taylor. Legislative Republicans want to re-write federal constitution...seriously.
1:07pm
Rep. Taylor. GOP shows, once again "anything goes" when it comes to guns.
12:51pm
Reps. Subeck, Berceau. GOP silencing voices of residents in Dane County towns.
11:08am
Rep. Rob Brooks. Co-authors "Right to Carry" legislation.
10:01am
Rep. Sargent. Republican-sponsored gun bill irresponsible, dangerous for Wisconsin.
9:55am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Article V Convention testimony.
9:24am
Sen. Shilling. Republicans propose "Permitless Carry" bill.
8:52am
Sen. Craig, Rep. Felzkowski. Release the "Right to Carry Act." LRB-2039. FAQ. Leg. Council Memo.
5:14am
Common Cause in Wisconsin. Legislation posing a threat to the U.S. Constitution gets a public hearing in the Capitol today.
5:08am
Rep. Steineke. Westminster Best in Show winner to be recognized as WI Assembly 'Hometown Hero.'

1:30pm
WQOW. Republican senator opposes Wisconsin 'right to carry' bill.
1:01pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin conservatives seek constitutional convention on balanced budget.
10:11am
AP. Committee to vote by paper ballot on well bill.
9:17am
WFRV. Steffen says it's time to replace Green Bay Correctional.
8:07am
Janesville Gazette. Wisconsin bill would allow hidden weapons without license.
5:15am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Holding a constitutional convention is too risky.
5:05am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Democratic lawmakers plan bill requiring presidential candidates to release tax returns.
5:04am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Lawmakers look to close Wisconsin's 'social host' loophole in underage drinking. Green Bay Press Gazette.
5:02am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Bill aims to boost sober housing in Wisconsin.
5:01am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin finance committee approves opioid bills.
4:59am
Wisconsin State Journal. GOP warns DNR about appraisals in denying Dane County land grant.
4:50am
Beloit Daily News. Committee OKs eliminating child work permits in Wisconsin.
4:50am
Cap Times. Some members at odds with Dane County Towns Association over zoning bill.
4:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmakers may order audit of UW System foundations.
4:43am
WQOW. New bill would create tax break for parents of stillborn children.

State Agencies

4:06pm
DNR. Weekly news.
2:34pm
DATCP. Comments open on Reflex use on lima beans.
2:20pm
WEDC. Two Wisconsin startups certified as Qualified New Business Ventures.
12:00pm
DHS. Launches Caregiver Career Program.
10:00am
OCI Commissioner Nickel. Encourages Wisconsin consumers to evaluate flood insurance needs.

12:23pm
Cap Times. Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Sec. Dan Zimmerman: workforce at King home is a focus.

Economy/Business

8:08am
NEWaukee. Announce Northwestern Mutual as presenting sponsor for YPWeek Milwaukee 2017.
5:11am
Bunker Labs. Announces Muster Across Wisconsin statewide program at Wisconsin Tech Summit reception.

5:26am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Sheet metal fabricator moving from Illinois to Kenosha County.
4:43am
WKBT. Alorica, Inc. laying off 137 in La Crosse.

Statewide

2:26pm
AARP Wisconsin. The cost of retiring poor.
2:05pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. To stream State of the Tribes Address form the State Capitol April 4.
11:59am
PDPW. Proactive Communication Workshop set for April 6.

1:28pm
Appleton Post-Crescent. Hacking in Wisconsin spiked near 2016 elections.
4:55am
Des Moines Register. What Iowa could learn from Wisconsin's collective bargaining changes.

Courts

8:05am
District I Court of Appeals. Wisconsin Bell, Inc. v. LIRC.

Education

2:21pm
UW-Platteville. Named top Military Friendly Online College.
2:20pm
UW-Stout. New university police chief Spetz realizes a childhood dream.
12:12pm
UW-Madison. Warrior Book Club, led by student, strengthens connections between veterans and civilians.

Local

3:13pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Applauds the Lincoln County Board for recent vote in support of nonpartisan redistricting.
11:26am
Essen Haus. 'Gateway' development at Essen Haus on hold.
10:32am
Milwaukee County Sup. Weishan. Community restoration centers will address racial disparities.

4:57am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Milwaukee public transit presents barriers to employment in suburbs.
4:56am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Racine mayor to resign to head Great Lakes group.
4:45am
Fox 11. Opponents to Green Bay mayor plan to launch recall effort.
4:44am
WEAU. Coalition discusses passenger railway plans from Eau Claire to Twin Cities.

Congress

3:12pm
Americans for Affordable Products. Grows to more than 400 strong.
2:41pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Meets with Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch.
2:04pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Remarks on restoring enforcement of American immigration laws.
2:00pm
RGA. Republican governors praise POTUS executive order that begins to roll back job-killing energy regulations.
1:35pm
U.S. Reps. Johnson, Sensenbrenner. Question federal public access policies.
1:15pm
U.S. Rep. Kind. Calls to restore funding for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. Letter.
9:58am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. President Trump breaks another promise to the American people behind closed doors.
9:56am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Stands up for Wisconsin farmers, calls on President Trump to work with agriculture industry.

10:41am
The Hill. Wounded Ryan faces new battle.
9:20am
Reuters. Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies.
8:14am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Federal transportation grants may be cut under Trump's budget.

Politics

12:19pm
Wales for Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Wauwatosa firefighters and Judge Jeffrey Kremers put their trust in.
12:13pm
Racine County Republican Party. Congratulates Barb Scherrer and Kelly Wishau.
10:38am
RPW. ICYMI: Under the leadership of Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin is working and winning, unemployment at 17-year low.
10:15am
Racine County Republican Party. Congratulates Barb Scherrer and Kelly Wishau.

5:02am
U.S. News & World Report. Holtz trails Evers in fundraising in Wisconsin schools race.

Monday March 27, 2017

Governor

4:07pm
Gov. Walker. Announces Fast Forward worker training grants covering health care.

10:38am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Gov. Walker eyes report cards for all schools.
5:33am
WISC. Gov. Walker on health care vote; Move forward to tax reform.
4:43am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Walker: Firearms not the problem in this week's high-profile shootings.

Budget

5:40am
Racine Journal Times. UW-Parkside deemed loser in state budget.
5:38am
WBAY. Governor pomotes education budget in Michicot.
4:50am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Editorial: Road funding falls short.
4:42am
Cap Times. UW: Scott Walker proposal to expand Flexible Option program doesn't include needed funding.

Legislative

3:51pm
Rep. Ballweg. Announces spring listening sessions.
2:22pm
Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin. Constitutional convention - opening a dangerous can of worms.
12:01pm
Rep. Shankland. To hold Civic Engagement 101 workshop.
5:43am
Wisconsin Justice Initiative. Say "no" to constitutional convention.

1:46pm
U.S. News & World Report. Finance committee vote on eliminating child work permits.
1:42pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Opiate epidemic targeted in bills before Wisconsin lawmakers.
10:37am
Fox 11. State lawmakers target adults who host underage drinkers.
10:36am
Janesville Gazette. Legislators poised to order audit of UW foundations.
5:35am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin legislator aims to get rid of state's 'tampon tax.'
5:22am
WISN. Republican state lawmaker wants to toughen drunken driving penalties.
4:45am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Committees okay bills to make cheese official dairy product.
4:45am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Assembly committee kicks off hearings on urban revitalization.
4:37am
Cap Times. 'I was able to put my life back together:' Rep. Jimmy Anderson shares personal perspective on ACA.

State Agencies

5:11am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin allows 3M to settle pollution case without paying fine.
5:00am
Fox 11. Wisconsin looks to improve emergency communications network.
4:44am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New state veterans secretary is Iraq War vet.

Economy/Business

5:34am
Oshkosh Northwestern. Truck maker Oshkosh Corp. among U.S. companies sanctioned by Iran.
5:19am
NBC 26. GameStop closing up to 190 stores.
4:47am
Wisconsin State Journal. Oscar Mayer's demise in Madison gets 3-month reprieve.
4:36am
Racine Journal Times. Editorial: Immigration crackdown stirs dairy state fears.

Statewide

2:57pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. To host Produce Safety rule training in Green Bay.
1:54pm
DeWitt Ross & Stevens. Two litigators included in top 100 trial lawers in Wisconsin for 2017.
12:18pm
Alliance of Health Insurers. Health insurance in Wisconsin and federal health care changes - March, 29, 2017.
10:42am
American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin. Kenosha WWTP: Energy Optimized Resource Recovery and Donohue & Associates, Inc. receive top honor.

5:12am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin doctors must check patient history before prescribing opioids, other drugs.
4:54am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance rows against hyperpartisan current.

Courts

9:41am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Urges adoption of stricter judicial recusal rule.

4:53am
Wisconsin State Journal. Democrats file complaint against Supreme Court justice over GOP promotion.
4:48am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin makes legal arguments in redistricting appeal.

Education

1:26pm
UW-Rock County. Summer sessions registration now open.
11:14am
UW-Madison. Cracking the WIP: Wausau manufacuturer boosts output with help of UW class.
10:43am
UW-Madison. Science Expeditions invites everyone to campus March 31 to April 2.
10:04am
UW-Madison. Enzyme structures illuminate mechanism behind bacteria's bioremediation prowess.

4:59am
WISC. Wisconsin schools teach penmanship despite standards change.
4:50am
Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Wisconsin voters to field 65 school district requests.

Local

2:30pm
Dane County Sup. de Felice. Retires from county board.
1:53pm
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. Decent and determined citizens prevail in court against alleged nuisance landlord.
10:11am
Racine Mayor Dickert. Announces resignation.
9:44am
Public Policy Forum. Report says flexible and on-demand transit services could help address the "last mile" problem in metro Milwaukee.
5:46am
Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke. Operation Drive Sober results in 9 arrests.

2:08pm
Racine Journal Times. State Rep. Cory Mason to run for mayor.
2:07pm
CBS 58. Bail controversy re-ignited in wake of murder of Milwaukee City Inspector.
5:37am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Milwaukee area trails counterparts in population growth.
4:38am
Beloit Daily News. Ripples from U.S. nuclear plant closings overwhelm small towns.

Congress

2:51pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. President Trump signs Johnson, Alexander resolution into law to repeal burdensome blacklisting rule.
12:52pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Forty members of Congress tell Trump to apologize to Obama over baseless wiretapping lies.
11:50am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. With repeal efforts on hold for now, deliberate sabotage threatens health coverage.
11:17am
RPW. Judge Gorsuch's hearing shows he's right for the job.
10:44am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Fighting for fair treatment for parents of deceased students.
9:45am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Cosponsors legislation to overhaul broken VA appeals process.

1:57pm
Reuters. U.S. attorney general says sanctuary cities may see federal grants cuts.
4:53am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin GOP House members spared from difficult health care vote.
4:46am
Appleton Post-Crescent. Tammy Baldwin reintroduces 'Buy America' legislation.
4:39am
La Crosse Tribune. Trump cuts imperil WTC jobs program that supports city revitalization.

Politics

10:09am
Evers for State Superintendent. On track to double fundraising of 2013 campaign.
10:08am
Walker for Governor. What They're Saying: Wisconsin economy headed in right direction under Gov. Walker's bold conservative leadership.

5:42am
Wisconsin United to Amend. Nine communities to vote to reclaim democracy from moneyed interests.
5:36am
Cap Times. Provocative conservative PAC sees Wisconsin Senate race as a 2018 priority.
4:58am
Walworth County Today. Election: Holtz in superintendent race.
4:57am
Cap Times. Democratic candidate for governor explains his 'far-fetched' plans.
4:55am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin Democrats have chance at Gov. Scott Walker but no candidate.
4:49am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. DPI race between Tony Evers, Lowell Holtz centers on future of education in Wisconsin.