The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Thursday December 18, 2014 - Updated 11:08am

Governor

11:07am
Gov. Walker. Weekly Radio Address.

5:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Walker says he hopes State Supreme Court will put John Doe probe to rest.
5:13am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Mining, tuition top list of issues at governor's area appearance.
5:10am
Wisconsin State Journal. Gov. Scott Walker says agency, cabinet changes are on the way.
5:07am
Capital Times. Gov. Scott Walker critical of U.S. moves to normalize relations with Cuba.
4:54am
Chippewa Herald. Gov. Scott Walker says normalizing relations with Cuba is 'a bad idea.'
4:47am
Daily Reporter. Walker tells Republicans to avoid right-to-work.
4:46am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker: National Guard would help if protests erupt in Hamilton case.
4:44am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Walker's top 2015 priority: Cut property taxes.

Legislative

10:15am
Sen. Shilling. Weekly Democratic Radio Address.
9:07am
Rep. Clark. State finalizes purchase of Madison-Reedsburg rail line.
5:22am
Rep. Bies. Property owners statewide see significant decrease on property taxes.

10:26am
Chippewa Herald. Bernier recognized as elected woman of excellence.
8:39am
Wisconsin Election Watch. Construction company owned by GOP mega-doner opposed to right-to-work.
5:34am
La Crosse Tribune. Coalition of builders opposes right-to-work law.
5:17am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: Partisan grip to get tighter.

State Agencies

10:44am
Council of State Governments. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania selected to develop groundbreaking strategies for employing people with criminal records.
8:52am
WEDC. Trade trip to Mexico can help Wisconsin companies boost exports south of the border.
8:50am
DWD. State adds 16,500 private-sector jobs in November, suggesting full recovery of jobs lost during great recession; Unemployment rate declines to 5.2%.

9:44am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin's private-sector growth rate lags nation.
9:43am
WBAY. Wisconsin unemployment rate drops in November.

Economy/Business

10:14am
Appleton Coated. Achieves Green Master Award for fourth consecutive year.

Statewide

11:08am
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Total state-local taxes rise, but fall as share of income.
8:01am
RENEW Wisconsin. Keynotes and agenda set for January Renewable Energy Policy Summit.

8:44am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Full Wisconsin Senate salary database.
8:42am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Search our updated database of Wisconsin state employee pay.
4:45am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Wisconsin on pace for fewest road deaths since 1943.
4:42am
Appleton Post Crescent. Area health insurance costs quadruple.

Courts

8:51am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Richard W. Steffes.
8:51am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Kearney W. Kemp.

5:48am
WKOW. Foundation sues Wis. over contraception records.
5:39am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Both sides of campaign finance debate happy Supreme Court will take up John Doe.

Education

10:27am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Director of religious school group named UW-Madison lobbyist.
5:46am
WEAU. UW-Eau Claire faces one of largest deficits in school history.

Local

10:46am
City of Racine. Finance/Clerk-Treasurer's Office closed to the public on Friday, January 2, 2015.
10:25am
Menominee Indian Tribe, Menominee County. Multijurisdictional efforts continue in addressing flooding and road closures.
9:58am
City of Sun Prairie. Joint Review Board approves creation of TID #11 on Sun Prairie's Main Street.
5:23am
Village of Richfield. Embraces change in weather with change in leadership.

5:28am
Chippewa Herald. Frac sand resolution gains traction.
4:59am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Cops fighting smoker surcharge.
4:57am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. From criticism to joy, local reaction to Cuba news mixed.
4:49am
Racine Journal Times. Casino supporters rally at Dairyland site.
4:45am
Sheboygan Press. City hires attorney in retirement lawsuit.
4:43am
Green Bay Press Gazette. County blocks sales tax referendum proposal.

Congress

4:51am
Wausau Daily Herald. Wisconsin politicians seek influence over Cuba policy.

Federal Agencies

10:23am
EPA. Announces 2014 annual environmental enforcement results.

Wednesday December 17, 2014

Governor

4:20pm
Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Applauds Gov. Walker's and Speaker Vos's comments on allowing local school boards flexibility on academic standards.
4:17pm
Gov. Walker. Discusses property tax relief, participates in property tax relief tour.
4:51am
Gov. Walker. Announces special election for 20th Senate District.

5:19am
WQOW. Walker backing off call to repeal Common Core.

Budget

4:58am
Chippewa Herald. State's GAAP deficit drops to lowest level since 2001. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Legislative

4:16pm
Rep. Craig. Blasts CESA waste, slack DPI oversight. Letter to DPI Supt. Evers.
2:56pm
Wisconsin Contractor Coalition. Wisconsin Contractor Coallition launched. 
12:30pm
Sen. Carpenter. Governor Walker Property Tax Tour highlights missed opportunity for real property tax relief.
5:26am
Common Cause in Wisconsin. Vos now agrees with Fitzgerald about how to destroy the non-partisan Government Accountability Board.

12:34pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Coalition of unions, workers forms to fight right-to-work bill.

State Agencies

4:23pm
DHS. Wisconsin receives federal award to develop state health care innovation plan.
4:19pm
DATCP. Publishes third edition Local Food Marketing Guide.
12:42pm
AG Van Hollen. And victim services providers praise move to add animal cruelty to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
11:51am
DOJ. Lake Geneva woman charged with Medicaid fraud.
11:23am
DHS. "BE WELL" this holiday season.

Statewide

4:24pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. 'Moving Solar Forward.'
4:22pm
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Tim and Danielle Clark named to AFBF's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.
12:31pm
ALEC. New report highlights 14 states that cut taxes in 2014.
12:27pm
Wisconsin Wins With Natural Gas Vehicles. Wisconsin celebrates a big switch to fueling with natural gas.
11:14am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. New Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking report.
7:05am
Enough Already WI. Statement on Menominee's admission of card check approval.
7:03am
RENEW Wisconsin. Keynotes and agenda set for January Renewable Energy Policy Summit.

10:57am
WKOW. Madison will have lowest costs for health insurance in 2015.
4:55am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Wisconsin ranked as 12th highest taxed state.

Courts

4:13pm
Freedom From Religion Foundation. Sues Walker administration over open records violation.
12:22pm
One Wisconsin Now. Parties involved in criminal investigation of campaign collusion spent millions to help elect court majority that could hear cases.
9:02am
District II Court of Appeals. State v. Tahj E. Kitt.

5:02am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear 'John Doe' challenges.
4:52am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State high court to take up Doe cases centered on Walker's campaign.

Education

12:42pm
UW-Stout. Decades after his first college experience, student earns degree.
11:13am
UW-Stout. Marketing, business judges sought for 43rd DECA competition.
9:50am
School Choice Wisconsin. 99% of private students in statewide program previously on scholarship.
5:27am
MPS. 3,000+ donated clothing items will help students at 6 MPS high schools stay warm.

Local

10:22am
Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. Noche de Ninos collects record number of toys for Milwaukee kids.
9:04am
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. City of Milwaukee: Government by elitists and the people don't count.

5:16am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Binding referendum on streetcar borrowing may be off the table.
5:03am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Audit: Milwaukee emergency psychiatric care needs overhaul.
4:54am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Flood waters encroaching on Keshena homes and businesses.

Congress

4:21pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Statement on the Obama administration's Cuba policy announcement.
12:28pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Votes for the Tax Increase Prevention Act.
9:06am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Congress funds Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million.

9:06am
Fox 11. Rep. Petri reflects on 35-year career in Congress.
6:15am
USA Today. Obama issues 'executive orders by another name.'
6:06am
The Hill. Retailers to try again for online sales tax.
5:23am
Fox 11. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law.

Federal Agencies

11:24am
EPA. Prevents harmful chemicals from entering the marketplace.

Politics

4:18pm
DPW. Scott Walker won't follow Jeb Bush's lead on public records.
11:50am
Stroebel for State Senate. Statement regarding special primary election date of February 17th.

12:38pm
La Crosse Tribune. Walker: Bush presidential run won't affect my plans.
5:13am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Former DNC fundraiser exposes how billionaire elites influence democracy.
4:56am
Sheboygan Press. 20th Senate District race set for April.