The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday July 21, 2017 - Updated 5:43am

Governor

5:15am
Gov. Walker. And Jim Lovell: Wisconsin remembers Apollo era, looks to future of space exploration.

Budget

5:16am
Rep. Shankland. Democratic Weekly Radio Address: "Democrats Want Solutions, Not Inaction."

4:52am
Cap Times. Scott Fitzgerald: 'No deal' on Wisconsin budget in state Senate.
4:47am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker makes offer to break budget impasse, but no deal yet.
4:45am
Fox 11. Gov. Walker expresses optimism over new transportation plan.

Legislative

5:43am
Governing. Sessions' new order lets police circumvent state laws on civil asset forfeiture.
5:09am
WJFW. Tiffany pledges to protect property rights with new set of bills.
4:48am
WSAU. Rep. Shankland requests veterans funding.
4:41am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin cottage case prompts bill to let property owners use and sell substandard lots.

State Agencies

5:19am
DNR. Outdoor Report.
5:17am
Emergency Management. Southeast Flooding Incident Report 9 - July 20, 2017.

4:45am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel to retire in August.

Economy/Business

5:08am
WISC. Walker downplays talk of Foxconn deal.
5:08am
Milwaukee Biz Times. State loses private sector jobs for second month in a row.
4:50am
Wisconsin Public Radio. As U.S. manufacturing jobs, industry profits rise.
4:43am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin unemployment rate of 3.1% matches low levels in dot-com boom. U.S. News & World Report.
4:40am
Columbus Dispatch. Wisconsin works on incentives to lure Foxconn, but company plane has been in Columbus, too.

Statewide

4:53am
Appleton Post-Crescent. Uninsured and unlicensed drivers abound in Wisconsin, but speeding is No. 1 conviction.

Courts

4:51am
Hollywood Reporter. Judge rules Milwaukee flouted U.S. Constitution in response to 'Pokemon Go' craze. Opinion and Order.

Education

5:18am
UW System, UW-Extension. Use new mobile app to see which UW schools are right for you.

Local

5:13am
Washington County Executive Committee. Letter to surrounding county executives regarding Local Government Institute of Wisconsin's Future Regions Initiative.
5:11am
Milwaukee Ald. Johnson. A letter to the Fire and Police Commission.

5:32am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn hires attorney Franklyn Gimbel to represent him over pursuit policy order.
5:09am
CBS 58. Police Chief Ed Flynn accuses Fire and Police Commission of meeting in secret about pursuit policy.
4:54am
Appleton Post-Crescent. In Wisconsin's strongest anti-prostitution city, men are now equally blamed.

Congress

4:49am
Racine Journal Times. Ryan questions cut to homeless veterans program.
4:44am
Reuters. Ryan says U.S. tax reform consensus nears, does not mention border tax.

Thursday July 20, 2017

Governor

1:51pm
Gov. Walker. Fraud prevention efforts reach record-high savings for taxpayers.
10:57am
Gov. Walker. Weekly Radio Address: Fighting Fraud in Wisconsin.

4:48am
Beloit Daily News. Walker signs bill requiring voucher school background checks.

Budget

3:01pm
Sen. Shilling. GOP proposes school cuts, transportation debt to finance tax breaks for the wealthy. LFB Memo.
1:43pm
DPW. What they're saying: Senate Republicans' full flip-flop on swiping the state credit card.
1:40pm
Rep. Nygren. Letter to Sen. Darling regarding resuming Joint Finance Committee process.
1:25pm
Speaker Vos. Letter to Gov. Walker regarding the state budget.
10:40am
Sen. Carpenter. Save our SeniorCare!
10:39am
Kids Forward. Senate budget proposal fails to include Governor Walker's tax cut for low-income working parents.

3:53pm
Cap Times. New offer from Gov. Walker could pave way toward transportation budget deal.
3:34pm
Wisconsin Radio Network. Possible budget compromise would eliminate new bonding for road projects.
2:16pm
WKOW. Wisconsin Senate leader says Foxconn incentives aren't being negotiated in state budget deal.
2:12pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Budget breakthrough? Assembly Republicans accept Scott Walker's offer for roads.
1:53pm
WISC. Assembly Republicans accept Walker budget offer.
1:33pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Landing Foxconn in Wisconsin could take hundreds of millions in incentives.
12:15pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmakers working on incentives for Foxconn.
12:00pm
AP. Nygren says Assembly could go along with new budget deal.
11:18am
Beloit Daily News. The Latest: Nygren says Foxconn incentives part of deal.
11:16am
NBC 15. Nygren says Assembly could go along with new budget deal.
10:05am
Janesville Gazette. Senator: Foxconn deal with Wisconsin could come soon.
5:10am
WBAY. Lawmakers work with town of Pound leaders to stop sex offender placement.
4:55am
Wisconsin State Journal. Editorial: Don't splurge on private-school vouchers.
4:53am
Bloomberg. Americans say they back higher gas tax to fix crumbling roads.
4:51am
Cap Times. Paul Soglin: State budget delay challenging for Madison's budget planning.
4:47am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin transportation budget still stalled over borrowing.
4:45am
WEAU. State budget now 19 days past deadline.

Legislative

2:40pm
Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association, League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Local governments respond to removal of community-based decision making.
2:38pm
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. Backs Homeowners Bill of Rights.
1:45pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Rep. Brostoff, Sen. Johnson beg special interests to defeat legislation.
1:31pm
Joint Finance Committee Democrats. Letter to DVA Sec. Zimmerman regarding 13.10 request.
11:15am
Rep. Shankland. Introduces proposal to fund CWD research and management.
10:06am
Rep. Jarchow, Sen. Tiffany. Legislators introduce two more bills in Homeowners' Bill of Rights.
10:03am
Rep. Shankland. To hold office hours in Friday.
9:27am
Wisconsin Realtors Association. Homeowners' bill of rights would be big victory for property rights.
9:26am
NAIOP. Property rights legislation introduced.

11:27am
McClatchy DC. Wisconsin GOP moves to relax property regulations.

State Agencies

4:56pm
Speaker Vos. Statement on the retirement of Secretary Brancel.
4:16pm
Rep. Ripp. Applauds DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel's public service career to the State of Wisconsin.
3:03pm
Rep. Ballweg. Statement on the retirement of DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel.
3:03pm
DNR Sec. Stepp. Statement on the retirement of DATCP Sec. Ben Brancel.
1:48pm
Wisconsin American Legion. State commander: 'Terminating Wisconsin homeless veterans housing program unacceptable.'
1:39pm
Gov. Walker. Statement on the retirement of DATCP Secretary Brancel.
1:34pm
DATCP. Letter from the Secretary: Brancel to retire in August.
5:30am
Emergency Management. Southeast Flooding Incident Report 8 - July 19, 2017.

4:17pm
Beloit Daily News. Federal cuts force WDVA to stop housing homeless vets.
2:18pm
Janesville Gazette. Wisconsin agriculture secretary to retire next month.
5:28am
La Crosse Tribune. Wisconsin DNR to review wetland permit for Monroe County frac facility.
4:54am
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. State refused to produce child-separation data, even after counties did.
4:47am
Milwaukee Biz Times. State launches site to connect students with internships.
4:44am
Wisconsin Public Radio. DOJ to hire new drug agents, open crime lab for opioid testing.
4:40am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin DOJ to publish list of open record requestors.

Economy/Business

12:30pm
DWD. BLS data: Wisconsin's unemployment rate unchanged at 3.1% in June, maintains lowest level since October 1999.

4:57am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Black Bear Bottling to close in September, eliminating 76 jobs.
4:56am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Cray reveals layoffs; local effect not yet known.
4:43am
Wisconsin State Journal. Kwik Trip moving into Madison with acquisition of PDQ stores.

Statewide

3:38pm
Wisconsin Hospital Association. Wisconsin Rural Critical Access Hospitals best in nation in quality.
1:47pm
WDA Foundation. Awards more than $50,500 to 19 dental health programs.

Courts

6:50am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Federal lawsuit challenges Wisconsin hunter harassment law.

Education

4:20pm
UW-Platteville. Sappleton earns Woman of Color for 2017 award.
4:19pm
UW-Platteville. Golf outing raises more than $10,000 for music scholarships.
4:18pm
UW-Platteville. Engineering camp brings youth to classrooms.
11:15am
UW-Madison. Madison Common Council approves UW Campus Master Plan.
5:32am
UW-Stout. Social science student helps unearth history at English castle.

4:42am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New Wisconsin K-12 standards intended to spur interest in computer science careers.

Local

4:57pm
Milwaukee Mayor Barrett. Endorsed by local elected officials to lead regional workforce efforts.
2:58pm
JNJ Craftworks. Children's Business Fair - Verona.
11:29am
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Dane County, Safe Communities Coalition team to expand early intervention program for heroin, opiate overdose emergencies.
11:04am
ERAs Senior Network. Receives grant to support Find-a-Ride Network.

12:35pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Massive development eyed for Hill Farms property on Madison's West Side.
4:50am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State extends Waukesha deadline to fully comply with radium standards for drinking water.
4:49am
Fox 6. "Ridiculous:" Carjacking of elderly woman happened just after wanted suspect released.

Congress

1:54pm
Republican Party of Dane County. Reaffirms support of Trump agenda.
1:44pm
Wisconsin Budget Project. Trump tax plan primarily benefits the richest Americans.
1:42pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Introduces the Transparency in Music Lisensing Ownership Act.
12:02pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Introduces legislation to help fill increasing nursing vacancies.
11:06am
One Wisconsin Institute. Nomination of John K. Bush to federal court moves toward vote in U.S. Senate.
10:59am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. To appropriators: Defund anti-American area studies programs in Higher Education Act.
4:52am
CBO. H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017.

4:55am
Stevens Point Journal. CBO: Senate Republican Obamacare repeal plan would increase uninsured by 32 million in 2026.
4:52am
Reuters. House panel approves budget measure that advances tax reform.
4:45am
NBC 15. For Wisconsin Amtrak stations, 2017 could be the last stop.
4:43am
Daily Reporter. GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted.
4:40am
WTMJ. Wisconsin lawmakers support Sen. John McCain after cancer announcement.
4:39am
Fox 11. Connect to Congress: Ron Johnson on health care.

Politics

12:11pm
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. State superintendent's race cost $1 million.
11:40am
DPW. 'DC Leah's "Rocky Mountain High" rolling.
11:30am
Bryce for 1st Congress. Blasts Speaker Ryan for inaction on homeless veterans.
6:51am
Wisconsin Justice Initiative. Schimel should return predatory lender donation.