The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday March 27, 2015 - Updated 5:35pm

Governor

4:35am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 26 elk arrive in Wisconsin as plan to establish new herd moves forward.

Budget

1:57pm
Rep. Taylor, Sen. Erpenbach. State budget listening session Monday in Dane County.
12:04pm
Sen. Vinehout. Column: Advocacy gives voice to the voiceless - families support FamilyCare and IRIS.
11:58am
Rep. Quinn. Works to ensure funding for SeniorCare.
10:33am
Sen. Erpenbach. Column: A school near you: Public education budet crisis.
10:25am
Rep. Macco. Announces listening session with Rep. Nygren.

3:03pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Advocates call for replacing education cuts with federal Medicaid dollars.
5:16am
Portage Daily Register. Hundreds speak out to lawmakers at Reedsburg session.
4:58am
Stevens Point Journal. State funding proposed to drop for recycling.
4:48am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Lawmakers weigh proposed changes to stewardship program.
4:36am
Daily Cardinal. UW-Madison students impart fears of proposed budget to state Legislature.
4:34am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Bucks still back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's arena-bonds proposal: Feigin.

Legislative

1:56pm
One Wisconsin Now. Frequent non-taxpayer Sen. Tom Tiffany pushing $270 million property tax hike on Wisconsin homeowners to benefit his big business backer.
1:46pm
Rep. Hesselbein. Urges opposition to fast-track treatment for Obama's secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership.
12:05pm
One Wisconsin Now. GOP trying to cover their tracks, limit disclosure on sources of big campaign donations.
10:23am
LAB. FY2013-14 single audit. Highlights. Briefing Sheet.

3:00pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Wisconsin agencies administered $12.1 billion in federal aid.
5:01am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Lawmakers to propose dropping personal property tax on businesses.
4:56am
Capital Times. Do Wisconsin Republicans really want to 'repeal the weekend'?

State Agencies

5:05pm
ETF. Proposed changes to health insurance program for 2016.
5:02pm
DWD. Meetings and hearings, March 30-April 3.
4:06pm
DATCP. Scam uses fake State of Wisconsin Investment Board checks.
2:57pm
DWD. BLS data: Wisconsin's 12-month unemployment rate decline from 5.8% to 4.8% is considered 'significant' in February 2015 state-by-state report.
2:53pm
DVA Sec. Scocos. Vietnam - forty years later.
1:48pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings, March 29, April 4.

2:58pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. DNR enforcement actions down under Scott Walker.
4:51am
La Crosse Tribune. Coulee Region officials lambaste PSC; groups threaten appeal.

Economy/Business

3:00pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gogebic formally withdraws mining proposal.

Statewide

1:50pm
Wisconsin Technology Council, IBM, WEA Trust. Need spring break project? 'Wisconsin YES!' business plan contest invites entries through April 6.

Courts

5:35pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Three Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson. Order - Motion to Intervene. Order - Oral Arguments. Order - Redactions.
4:58pm
U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin. Wolf v. Walker - Stipulation and agreement as to costs and attorneys' fees.

3:08pm
New York Times. Campaign money tests Wisconsin justices' impartiality.

Education

12:02pm
UW-River Falls. Daymond John of ABC's 'Shark Tank' to speak.
11:59am
Marquette University. NEWaukee president Damiani goes "On the Issues" at Marquette Law.
10:37am
UW-Madison. Cancer research showcased in Wisconsin Public Television series.

Local

4:33pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic. Go passes available starting March 31.
2:55pm
Urban League of Greater Madison. Dr. Ruben Anthony - named new leader.
10:31am
Milwaukee County Transit. Will begin handing out free transit passes for eligible seniors or persons with disabilities on March 31st.
10:27am
Milwaukee County Sup. Alexander. O'Donnell talks: Nothing but talk.

3:05pm
Milwaukee Business Journal. Proposed route change would run streetcar through Jazz in the Park, Bastille Days.
4:57am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee's first streetcar construction contracts could be awarded this summer.
4:53am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee Bucks owners say they will invest in new projects around arena.

Congress

1:47pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. To host super club town hall in Chippewa Falls.
10:26am
U.S. Rep. Ribble. Introduces bipartisan legislation to fix our broken budget process.

5:46am
The Hill. Huge House vote presures Senate.

Politics

12:06pm
Bradley for State Supreme Court. Named most qualified candidate in Supreme Court race.
10:35am
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Walker touts rank as Eagle Scout as his leading qualification for commander-in-chief of the United States of America.
4:44am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Bradley, Daley to face off in live televised debate.

3:06pm
Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wisconsin's Walker visits Texas border out of public eye during dispute on immigration stance.
4:57am
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Walker's immigration stance under scrutiny.
4:54am
Chippewa Herald. Scott Walker spokeswoman disputes report on immigration shift, says his position hasn't changed.
4:46am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Waker wades into foreign policy as profile rises.

Thursday March 26, 2015

Governor

5:04pm
Gov. Walker. Announces Kentucky elk arrive in Jackson County for Wisconsin Elk Reintroduction Program.
3:30pm
Gov. Walker. Issues Executive Order to lower flags in honor of Trooper Trevor Casper.
3:28pm
Gov. Walker. Weekly radio address.

1:08pm
Milwaukee Business Journal. Building Commission backs Walker's rejection of $147M in UWM projects; university vows appeal.

Budget

5:09pm
Rep. Krug. Public budget hearings scheduled.
3:18pm
Rep. Wachs. Statement on GOP support of SeniorCare.
3:06pm
Joint Finance Committee Democrats. Follow-up letters to Secs. Gottlieb, Chandler, Ross. Letter to DOT Sec. Gottlieb. Letter to DOR Sec. Chandler. Letter to DSPS Sec. Ross.
3:00pm
Rep. Jorgensen. Saving SeniorCare means leaving SeniorCare alone.
2:59pm
Rep. Rob Brooks. Supports preservation of SeniorCare.
2:50pm
Save the Wisconsin Idea. Submits thousands of pages of comments opposing UW System cuts and changes.
2:49pm
Rep Novak. Fights for SeniorCare.
2:42pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Advocates deliver 35,000 petitions calling on Finance Committee to take BadgerCare dollars and protect UW.
2:39pm
Rep. Nygren. To hold three listening sessions in district.
2:38pm
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Comments on GAB positions in proposed state budget, Assembly Bill 21/Senate Bill 21.
2:36pm
Rep. Heaton. Voices support for preserving SeniorCare.
2:35pm
Rep. Krug. Joint Finance Committee announces support for Wisconsin's SeniorCare program.
12:30pm
Rep. Edming. Praises support for SeniorCare program.
12:29pm
Rep. Macco. Works to keep SeniorCare.
12:16pm
Sen. Hansen. Plan to eliminate SeniorCare is a giveaway to big pharma.
12:11pm
Joint Finance budget hearing testimony: Waunakee Community School District. Florence County School District. Wisconsin Heights School District. Adams-Friendship Area School District.
12:02pm
Rep. VanderMeer. Supports Wisconsin's SeniorCare program.
11:44am
Rep. Kremer. Column: Education - the future of our nation.
11:40am
Joint Finance Committee Democrats. Call for removal of harmful DNR provisions in budget. Letter to Joint Finance Co-Chairs.
11:13am
Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. Advocates continue to be concerned about changes to Well Woman Program.
11:03am
Sen. Shilling. GOP budget deficit leads to more questions.
10:58am
Sen. Hansen. Statement on Republican response to SeniorCare concerns.
10:47am
Sen. Larson. To host a series of town halls to discuss the legislative session and state budget.
10:45am
Rep. Kitchens. Works to preserve SeniorCare.
10:21am
Rep. Jorgensen. Urges Republican JFC members to save SeniorCare.
10:01am
Sen. Erpenbach. Weekly Democratic Radio Address.
9:27am
Rep. Nygren. Assembly Republicans support Wisconsin's SeniorCare program.
4:58am
Rep. Barca. Column: Republican legislators cannot divorce themselves from Walker's harmful budget.

11:48am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. GOP lawmakers buck Scott Walker on SeniorCare changes.
10:17am
AP. Republican says Walker's proposal for SeniorCare is dead.
5:43am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Budget makes major cuts to river cleanup projects in western Wisconsin.
5:42am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State outdoors groups push back against DNR research cuts.

Legislative

3:26pm
Rep. Neylon. On the economic potential of UAS in Wisconsin.
12:26pm
Sen. Carpenter. Bi-partisan bill introduced to help protect domestic abuse victims.
9:50am
Rep. Kremer. To accompany Congressman Sensenbrenner on second round of district listening sessions.
9:15am
Sen. Tiffany, Reps. Czaja, Swearingen. Northwoods legislators support increased walleye bag limits.
8:09am
WMC. Urges repeal of personal property tax.
5:02am
Sen. Wanggaard. Statement on tragic death of Trooper Trevor Casper.
5:00am
Sen. LeMahieu. Statement on passing of Trooper Trevor Casper.

10:20am
Janesville Gazette. Wisconsin chamber of commerce backs eliminating personal property tax on business equipment.
7:36am
Bloomberg. Beating animals breaks law. Now trying to expose it does, too.
5:44am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Democrats raise concerns over Wisconsin's IT update.
5:31am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: Change the tone on voting rights.
5:23am
Racine Journal Times. Editorial: Stop closing the doors on open government.
4:51am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State child care subsidies to be placed on debit cards.

State Agencies

5:10pm
DNR. Outdoor Report.
5:07pm
Coaltion for Organized and Reliable Energy. Wisconsin business and labor group applauds PSC action on Badger Coulee.
3:39pm
DWD Sec. Newson. Presents WI's talent development innovations to national audience of economic development experts.
3:01pm
DPI. Badger Exam will start on April 13 for all subjects.
1:05pm
Wind on the Wires. Statement on PSCW's approval of the Badger-Coulee transmission line.
11:14am
DOR. Collections, February FY2015.
11:11am
DMA. Army National Guard, Wisconsin DNR partnering for Sauk Prairie Recreation Area site survey.
9:09am
DNR. Emergency rule to by considered at April Natural Resources Board meeting.
4:59am
DOJ. Releases additional details into investigation into trooper's death.

3:47pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Man who gunned down trooper had a neo-Nazi background.
3:44pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Problematic portion of Badger Exam to be delayed 2 weeks.
1:10pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Regulators support Madison to La Crosse power line.
5:40am
La Crosse Tribune. PSC to decide on Badger-Coulee today.
5:21am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Fallen state trooper was 'born ready to do this job.' Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
5:20am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Trooper's actions 'heroic' in Fond du Lac shootout.
4:56am
Fox 11. Consultant: It's too soon for self-insurance in Wisconsin.

Economy/Business

11:59am
U.S. Gain, American Fueling Systems. Partnering on Atlanta CNG station.
11:31am
COWS. Wisconsin has highest black unemployment rate in the nation.
5:35am
DWD Sec. Newson. Announces steps to assist workers affected by planned closure of Wells Fargo & Co. due to improved economy.

5:35am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin tops nation in black joblessness, study finds.
5:33am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Official: Sand transport layoffs not surprising.
4:55am
Milwaukee Busines Journal. Wells Fargo laying off 1,000 as it shutters Milwaukee office.

Statewide

2:31pm
Ho-Chunk Nation. Establishes $10 minimum wage.
12:00pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Spring Tour kicks off next weekend.
10:57am
We Energies. Urges customers to 'stay connected.'
10:11am
WMJ. Can social marketing increase immunizations for urban, low-income children?

Courts

5:03pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Wisconsin Supreme Court urged to define "coordination."

Education

3:16pm
UW-Madison. Ebola whole virus vaccine shown effective, safe in primates.
10:18am
MPS. Sets additional listening session for those unable to attend earlier meetings.

1:07pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Group led by UW scientist develops whole virus Ebola vaccine.
5:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Parking fees, health insurance, hiring freeze on tap as MATC faces multimillion-dollar budget hole.

Local

5:06pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Alexander. County Board pushes seniors on the bus; kicks financial warnings to the curb.
3:36pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Rainey. Says measure to allow 16-year-old vote on school board elections would increase participation in electoral system.
3:14pm
Milwaukee Ald. Davis. Rape of girl is sickening, points to need to protect kids at all times.
2:58pm
WPPA. Madison police officer's toxicology results all clear.
12:42pm
Racine Mayor Dickert. City reacts to Pick 'N Save closing.
8:25am
Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. Capital Region Healthy Communities receives grant funding from the American Planning Association to combat chronic disease.

Congress

3:41pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Prohibit bonuses for IRS's Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division.
3:37pm
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. Wisconsin children's group applauds House passage of Children's Health Insurance Program.
3:22pm
Wisconsin Hospital Association. Statement on the repeal of the SGR.
2:40pm
One Wisconsin Now. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson literally adds insult to injury for one million Wisconsin student loan borrowers.
2:33pm
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Says "doc-fix" should not go on the federal credit card.
12:23pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. FCC issues rulemaking to permit satellite carriers to modify TV markets.
12:22pm
DPW. Out of touch millionaire Ron Johnson thinks college kids are lazy, student loan debt is fun.
12:21pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Johnson, Baldwin offer amendment to further protect our veterans.
10:15am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Continues efforts to make college more affordable.
9:14am
U.S. Rep. Pompeo. Reintroduces bill to keep food safe and affordable.
5:05am
Citizens Acting for Rail Safety. Message heard in Washington.
5:01am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Statement on passage of FY2016 Budget.

5:19am
Appleton Post Crescent. Baldwin seeks limits on crude oil trains.
4:54am
The Hill. GOP senator: Students graduating late because 'college is fun.'
4:50am
La Crosse Tribune. VA officials to testify as Senate about prescription policy.

Politics

2:52pm
Daley for State Supreme Court. Sen. Johnson & WI GOP congressional delegation supports.
8:11am
Daley for State Supreme Court. Bradley's empathy for sexual offenders indefensible.

12:44pm
CNN. Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team.
4:52am
The Hill. Walker says he'd reject deal with Iran 'on day one.'
4:49am
Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Wisconsin court candidate blames justice for dysfunction.