The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday November 21, 2014 - Updated 4:37pm

Governor

4:35pm
Gov. Walker. Proclaims Adoption Month.
4:35pm
Gov. Walker. Wisconsin tops nation in wood furniture manufacturing employment.
11:52am
Gov. Walker. Executive Residence 2014 holiday tour schedule announced.

Budget

4:58am
Wisconsin State Journal. State faces $2.2 billion deficit heading into 2015-17 budget cycle.

Legislative

3:55pm
Sierra Club. John Muir Chapter recognizes Senator Bob Jauch with Torchbearer Award.
3:05pm
Rep. Wright. And Sen. Dale Schultz to hold public forum on school funding.
5:16am
Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin. Families promise to keep speaking out: Special needs vouchers are still bad news.

State Agencies

2:58pm
DOT. Freezing rain may cause slippery roads in Southern Wisconsin.
2:57pm
Ready Wisconsin. Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
2:35pm
DNR. Wetland regulatory agencies sign agreement to provide additional mitigation opportunity.
1:42pm
OCI. Commissioner Ted Nickel elected to NAIC leadership.
1:38pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings.
11:51am
DHS. Cold weather increases risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
9:20am
DOR. Collections, October FY2015.

5:10am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State Historical Society takes Wisconsin's past on the road.

Statewide

4:37pm
Alliant Energy. Energy makes preparing your holiday meal easy as pie.
2:56pm
Wisconsin Corn Growers Association. EPA renewable fuel standard delay makes sense.
2:31pm
Wisconsin Women in Government. Announces 2015 professional development series.

6:39am
Governing. Aging prisoners shackle state budgets.

Courts

2:32pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Judge denies MATC and union motion to dismiss Act 10 case.

1:41pm
The Hill. House Republicans sue President Obama.

Education

10:12am
UW-Stout. Research Services awards grants to 22 students.
5:02am
UW-Stout. Chancellor releases statement on death of UW-Stout administrator.

Local

10:14am
Xcel Energy. Bay Front Power Plant returns to service following major air quality and control system upgrades.

2:37pm
Capital Times. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says union contracts no longer legal.
5:12am
Milwaukee Business Journal. 'Cultural needs' referendum could be held across Milwaukee area in spring 2016 at earliest.
4:53am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Let's get Milwaukee's streetcar project off the ground.

Congress

1:37pm
Immigrant Workers Union. Immigration fight is far from over.
9:37am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Leads bipartisan support for Wisconsin cranberry growers.
9:36am
Madison Mayor Soglin. Statement on President Obama's immigration plan.
9:35am
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Participates in Senate's Computers for Schools program.
8:46am
U.S. Rep Ryan. Statement on the President's Executive Order on immigration.
5:03am
U.S. Sen. Johnson. On 'The Kelly File.'
4:40am
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Reacts to immigration executive action.
4:39am
SEIU Wisconsin. President's action right for America, immigrant families, and our economy.
4:37am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Statement on President Obama's immigration executive order.
4:36am
White House. Remarks by the president in address to the nation on immigration.

1:39pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Obama's order could affect 24,000 undocumented immigrants in state.
4:51am
Wausau Daily Herald. Duffy tapped for leadership position in House.
4:44am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Wisconsin lawmakers plot immigration response.
4:41am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In Wisconsin, Obama's immigration order seen as historic, divisive.
4:34am
Reuters. Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans. Bloomberg.

Politics

2:38pm
Wisconsin Family Action. Endorses Duey Stroebel for Senate.
2:30pm
One Wisconsin Now. 2015 Wisconsin state budget preview: $70 billion-plus Scott Walker 2016 campaign ad.
11:53am
Stroebel for State Senate. Cedarburg's leaders support.
10:15am
DPW. Fact check: Ron Johnson didn't fund his first campaign.

4:46am
Sheboygan Press. Prescott says he'll offer business alternative in 20th race.

Thursday November 20, 2014

Governor

3:51pm
Gov. Walker. Moody's: Wisconsin's outlook is positive.
12:25pm
Gov. Walker. Weekly radio address.
12:24pm
Gov. Walker. Read to Lead Development Council seeks grant applicants.

Budget

4:49pm
DPW. Scott Walker inherits $2.2 billion deficit from ...Scott Walker.
4:46pm
Rep. Barca. Statement on expected budget deficit.
4:28pm
Joint Finance Co-Chairs Darling, Nygren. Latest report shows Wisconsin economy improving.
3:45pm
Sen. Hansen. Statement on DOA Budget deficit announcement. 
3:28pm
Sen. Fitzgerald. Statement on November revenue numbers.
3:20pm
Speaker Vos. Statement on revenue numbers.
3:04pm
Sen. Shilling. Statement on budget deficit projections.
2:51pm
DOA. Agency budget requests and revenue estimates.
1:01pm
Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters. Commend Secretary Gottlieb and the Department of Tranportation's budget to fund Wisconsin's transportation infrastructure.

4:32pm
La Crosse Tribune. State budget shortfall projected at $2.2 billion.
4:31pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State revenues for next budget $2.2 billion short of spending requests.
5:01am
Wisconsin Public Radio. DOT Secretary says approval of agency's budget request is critical.

Legislative

4:34pm
Rep. Zamarripa. Applauds bold, meaningful action on immigration from President Obama.
2:56pm
Rep. Ringhand. Weekly Democratic Radio Address.

12:51pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Lawmaker promises to pass special needs vouchers.
5:08am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. MMAC floats idea of sales tax referendum for culture, arts.
5:04am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Editorial: Assembly speaker makes it clear how system works.

State Agencies

4:36pm
DNR. Outdoor Report.
3:57pm
DWD Sec. Newson. Highlights Governor Walker's talent development strategies in remarks to Superior business & education leaders.
2:38pm
AG Van Hollen. Announces complaint against Kaleb Paulos, operator of Instant Tax Services.
2:32pm
2014 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament unveiled.
1:17pm
AG Van Hollen. Announces video recordings of this year's Department of Justice webinars on the public records and open meetings laws now accessible online.
1:03pm
WEDC. Wausau Window expansion means 100+ new jobs.
12:36pm
Wisconsin Women's Council. Women in the Legislature 2015.

1:24pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. State-run health care plans should be off-limits to younger employees, think tanks argue.
5:17am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Study to look at self-insured model for Wisconsin employee health benefits.

Economy/Business

1:28pm
WPRI. Study breaks down positives and negatives of minimum wage hike by Wisconsin region and industry. Report.
1:22pm
DWD. State unemployment rate declines to 5.4% in October.

Statewide

3:59pm
Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation awards eight new grants to Boys & Girls Clubs in Wisconsin.
3:47pm
Midwest Food Processors Association. Food Processors annual convention to cover food-related and manufacutring issues. 
12:31pm
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American Lung Association. Wisconsin hits record low teen smoking rate; surge in use of other tobacco products and E-cigarettes.
12:28pm
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Announces 7th Annual Conference breakout sessions.
10:24am
Madison Area Builders Association. Students earn scholarships.
10:16am
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Introduces online doctor's visits to Medicare Advantage plans in Wisconsin. 
5:23am
Cornucopia Institute. New report criticizes yogurt industry.

5:05am
Capital Times. Environmental group links 'beneficial reuse' of coal ash to southeastern Wisconsin well contamination.

Education

12:46pm
UW-Stout. Golf program transfer agreement signed with Lakeshore Tech.
12:35pm
UW-Madison. Halting the hijacker: Cellular targets to thwart influenza virus infection.
12:32pm
UW-River Falls. Brazilian program fuels record international student enrollment.
12:29pm
UW-River Falls. Seeks entrepreneurs to serve as judges for the New Venture Corporation.
5:26am
Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. Launches new website.

5:00am
Wisconsin Public Radio. UW-Superior plans to outsource custodial jobs to Tennessee-based company.

Local

10:22am
Milwaukee County Supervisor Taylor. UW-Extension and Hales Corners wading pool amendments stand, capital improvements veto overridden by County Board. 
5:24am
Milwaukee County Board. Adopts 2015 budget.
5:22am
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Signs 2015 budget.

5:39am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee tax credit program championed.
4:59am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee streetcar plan energizes supporters, spurs opposition.

Congress

2:39pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Portman. Introduce bipartisan Critical Care Assessment and Improvement Act of 2014.
1:49pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Wisconsin senators applaud confirmation of Judge Pam Pepper to the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
1:05pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Radio release: Johnson preview's Obama's immigration executive action.
8:03am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Votes to move bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act forward.
5:22am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Elected Progressive Caucus 1st Vice Chair.

5:20am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Editorial: Don't reduce funding for rural hospitals.
5:07am
Racine Journal Times. Congressman to push reform as chair of powerful House committee.
5:02am
La Crosse Tribune. GOP governors attack Obama's immigration order.

Politics

12:34pm
One Wisconsin Now. Is Sen. Johnson not getting PACUR to pay for planned 2016 campaign?

1:20pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Report: Scott Walker preparing to launch presidential bid next year.
1:16pm
U.S. News. Walker's family on board with 2016 run.
12:49pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Two weeks after election, Walker preparing for presidential run.
5:06am
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Johnson won't self-finance 2016 Senate race.