The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Wednesday January 28, 2015 - Updated 5:25pm

Governor

11:25am
Gov. Walker. Attends Summit of Wisconsin Apprenticeship experts.
9:40am
Southeastern WI Legislators. Letter to Gov. Walker regarding Kenosha casino.

2:37pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Walker unmoved by Indiana decision to take Medicaid money.

Budget

5:25pm
Rep. Wachs. Statement on confluence funding announcement.
4:30pm
WHA. Praises Governor for including Medicaid Disproportionate Share Program in State Budget. 
2:31pm
DPI Supt. Evers. Statement on governor's rural schools buget announcement.
2:26pm
Rep. Loudenbeck. Statement on funding for child sex trafficking victims.
2:18pm
Gov. Walker. Announces plans to grow the economy in rural Wisconsin.
10:54am
Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions. Supports Governor Walker's Milwaukee entertainment center proposal.
10:30am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Statement slamming Governor Walker's draconion cuts to higher education in Wisconsin.
10:21am
UW-River Falls. Chancellor Van Galen's statement on Governor Walker's budget proposal.
10:11am
Rep. Hintz. Keep rent-to-own out of the state budget. Letter to Gov. Walker.
9:55am
UW Colleges/UW-Extension. Statement regarding Governor Walker's UW budget proposal.
9:42am
DPI. Rural school students deserve a piece of the budget pie.
4:47am
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Miller. Statement on Governor's proposals for UW System.

2:04pm
Fox 11. Walker: Budget plan to include funding for rural school transportation.
12:24pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Walker says UW faculty should be 'teaching more classes and doing more work.'
11:41am
United Council of UW Students. Wisconsin is closed for education: Access & affordability in an era of divestment.
5:34am
Milwaukee Business Journal. MMAC leaders expect Gov. Walker's leadership will sway conservatives on arena plan.
5:17am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Chancellors see pluses, minuses in Walker buget plan. La Crosse Tribune.
5:06am
Wisconsin State Journal. Campus, legislative leaders concerned about Scott Walker's proposed UW cuts but welcome flexibilities.
5:00am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Scott Walker offers sound starting point on arena financing.

Legislative

3:54pm
Rep. Sargent. Do this the Wisconsin way.
2:15pm
Sen. Farrow. Letter to DPI Supt. Evers regarding Smarter Balanced Assessment.
12:38pm
Rep. Kremer. To accompany Congressman Sensenbrenner at District listening sessions.
11:57am
Rep. Kremer. Statement on teacher licensure incentives.
11:27am
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Expanding the statewide school voucher program: The wrong choice for Wisconsin.
9:51am
Rep. Jarchow. Announces District "Working With You" days with his first day at area cheese factory.
9:49am
Sen. Darling, Rep. Kooyenga. Release New Opportunities for Milwaukee Agenda.
9:30am
Wisconsin Contractor Coalition. Statement on "Repeal of Prevailing Wage" legislation.
4:56am
WEAC. Statement on latest schools bill.

2:33pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. GOP lawmakers to craft bill converting failing MPS schools to charters.
12:25pm
WBAY. Bipartisan lawmakers ask Walker to reconsider casino.
11:13am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. GOP lawmakers unveil plan to fight city poverty.
10:57am
Wisconsin State Journal. Industry reps, regulators to debate Obama carbon limits.
5:32am
Daily Cardinal. Students question bill promoting fiscal autonomy.
5:18am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State senator calls for debate on assisted-suicide bill.
4:56am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Senate education bill faces less opposition than Assembly version.

State Agencies

3:47pm
Midwest Environmental Advocates. Natural Resources Board: DNR to study frac sand statewide.
3:46pm
DNR. Research team receives national 2014 Sport Fish Restoration outstanding research project award.
2:10pm
DATCP. Surf responsibly, Data Privacy Day is January 28.
1:53pm
DNR. Natural Resources Board retains elected officers.
12:55pm
DWD. Wisconsin local employement & unemployment estimates released.
12:20pm
DNR. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin donates $33,000 to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
11:28am
DOT. Super Bowl Sunday safety message.
10:52am
DNR. Launches Endangered Resources license plate photo contest on Facebook.
10:22am
DNR. Natural Resources Board approves scope statement allowing flexibility in walleye limits.
10:18am
DNR. Brule River State Forest continues sustainable forest management.
10:13am
DNR. 2015 bear season quota set at 4,750 by Wisconsin Natural Resources Board.
10:12am
DNR. Natural Resources Board approves spring rules hearing questions.
9:44am
DNR. Agency to develop analysis on industrial sand mining.
9:32am
DFI. Encourages investors to discuss cybersecurity with their financial professionals.
4:46am
DWD. BLS report: Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the Midwest for private sector year-over-year growth.

Statewide

3:09pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Solar workshop draws strong interest.
3:07pm
Wisconsin Builders Association. Announces state award winners.
8:59am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Indiana makes Wisconsin last Great Lakes state not to take Medicaid dollars.

Courts

9:00am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Andrew J. Bryant.
9:00am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Ryan D. Lister.

Education

1:18pm
Marquette University. Receives NSF grant to address gender gap in robotics industry.
9:45am
Marquette University. Congressman Paul Ryan goes "On the Issues" at Marquette Law School.
5:22am
MPS. Employee wellness program earns American Heart Association Gold award.

Local

3:58pm
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. The streetcar not desired.
2:39pm
Dane County Board. Committee postpones Enbridge decision.
11:42am
Sierra Club, 350 Madison. Local environmental groups applaud Dane County Zoning decision on Enbridge permit.
10:23am
Milwaukee County Exec. Abele. Announces new airport director for MKE.
9:02am
Dane County Market. 2014 foreclosures. 2014 distressed property index.

11:15am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bus drivers' union voices opposition to Milwaukee streetcar.
5:11am
Wisconsin State Journal. Dane County committee postpones decision on Enbridge permit.
5:07am
Capital Times. No deal on Enbridge pipeline insurance.

Congress

4:46pm
Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources. Letter to the U.S. Senate HELP Committee Chair on approval of S192- Older American Act (OAA) Reauthorization Act of 2015. 
3:49pm
U.S. Rep. Ribble. Re-launches the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus.
3:29pm
NAACP. Support for H.J. Res 25, a bill calling for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote.
3:05pm
House Judiciary Committee. To examine asset forfeiture in February.
8:57am
Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. Responds to U.S. Reps. Pocan and Moore regarding school choice.
4:46am
U.S. Rep. Ribble. Introduces bill to combat human trafficking.

Politics

3:06pm
Daley for State Supreme Court. Announces endorsements from Sheriffs of Chippewa, Polk, and Taylor Counties.

12:26pm
WSAW. Gov. Walker says trips to South Carolina, Florida, Nevada coming.
12:01pm
The Hill. Walker group takes shot at Clinton.
11:58am
Milwaukee Business Journal. 'Bland,' 'uncharismatic' Scott Walker answers critics of presidential run.
11:15am
Chippewa Herald. Walker says he sees gaps in potential 2016 GOP field.

Tuesday January 27, 2015

Governor

5:01am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: Kenosha, no; up next, Beloit.

Budget

5:12pm
Sen. Bewley. Statement on Gov. Walker's cut to UW campuses.
3:44pm
Sen. Lassa. Governor must explain benefits of UW changes.
3:25pm
Rep. Neylon. Statement on Governor Walker's UW System budget proposal.
2:30pm
Rep. Shankland. Statement on Governor Walker's cuts to UW System.
2:03pm
Sen. Hansen. Statement on Governor Walker's cuts to UW campuses.
1:56pm
Reps. Taylor, Hintz. Walker proposes staggering cuts to UW System.
1:54pm
Rep. Knudson. Statement on UW System, arena proposals.
1:32pm
Rep. Nygren. Statement on the UW System and Bucks arena.
1:04pm
Rep. Hesselbein. Statement on UW System cuts: Not again.
12:45pm
Rep. Kapenga. Statement on arena financing proposal.
12:43pm
UW-Madison Chancellor Blank. Reaction to the latest state budget news.
12:07pm
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Walker proposes big cuts to University of Wisconsin System, big tuition hikes for Wisconsin students and big payday for Milwaukee Bucks.
12:01pm
Speaker Vos. Statement on Governor Walker's proposal for Bucks arena.
11:48am
Rep. Murphy. Statement on proposed changes to the UW System.
11:22am
Rep. Barca. Statement on Governor Walker's proposed UW System cuts.
11:12am
Sen. Shilling. Statement on Gov. Walker's cuts to higher education.
10:58am
Gov. Walker. Announces "Pay Their Way" plan for Milwaukee Bucks arena.
10:23am
Speaker Vos. Statement on Govenor Walker's budget proposal for UW System.
9:38am
Sen. Nass. Statement on governor's budget plan for UW System.
8:51am
UW System. Statements regarding proposed budget.
8:42am
Gov. Walker. Announces plan for tuition freeze, autonomy for UW System.

2:37pm
Chippewa Herald. Campus, legislative leaders concerned about Scott Walker's proposed UW cuts but welcome flexibilities.
12:03pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Changes coming to worker's compensation system?
11:33am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Walker adding 'jock tax' to budget; plan could raise $220M for arena.
10:33am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker: Jock tax will cover $220 million for new Bucks arena.
10:16am
Chippewa Herald. UW System critic blasts governor's autonomy plan.
10:14am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker proposes $300 million cut, more autonomy for UW.
5:21am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Cowles: teacher licensing doesn't belong in budget.
4:59am
Wisconsin State Journal. Gov. Scott Walker to propose 13% cut, more freedom to UW System.
4:58am
Capital Times. Wisconsin Democrats call on Scott Walker, GOP lawmakers for budget repair bill.
4:55am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker expected to announce plan for support of new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Legislative

4:37pm
Sen. Harris Dodd. Responds to education accountability efforts.
2:28pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Republican push to eliminate prevailing wage would create barriers to success, opportunity.
12:39pm
Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. Urges legislators to say "I trust parents!"
12:13pm
Sen. Lassa. Column: Radon: Silent killer can be in any home.
12:05pm
Rep. Spreitzer. Letter to the editor regarding the state budget.
11:30am
Rep. Hutton. Unveils legislation to eliminate the prevailing wage law.
11:23am
Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Loudenbeck. Lawmakers introduce bill connecting human trafficking victims to resources.
11:20am
One Wisconsin Now. Testimony in opposition to 2015 Senate Bill 1.
11:18am
The No Vouchers Coalition. Testimony in opposition to SB-1.
11:04am
Sens. Erpenbach, Taylor. Letter to DOA Sec. Huebsch regarding state budget.
8:50am
Sen. Carpenter. Remembering the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
5:56am
Common Cause in Wisconsin. Opposition mounts to partisan attack on non-partisan GAB.

1:20pm
WQOW. Republican says he doesn't support school sanctions.
10:51am
Janesville Gazette. Editorial: State lawmakers should step on gas for freeway driving.
5:07am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Senate to hold hearing on school accountability bill.
4:57am
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Senator tries again to limit sales of toy-like lighters.

State Agencies

4:04pm
DATCP. Tax scam avoidance starts with awareness.
1:32pm
DNR. Weekly news.
1:09pm
WEDC. Nomination deadline is Friday for 2015 Governor's Export Achievement Awards.

9:09am
Ashland Daily Press. Tourism secretary gives kudos to Cable.

Statewide

3:02pm
WPHCA, Wisconsin Regional Enrollment Networks announces enrollment Super Saturday!
1:42pm
Wisconsin Procurement Institute. Tri-county manufacturing conference series: "Manufacturing for the Military: Subcontracting for a Prime Contractor."
11:40am
Wisconsin Budget Project, COWS. Income inequality in Wisconsin reaches record levels. Report.
11:31am
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Nelson's WFU spirit recognized with Meritorious Service Award.
10:32am
WMC. Study: EPA rule to result in $100,000/yr rate hikes for WI manufacturers, kill 21,000 jobs.
5:55am
MacIver Institute. Study: EPA regulations to increase Wisconsin electricity prices 19%, eliminate 20,995 jobs by 2030.

5:15am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Hold times, hang-up rates both cross limits for MTM medical rides center.
5:11am
Chippewa Herald. Nutrition becomes a new arena for climate change politics.
4:56am
Marshfield News Herald. Affordable Care Act brings new tax forms.

Courts

8:56am
District I Court of Appeals. Pamela Peter v. Sprinkmann Sons Corporation.
8:54am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Danny Robert Alexander.

5:43am
LA Times. Supreme Court knocks down promised health benefits for union retirees.

Education

2:56pm
UW-Stout. Scholar, professor join metals, ceramics to help aerospace industry.
5:53am
UW-Eau Claire. Breaking down stereotypes to build stronger schools.

5:06am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Menominee schools weighing benefit options.

Local

3:34pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Abele. Second Traveling Beer Garden Tour added for 2015.
12:41pm
Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke. To testify before United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nomination of U.S. Arttorney General.

4:54am
Sheboygan Press. City employees file suit over OT, premiums.

Congress

5:18am
La Crosse Tribune. Baldwin says she could have done more but was unaware of prior problems at VA.
4:52am
Appleton Post Crescent. Baldwin's handling of VA report 'frustrating' for widow.

Federal Agencies

11:34am
EPA. Seeks input on federal plan for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
9:10am
EPA. Helps 22 communities to meet their sustainability goals and foster economic development.

12:11pm
Wausau Daily Herald. Whistleblower says he won't leave Tomah VA unless by force.
5:45am
Business Insider. The Justice Department has been secretly spying on millions of cars.
4:53am
Fond du Lac Reporter. VA Secretary says he will investigate Tomah medical center.

Politics

3:28pm
Our American Revival. Governor Scott Walker luanches "Our American Revival."

2:11pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Walker forms committee to explore presidential run.
11:58am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Walker forms first committee for 2016 run.
11:17am
Washington Post. Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid.
5:52am
Reuters. Scott Walker has breakthrough moment in Iowa. Now what?