July 29 – Week in Review

Gov. Walker appointed Daniel Kelly to fill Justice Prosser’s seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

AG Schimel appealed the voter ID preliminary injunction.

ETF released an RFP on behalf of the Group Insurance Board.  The purpose of the RFP is: “To provide interested and qualified health benefits plan administrative Proposers with information to prepare and submit competitive proposals to provide third party administrative services for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program (GHIP) and the Wisconsin Public Employer (WPE) program for local government employees, managed by ETF.”

Rep. Nygren released an LFB memo comparing auto taxes and fees, and an LFB document showing a $939M shortfall in the State Highway Improvement Program (with no bonding included) for the 2017-19 budget.  Gov. Walker responded with this statement. Rep. Nygren released and additional statement on July 28, clarifying statements after media reports were published.

Family Care and IRIS will expand to the 7 remaining counties in Wisconsin not covered by the programs, according to a release from DHS. The programs will expand to Adams, Florence, Forest, Oneida, Taylor, and Vilas counties in late 2017, along with Dane County in early 2018.

As a result of 2015 Wisconsin Act 5, authored by Rep. Loudenbeck, and Sen. Petrowski, AG Schimel and DOJ launched a human trafficking awareness campaign.  The act requires “the creation of human trafficking resource center hotline posters.”  More information can be found here.

State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald is retiring on August 5, according to a release from Gov. Walker.