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May 25, 2018

Walker directs agencies to ask for no new spending
Gov. Scott Walker kicked off the next state budget cycle this week, sending instructions to state agencies to submit budget proposals with no requests for increased funding, with certain exceptions. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

New report: Opioid prescriptions down 10 percent
Wisconsin and the U.S. are both locked in a deadly battle with opioid addiction, but there was some good news in the state this past week as a new report showed opioid prescriptions dispensed over the last year were down 10 percent in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

Governor embraces Lionsgate Academy, Lakeland STAR
Gov. Scott Walker toured Lionsgate Academy in Minnesota recently, saying the visit to the pioneering charter school for children with autism was an eye-opening experience for him, and the governor also predicted great things for Lakeland STAR Academy/School in Minocqua, the new charter school being modeled after Lionsgate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Governor addresses Grow North annual meeting
Gov. Scott Walker was in Rhinelander on May 14 to address the membership of the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation at the group's annual meeting held at Nicolet Area Technical College. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FCC: Net neutrality repeal takes effect June 11
The Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order - otherwise known as the repeal of net neutrality - will take effect on June 11, the agency said last week, returning the regulation of Internet service providers to the light-touch approach that existed before the Obama-era regulatory framework was established. (Subscriber Access) (Web Exclusive)
Friday, May 18, 2018

Never Forgotten Honor Flight takes 88 veterans to D.C.
The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have always come at the highest of costs, the blood, sweat, tears of the men and women who stand between those who would take those liberties away and the rest of the populace. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Democrats: GOP bill would let thousands of children go hungry
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have released their proposed annual farm bill - which includes appropriations for food stamps, or SNAP - and Democrats, both on the national and state level, are up in arms, saying the plan will exacerbate hunger, particularly among children. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

Shock number: Autism rates jump to one in 59
The hopes and expectations of many experts were dashed last week as new official government autism numbers were released, and once again the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was marching upward. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Officials mark new certified site in Eagle River
Republican Gov. Scott Walker and representatives from Vilas County and Eagle River unveiled the 20th Certified In Wisconsin site in Eagle River on Tuesday. The program, which allows locations to have quicker turnaround time for business development, launched in 2012 and has certified 20 locations in the state with Eagle River's being the latest and the first north of Wausau. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Only in Wisconsin: Butter law sparks litigation
A federal district judge recently tossed an Ohio dairy's challenge of Wisconsin's ban on the sale of ungraded butter, but the company is keeping the issue churned up, filing an appeal this week with the federal seventh circuit court of appeals. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Northwoods Rail Transit Commission studies regional use
Sister studies conducted in 2013 and the present confirm the logging industry is the primary driver for railway use in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Walker, GOP target local control once again
Local control once again wore a bullseye on its back this week, as Gov. Scott Walker signed yet another bill to rein in the powers of municipalities, this time a law creating uniform employment standards across the state. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Walker signs welfare reform package into law
Gov. Scott Walker signed nine welfare reform bills into law late last week as part of his Wisconsin Works for Everyone welfare reform plan, which, among other things, will require able-bodied adults to complete a work requirement or participate in a workforce development course to maintain eligibility for the FoodShare program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Walker, Pocan spar over border security
Far from the nation's southern border, two major Wisconsin politicians got into a fight this week over border security, specifically, the Trump administration's plan to send National Guard troops to help defend it. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 13, 2018

Work Zone Awareness Week promotes highway safety
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed April 9 to 13 as Work Zone Awareness Week as part of efforts to prevent traffic crashes, deaths and injuries in construction and maintenance areas along Wisconsin's roadways.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The blue wave continues as Dallet smashes Screnock
Wisconsin voters took a sharp turn to the left in Tuesday's election, electing the first non-incumbent liberal to the state Supreme Court in a generation and voting by a wide margin to keep the state treasurer's office, which conservatives wanted to abolish. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 6, 2018

Wisconsin Wins: A statewide tobacco movement
Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) is a science-based, state-wide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. It began in the spring of 2002.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Legislature set to change special-election law
The state Assembly and state Senate are set to convene in an extraordinary session on April 4 to change the law governing special elections, in a bid to override a Dane County judge's order that Gov. Scott Walker call special elections forthwith to fill two vacant legislative seats. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 30, 2018

Expert witness: No need for DOJ to redact informants' real names
A retired supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program in Los Angeles is challenging the Wisconsin Department of Justice's redaction of law enforcement names requested by The Lakeland Times in an open-records request.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DATCP extends EAB quarantine across entire state
The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borer (EAB), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced last week. The quarantine will be effective Friday, March 30.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Walker lays out 'ambitious' plan in State of the State
Gov. Scott Walker gave his State of the State speech this past Wednesday, touting his tax-cutting accomplishments over the past seven years and proposing major welfare reform, a $122-million tax credit, and programs designed to boost job creation and prosperity in rural areas. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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