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2015-03-05

Wisconsin right-to-work debate stretches into Friday morning

As much of the state remained in bed, the Wisconsin Assembly pushed on Friday morning with a marathon debate over controversial right-to-work legislation. As of 4 a.m. Friday, the Assembly had been debating a motion to refer the bill to…

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Statewide hearings scheduled on Wisconsin budget

Residents across Wisconsin will get a change to weigh in on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed biennial budget. The Joint Finance Committee has scheduled four public hearings around the state later this month, where people will be able to offer their…

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Wisconsin unemployment rate fell to 5 percent in January

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to five percent in January, falling to its lowest level since August of 2008 when the Great Recession was just starting to emerge. State workforce development officials reported Thursday that the seasonally-adjusted jobless rate went down…

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Assembly settles in for long night of debate

Debate on controversial right-to-work legislation got off to a rocky start Thursday, with protesters being removed from the Assembly gallery during the opening speeches of what promises to be an all-night session. Members of the state Assembly have negotiated a…

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Sokaogon chair: changes to mascot law ‘a mockery of indigenous people’

The state of Wisconsin’s tribes received some attention at the Capitol on Thursday, where lawmakers took a break from heated debate over right-to-work legislation to hear the annual State of the Tribes address, delivered by Mole Lake Sokaogon Chairman Chris…

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GOP rejects Dems resolution for Walker to apologize

Republicans in the Assembly refused to take up an “apology” resolution from Democrats Thursday morning before right-to-work debate. Democrats want Governor Scott Walker to apologize to those who protested Act 10 four years ago at the Capitol, suggesting he recently…

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DOT head defends security detail for governor (AUDIO)

One Democrat says taxpayers should not have to pony up to help protect the governor when he speaks to national conservatives. During the Department of Transportation budget briefing before the Joint Finance Committee, Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) posed that question…

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Wisconsin Rapids woman dies in crash involving school bus

A woman is dead after a crash just west of Plover Wednesday afternoon. Portage County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Nicki Lukas says the crash happened as students were getting off the school bus on this four-lane high speed expressway.  “A…

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Wisconsin Assembly prepares for right-to-work debate

Less than two weeks after it was introduced, the state Assembly this morning will start what’s expected to be a lengthy final debate on a controversial right-to-work bill. Democrats and majority Republicans in the chamber have agreed to a 24…

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2015-03-04

DOT chief defends $1.3 billion in bonding

The legislature’s budget writing committee grills the head of the Department of Transportation on the third day of agency budget briefings. Governor Scott Walker wants to borrow $1.3 billion to fund road projects in the state. Department of Transportation Secretary…

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Lawmakers renew push for Wisconsin-based health exchange

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, which argues those who purchase their health insurance through the federal exchanges should not qualify for subsidies that lower the cost of care. If the…

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Walker says he’ll sign right-to-work on Monday

Right-to-work legislation is nearly ready for Governor Scott Walker’s signature. The bill has yet to pass the Assembly, but Walker told the annual Business Day in Madison, sponsored by Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce, that he plans to sign it next…

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