Collin Roth

Budget Debate Begins In Assembly, Concealed Carry Debate in Senate

By Collin Roth The Wisconsin legislature is set to undertake two significant votes in the coming week. On Tuesday, the Assembly begins debate on the controversial 2012-13 budget proposal that sparked months of protests due in large part to significant cuts to state aid and K-12 public education. The budget, the product of Governor Walker’s […]

LFB: $300 Million Surplus From 2012-13 Budget Proposal

By Collin Roth On Monday afternoon, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released new figures that show Wisconsin benefitting to the tune of $300 million in surplus funds if the current budget proposal is passed. The figures also show that Wisconsin citizens, families, and businesses can expect a net total of $23.6 million in tax cuts over […]

Vandals Attack WMC Ahead of Monday Protests

By Collin Roth Over the weekend, vandals attacked the Madison office of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce with anti-business, anti-Walker graffiti . Fists, images of Governor Scott Walker, and slogans such as “tax the rich” were painted on the building and sidewalks around the office of the state’s chamber of commerce. The actions of the vandals […]

Senator Tim Carpenter Distances Himself From Protesters

In a Sunday interview on Upfront with Mike Gousha, Democratic Senator Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee expressed concern that the latest round of Madison protesters have “gotten out of hand.” Carpenter was of course referring to the budget protests that have seen “zombies” interrupt Governor Walker’s speech to Special Olympians, screaming protesters that have to be […]

Capitol Braces For Protests Next Week As Budget Moves To A Vote

By Collin Roth In recent weeks, the protests in Madison have taken a decidedly ugly and uncivil turn. From last week’s screaming and yelling in the Joint Finance Committee hearings that resulted in 25-30 arrests, to the eyesore of the “Walkerville” tent-city crowding the sidewalks of Madison, to the disruption that cancelled a Red Cross […]

Olive Branch Amendment To Save Jobs Being Rejected By Teacher Unions

By Collin Roth Last Thursday, Republican Assemblyman Joseph Knilans of Janesville sponsored an olive branch amendment that would allow school districts and collective bargaining units to modify compensation and fringe benefit packages in a 90 day window after the Budget Repair Bill goes into effect. Knilans calls his proposal a “job saving motion,” saying in […]

Concealed Carry Compromise Passes Joint Finance Committee

By Collin Roth On Thursday, the Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 to approve concealed carry legislation via a substitute amendment that allows Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons with a license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. This substitute amendment replaces the original “constitutional carry” bill sponsored by Senator Pam Galloway that required no training […]

GAB Certifies Recall of Three Democrat State Senators

In what turned into a highly contested hearing of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, recall elections for three Democrat state senators were approved Wednesday evening in a marathon session. The Board carefully considered evidence of alleged fraud committed by paid circulators or Kennedy Enterprises, hired by the Republican Party of Wisconsin to assist in gathering […]