wetland Policy
Wisconsin

An “Act 10” for Wetland Reform

A pair of Republican legislative leaders will introduce a bill Friday to reform wetland regulation that advocates say will be a boon for real estate development while leaving current regulation of federal wetlands in place. More than 80% of wetlands in Wisconsin are adjacent to navigable waters and fall under federal jurisdiction. The bill by […]

SenScottFitzgerald
Wisconsin

Fitzgerald: Senate Won’t “Fumble the Ball” on Foxconn

While it’s predictable that democrats would continue to find any issues they can within the Foxconn deal, Senate and Assembly Republicans now seem to be at odds with one another on the pace at which the bill is moving. In an interview conducted by Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader, Senate Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald […]

Scott_Walker_Wiki
Wisconsin

Gov. Walker Addresses Foxconn Concerns

In an interview with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader,  Governor Scott Walker addressed the much talked about Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis of the proposed Foxconn deal, and said its findings are nothing new. While news outlets  focused on the data from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau that estimated that Wisconsin wouldn’t break even on the deal for a […]

Ed Soliday Policy
Wisconsin

Indiana’s Experience With Wage Repeal: The Rest of the Story

Opponents of a full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law for public construction projects recently have been pointing to video of a Republican Indiana state lawmaker claiming repeal of a similar law there did not save money on public projects. Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday, House Assistant Majority Leader, at an event in Milwaukee last […]

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National

Will 2017 be the Year of Constitutional Carry?

If you believe you’re hearing about the subject of constitutional carry a lot lately, you wouldn’t be alone. 2017 is looking to be the year where legislators across the country make one of the largest efforts to expand gun rights. When state Senator Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) and state Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) announced their […]

constructionsite Policy
National

“Vets Hardest Hit” Prevailing Wage Myth Goes Multi-State

It has been nearly a year since Huffington Post ran a piece arguing that the repeal of of prevailing wage laws would disproportionately harm veterans. Media Trackers deconstructed the argument and revealed the myth in the argument in October, 2016. After failing to stop a partial repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law last session, union backed […]

cautiontaxesahead Policy
Wisconsin

In Search for New Taxes, Illinois Picks Wisconsin’s Brain

The state of Illinois is nearly $12 billion in debt, which has forced lawmakers to scramble for whatever sources of tax revenue they can. Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Launer has been portrayed in the media as Illinois’ Scott Walker: a GOP reformer trying to bring big state government down to size. Yet, if the latest proposal goes […]

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