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Will Walker’s Self-Insurance Plan Die Today?

By James Wigderson, special to Media Trackers The state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is expected on Thursday to take up, and reject, Governor Scott Walker’s plan to move Wisconsin to a self-insurance model for state employees. The Capital Times reports: Also on Thursday, the committee will vote on contracts to approve Walker’s proposal to move […]

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WI AFT Local President Fails Econ 101 on PLAs and Prevailing Wage

An effort to school Governor Scott Walker on free market forces morphed into a self-taught lesson in irony Tuesday for American Federation of Teachers Local 212 President Mike Rosen. Rosen joined  Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca and Rep. Katrina Shankland on a media conference call to respond to President Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin and appearance […]

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The Math Likely Behind The “Three-Tier System” Draft Proposal

In the movie “Philadelphia,” attorney Joe Miller, played by Denzel Washington, often asked witnesses to explain something to him “like I’m a five year old.” Without sounding the least bit patronizing, Mark Garthwaite, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild, takes that approach when explaining the controversial three-tier system of alcohol distribution in Wisconsin. “Any […]

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Assembly Ed. Plan Could Cost Milwaukee, Green Bay Schools Millions

Green Bay Public schools have been bleeding students to other school districts for years through open-enrollment. And under a K-12 education spending plan unveiled by Republicans this week, the loss of students to other public school districts could cost Green Bay more than $2 million a school year in state aid. When a student transfers […]

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Lawmaker Proposes Firearm Education in Public Schools

State Representative Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin) introduced a bill Thursday that would have the Department of Public Instruction develop a firearm course for Wisconsin High school students. In an era of gun-free school zones and zero tolerance policies that punish students for liking pictures of guns on Instagram, the notion of firearm training in schools likely […]

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In Support of Lower Pump Prices

Millions of Wisconsinites fill their gas tanks each day, blissfully unaware that the cost per gallon they pay is artificially inflated by state law. The Unfair Sales Act, a legislative artifact of the Depression Era, requires state retailers to charge customers 9.18% more for gasoline than the business pays for it. The goal of the […]

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Who Made Anonymous Green Bay Open Records Request? UPDATED

The City of Green Bay received an open records request for text, emails and social media messages from alderpersons involving two recent city controversies. The request was made anonymously, which is allowed under state law: 1.       All emails, text messages and social media private message from the alderpersons to each and Mike Frantz, Dennis Doucette […]

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