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Full Prevailing Wage Repeal Removed From State Budget

A full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law was one of 83 items removed from Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal by the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. Lawmakers last session repealed the requirement for local government projects. Walker’s budget provision would have removed it for state projects. Prevailing wage laws mandate that taxpayers pay artificially […]

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Did a Last Minute Jim Doyle Move Cost the State Millions?

On December 22, 2010, then-Governor Jim Doyle’s Department of Administration renewed a rental lease for the State Department of Corrections offices in Madison that State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk says cost the state millions more than the cost of building a new office building would have. Adamczyk says just two weeks before Republican Scott Walker would […]

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Walker Backs Lake Michigan Sanctuary Zone

In recent weeks an opposition group has raised questions about a Lake Michigan Sanctuary proposed for an area off of the lake’s Wisconsin shoreline. The state purpose of the sanctuary is to protect historic shipwrecks. Leaders in communities adjacent to the zone, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Port Washington have expressed strong support for the sanctuary. But […]

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Analysis: Wisconsin’s Road Spending Hardly Being Starved

Second in a series Depending to who you talk to, Wisconsin roads are either a disaster or a constant work in progress. To members of the Assembly leadership, it’s about the need for more revenue to ensure there’s enough money to go around the four corners of the state. To the new state Transportation Secretary; revenue […]

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GOP Lawmakers, Privately, Use Harsh Language to Criticize Walker Budget

In what has become a biennial ritual, the Wisconsin media is crafting alarmist stories about the “structural deficit” in Governor Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 state budget. What is new, however, is the tone of criticism several Republican lawmakers are voicing about the Walker budget in private conversations. The Wisconsin State Journal claimed in a headline: […]

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Wisconsin | Policy

Lawmakers Circulate “Constitutional Carry” Bill for Wisconsin

A pair of Wisconsin lawmakers today have begun circulating for co-sponsorship a bill that would make Wisconsin a “constitutional carry” state. Under current law, the “open” or exposed carry of a firearm is legal without a concealed carry license. The “Right to Carry Act,” authored by State Senator David Craig and Representative Mary Felzkowski would remove […]

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Lawmakers Receive “Veterans Hardest Hit” Mailer on Prevailing Wage Reform

Many, if not all, Wisconsin state legislators received a mailing from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Legion this week (posted below) urging defeat of efforts to fully repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. Lawmakers last session repealed the portion of the law impacting local projects. Legislation under consideration this session would repeal the requirement […]

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