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Soglin: Room tax proposal could affect services, including plowing

A proposed change in the way local governments can use hotel room taxes could cost Madison $2 million to $3 million, according to Mayor Paul Soglin.

UW budget cuts reduced, tenure eliminated from law

State lawmakers approved reducing a planned cut to the University of Wisconsin System to $250 million, and making multiple changes to how tenure and shared…

UW System could create charter schools in Madison, Milwaukee

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The University of Wisconsin System would be able to authorize independent charter schools in Madison and Milwaukee under a proposal by Republicans on the…

Public access to UW job applicants would be reduced

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Applicants for coaching jobs at the University of Wisconsin, and other positions, would no longer be subject to the open records law under a proposal approved…

Committee plans to reject Walker plan to freeze land buys

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Wisconsin lawmakers plan to reject Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to block the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its…

Finance committee plans to eliminate DNR positions

The Legislature's finance committee has adopted Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate 80 positions within the state Department of Natural Resources,…

UW President Cross says he's grateful for cut reduction

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says he is grateful that UW's budget cut is set to be reduced from $300 million to $250 million.

More fighting among Wisconsin Supreme Court members

Wisconsin Supreme Court members continue to disagree over how to run court.

No deals yet on Bucks arena, highway funding

Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature don't have deals yet on financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks or highway funding.

Committee to consider Walker plan to freeze land buys

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Wisconsin lawmakers are ready to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's plan to block the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its…

Teacher certification changes stir controversy in state budget

A change to teacher licensing was voted into the 2015-17 state budget by the Legislative Joint Finance Committee and has being stirring controversy among…

Undocumented workers play role in prevailing wage discussion

Gov. Scott Walker said he'd be pleased if the state budget included a provision to repeal the state's prevailing wage law, which dictates what construction…

Janesville group concerned interstate project may be cut in budget discussion

A Janesville group says it's concerned an expansion of the interstate may get axed this week in the budget.

Walker: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable'

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is telling President Barack Obama that his plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."

State may be first to license teachers without degree

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Wisconsin may be the first state in the country to certify teachers who don't have bachelor's degrees under a provision put in the state budget last week.

Eliminating DNR positions could take 95 more jobs with it

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A new report says Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan to eliminate about 30 Department of Natural Resources scientists and educators could cost the agency dozens…

Analysis says voucher expansion could divert $800 million

A new analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says a Republican-approved expansion of the private-school voucher program could divert up to $800…

Walker still opposes vehicle registration fee hike

Gov. Scott Walker says he remains opposed to a vehicle registration fee increase or gas tax hike to help pay for state highway construction and repair in…

Walker says he'd be 'pleased' with prevailing wage repeal

Gov. Scott Walker says he would be "pleased" if a repeal of Wisconsin's prevailing wage law were a part of the state budget, but he'd also be satisfied with…

Walker says Bucks arena deal won't include higher taxes

Gov. Scott Walker says allowing local taxes set to expire in Milwaukee County to continue and be used to help pay for a $500 million new arena for the…

Budget committee approves long-term care changes

Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the state's Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it.

Budget panel authorizes borrowing for building projects

The Legislature's finance committee has authorized borrowing tens of millions of dollars for building projects around the state.

Committee rejects new emergency government office

Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government…

Panel plans stiffer penalties for unemployment fraud

The Legislature's budget committee has imposed stiffer civil penalties for unemployment fraud but scrapped plans to create harsher criminal penalties.

Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee

The Legislature's budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee.

Abrahamson appeals order allowing her to be replaced

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice.

Committee approves prevailing wage repeal bill

The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin's prevailing wage law.

No deal yet on arena for Milwaukee Bucks

A key Wisconsin lawmaker negotiating a financing plan to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks says there's no deal yet, but he's still optimistic to…

Budget panel co-chair postpones fundraiser after criticism

The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee has postponed a fundraiser after criticism over its timing.

Public hearing Tuesday on 20-week abortion ban

A public hearing has been set on a fast-tracked Republican proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

DNR board prohibits antlerless kills in 13 counties

The state Department of Natural Resources' board has prohibited hunters from killing antlerless deer in 13 counties this fall in an effort to regrow the herd…

First read of Madison Public Market plan met with praise

About 60 public market enthusiasts appeared to like the city’s $9 million-$15 million idea to turn the East Johnson city garage into an indoor public market…

Walker asks for supporters' opinions on national issues

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In another sign of his likely presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is asking his supporters to fill out a survey seeking their opinions on a…

'Hunt Pink' bill idea to get blaze pink, women, hunting

Wisconsin’s woods might soon go pink for hunting season under a new proposed bill--and not everyone is happy with it.

Teachers, students size up new civics test requirement

Last week, the state budget committee approved a new test that requires high schoolers to pass a civics exam, in order to graduate. While some students may…

Lawmaker: Some GOP members won't vote for budget without prevailing wage repeal

A Republican state lawmaker says a number of GOP members  have said they won't vote for the state budget without a repeal of the state's prevailing wage law.

Budget work continues, still no Bucks arena deal

Milwaukee leaders and the president of the Milwaukee Bucks all say they are close to reaching a deal to pay for a new $500-million arena for the NBA team.

'Hunt Pink' bill idea to get blaze pink, women, hunting

Wisconsin’s woods might soon go pink for hunting season under a new proposed bill--and not everyone is happy with it.

Frenzied week of Wisconsin state budget votes awaits

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A frenzied week of backroom deals, lobbying and votes on the Wisconsin state budget awaits as a legislative committee looks to finish its work on the two-year…

Lawmakers hope to expand use of allergy treatment devices

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Wisconsin lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow a variety of businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injectors in case of life-threatening…

Governor appoints son of foundation president to regents

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Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports conservative causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Emails show disputes continue on Wisconsin Supreme Court

Even with a new chief justice, the disputes continue behind the scenes inside the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Lawmakers nix Walker plan to eliminate higher ed board

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Lawmakers on the Legislature's budget-writing committee have killed Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate a small state agency that approves and regulates…

Legislator preparing to unveil bill legalizing blaze pink

Real men could wear pink in the woods under a bill legislators are preparing to unveil next week that would legalize blaze pink for hunters.

Budget panel OKs seeking to raise Medicaid premiums for some

Low-income childless adults on Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus Medicaid program may have to pay higher premiums if they engage in risky behavior.

Finance committee leaves SeniorCare program alone

The Legislature's finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker's cuts to Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program.

UW Colleges face significant cuts under Walker’s budget

UW Rock County is quiet in the days between commencement and summer classes, but Joel Frat still keeps an eye on campus.

Finance committee approves changes to job creation agency

The Legislature's finance committee has approved a host of changes to Gov. Scott Walker's floundering job creation agency, including removing the governor as…

Republicans mulling possible bike tax

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One of the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee says his colleagues are pondering imposing a new tax on new bike sales.

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