2016 county budget will increase average taxes by $34

The 2016 Dane County budget will increase taxes for the average homeowner by $34, and includes funding for mental health services, protection for area lakes and investments in services for children, families and seniors, according to a release.

Regulators OK MG&E rate increase

Electric increase is largest in a decade

Despite one of the three state regulators dissenting Wednesday, a request from an area utility to raise electric rates for tens of thousands of Dane County customers was approved shortly after noon.

Dozens protest MG&E proposed rate hike

MG&E: Rates won't change until new customer, community initiative starts

Dozens of people protested a potential rate hike proposed by Madison Gas and Electric Thursday.

Dells area voters to decide on increasing tax on tourism

Community leaders ask to raise the sales tax rate paid by tourist

It has become a destination for 4 to 5 million tourists each year. The attractions within the city of Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton contribute approximately $1 billion each year to the area economy. Leaders in both communities are asking voters to raise the sales tax rate paid by those tourists.

Committee approves 5 union contracts

A special committee of Wisconsin legislative leaders has approved a 1 percent pay raise for five state employee unions representing about 2,400 workers.