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January 20, 2017

Look Ahead: Mental Health Expert On Trauma-Informed Care

First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker highlighted the practice in the State of the State this month. Trauma-informed care helps those who work with children consider each child's background and experiences, which for many students include some sort of trauma. Walker and Hudson are both on the steering committee of Fostering Futures, an initiative to promote the approach in schools and elsewhere.

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January 20, 2017

First Look: School Choice Leader On Education Secretary Pick

Jim Bender is the president of School Choice Wisconsin. President Donald Trump has picked Betsy DeVos as to head the Department of Education. DeVos has been active in expanding voucher and private school programs. DeVos' Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education was this week.

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January 20, 2017

First Look: Bowen Questions Education Secretary Pick

The Senate confirmation hearing for Trump's pick were this week. Bowen, a Milwaukee Democrat, talked about the need to fund public education rather than expand voucher programs. Wisconsin already has a relatively large voucher program compared to many other states.

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January 20, 2017

Capitol Insight: Johnson Previews State Biennial Budget

Shawn Johnson is a Capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio. Gov. Scott Walker is expected to release his budget proposal in early February. Walker and Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, have butted heads in the past months about transportation funding. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates relatively positive budget numbers ahead of the governor's proposal.

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January 20, 2017

Here and Now #1530 - Full Episode

Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee and Wisconsin School Choice President Jim Bender talk about President Donald Trump's Education Secretary pick, Madison physician Dr. Melissa Stiles talks about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act might mean for Wisconsinites, social worker Elizabeth Hudson talks about trauma-informed care and WPR's Shawn Johnson previews the state budget.

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January 13, 2017

UW Expert Talks About Wisconsin Economy

Laura Dresser is the associate director of the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Gov. Scott Walker painted a rosy picture of the economy in his state of the state address, but Democrats are not as optimistic. Dresser said the picture is "decidedly mixed," as the state moves into economic recovery but wages are still stagnant.

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January 13, 2017

Rep. Steineke Reacts To State Of State Address

Gov. Scott Walker gave the annual address earlier this week. Republicans are hoping for more transportation funding in this year's biennial budget, but Walker says he won't raise taxes or fees, even for transportation. Walker announced in his address he plans to propose a tuition cut for all in-state undergraduates in the University of Wisconsin System.

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January 13, 2017

Everett Mitchell Receives Dane County Humanitarian Award

Mitchell is a community activist and Dane County Circuit Court Judge, as well as pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church. The award honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and goes to members of the community who reflect his values.

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January 13, 2017

Rep. Barca Responds To State Of State Address

Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, is the Assembly Minority Leader. Walker announced in his speech earlier this week he planned propose tuition cuts for in-state undergraduates in the upcoming state budget. Barca said he hopes the plan will include extra state funding to the university to make up for the lower tuition.

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January 13, 2017

Retired Judges Ask For Higher Recusal Standards

A group of retired Wisconsin judges filed a petition this week to the state Supreme Court. Their proposal would disqualify judges from cases where there could be a conflict of interest, or a appearance of conflict of interest, with a major donor to their campaign.

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