State Sens. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss transportation funding in the state budget. A recent audit of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation had a hearing at the Capitol this week. It found major highway projects would cost $3.1 billion more than original estimates and the condition of highways rated in good condition dropped between 2010 and 2015.
Dave Gorak is the executive director of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration. The Department of Homeland Security is widening the definition of immigrants classified for "priority removal" is expanded to those charged with minor crimes. Memos announcing this change also call for more assistance from state and local police to assist with immigration enforcement.
Chris Patritto is the administrator of the rural Hurley school district. Gov. Scott Walker's state biennial budget proposal would boost funding by $31 million for rural districts to help fill gaps from declining enrollment and transportation costs. The budget would increase funding for K-12 schools by $649 million over the next two years.
Ken Mayer is a political science professor and expert on presidential power at UW-Madison. He calls the amount of chaos in the White House currently "unprecedented." Mayer said the turmoil coming from President Donald Trump's administration has had consequences, including unclear parameters in his recent executive order limiting travel into the United States from certain countries.
UW-Madison political science and journalism professor Mike Wagner co-published a recent paper looking into how Wisconsinites talked, and didn't talk, about Gov. Scott Walker's controversial Act 10 law in 2011. The law struck collective bargaining abilities from public-sector unions and sparked massive protests at the state Capitol. The paper is published in the Journal of Communication.
Shortly after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from coming into the country. Mary Flynn is the Lutheran Social Services refugee resettlement program director. She talked about how the legal turmoil surrounding the order has affected operations at her organization.
The state Assembly Committee on Children and Families heard testimonies for a bill Wednesday that would legalize possession of marijuana extract used to treat symptoms of seizure-causing conditions like epilepsy. The extract is known as CBD oil and is already fully legal in some other states. Skeptics of the bill point out it will not give families a place to buy the product in the state.
Hurley school district superintendent Chris Patritto talks about possible funding boost for rural schools, UW political science professor Ken Mayer talks about turmoil in the Trump administration, UW journalism professor Mike Wagner talks about how Wisconsinites talk about politics and Lutheran Social Services refugee resettlement program director Mary Flynn talks about the effects of Trump order.
The Group Insurance Board approved and sent to the Legislature changes in state employee health care this week. Instead of paying health insurance companies monthly premiums to cover state employees, the state would pay directly for health claims through third party administrator. Gov. Scott Walker said the change will save the state $60 million over the next two years.
Madison Public Schools might miss out on millions of dollars of state funding if it doesn't approve Act 10 related changes on how its employees are insured. The law shifted more pension and health insurance costs to employees. If the board doesn't approve those changes, they miss their $16 million share of new funds in the Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget.
Gov. Scott Walker gave his budget address and announced his full proposal Wednesday. The proposal includes increased funding for public K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System. WPR Capitol reporter Shawn Johnson talks about the proposal and what comes next.
The troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center is under two federal investigations. In the latest, current and former inmates allege as much as 20 percent of the prisoner population is in solitary confinement at a time. Walker suggested adding eight new counselors to comply with federal staff-to-inmate regulations rather than shut down the facility.
WPR Capitol reporter Shawn Johnson shares insight after Walker releases his state budget proposal, the State Employee Trust Fund's Lisa Ellinger talks about potential switch to a self-insurance model for state employees' health care and Madison School Board president James Howard talks about provisions in the budget that tie new funding to Act 10-related insurance measure compliance.
Tony Huppert and his family own TEAM Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker and some key Republicans in the state Legislature are split over whether or not to raise taxes for road projects. Huppert said the lack of state funding puts rural areas in a difficult position and his business will now pay more $1,300 in property tax so the township can maintain and repair roads.
Scot Ross is the executive director of One Wisconsin Now and Bill McCoshen is a managing partner of Capitol Consultants and former State Commerce Secretary. Gov. Scott Walker will give a his budget address and announce his proposal to the state Legislature next Wednesday. Ross and McCoshen talk about what to expect from Walker's budget proposal.
Blank announced plan to make tuition free for some first generation University of Wisconsin transfer students. Under the proposal, students who spent two years at one of the two year UW Colleges or some technology schools and are also the first in their family to go to college would get free tuition for their remaining two years at any UW university.
Former Governor Tommy Thompson discusses health care alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross and managing partner at Capitol Consultants discuss President Donald Trump's first few days in office and preview the state budget and a look into how transportation funding affects some rural Wisconsinites.
Tommy Thompson is the former governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He also reviewed President Donald Trump's first couple of weeks in office, and commended the president on keeping his word on certain campaign promises. In addition, he discussed his welfare reforms in Wisconsin in the context of Gov. Scott Walker's recent welfare reform proposals.
Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the executive director of Voces de la Frontera. Trump signed an executive order this week to strengthen the country's deportation forces and begin construction of a wall along the southern boarder. Milwaukee County Sheriff said in a statement he supports Trump's actions to crack down on undocumented workers.
Trump has accused the media of misrepresenting him, but journalists have found flaws in the information Trump and his administration present as facts, including inaccurate inauguration crowd numbers his spokesperson described as "alternative facts." UW-Madison journalism professor Michael Wagner called on journalists to practice "relentless, aggressive truth telling."