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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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July 21, 2017
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald details key issues in budget impasse.
July 21, 2017
Heavy rains pounded the state this week, with major flooding in western Wisconsin. A mudslide hit Highway 95 near Fountain City. Hundreds of people were evacuated from homes in Vernon and Buffalo counties. Flooding continued in the southeastern Wisconsin around Burlington. Damage from the floods in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties is expected to cost more than $26 million.
July 21, 2017
Gov. Walker and the assembly approve of putting $200 million income tax revenue toward roads. We speak with State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, member of the joint finance committee. "We think it could break the impasse and be a real win for the both of our caucuses and the governor and the taxpayers."
July 21, 2017
President Trump turned up the heat saying Congress should not leave for August recess until a new health care plan is passed. A possible Senate vote could happen early next week. We look at what the different scenarios could mean for insurance companies and Wisconsinites with Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor in risk management and insurance.
July 21, 2017
With Republicans in control of both the Wisconsin state senate and assembly, Democrats remain shutout as Republicans try to find a path forward to a budget deal. We talk to Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, who calls the budget infighting by Republicans "dysfunctional." "If you want our help, we're ready. But, you need to be willing to sit down and talk to us, include us in negotiations."
July 21, 2017
On today's show we examine: the state budget impasse and the ongoing negotiations inside the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling and joint finance committee member Rep. Amy Loudenbeck; the future of the ACA and upcoming marketplace premiums in Wisconsin with UW-Madison Associate Prof. Justin Sydnor; major flooding updates around the state.
July 21, 2017

To better understand the state budget impasse and negotiations at the Capitol, we talk to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. "We are arguing and disagreeing on the right things," Fitzgerald explains. Proposals on how to bridge the transportation funding gap include millions in bonding, eliminating personal property tax, income tax cuts, and an incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group.

July 14, 2017

Storms pummeled southeastern Wisconsin Thursday, causing the Fox River to rise and overflow its banks. Gov. Walker declared a State of Emergency for Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties. He activated 85 national guard troops to assist in the clean up. Residents living near the river in Burlington had to be evacuated. The Fox River is still rising and is expected to do so throughout the weekend.

July 14, 2017

It is two weeks into the new fiscal year and Wisconsin still does not have a state budget. Holding up the deal is disagreements on transportation funding. Senate Republicans have largely agreed to Gov. Scott Walker’s demand for no new taxes or fees and propose to borrow more than $700 million to keep construction projects on course. Assembly Republicans, however, are hesitant to borrow.

July 14, 2017

Juveniles at the Lincoln Hills Correctional Facility can expect fewer days in solitary confinement and less pepper spray in the future. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says it will not appeal a federal judge's ruling on prisoner treatment. We speak with Patrick Marley, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, about the remaining lawsuits and federal investigations of Lincoln Hills.

July 14, 2017

On today's show we examine: the latest on health care proposals with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin; a new study that compares the tax freeze impact on the state budgets of Kansas and Wisconsin, the ongoing legal troubles for the state juvenile corrections school Lincoln Hills; an update on the state budget standoff, and massive flooding in southeastern Wisconsin.

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