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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

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 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

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 14, 2017

A new study coauthored by Oklahoma State University Economics Prof. Dan Rickman found recent tax cuts actually hurt Wisconsin. The study, which compared Kansas to Wisconsin, found that 30 percent more jobs could have been created from 2011 to 2015 if it were not for tax cuts. The study also found that the unemployment and poverty rate would have been lower, and labor participation would be higher.

July 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said she wants both sides of the aisle to come together on health care policy. "Once they [Republicans] dispense with the partisan nonsense of the repeal, there is a lot of productive work we can do together." She used her work with Sen. John McCain to reduce the cost of EpiPens as an example of what could be done if both Republicans and Democrats work together.

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.

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