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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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June 23, 2017
Donna Friedsam on how Senate version of health care bill could affect Wisconsin residents.
June 23, 2017
Since Trump's election, there has been increased interest in understanding the country's rural population. Malia Jones of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has explored ways "rural" can be defined and has compiled multiple maps to measure the state's rural sector, such as developed land, economy, land use, access to services, and even a cow-to-person ratio.
June 23, 2017
A Republican-backed bill on campus free speech passed the Wisconsin Assembly this week. The bill disciplines college students who disrupt campus speakers by suspending them after two violations and expelling them after a third. Republicans say the bill protects both liberal and conservative free speech. Democrats disagree however, calling the bill unconstitutional.
June 23, 2017
On today’s show, we examine: the latest GOP health care bill; the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear a Wisconsin case that may redraw political boundaries; Paul Ryan’s plan for federal tax reform; a breakdown of how Wisconsinite's income taxes are spent; defining what it means to be rural in Wisconsin; the threat of hacking of Wisconsin’s election system; and a bill regarding campus free speech.
June 23, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to see drastic federal tax reform. The Republican proposal includes: shrink the existing seven brackets down to three; cut corporate and personal taxes; eliminate the death tax; and simplify the code so people can do taxes on paper the size of a postcard.
June 23, 2017

Federal health care expert Donna Friedsam details how the Senate version of the Republican bill could impact Wisconsin residents. While young, healthy people could see lower premiums, most people would see a rate hike. In addition, the plan "radically changes the way Medicaid has been operating for its 50 years as a safety net." Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is not ready to support the bill.

June 23, 2017

Reporter Zac Schultz details how much Wisconsin residents pay in state income tax and how the state spends that money.

June 16, 2017
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has announced he will not run for re-election, saying that he has done everything "that he set out to do." Three candidates have announced plans to run for his seat. Also this week, Wisconsin's legislature budget-writing committee rejected Gov. Walker’s self-insurance proposal and voted for health insurance premium increases for state employees.
June 16, 2017
Overdoses from opioids are on the rise in Wisconsin. Experts project that Milwaukee could see more than 400 overdose deaths in 2017. Between 2005 and 2014 deaths from heroin went up by 495 percent. To fight back, Milwaukee’s health commissioner Bevan Baker is leading a new City-County task force. Baker wants help from politicians and physicians, saying, "This is truly a public health epidemic."
June 16, 2017
Wisconsin could become the 28th of 34 states needed to force a convention to add a budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, says he is worried that a convention could be used to overturn existing laws and amendments. "There are no rules stipulated anywhere which govern such a convention," he says. "There's no popular support for this."
June 16, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature continue to debate about how to pay for roads in the state budget. Many legislators are open to raising the gas tax, but Walker remains strongly opposed. As another option, lawmakers are considering implementing toll roads across the state. We visit a rest area on Interstate 90 near Janesville to see what travelers think about the toll road proposal.

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