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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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May 19, 2017

Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo details two bills that target serious juvenile crime.

May 5, 2017

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, is a member of the joint finance committee. The Assembly Republicans plan would cut income tax and reduce the gas tax, as well as imposing the sales tax on gas. But Hintz said he doesn't think it will do much to help the state pay for roads.

May 5, 2017

The House passed a GOP bill that would reform Obamacare Thursday. The measure, among other things, would eliminate penalties for not having insurance. Democrats say the bill puts people at risk of losing their insurance, but Republicans say it would help cut costs.

April 28, 2017

Journalist Amy Goldstein's book focused on the effects of the GM plant's closure in 2008. In Janesville: An American Story, Goldstein reports on both short term and long term impacts of losing the factory. She found that even after technical training, many had trouble finding new jobs.

April 28, 2017

The law allows gun owners five years of concealed carry permit regardless of when the permit is renewed. Under previous law, permits expired five years after the date of issuance, even if permit holders renewed their permits early. The law passed with bipartisan votes last week in the Senate and Assembly.

April 28, 2017

The Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit was passed in 2011 and will cost the state $1.5 billion over its first seven years. Some are calling the credit's worth into question as the state Legislature considers how to pay for roads and schools. WPT reporter Zac Schultz looked into the law's pros and cons.

April 28, 2017

Chris Holman is a district director with the Wisconsin Farmers Union. A recent change in Canadian trade policy recently forced a dairy processor to cancel its contracts with dozens of Wisconsin farmers. While the amount of milk produced in Wisconsin is on the rise, the number of small dairy farms is plummeting. Holman said this is due, in part, to the rise of large-scale dairy operations.

April 28, 2017

Wisconsin Farmers Union District Director Chris Holman talks about struggles for the state's dairy industry, Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about a recent book she wrote about the effects of Janesville's GM plant closing in 2008 and WPT reporter Zac Schultz looks into the pros and cons of the state's manufacturing and agriculture tax credit.

April 21, 2017

Wisconsin Look: The Stockbridge-Munsee community hopes the court will stop Ho-Chunk expansion of their facility in Shawano County, saying it violates the Ho-Chunk's compact with the state. The Stockbridge-Munsee have a casino nearby, and say the Ho-Chunk expansion will have a "crippling effect" on revenue.But state officials say a 2003 deal that former Gov. Jim Doyle reached allows the expansion.

April 21, 2017

Look Ahead: Robert Kraig is the executive director of the liberal advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. The proposal would require drug screenings to be to eligible for Medicaid. It would also limit benefits to 48 months if the person isn't working or training for work, establish premiums up to $10 a month, reward healthy behaviors and increase co-pays for ER visits.

April 21, 2017

First Look: Mark Stephenson is with the UW-Madison Program on Dairy Markets and Policy. Seventy five dairy farmers learned this month they would have to find a new processor to buy their milk by May 1, giving them only 30 days to find a new buyer. This is due to a new tariff from Canada on certain dairy imports from President Donald Trump addressed the issue in his visit to Kenosha this week.

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