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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. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, says his plan is a first step to a flat income tax. The proposal looks to fill the billion dollar transportation funding deficit. It would also impose the sales tax on gas, which is currently exempt.

May 5, 2017

Rebecca Blank spoke this week at the Rotary Club in Madison about the state budget. She highlighted the importance of the university system for Wisconsin's economy and how the system has struggled with cuts for the past decade. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal includes funding increases for the UW System that would be tied to performance.

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 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 21, 2017

The proposal would have required justices to recuse themselves from cases in which they received a certain level of campaign donation from one of the parties. The proposal would have also applied to other courts in the state where judges are elected. WPR reporter Shawn Johnson lays out the issue.

April 21, 2017

UW-Madison agriculture economist Mark Stephenson talks about a trade dispute with Canada that has negatively affected Wisconsin dairy farmers, Executive Director of Citizen's Action of Wisconsin Robert Kraig talks about proposed changes to state Medicaid enrollment requirements, Shawn Johnson talks about the state Supreme Court's decision to toss out a proposal to toughen recusal standards.

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.

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