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June 23, 2017
Donna Friedsam on how Senate version of health care bill could affect Wisconsin residents.
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

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

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 23, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a Wisconsin case that could have major ramifications across the national political spectrum. Gill v. Whitford centers on a dispute over whether Wisconsin's Republican-drawn legislative boundaries are indeed gerrymandering. Challengers argue these maps unconstitutionally benefit Republicans. We discuss this case with WPR Capitol Bureau Chief, Shawn Johnson.

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

On today's show, we examine: the controversial Constitutional Convention bill: President Trump's new apprenticeship program and local jobs training; a new drug task force in Milwaukee to address heroin, opioid and cocaine epidemic; Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman announces retirement; Walker’s self-insurance plan is rejected; and the travelers speak out about state toll road proposal.

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