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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.

February 10, 2017

The Group Insurance Board approved and sent to the Legislature changes in state employee health care this week. Instead of paying health insurance companies monthly premiums to cover state employees, the state would pay directly for health claims through third party administrator. Gov. Scott Walker said the change will save the state $60 million over the next two years.

February 10, 2017

Madison Public Schools might miss out on millions of dollars of state funding if it doesn't approve Act 10 related changes on how its employees are insured. The law shifted more pension and health insurance costs to employees. If the board doesn't approve those changes, they miss their $16 million share of new funds in the Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget.

February 10, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker gave his budget address and announced his full proposal Wednesday. The proposal includes increased funding for public K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System. WPR Capitol reporter Shawn Johnson talks about the proposal and what comes next.

February 10, 2017

The troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center is under two federal investigations. In the latest, current and former inmates allege as much as 20 percent of the prisoner population is in solitary confinement at a time. Walker suggested adding eight new counselors to comply with federal staff-to-inmate regulations rather than shut down the facility.

February 10, 2017

WPR Capitol reporter Shawn Johnson shares insight after Walker releases his state budget proposal, the State Employee Trust Fund's Lisa Ellinger talks about potential switch to a self-insurance model for state employees' health care and Madison School Board president James Howard talks about provisions in the budget that tie new funding to Act 10-related insurance measure compliance.

February 3, 2017

Former Governor Tommy Thompson discusses health care alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross and managing partner at Capitol Consultants discuss President Donald Trump's first few days in office and preview the state budget and a look into how transportation funding affects some rural Wisconsinites.

February 3, 2017

Tommy Thompson is the former governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He also reviewed President Donald Trump's first couple of weeks in office, and commended the president on keeping his word on certain campaign promises. In addition, he discussed his welfare reforms in Wisconsin in the context of Gov. Scott Walker's recent welfare reform proposals.

February 3, 2017

Tony Huppert and his family own TEAM Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker and some key Republicans in the state Legislature are split over whether or not to raise taxes for road projects. Huppert said the lack of state funding puts rural areas in a difficult position and his business will now pay more $1,300 in property tax so the township can maintain and repair roads.

February 3, 2017

Scot Ross is the executive director of One Wisconsin Now and Bill McCoshen is a managing partner of Capitol Consultants and former State Commerce Secretary. Gov. Scott Walker will give a his budget address and announce his proposal to the state Legislature next Wednesday. Ross and McCoshen talk about what to expect from Walker's budget proposal.

February 3, 2017

Blank announced plan to make tuition free for some first generation University of Wisconsin transfer students. Under the proposal, students who spent two years at one of the two year UW Colleges or some technology schools and are also the first in their family to go to college would get free tuition for their remaining two years at any UW university.

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