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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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February 24, 2017

First Look: Vinehout, Kapenga Debate Transportation Funding

State Sens. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, discuss transportation funding in the state budget. A recent audit of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation had a hearing at the Capitol this week. It found major highway projects would cost $3.1 billion more than original estimates and the condition of highways rated in good condition dropped between 2010 and 2015.

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February 24, 2017

Look Ahead: Immigration Reduction Backer On More Deportation

Dave Gorak is the executive director of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration. The Department of Homeland Security is widening the definition of immigrants classified for "priority removal" is expanded to those charged with minor crimes. Memos announcing this change also call for more assistance from state and local police to assist with immigration enforcement.

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February 24, 2017

Look Ahead: Immigrant-Employing Farmer On Deportation Memo

John Rosenow is a dairy farmer in Buffalo County who employs workers from Mexico. He's had trouble recently finding local labor so he employs immigrants. He said a step up in deportation could be detrimental to him and other farmers in his area and, if strongly enforced, could force them to close down operations.

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February 24, 2017

Wisconsin Look: Holtz, Evers To Face Off In April

Incumbent state superintendent Tony Evers and challenger Lowell Holtz won this week's primary race. Evers placed first easily, with around 69 percent of the vote, while Holtz walked away with 23 percent. Another challenger, John Humphries received around 7 percent of the vote and will not advance to the general election.

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February 24, 2017

Closer Look: Wisconsinites Discuss Food Stamp Changes

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed many welfare changes in his state budget proposal. The proposal would extend the requirement that people work 80 hours a month to receive food stamps to parents of school-aged children. It would also move forward with drug testing as a requirement for food stamp recipients.

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