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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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July 21, 2017
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald details key issues in budget impasse.
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

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee he is not aware of any attempts to hack the state's election system. He stressed that “we, as election administrators, must exercise vigilance to assure that such theoretical attacks do not become a reality. And we must also continue to educate the public about safe guards in the system.”

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
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

President Trump signed an executive order to expand apprenticeships June 15. Earlier this week, the president was in Wisconsin touring Waukesha County Technical College to highlight his $200 million expansion of job training and apprenticeships. Job training expert Mark Kessenich says investing in the workforce with apprenticeships is a critical, yet is a “lost and forgotten part of our economy.”

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

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.

June 16, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature continue to debate about how to pay for roads in the state budget. Many legislators are open to raising the gas tax, but Walker remains strongly opposed. As another option, lawmakers are considering implementing toll roads across the state. We visit a rest area on Interstate 90 near Janesville to see what travelers think about the toll road proposal.

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