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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 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 9, 2017

On today's show, we examine: the debate over education funding in the state budget with Rep. John Nygren and Rep. Gordon Hintz; new numbers on Wisconsin’s private sector job outlook with WPR reporter Shawn Johnson; the importance of investing in broadband access for rural Wisconsin; Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and pledge to keep property taxes low; and the proposal to drug test Medicaid applicants.

June 9, 2017

Joint Finance Co-Chair Rep. John Nygren thinks Gov. Scott Walker, the senate and the assembly agree more on the state budget proposal than they realize. However, he stresses: “We shouldn’t just rubber stamp the governor's budget. Let’s put out different ideas, get public input.”

June 9, 2017

Joint Finance Committee member Rep. Gordon Hintz responds to the Assembly Republicans public education budget proposal. "If we start with education being a priority it shouldn’t be that difficult," Hintz said. Across the state, 148 local school districts have had to raise property taxes to make up for budget shortfalls in the last few years.

June 9, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker has submitted a request to the federal government for a waiver to become the first state in the nation to drug test Wisconsin residents who apply for Medicaid. Walker said the program would help treat drug addicts and get them jobs. Critics disagree, saying drug testing would not help people become drug-free, but rather create another hurdle for people in need to receive aid.

June 9, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker is threatening to veto the state budget if Republicans in the legislature do not uphold his pledge to keep property taxes lower than they were in 2010. Walker says he is inspired by people like Tommy Thompson who say you have to stand up for what you believe in. In addition to keeping property taxes low, Walker wants to invest more state funding in the public school system.

June 9, 2017

Wisconsin has not added many new private sector jobs in the past year. According to federal labor data, the state ranks 33rd in the nation — moving up one position since Gov. Scott Walker took office. The state lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs in 2016, despite spending an estimated $300 million a year to boost jobs in the sector. In the nation, 27 other states also lost manufacturing jobs.

June 9, 2017

Wisconsin is making strides in improving broadband access for rural communities. We speak with local residents and Internet providers in Pepin, Wisconsin. Don Sidlowski of the Northwoods Broadband and Economic Development Coalition tells us: "There can't be two Wisconsins. One that has all of the advantages of the 21st century and the other that's in this backwards place without access to it."

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