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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.
May 26, 2017

On today's show, we examine: expanded school choice in Wausau; what it would mean to get rid of the forestry mill tax; and how Milwaukee gun violence impacts local families; how to protect yourself from deer ticks; the Joint Finance Committee's vote on the UW System’s budget and drug testing for Medicaid; and the proposed UW research center named after former governor Tommy Thompson.

May 26, 2017

The Joint Finance Committee approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to make Wisconsin the first state to require some adults to work and take drug tests to receive Medicaid and food stamps. The committee also voted to freeze tuition for the University of Wisconsin and increase UW System funding by $36 million over two years.

May 26, 2017

California may have Arnold Schwarzenegger — a.k.a. "The Terminator” — as their former governor, but it is former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson who can say, “I’ll be back.” That is because a proposed research center named after Thompson is possibly coming to UW-Madison. The center would focus on government and public policy. It has the support of both Gov. Scott Walker and the UW chancellor.

May 26, 2017

For the first time since expanded school choice passed four years ago, Gov. Scott Walker did not propose to expand the program in his budget. Reporter Zac Schultz goes to Wausau to hear how public and private schools are adjusting, speaking to Newman Catholic School President Mike Martin and Kathleen Williams, the retiring superintendent of Wausau Public Schools.

May 26, 2017

UW-Extension entomologist P.J. Liesch says that Wisconsin is “one of the hot spots of tick activity in the U.S.” But, he stresses you can still enjoy the outdoors this summer as long as you are being aware of ticks. You can protect yourself from deer ticks and Lyme disease by avoiding prime tick habitat, wearing long sleeves and lighter clothing so you can spot the ticks, and applying repellent.

May 26, 2017

Nora Sheridan has been speaking out against gun violence in Milwaukee for years. This spring, she got the call all parents fear — that her 36-year-old son, Rainier Sheridan, had been murdered, in her own home. Police have still not found the killer. Nora demands justice and pleads for the ongoing violence to end. “Every night, I hear someone shooting,” she says. "Every hour, I think about him."

May 26, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker proposes eliminating the forestry mill tax, a state-based property tax that costs the average homeowner about $27. Established in 1924, the tax currently raises $80 million a year to fund forest management, preservation and fighting fires. To hear both sides of the issue, we speak with Fred Clark of the Forest Stewards Guild and Tom Larson of the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

May 19, 2017
Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke is critical of two proposed bills that would expand the list of crimes a minor could be incarcerated for and extend the length of time a minor could be sentenced. "They are addressing a crime problem in the reverse order," Goyke says, noting the juvenile incarceration system has a lot of flaws that need fixing before more kids are funneled in.
May 19, 2017
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald describes the EF2 tornado that ripped through Chetek and Barron County on May 16, killing one and injuring 25 others. "It's nothing that I've ever seen in my 20 years in law enforcement," he says. “Where there's supposed to be houses and trailers, there's absolutely nothing.” It damaged 31 properties in 10 miles. Volunteers are aiding the recovery effort.
May 19, 2017
Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo is the primary sponsor of two juvenile crime bills that would expand the list of crimes a minor could be incarcerated for and extend the length of time a minor could be sentenced for a crime. He said the bills would target the serious and habitual offenders. He notes the juvenile code needs a complete overhaul because minors today commit more violent crimes.

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