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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 12, 2017

State Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, explains how bills she proposed would help house the homeless population. Subeck wants to fund these bills by increasing government vouchers to pay for housing. She also wants to fund a program that would help prevent evictions in cases of a temporary financial crisis.

May 12, 2017

Madison East High School Principal, Mike Hernandez, talks about what happened when the school shut off Wi-Fi to popular social media apps. Three other area schools also shut down popular social media apps this month. This was an effort to see if disconnecting from social media would help students with their academic and personal performance.

May 12, 2017

Steve Levitan is this years commencement speaker at UW-Madison. The former badger is best known for creating the hit TV show Modern Family.

May 5, 2017
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch talks about homelessness bills, State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, talk about the GOP transportation funding plan, managing partner of Capitol Consultants Bill McCoshen and Executive Director of One Wisconsin Now Scot Ross talk about the Republican health care bill.
May 5, 2017

State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, is a member of the joint finance committee. The Assembly Republicans plan would cut income tax and reduce the gas tax, as well as imposing the sales tax on gas. But Hintz said he doesn't think it will do much to help the state pay for roads.

May 5, 2017

The House passed a GOP bill that would reform Obamacare Thursday. The measure, among other things, would eliminate penalties for not having insurance. Democrats say the bill puts people at risk of losing their insurance, but Republicans say it would help cut costs.

May 5, 2017

The state Assembly passed four bills on homelessness this week. One would bring together state agencies to form a coordinating council lead by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Another would award a $75,000 grant to one community to find jobs for its homeless population.

May 5, 2017

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, says his plan is a first step to a flat income tax. The proposal looks to fill the billion dollar transportation funding deficit. It would also impose the sales tax on gas, which is currently exempt.

May 5, 2017

Rebecca Blank spoke this week at the Rotary Club in Madison about the state budget. She highlighted the importance of the university system for Wisconsin's economy and how the system has struggled with cuts for the past decade. Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal includes funding increases for the UW System that would be tied to performance.

April 28, 2017

Journalist Amy Goldstein's book focused on the effects of the GM plant's closure in 2008. In Janesville: An American Story, Goldstein reports on both short term and long term impacts of losing the factory. She found that even after technical training, many had trouble finding new jobs.

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