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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.
April 28, 2017

Wisconsin Farmers Union District Director Chris Holman talks about struggles for the state's dairy industry, Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein talks about a recent book she wrote about the effects of Janesville's GM plant closing in 2008 and WPT reporter Zac Schultz looks into the pros and cons of the state's manufacturing and agriculture tax credit.

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.

April 28, 2017

The law allows gun owners five years of concealed carry permit regardless of when the permit is renewed. Under previous law, permits expired five years after the date of issuance, even if permit holders renewed their permits early. The law passed with bipartisan votes last week in the Senate and Assembly.

April 28, 2017

The Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit was passed in 2011 and will cost the state $1.5 billion over its first seven years. Some are calling the credit's worth into question as the state Legislature considers how to pay for roads and schools. WPT reporter Zac Schultz looked into the law's pros and cons.

April 21, 2017
UW-Madison agriculture economist Mark Stephenson talks about a trade dispute with Canada that has negatively affected Wisconsin dairy farmers, Executive Director of Citizen's Action of Wisconsin Robert Kraig talks about proposed changes to state Medicaid enrollment requirements, Shawn Johnson talks about the state Supreme Court's decision to toss out a proposal to toughen recusal standards.
April 21, 2017
Wisconsin Look: The Stockbridge-Munsee community hopes the court will stop Ho-Chunk expansion of their facility in Shawano County, saying it violates the Ho-Chunk's compact with the state. The Stockbridge-Munsee have a casino nearby, and say the Ho-Chunk expansion will have a "crippling effect" on revenue.But state officials say a 2003 deal that former Gov. Jim Doyle reached allows the expansion.
April 21, 2017
Look Ahead: Robert Kraig is the executive director of the liberal advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. The proposal would require drug screenings to be to eligible for Medicaid. It would also limit benefits to 48 months if the person isn't working or training for work, establish premiums up to $10 a month, reward healthy behaviors and increase co-pays for ER visits.
April 21, 2017
First Look: Mark Stephenson is with the UW-Madison Program on Dairy Markets and Policy. Seventy five dairy farmers learned this month they would have to find a new processor to buy their milk by May 1, giving them only 30 days to find a new buyer. This is due to a new tariff from Canada on certain dairy imports from President Donald Trump addressed the issue in his visit to Kenosha this week.
April 21, 2017
The proposal would have required justices to recuse themselves from cases in which they received a certain level of campaign donation from one of the parties. The proposal would have also applied to other courts in the state where judges are elected. WPR reporter Shawn Johnson lays out the issue.
April 21, 2017

Closer Look: The bill would also allow people to bring guns to school grounds. The bill would eliminate the need for gun users to apply for a state license, which requires both a background check and training. Gov. Scott Walker said he's happy with the current concealed carry law in the state.

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