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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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August 18, 2017
Tracey Robertson of Fit Oshkosh on how to move the dialogue forward on racism in the U.S.
July 21, 2017

Gov. Walker and the assembly approve of putting $200 million income tax revenue toward roads. We speak with State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, member of the joint finance committee. "We think it could break the impasse and be a real win for the both of our caucuses and the governor and the taxpayers."

July 21, 2017

President Trump turned up the heat saying Congress should not leave for August recess until a new health care plan is passed. A possible Senate vote could happen early next week. We look at what the different scenarios could mean for insurance companies and Wisconsinites with Justin Sydnor, University of Wisconsin-Madison associate professor in risk management and insurance.

July 14, 2017

A new study coauthored by Oklahoma State University Economics Prof. Dan Rickman found recent tax cuts actually hurt Wisconsin. The study, which compared Kansas to Wisconsin, found that 30 percent more jobs could have been created from 2011 to 2015 if it were not for tax cuts. The study also found that the unemployment and poverty rate would have been lower, and labor participation would be higher.

July 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said she wants both sides of the aisle to come together on health care policy. "Once they [Republicans] dispense with the partisan nonsense of the repeal, there is a lot of productive work we can do together." She used her work with Sen. John McCain to reduce the cost of EpiPens as an example of what could be done if both Republicans and Democrats work together.

July 14, 2017

Storms pummeled southeastern Wisconsin Thursday, causing the Fox River to rise and overflow its banks. Gov. Walker declared a State of Emergency for Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties. He activated 85 national guard troops to assist in the clean up. Residents living near the river in Burlington had to be evacuated. The Fox River is still rising and is expected to do so throughout the weekend.

July 14, 2017

It is two weeks into the new fiscal year and Wisconsin still does not have a state budget. Holding up the deal is disagreements on transportation funding. Senate Republicans have largely agreed to Gov. Scott Walker’s demand for no new taxes or fees and propose to borrow more than $700 million to keep construction projects on course. Assembly Republicans, however, are hesitant to borrow.

July 14, 2017

Juveniles at the Lincoln Hills Correctional Facility can expect fewer days in solitary confinement and less pepper spray in the future. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says it will not appeal a federal judge's ruling on prisoner treatment. We speak with Patrick Marley, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, about the remaining lawsuits and federal investigations of Lincoln Hills.

July 14, 2017

On today's show we examine: the latest on health care proposals with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin; a new study that compares the tax freeze impact on the state budgets of Kansas and Wisconsin, the ongoing legal troubles for the state juvenile corrections school Lincoln Hills; an update on the state budget standoff, and massive flooding in southeastern Wisconsin.

July 7, 2017
As part of a court case reviewing the treatment of youth at a state-run juvenile detention facility, the ACLU of Milwaukee submitted a videotape that was recorded inside the Lincoln Hills institution. The tape shows inmates being pepper sprayed repeatedly. A federal judge recently ruled the facility must limit its use of pepper spray. Warning: video includes graphic language.
July 7, 2017
As part of a court case reviewing the treatment of youth at a state-run juvenile detention facility, the ACLU of Milwaukee submitted a videotape that was recorded inside the Copper Lake institution. The tape shows female inmates being pepper sprayed repeatedly. A federal judge recently ruled the facility must limit its use of pepper spray. Warning: video includes graphic language.

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