DOR Releases FY2018 First Quarter Tax Collections

On December 1, the Department of Revenue released the FY 2018 first quarter tax collections. Overall, collections from the first quarter of FY 2018 were up 2.1 percent over the first quarter last year. This is attributed mainly to a 6.2 percent increase in general sales and use taxes. Corporate income and other (estate, utility, […]

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Signed by Governor: Criminal Justice, Mining

Signed by Governor: Criminal Justice, Mining

Gov. Scott Walker signed several bills into law over the past two weeks, traveling across the state to highlight bills that reform the criminal justice system and open the state to nonferrous mining. On Dec. 9, Walker signed eight bills (Acts 124-131), including bills that create criminal penalties for patronizing prostitutes, a bill prohibiting adults […]

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Gov. Walker Announces Staff Changes

Gov. Scott Walker announced several staff changes in his administration last week. Heather Smith, formerly deputy chief of staff for budget, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs, will move to Medicaid director and administrator of division of Medicaid services, replacing Michael Heifetz, who resigned this week. Jack Jablonski, formerly deputy chief of staff for communications, will become […]

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State Medicaid Director Resigns

State Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz resigned on Wednesday after just over a year in the role. Gov. Scott Walker has moved Heather Smith, his former deputy chief of staff for budget, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs, to the position, effective Jan. 8. Before his position as Medicaid director, Heifetz served as state budget director and was […]

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Litigation Reform Legislation Circulated

This week, Reps. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sens. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and David Craig (R-Big Bend) circulated litigation reform legislation (LRB 4700) aimed at lowering costs for Wisconsin businesses and government. The bill would modernize Wisconsin’s civil procedures for discovery and class actions to align with corresponding federal rules. The […]

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Oral Arguments Held in Tetra Tech Case

The Supreme Court is holding oral arguments today in Tetra Tech Inc. v. Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The case provides an opportunity for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to address the deference Wisconsin courts afford regulatory agencies when interpreting statutory provisions that ultimately define agencies’ own power and reach. The Supreme Court specifically requested parties […]

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Gov. Walker Signs Bills Addressing Homelessness in Wisconsin

For the past year, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have spearheaded an effort to help address the issue of homelessness in Wisconsin. On Monday, the governor signed two bills that arose from those efforts. AB 234 creates an Interagency Council on Homelessness.  This council […]

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Signed By Governor: Contaminated Well Remediation, Homelessness Bills, Constitutional Convention, Wetland Mitigation

Gov. Scott Walker signed 55 bills into law this week at the Wisconsin state capitol. The bills will be some of the last signed in 2017, as the legislature held its final floor sessions of the year in early November. The bills included: Monday, Nov. 27 Act 69, allowing local governments to remediate contaminated private […]

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Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care Releases “Foster Forward” Package

This week, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s (R-Rochester) Task Force on Foster Care released a package of 13 bills to improve Wisconsin’s foster care system. The “Foster Forward” package is the result of six public hearings across the state and addresses four policy goals: Prevention Efforts, Improving the Child Welfare System, Support for Foster Care Providers, […]

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Meet the January 2018 Special Election Candidates

Nomination papers were due last week for the January special elections to fill the vacant 10th Senate District and 58th and 66th Assembly Districts. The candidates are now finalized and set for the Dec. 19 primaries. The primaries later this month will be essential in deciding the Assembly races in the heavily Republican 58th and […]

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