OCI 1332 Waiver Notice of Completion

On May 9, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent Wisconsin a letter noting that CMS has determined the Officer of Commissioner of Insurance’s 1332 Waiver application to be complete. The 1332 Waiver is the state plan for creating a reinsurance program for health carriers. The notice of completion triggers the beginning […]

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EPA Relaxes Ozone Regulations for Southeastern Wisconsin

In its final designations under the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has narrowed the areas of Wisconsin designated as “nonattainment,” or not meeting the national primary or secondary ambient air quality standards. EPA’s original designations in late 2017 included large portions of eastern Wisconsin, despite Wisconsin’s recommendation that […]

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AV Committee Meets for Last Round of Presenters

The Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment met last week for what was likely their last round of presenters. The committee expects to put forward a draft of a plan at the May meeting and work toward finalizing that plan by their final meeting in late June. The three presenters […]

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2018 Elections Timeline

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Preview: Special Elections Primary in SD 1 May 15

Before another special election “blue-wave” test, Republicans have their own test in what has developed into a contentious primary in Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District. The northeast Wisconsin district holds all of Door and Kewaunee counties and parts of Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Manitowoc counties. The district has been held by a Lasee (Al or Frank) […]

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DOA Deputy Secretary Zeuske Resigns

Department of Administration (DOA) Deputy Secretary Cate Zeuske announced this week her resignation from DOA. Zeuske has served as deputy secretary at DOA since 2015. Previously, she was elected to the Assembly in 1982, then elected as state treasurer in 1990. Zeuske also served as the deputy secretary at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development […]

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Gov. Walker Reorganizes Government Efficiency Offices

This week, Gov. Scott Walker issued Executive Order #288, implementing a reorganization of government efficiency offices within the Department of Administration (DOA) and providing several directions for state agencies to find cost savings. In 2015, Walker created the Commission on Government Reform, Efficiency, and Performance that provided recommendations on government efficiency that the Walker administration […]

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Signed by Governor: Last Bills of 2017-18 Session

Gov. Scott Walker has signed the last bills of the 2017-18 legislative session. With signatures on the last of this session’s 367 Acts, Walker and legislators will switch gears into study committees and upcoming fall elections. The final bill signed this session was the $100 child tax rebate and sales tax holiday proposed in Walker’s […]

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Thompson Center Holds Criminal Justice Conference

The Tommy Thompson Center on Public Leadership held a two-day conference last week focusing on Criminal Justice Reform. The program discussed how lawmakers can address criminal justice reform in “more cost-efficient and liberty-enhancing” ways while still prioritizing public safety. Topics included prisoner re-entry into the workforce, prosecutorial discretion, and civil asset forfeiture. The first panels […]

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Wisconsin, 19 Other States File for Preliminary Injunction in ACA Lawsuit

On April 26, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 18 other states, filed a preliminary injunction in federal district court against the federal government’s enforcement of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congress repealed the tax penalty, yet left in place the ACA’s individual mandate, […]

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