Marquette Poll June 2018

On June 20, Marquette University (MU) released its second poll of 2018 that compiled interviews with nearly 800 registered voters in Wisconsin between June 13-17, 2018. The poll detailed voter opinions on Wisconsin’s current representatives and candidates for primaries in the November 2018 elections. Voter approval of President Donald Trump remained largely the same as […]

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Gov. Walker’s Autonomous Vehicle Committee Releases Final Report

At the end of June, the Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment submitted their final report to the governor. The report is a required deliverable under Executive Order #245. For the past nine months the steering committee convened monthly to hear presentations from a variety of stakeholders and discuss the […]

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Supreme Court Upholds $750,000 Limit on Noneconomic Damages in Med Malpractice Cases

The Wisconsin Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision (Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund) has upheld Wisconsin’s $750,000 limit on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. The Court determined that the cap is constitutional because the legislature had a rational basis in enacting the cap statute to ensure affordable and accessible health care […]

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Supreme Court Ends Agency Deference

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued a decision (Tetra Tech v. Department of Revenue) that ends the “agency deference” doctrine. Previously, Wisconsin courts deferred to regulatory agencies when interpreting statutory provisions that ultimately define agencies’ own power and reach. Under the decision, courts will continue to give “due weight,” or respectful consideration, to agencies’ expertise […]

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First Study Committee Meetings Scheduled

Each interim summer, the Wisconsin Legislative Council staff provides legal and policy support to several study committees established by the Joint Legislative Council, a joint committee of the two houses whose primary responsibility is the creation and oversight of these study committees. Typically, the work completed by the study committees results in legislation recommended for […]

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DHS Projects $102 Million Medicaid Surplus for 2017-19 Biennium

On June 29, the Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted its quarterly report to the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs, detailing the latest Medicaid projection for the 2017-19 biennium. DHS estimates a $102.4 million surplus in General Purpose Revenue (GPR) by the end of the biennium (June 30, 2019). The latest projection is $43.7 million more […]

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Wisconsin To Begin Collecting Online Sales Tax

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states may collect online sales tax from sellers with no physical presence in the state. Gov. Walker’s administration has announced that the Department of Revenue (DOR) will promulgate rules for administering Wisconsin’s 5 percent sales tax online and begin collection in October. […]

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Hamilton Consulting Group Informational Resources

In addition to our Political Tidbits newsletter, Hamilton Consulting Group has unmatched information services for clients and colleagues regarding political and policy developments in Wisconsin. The Hamilton Consulting Group Blog provides analysis on the latest political news around the state Capitol. Issue Updates provide in-depth discussions of policies making their way through the Wisconsin legislature […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Plaintiffs in Redistricting Case Lack Standing

In a long-awaited decision of this term, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the plaintiffs in Gill v. Whitford, the legal challenge to Wisconsin Republicans’ 2010 redistricting map, lack standing to challenge the statewide map. The Court remanded the case to district court, giving the plaintiffs another opportunity to demonstrate concrete injuries to their individual votes. […]

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Analysis: Special Election Results in AD 42 and SD 1

Assembly District 42: Sun rises in the east; Assembly Republican wins contested race. It seems like it has been a long time since a Democrat has upended a Republican in a competitive Assembly race. Tuesday’s special election provided a great set up for Democrats to reverse this trend: A female candidate in “the year of […]

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