Marquette Poll: Evers Takes Lead Over Walker, Vukmir Trails Baldwin

The latest Marquette University (MU) Law School poll, released Sept. 18, is the most indicative evidence so far of the “blue wave” that some are predicting will shift Wisconsin elections to the left in November. The poll, conducted Sept. 12-16, showed favorability numbers dropping for almost every Republican politician and Democratic candidates gaining significant leads. […]

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Study Committee Update: Body Cameras Committee Discusses Retention of Records, Privacy Issues

The Study Committee on the Use of Police Body Cameras met for the second time on Sept. 13. The focus of the meeting was to receive some additional presentations and spend time discussing the committee’s assignment and next steps. The meeting began with a presentation from the Milwaukee Police Department. Sergeant Doug Wiorek outlined the […]

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Agency Budgets Due Monday

Next week will mark the beginning of the next biennium’s state budget process, as 2019-21 agency budget requests are due to Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration (DOA) on Monday, Sept. 17. Walker has directed agencies to be “aggressive” in identifying savings and to aim for zero growth in overall general purpose revenue […]

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Study Committee Update: Direct Primary Care Committee Discusses Employer Models, Physician Burnout, Legislation

The Study Committee on Direct Primary Care (DPC) met for the second time on Aug. 29. The committee heard from several presenters and engaged in discussion on what the future work from the committee might look like. First, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) gave the committee an overview of the […]

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Study Committee Update: School Trust Funds Committee Discusses Fund Management Strategy

The Study Committee on Investment and Use of School Trust Funds met for the second time on Sept. 5. The meeting focused on how and by whom the school trust fund should be managed. Areas of interest to committee members included adopting new strategies to increase the fund’s returns and reexamining the Board of Commissioners […]

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LFB Releases Preliminary 2017-18 General Fund Tax Collections

On August 30, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the preliminary 2017-18 general fund tax collections. Overall, revenues were 4 percent higher in fiscal year 2017-18 than in 2016-17, totaling $16,144.2 million. Actual collections for 2017-18 were $18.4 million, just 0.1 percent above the amount estimated in January. Revenues from individual income taxes were 1.2 percent […]

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DOR Releases Online Sales Tax Emergency Rule

The Department of Revenue (DOR) filed an emergency rule this week related to the collection of online sales taxes. The rule will allow DOR to collect Wisconsin’s 5 percent sales tax from online sellers without a physical presence in the state beginning on Oct. 1, 2018. The emergency rule aims to bring Wisconsin into conformity […]

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Wisconsin Continues to Lead ACA Litigation

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 18 other states, filed a brief in support of preliminary injunction in federal district court against the federal government’s enforcement of the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A judge from the Northern District of Texas court heard […]

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Study Committee Update: Alcohol Beverages Enforcement Committee Discusses Three-Tier, Agency Enforcement

The Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement met for the second time on Aug. 22. The hearing started with attorneys from Wisconsin Towns and Wisconsin Municipalities Associations discussing how they handle inquiries from their members as to what is and is not allowable under Wisconsin law. Both groups said that they predominantly deal with the […]

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Legislators Participate in ‘Apprenticeship Signing Day’

On Aug. 23, legislators participated in ‘Apprenticeship Signing Day,’ joining Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin in celebrating Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program. Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), and Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R-River Falls) attended the event, which took place at Royal Construction in Eau Claire. Apprenticeship Signing Day featured high […]

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