School Start Date Legislation Re-emerges

It was less than 20 years ago when the tourism industry successfully lobbied the legislature to pass a law that required schools to start on or after Sept. 1.  Since its implementation, the industry has had to defend why this policy change has been good for the state of Wisconsin. Sen. Alberta Darling (R – […]

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LFB Releases Budget Summary

This week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a summary of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 state budget. The LFB budget summary provides a plain language detail of Walker’s budget and will serve as the guide as the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) begin their review of the budget. Following the release of the analysis, a tentative […]

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Bills of Note: Leading on Lead

Sen. Cowles (R – Green Bay) and Rep. Thiesfeldt (R – Fond du Lac) recently introduced SB 48/AB 78, called “Leading on Lead Act.” The bill has received significant bipartisan support, with a total of 47 co-sponsors supporting the authors’ efforts. The bill allows water utilities to provide financial assistance to remove private lead laterals. […]

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Floor Report: March 7 and March 9

Both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature were on the floor this week to take up a variety of bills. The Assembly and Senate convened on Tuesday, March 7 and the Assembly went back in on Thursday, March 9. Below is a summary of some of the highlights. On Tuesday, the Senate voted on Senate […]

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Special Session Bills Update

Rep. John Nygren (R – Marinette), co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, and a leader on Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda, introduced 11 special session bills on opioid abuse in late February. Companion bills were also introduced in the Senate. Assembly and Senate Committees have begun to hold hearings and […]

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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Host Annual Business Day

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Host Annual Business Day

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce held the 16th annual Business Day in Madison on March 1 at the Monona Terrace. Nearly 1,000 attendees heard from speakers from around the nation on business and political affairs topics. This year’s keynote speaker was Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated talk show host and commentator. Hewitt praised Wisconsin’s successful business climate […]

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Governor’s Budget is Out… So, What’s Next?

On Feb. 8, Governor Walker introduced his 2017-19 budget. This kicks off the legislative budget process that will command the legislature’s time for the next several months. The governor is traveling around the state selling his proposed budget to the public – often highlighting his $649 million investment in K-12 education. Positioning himself for another […]

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Opioid Special Session Bills Introduced

Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, and a leader on opioid abuse legislation, introduced 11 special session bills on opioid abuse in the Assembly. The bills were also introduced in the Senate by the Committee on Senate Organization. The bills are being scheduled for hearings in the upcoming […]

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Joint Audit Committee Holds DOT Audit Hearing

The Joint Audit Committee held a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 22 on the January audit of the Department Transportation’s highway program. The audit found increased expenditures, inaccurate cost estimates and deteriorating state roads. At the beginning of the hearing, the committee questioned the two state auditors. Legislators expressed concern about the upcoming DOT budget. Joint […]

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Bills of Note: Right to Try

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Wisconsin lawmakers comprising the Assembly Committee on Health met for a public hearing to consider 2017 Assembly Bill 69. Introduced by Rep. Patrick Snyder (R-Schofield) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), the “Right to Try” legislation offers citizens with a terminal illness the opportunity to access investigational drugs, devices, and biological products […]

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