Wisconsin in the 2016 National Election

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Leadership Positions Announced for State Assembly Committees

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced leadership positions for the standing committees for the 2017-18 legislative session. The Speaker also added five new Assembly committees: Urban Revitalization; Science and Technology; Federalism and Interstate Relations; Government Accountability and Oversight; and Regulatory Licensing Reform. Recently, Vos announced that Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) will remain co-chair of the Joint […]

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Assembly Committee Holds Hearing on DOT’s Budget

The Assembly Committee on Transportation held a hearing on the Department of Transportation’s 2017-19 state budget request on Tuesday, Dec. 6. This budget request includes $500 million in new bonding, but no tax or fee increases. Committee chairperson Rep. Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) and the committee heard from 14 groups with a stake in the transportation […]

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2017-19 Budget Preview

Tis the season for below-zero temperatures, eggnog, and of course, the beginning of the 2017-19 budget process. And, considering the governor and legislators have been engaging in the transportation budget debate since May, this “budget-season” will likely not disappoint. Most members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) have been announced, except for the two Democratic […]

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GIB Reviews Self-Insurance Responses, Delays Action

On December 13, the Group Insurance Board (GIB) convened to discuss options as it considers the nine responses received under the state’s Request for Proposals to move employees to a self-insurance model. Under a self-insurance model, the state would assume the risk for claims and directly pay benefits. Currently, the state contracts with and pays […]

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Get to Know a Freshman

Thirteen new members were voted into the Wisconsin Legislature on November 9. There will be two fresh faces in the Wisconsin Senate, Sens. – elect Patrick Testin (R-Marinette) and Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac). Also, joining the Senate from the Assembly will be Reps. Dave Craig (R- Big Bend) and LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee). The State […]

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2017-18 Wisconsin State Legislature

2017-18 Wisconsin State Legislature State Senate: 20 Republicans, 13 Democrats State Assembly: 64 Republicans, 35 Democrats    

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Fitzgerald, Vos, Shilling Announce JFC Members

GOP legislative leaders officially chose who will lead the all-powerful Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) through next session’s budget process. Despite being amid a recount, Sen. Minority Leader Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today her reappointment of Sens. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and John Erpenbach (D-Middleton) to the JFC. On Dec. 1, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) […]

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Governor’s Opioid Abuse Task Force Convenes

The governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse convened for their first meeting on Oct. 28 in Green Bay and their second meeting on Nov. 22 in Weston. In September, Gov. Walker issued Executive Order 214 to establish a task force to gather data, analyze actions of Wisconsin and other states, and recommend additional action items […]

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GIB Reviews Self-Insurance Responses

On November 30, the Group Insurance Board (GIB) convened to discuss the nine responses received under the state’s Request for Proposals (RFP) to move employees to a self-insurance model. Under a self-insurance model, the state would assume the risk for claims and directly pay benefits. Currently, the state contracts with and pays a fixed monthly […]

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