Meet the New Senators-Elect

Senate Republicans have expanded their margin to 21-12 by picking up two Democrat seats and assuming Republicans will successfully defend Senator Fitzgerald’s seat after he vacates it. Overall, for the 2021-22 legislative session, there will be eight “freshman” Senators, including five Republicans and three Democrats. This incoming group includes several familiar faces of former Assembly […]

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Updated: COVID-19 Orders and Current Challenges

Wisconsin continues to shatter daily records for COVID-19 cases and deaths. Despite litigation challenging his ability to issue subsequent public health emergencies, this week, Gov. Evers announced he plans to extend the statewide mask mandate through mid-January. The Supreme Court will likely weigh in before then with a decision that could leave the governor will […]

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Legislators Chose New Leadership; Finance Co-Chairs Announced

On Thursday Nov. 5, Senate Republicans met to determine who will be the Senate leadership for the 2021-22 legislative session. With Sen. Scott Fitzgerald being elected to Congress, the Senate Majority Leader position was open with two Senators running – Sen. Roger Roth (R – Appleton) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R – Oostburg). Many political […]

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Round 2 of COVID-19 Legislation Begins

On Tuesday November 17, Governor Evers released another COVID-19 response legislation. The omnibus bill includes several policy proposals that were included the state’s initial COVID-19 bill (2019 Act 185) from earlier this year. In addition, the governor is proposing $541 million in spending to continue the current pandemic response efforts such as COVID-19 testing, contract […]

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Wisconsin Update: State Republicans Maintain Strong Majorities in Both Houses

While ballots are still being counted across the country to decide who will be the nation’s next President, things in Wisconsin have crystallized a bit. Unofficially, Biden has a vote total lead of just over 20,000 with no apparent large swaths of votes available for Trump to make up the margin.  While there could be […]

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PSCW Extends Shut-Off Moratorium through the Winter

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin voted 2-1 to extend the shut-off moratorium of water utilities until April. Last month, the PSC voted to extend utility shut-off moratorium until November 1, 2020. Starting on November 1, 2020, the annual winter moratorium for gas and electric customers will go into effect. […]

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Wisconsin Election Preview: State Senate

With the election only a week away, Wisconsin polling between Trump and Biden remains consistent as insiders await Wednesday’s Marquette poll to see if any final momentum swings can be detected.  Trump is making multiple stops in the state over the final weeks while Biden has mostly sent surrogates since his September visits to Kenosha […]

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Update on Wisconsin’s Coronavirus Relief Fund Plan

This week, Governor Evers updated the public regarding state’s plan to invest federal funds to address the response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, Wisconsin was directly allocated $1.99 billion dollars from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security […]

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COVID-19 Orders and Current Challenges

The election is less than 8 days away and COVID-19 remains as the top issue both in the state and nation. Here in Wisconsin, there has been a significant uptick of cases. Gov. Evers has issued emergency orders to address the pandemic and faces numerous legal challenges. This legal push and pull on COVID-19 policies […]

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OCI Releases Task Force Report on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices

On Oct. 21, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), with Deputy Commissioner and Task Force Chair Nathan Houdek’s signature, released the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices final 2020 report. The report is the product of the task force’s work to identify strategies to improve prescription drug affordability and accessibility for […]

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