Statewide Election Updates: Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General

First Democratic Candidate Enters Race for Lieutenant Governor Wisconsin will hold elections for its statewide partisan offices in 2022, including for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. With Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes running for U.S. Senate, Democrats will hold a primary election to select Governor Tony Evers’ new running mate. State Senator Lena Taylor of […]

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First Democratic Challenger Enters Open Race for Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District

Two candidates have announced their campaigns for Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District, which will be open in 2022 for the first time in 26 years. Last month, as we reported here, incumbent Representative Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) announced that he will not seek reelection next year. Rep. Kind has represented the third district since 1997. On […]

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Legislative Update: Senate Confirms Several Agency Heads; Democrats Propose Personal Property Tax Repeal

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met on September 28 to vote on a variety of matters. We covered the Assembly’s agenda here and the Senate’s agenda here. The Senate voted to confirm nearly 40 of Governor Tony Evers’ (D) appointments to various state agencies, boards, and commissions, including six agency heads: Joaquin Altoro, Executive […]

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PFAS Update: DNR Proposes Permanent Foam Rule, Provides Fiscal Analysis

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a public hearing and comment period on its proposed final rule related to firefighting foam containing PFAS. The rule is a result of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) board order WA-07-20. A public hearing on the rule will take place on November 4, 2021, while written […]

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DWD Announces $16.5 Million Contract for UI System Upgrades

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has signed a contract for hardware and software updates to the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. DWD announced on September 29 that it will pay Flexion, a technology firm based in Madison, about $16.5 million over four years to perform phased software upgrades and other enhancements. The cost […]

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Wisconsin Joins Midwest Electric Vehicle Coalition

Wisconsin and four other states have agreed to form the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, or “REV Midwest,” to promote the development of electric vehicle charging stations across the region. On September 30, five midwestern governors including Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing REV Midwest. Along with Wisconsin, participating […]

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Political Update: Republican Race for Governor Advances; Milwaukee Mayor Appointed to Ambassadorship

Last month, we reported on two key congressional races that Wisconsin will host in 2022. The state will also hold statewide elections for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. With Governor Tony Evers (D) seeking reelection in 2022, Republicans are likely to have a contested primary for their party’s gubernatorial nomination. Meanwhile, Milwaukee may soon […]

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Senate Floor Calendar for September 28

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature will meet on Tuesday, September 28, to vote on a variety of matters. The Senate will convene at 11 AM, while the Assembly will convene at 1 PM. Notably, the Senate will vote on more than 30 of Governor Tony Evers’ (D) appointments to various state agencies, boards, and […]

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Assembly Floor Calendar for September 28

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature will meet on Tuesday, September 28, to vote on a variety of matters. The Senate will convene at 11 AM, while the Assembly will convene at 1 PM. Notably, the Assembly will vote on a joint resolution (Assembly Joint Resolution 80) that describes principles and standards that Republican legislative […]

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Wisconsin COVID-19 Update: State Employees Must Vaccinate or Test Weekly; State, Milwaukee Fund Vaccine Incentives

As of September 27, Wisconsin had administered about 6.34 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 3.1 million Wisconsin residents or 53.5 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated. The state’s seven-day average of new confirmed cases was 2,603 cases per day. That number peaked in November 2020 at around 6,500 cases per day. About 7,930 […]

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