Gov. Evers Budget Would Make Significant Changes to UI, FMLA

Gov. Tony Evers’s proposed 2019-21 state budget would make significant changes to Wisconsin’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) laws. Read about specific changes to UI and FMLA employment law proposed by Evers below.   Unemployment Insurance  Evers seeks to expand eligibility for UI with provisions including:  Repealing the requirement that […]

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Floor Report: Legislature Passes (And Evers Vetoes) Middle Class Tax Cut

The Assembly and Senate met on Feb. 12 and 13 to vote on very limited calendars. Most notably, both chambers passed AB 4, which provides a middle class income tax cut. The bill, authored by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Joint Finance Committee member Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), funds the $688.1 million reduction […]

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Gov. Tony Evers, Speaker Vos Announce Water Quality Initiatives

Both Gov. Tony Evers and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) have recently announced initiatives to address water quality in Wisconsin. Evers’s plan is in the form of specific budget and policy items, whereas Vos has created a task force to gather input and make recommendations to improve water quality in Wisconsin.   Evers Initiatives After […]

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Gov. Evers Joins Climate Alliance

Gov. Tony Evers has announced he will join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of governors committed to addressing climate change at the state level. The Alliance seeks to uphold the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, from which the U.S. withdrew in 2017. Members of the Alliance aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels 26 […]

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Evers Releases $43 Million Dental Plan

Gov. Evers released a dental access initiative this week that would include $43 million in funding in 2019-21 for various dental programs. The initiative would: Increase the rate for loan repayments to the dentists who serve in rural areas from $50,000 to $100,000. Allocate $39 million for increased reimbursement rates to dental providers if they […]

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Republican Response to Evers’s State of the State Address

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) delivered the Republican response to Gov. Tony Evers’s first State of the State address. Vos said the state of the state is strong, highlighting successes including Wisconsin’s strong economy and business climate, low taxes, and investments in education. Following a letter from Assembly Republicans to Evers earlier this month, Vos […]

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Gov. Evers Delivers First State of the State Address

Gov. Tony Evers delivered his first State of the State address to the legislature on Jan. 22. In his speech, the governor said the state of the state is that “we’ve got work to do, and we’re ready for bipartisan solutions.” The speech focused on policies and solutions that “connect the dots” on issues including […]

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Agencies Continue to Announce Leadership Teams, Confirmation Hearings Begin

Newly inaugurated Gov. Tony Evers is continuing to fill appointed positions in the administration. Recently announced appointments include:   Public Service Commission Chair – Rebecca Cameron Valcq. Valcq is currently a partner at Quarles & Brady and previously worked as attorney for WE Energies. Confirmation hearing in Senate Utilities & Housing on March 12; confirmation recommended […]

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Assembly Republicans Lay Out Issue Areas for Potential Compromise With Evers

On Jan. 10, Assembly Republicans sent Gov. Tony Evers a letter laying out several issue areas on which they hope to work with the Democratic governor in the 2019-20 session. The list includes several items Evers discussed during his campaign. Assembly Republicans hope to work with Evers on: Income tax reductions. Enhancing high speed internet […]

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Evers Issues Medicaid Expansion, Pre-existing Conditions EOs

In some of the first executive actions of his term, Gov. Evers this week signed two executive orders directing state agencies to implement plans for expanding Medicaid and prohibiting pre-existing conditions exclusions in health insurance. Executive Order 3 directs the Department of Health Services (DHS) to develop a plan for expanding Medicaid eligibility. EO 3 […]

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