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

Newly inaugurated Gov. Tony Evers is continuing to fill appointed positions in the administration. Recently announced appointments include:   Department of Financial Institutions  Secretary – Kathy Coltin Blumenfeld. Blumenfeld was most recently the executive vice president for Total Administrative Services Corporation and had previously worked for CUNA. Deputy secretary – Cheryll Olson– Olson-Collins previously worked […]

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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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Evers Continues to Build Cabinet, Staff

Gov. Tony Evers was inaugurated on Monday, Jan. 7. Now officially in office, Evers is continuing to fill cabinet and staff positions, making new appointment announcements over the past several weeks. Evers’s executive staff includes: Chief of staff – Maggie Gau. Gau managed Evers’s campaign and has been his chief of staff throughout the transition. […]

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UPDATED: Evers Announces First Cabinet Picks

Governor-elect Tony Evers has announced the first members of his cabinet as he prepares to take office in January. On Dec. 21, Evers announced several new appointees to his cabinet. Evers announced Rebecca Cameron Valcq as Chair of the Public Service Commission. Valcq is currently a partner at Quarles & Brady and previously worked as […]

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Gov. Walker Signs Extraordinary Session Legislation

Last week, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the extraordinary session legislation passed by the legislature earlier this month: 2017 Act 368 (SB 883) makes changes related to oversight of Department of Transportation funding and to pass-through entities and online sales tax collection under the Department of Revenue. 2017 Act 369 (SB 884) makes changes […]

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DOA Suspends RFPs

The Department of Administration (DOA) procurement team has announced it is suspending all pending Requests for Proposals (RFPs) until after the transition from Gov. Scott Walker to governor-elect Tony Evers is complete. DOA said RFPs that have not reached their due date will be cancelled, with the option for agencies under the Evers administration to […]

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Evers Transition Team Takes Shape

Governor-elect Tony Evers has begun setting up his transition team as he prepares to take office in January. The Joint Finance Committee approved Evers’s $94,600 transition budget request, most of which will go to seven transition staff positions.   Transition Team Evers named his campaign manager Maggie Gau his chief of staff and JoAnne Anton, […]

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