Walker Budget to Expand Mental Health Funding

Giving a glimpse of what will be in his 2013-2015 Biennial State Budget, Gov. Walker announced a near $30 million investment in state taxpayer funds for mental health programs to enhance and expand services provided by state and local governments to individuals living with mental illness. “Earlier this year, I met with mental health professionals, […]

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DWD Sec. Newson Talks About Employment Programs and Unemployment Insurance

In an interview with the Wheeler Report, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson talked about his agency and plans for the next year. What have been the major accomplishments of your agency recently?We’re working hard to carry out the Governor’s agenda on job creation and developing the workforce. The Governor has put forward five […]

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Employment Law Changes a Necessary Component to Economic Growth

In 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce prepared a report titled “The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth.” The review covered all 50 states and unfortunately, Wisconsin was ranked in the worst tier with 14 other states. Wisconsin joined California, New York, Illinois and Michigan as a state where employment laws are considered […]

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Nate Silver Tackles the Budget

Nate Silver, the New York Times’ statistics whiz, who shot to stardom (well, stardom for a statistician) for his elections forecasting, has taken a crack at answering the question “What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?” Silver’s analysis of government spending at the federal, state and local level on entitlement programs, defense, interest on the […]

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Audit of “Double Dipping” State Employees Recommends Changes

The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) recently released a report on detailing Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Annuitants rehired by WRS-eligible employers. At the request of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the LAB conducted the review to respond to concerns raised about WRS annuitants being rehired by WRS-participating employers and being granted both a salary and […]

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Agency Budget Request Highlights

Agency budget requests for the 2013-15 biennial budget bill have been submitted to the Department of Administration (DOA) for review. Requests approved by the Governor will be included in his budget bill, which is expected to be introduced in January 2013. While the bulk of the agency requests submitted to date generally relate to standard […]

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