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Health Care Policy 2017-18

Health care policy in the 2017-18 Legislative Session is currently centered on lowering rising premiums and creating stability in Wisconsin’s health care markets.

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Last Update
Nov. 2, 2018

Status
Monitoring

2017 - 2019 State Budget

Where are we in the budget process?

COMPLETE! The state legislature passed the state budget on September 15, 2017, and Governor Scott Walker signed it on September 21.

Read our latest blog posts on the upcoming state budget.

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Last Update
Sep. 29, 2017

Status
Complete

2016 Election

Primary Electon: August 9, 2016

General Election: November 8, 2016

State offices to be elected include U.S. President, U.S. Senator, Representatives in Congress, State Senator (even-numbered districts), representatives to the Assembly (all districts).

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Last Update
Nov. 9, 2016

Status
Complete

2015 - 2017 State Budget

Where are we in the budget process? COMPLETE! The state legislature passed the state budget on the evening of July 8, 2015, and Governor Scott Walker signed it on July 12.

Read our summary and analysis of the 2015-2017 State Budget.

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Last Update
Jun. 8, 2015

Status
Complete

2014 Election Results

National Poll Results
U.S. Senate: 52 Republicans, 43 Democrats, 2 Independents, 3 Open
U.S. Congress: 243 Republicans, 175 Demcoarats, 17 Open
Wisconsin Governor and Constutional Offices General Election Results

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Last Update
Nov. 5, 2014

Status
Complete

Carbon Regulation for Power Plants

New Power Plant Regulations
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation for new power plants that would substantially limit the sources of energy available to power U.S. homes and business.

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Last Update
Oct. 1, 2014

Status
Monitoring

2014 Election Update

General Election: November 4th, 2014

State offices to be elected include Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative in Congress, State Senator (odd-numbered districts) Representatives to the Assembly (all districts).

Election for Governor

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Last Update
Aug. 7, 2014

Status
Complete

2013-15 State Budget

Wisconsin operates under a biennial budget, meaning the legislature passes a budget every other year. The budget process begins in the fall of each even year, when state agencies submit their budget requests to the governor and the Department of Administration.

The Department of Administration’s State Budget Office crafts a budget based on the agencies requests and the governor’s desires. The governor then presents his budget to the state legislature for its consideration.

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Last Update
Jul. 1, 2013

Status
Complete

Health Care Policy

Health care policy in the 2011-12 Legislative Session centered on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the impact of the new federal health care reform law on both the state’s commercial insurance market and its medical assistance program.

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Last Update
Jan. 1, 2013

Status
Complete

2012 Regular Elections

Although the recall elections have accelerated the process and drawn the attention of election-watchers away from the general elections, the biennial fight for control of the Wisconsin legislature has quietly begun along with Congressional elections and the race for the White House.

This year, Wisconsin has moved its partisan primary election date up one month to August 14 to give military and overseas voters more time to cast their ballots. That change affected the time period for circulating nomination papers.

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Last Update
Nov. 7, 2012

Status
Complete

2012 Recall Elections

2012 might be the year Wisconsin voters make history by recalling a sitting governor. Recall elections were introduced in Wisconsin in the 1920s, and since that time less than 20 public officials have been recalled, but never a governor.

With the political intrigue, the vast amount of money being spent, and the balance of power in the State Senate on the line; Wisconsin could be in the national political spotlight until well after the dust settles on June 5th.

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Last Update
Jun. 6, 2012

Status
Complete

2011-12 Civil Justice Initiatives

In a defining effort, the Wisconsin Legislature, with Gov. Walker’s leadership, enacted sweeping civil justice reforms during the contentious 2011-12 Legislative Session. Landmark reforms relating to product liability, expert opinion testimony, risk contribution, and caps on punitive damages, among others, turned Wisconsin’s souring litigation and business climate into one of the most competitive jurisdictions in the country from a litigation standpoint.

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Last Update
May. 1, 2012

Status
Complete

Ferrous Mining Legislation

The Wisconsin Legislature is working on a bill that would create new statutes to govern ferrous (iron) mining, which is currently regulated in the same manner as non-ferrous (non-iron minerals like gold or copper) mining.

 

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Last Update
Mar. 1, 2012

Status
Complete

Franchise Law Update

The legislature is considering imposing, on both new and existing automobile dealership contracts, a wide variety of new restrictions upon automobile manufacturers.

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Last Update
Feb. 1, 2012

Status
Complete

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