Hamilton Political Tidbits – State of the State Address – January 24, 2024

Political Tidbits - State of the State Address - January 24, 2024

January 24, 2024

Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivered his sixth annual State of the State address last night. Our comprehensive coverage of the speech is available in this article:

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Gov. Evers Discusses Workforce, Healthcare, PFAS in Sixth State of the State Address

Gov. Evers began his address by reviewing some of his administration’s priorities and bipartisan initiatives that have passed during the 2023-24 session, including new legislation and funding in the 2023-25 state budget. In particular, he highlighted affordable housing, roads and infrastructure, agricultural exports, and conservation.

Gov. Evers spent the rest of his address discussing several ongoing policy priorities for his administration, including new initiatives and directives to state agencies:

  • PFAS
  • Reproductive Healthcare
  • Mental Health
  • Workforce Development

Our comprehensive coverage includes quotes and summaries, links to further information, and reactions from legislative leaders.

Continue reading this article

News Clips


Democrats put VP Kamala Harris at center of 2024 abortion fight; holds rally in Wisconsin

Associated Press, January 22, 2024

Policy experts on cost, accessibility, other details in Assembly medical marijuana plan

Wisconsin Examiner, January 22, 2024

A ‘completely different atmosphere’: How these lawmakers are working together now on Wisconsin elections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 22, 2024

GOP bill would restrict abortions after 14 weeks

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 19, 2024

Rift between GOP leaders and critics of elections chief reaches Assembly floor

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 18, 2024

Lawmakers vote to fire Evers appointee, pass EV, tax cut and licensing bills

Wisconsin Examiner, January 17, 2024

With Republicans still on the sideline in Senate race, Tammy Baldwin hits campaign trail

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 17, 2024

Wisconsin Republican leader slams Democrats’ election maps as ‘political gerrymander’

Associated Press, January 16, 2024

Most map proposals before Wisconsin Supreme Court would dilute GOP majorities

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 16, 2024

A Democratic group now seeks new congressional maps, too

The Capital Times, January 16, 2024

Wisconsin Republicans appear to be at an impasse over medical marijuana legalization

Associated Press, January 16, 2024

Utilities & Energy

Superior officials weigh debate over Nemadji Trail Energy Center

Superior Telegram, January 18, 2024

Vote to oust utility regulator tied to low-income program, solar financing tool

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 18, 2024

Even in water-rich Wisconsin, purifying sewage into drinking water gains a foothold

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 17, 2024

Committee votes to toss utility commissioner Tyler Huebner

Urban Milwaukee, January 15, 2024

Milwaukee-area lawyer Rebecca Valcq to step down as chairperson of the Wisconsin PSC

WUWM, January 12, 2024

Federal rule forces oil states to cut methane emissions

Stateline, January 12, 2024


Defense Department to again target ‘forever chemicals’ contamination near Michigan military base

Associated Press, January 19, 2024

Wisconsin DNR preps 2024 grant program for small water systems to deal with PFAS contamination

Associated Press, January 18, 2024

Sturgeon could be listed as endangered species, but Wisconsin’s congressional reps want an exemption. Here’s why.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 17, 2024

DNR and Wisconsin Salt Wise say too much salt usage during winter can affect the water

WEAU, January 15, 2024

Wisconsin state park stickers could remain valid for 12 months under new bill

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 12, 2024


No clear frontrunner in proposed Wisconsin legislative maps, but plenty of angst

Wisconsin State Journal, January 17, 2024

Democratic law firm challenges Wisconsin's congressional district lines in filing with state Supreme Court

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 16, 2024

Wisconsin’s embattled elections leader is legally holding the position, judge rules

Associated Press, January 12, 2024

Wisconsin Supreme Court refuses to reconsider ruling ordering new legislative maps

Associated Press, January 11, 2024

Attempt to recall Speaker Robin Vos could face roadblock with Supreme Court redistricting ruling

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 11, 2024

Wisconsin judicial commission rejects complaints filed over court director firing

Associated Press, January 11, 2024

Employer & Consumer

Wisconsin lawmakers want study into reviving income tax deal with Minnesota

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 19, 2024

John Rosenow on staffing a dairy farm with immigrant labor

PBS Wisconsin, January 18, 2024

Kenosha County approves Hard Rock Casino plans

Milwaukee Business Journal, January 17, 2024

As diversity, equity, inclusion comes under legal scutiny, companies quietly alter programs

Associated Press, January 14, 2024

A new rule will tighten worker classification standards

Wisconsin State Journal, January 12, 2024

Wisconsin income tax cut targets lower earners under latest GOP plan

The Capital Times, January 11, 2024

Transportation & Infrastructure

Training partnership gets $1.5 million in federal funds to start EV charging jobs program

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 22, 2024

Is zero emissions delivery possible?

Urban Milwaukee, January 21, 2024

Federal DOT kicks humorous highway safety signs to the curb

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 18, 2024

It’s so cold, Teslas are struggling to charge in Chicago

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 17, 2024

Wisconsin Senate passes bills clearing the way for electric vehicle charging stations

Associated Press, January 16, 2024

Downtown Madison sites score high in train station study

The Isthmus, January 16, 2024

Madison pinpoints 8 sites for Amtrak station, drops airport and UW from consideration

Wisconsin State Journal, January 14, 2024


Health care advocates say dental therapists will help provider shortage in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 22, 2024

UW-River Falls grappling with four student suicides in two months

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 22, 2024

Democrats, advocates call on Speaker Vos to bring postpartum Medicaid coverage bill to the floor

Wisconsin Examiner, January 18, 2024

‘Shell game’: When private equity comes to town, hospitals can see cutbacks, closures

Stateline, January 18, 2024

Marshfield Clinic system to furlough some 360 workers

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 16, 2024

Local hospitals violate price transparency rules

Urban Milwaukee, January 10, 2024


Critics say public universities are spending too much outside the classroom

Stateline, January 22, 2024

UW-Green Bay is ending classes at Marinette branch campus, citing declining enrollment

Wisconsin State Journal, January 21, 2024

Assembly Republicans approve bill to let parents opt kids out of ‘controversial’ lessons

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 18, 2024

Does the UW System have a case to revoke former UW-La Crosse chancellor's tenure?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 18, 2024

New draft child care bill would give licensed providers a larger 4K kindergarten role

Wisconsin Examiner, January 17, 2024

Interim UW-La Crosse chancellor calls events surrounding Gow ‘nuclear’

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 17, 2024

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