Hamilton Political Tidbits – January 31, 2024

Political Tidbits - January 31, 2024

January 31, 2024

Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.

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Bits & Pieces

Evers Signs Healthcare Workforce Bills

Gov. Evers announced today that he signed five bipartisan bills into law, all aimed at improving the state’s healthcare workforce. This includes legislation to allow for the licensure of dental therapists, ratify the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact, and allow for assignment of dental benefits under health insurance, as well as two bills to fund training programs for dental hygienists and assistants and scholarships for dentistry students.

Third Congressional District Race

The field of Democratic challengers to first-term U.S. Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R) has narrowed from five to three. By fundraising, state Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Eau Claire-area entrepreneur Rebecca Cooke are the leading candidates. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) has endorsed Shankland. Eric Wilson, of Eau Claire, also remains in the race. Tara Johnson, former chair of the La Crosse County Board, exited the race earlier this month. Aaron Nytes, a current Harvard Law School student, also ended his campaign. Meanwhile, as anticipated, Rep. Van Orden recently announced his campaign for reelection. News coverage available here.

Taylor Appointed to Milwaukee Judgeship

Last week, Gov. Evers announced the appointment of Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) to an open position on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, effective as of yesterday. The post was formerly held by Audrey Skwierawski, who resigned to become the director of state courts (background on that here). Taylor will fill the remainder of Skwierawski’s term, ending July 31, 2025, after which she will be eligible to run for reelection to a full six-year term. The governor will call a spring special election to fill the vacancy in Senate District 4; that seat will also be on the ballot again in the fall along with all other even-numbered Senate districts. News coverage available here.

Considine Plans to Retire

Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), who represents Assembly District 81, announced today that he will not seek reelection this fall.

Key Issues as 2023-24 Session Nears Conclusion: Budget Surplus, Redistricting, Abortion

As we approach the end of the 2023-24 legislative session in Wisconsin, several key political and policy issues are dominating conversations among the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

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PSCW Leadership Changes: Valcq Leaving, Strand Confirmed, Huebner Rejected, Nieto Appointed

Several leadership changes have occurred at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the state’s utility regulator. Chairperson Rebecca Valcq is resigning from the commission effective this Friday, February 2. Gov. Evers selected current Commissioner Summer Strand to take over as chairperson.

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Assembly Floor Session: January 25, 2024

The Wisconsin Assembly met January 25, passed 31 bills, and adopted four resolutions.

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Assembly Floor Session: January 18, 2024

The Wisconsin Assembly met January 18 and passed 18 bills.

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Senate and Assembly Floor Sessions: January 16, 2024

Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature met January 16 to vote on bills, resolutions, and executive appointments. This was the first floor day of the new year, and January will be one of the last regular floor periods of the 2023-24 legislative session.

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

From last week's edition: 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.

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News Clips


PolitiFact: President Joe Biden distorts income tax rates for the richest Americans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 28, 2024

Van Orden announces campaign, opens headquarters

WXOW, January 28, 2024

Gov. Evers appoints longtime state Sen. Lena Taylor to be Milwaukee judge

Associated Press, January 26, 2024

Wisconsin’s budget surplus is shrinking but still large

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 26, 2024

A Wisconsin redo election signals growing ballot scrutiny in US

Wisconsin Watch, January 26, 2024

Assembly passes referendum on 14-week abortion ban that faces certain Evers veto

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 25, 2024

Republicans send new legislative maps to Evers as redistricting lawsuit nears final stages

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 24, 2024

Republicans’ new legislative maps are dead on arrival to Evers

The Capital Times, January 24, 2024

Wisconsin GOP aims to settle district maps before state Supreme Court steps in

WISN 12, January 24, 2024

Democratic field narrows in bid to oust Rep. Derrick Van Orden in 3rd District

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 24, 2024

Four takeaways from Tony Evers’ state of the state address

The Capital Times, January 23, 2024

Wisconsin Republicans bring back tax cut legislation for third time

Associated Press, January 23, 2024

Joe Parisi backs Melissa Agard’s bid for Dane County executive

Wisconsin State Journal, January 23, 2024

Utilities & Energy

Utilities plan onsite gas storage to improve reliability; critics warn of costs, safety concerns

Wisconsin Examiner, January 23, 2024

Wisconsin energy rebates can save big bucks, but where's the money?

The Capital Times, January 23, 2024

Evers appoints PSC staff member Kristy Nieto to commissioner amid leadership turnover

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 18, 2024


DNR says fish and wildlife account is approaching a roughly $16M deficit

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 25, 2024

Wisconsin bill would limit local authority over animal welfare regulations

Wisconsin Watch, January 25, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers bypasses GOP on Pelican River Forest conservation project

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 24, 2024

Rural Wisconsinites see farm pollution, PFAS as big threats to clean drinking water, UW survey finds

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 24, 2024

Wisconsin lawmakers want to exempt sturgeon from possible endangered designation

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 23, 2024


Biden rival Dean Phillips sues to get on the ballot in Wisconsin

The Capital Times, January 29, 2024

Lena Taylor appointed to Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Urban Milwaukee, January 26, 2024

With threats against judges on the rise, lawmakers push judicial security package

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 26, 2024

Employer & Consumer

Remote work in Wisconsin declines, but office vacancies remain high

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 29, 2024

The US needs homes. But first, it needs the workers to build them

Stateline, January 24, 2024

Construction experts suggest being proactive with ESG policies

The Daily Reporter, January 23, 2024

Transportation & Infrastructure

'Blackout' license plates, popular in Iowa and Minnesota, could hit the road in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 29, 2024

Biden's Superior visit highlights Twin Ports infrastructure

Superior Telegram, January 26, 2024

US Department of Transportation funds $1 billion for Blatnik

Superior Telegram, January 22, 2024

Madison road conditions lead to 120 crashes, 29 injured people

The Capital Times, January 22, 2024


GOP bill creating new advanced nursing licenses heads to governor’s desk

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 25, 2024

Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls leaders say news of hospital closures shocked communities

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 23, 2024

Marshfield Clinic Health System to discontinue oral surgery services

Wausau Daily Herald, January 23, 2024

BadgerCare recipients to receive free over-the-counter contraceptives

Wisconsin Public Radio, January 23, 2024

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation wants to offer health coverage

Wisconsin Watch, January 22, 2024

Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls closing

WEAU, January 22, 2024


Tuition reciprocity changes, workforce plan would add millions to UW system's coffers

Wisconsin State Journal, January 25, 2024

Cybercriminals stole thousands of UW records, but system leaders didn’t tell the public

The Daily Cardinal, January 23, 2024

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