Hamilton Political Tidbits – October 26, 2022

Political Tidbits - October 26, 2022
October 26, 2022
Wisconsin political news for clients and colleagues.
Bits & Pieces:

  • Former President Barack Obama plans to visit Milwaukee this Saturday, October 29, to campaign for Gov. Evers and other Wisconsin Democrats.

  • We reported previously that the Department of Natural Resources is renewing its efforts to set state groundwater standards for specific compounds in the PFAS family. Today, the Natural Resources Board authorized a preliminary public hearing and comment period for the new rulemaking. Last week, DNR released a PFAS Interactive Data Viewer and announced the beginning of its firefighting foam collection program.

  • Per the state’s Annual Fiscal Report, released this month, Wisconsin had a $4.3 billion surplus of General Fund tax revenue as of June 30, the end of the previous fiscal year. In fiscal year 2022, the state collected nearly $1 billion more in taxes than in the prior year.
2022 Election Preview
Historically, midterm elections in the first term of a presidency are rather textbook in nature. Whichever party has recently won the presidency tends to face an unfavorable electoral environment. Republicans appear to be positioned to easily win the U.S. House, and the cascade of recent polls show them having regained the lead in generic ballot tests.

Where the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Environmental and Energy Policy
This year’s gubernatorial candidates, incumbent Gov. Tony Evers and challenger Tim Michels, have made policy proposals and public statements on the campaign trail about issues involving environmental regulation and renewable energy development.

Statewide Candidates Hold October Debates
October has been the month for political debates in Wisconsin as candidates try to close the deal with voters in the final weeks before the general election on November 8. Read on for more information about the debates between candidates for statewide offices.

Study Committees Consider, Recommend Legislation
This year, seven study committees were established by the Joint Legislative Council with instructions to gather information and make policy recommendations that could be considered for adoption by the Wisconsin Legislature next year. Read on for updates from some of those committees.

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