After years of scandals at Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a new investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed that the troubled agency exceeded its authority and improperly awarded more than $21 million in taxpayer funding to businesses and Gov. Walker campaign contributors.
Following a brutal all-night debate on Fri., Nov. 6, the Legislature’s Republican majority succeeded in moving forward a pair of bills that will pour more dark money than ever into state elections and disembowel the Government Accountability Board, which oversaw state elections.
Demand for grassfed beef is sky-rocketing. Over the last 10 years, growing public awareness of the real costs of intensive livestock farming has sparked a resurgence of interest in pasture-raised, grassfed meat.
Employees from Johnson Controls, which is laying off 277 employees after getting $1 million in state aid in 2014 to create nearly all of those jobs, contributed about $5,700 last year to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection campaign.
Madison — especially its North and East sides — won't be the same without Oscar Mayer.
Neither will the lives of some 1,000 employees, most of whom are losing their jobs.
As the fall chill takes hold, we can mope about the prospect of another long, dreary winter or make plans to shake up our lives and make good use of our time.
Some Wisconsin legislators and Gov. Scott Walker want to turn away Syrian refugees.
Who are the Wisconsin citizens who asked for more big money in our elections? Who called for a law giving politicians immunity to the John Doe investigations that can still target other people? Who wants partisan political appointees running our elections, and why would anyone want to do away with open government? I have not heard a public outcry for these proposals, yet they seem to be what is occupying our state legislature.
Differences of opinion are inevitable in government. Disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over public investments, funding for schools or the fairness of our tax code are common.
Despite these differences, everyone can agree that an open, transparent and accessible government is essential to democracy.