Wisconsin

Republicans defy Walker's school-funding cut but support increase in voucher schools

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 06:51

The Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee approved a wide-reaching education agenda that would increase funding for public schools, undo enrollment caps on the private school voucher program, create a special needs voucher and target certain low-performing schools for takeover.

Supreme Court rejects appeal to halt Walker investigation

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 18 May 2015 18:30
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The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a petition from conservative groups seeking to halt a probe into whether Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated activities with the Koch brothers’ Club for Growth and other “dark money” Republican organizations.

A same-sex couple from Madison has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit because the state has failed to put both their names on their baby’s birth certificate.

Fond du Lac allowing beekeeping in city limits

Written by The AP Friday, 15 May 2015 05:44

Fond du Lac is now allowing residents to practice beekeeping within city limits.

Action Reporter Media reports the Fond du Lac City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on May 13 allowing beekeeping in residential neighborhoods. It was already legal in parts of the city that are zoned for agriculture.

Walker Watch: Walker's office copied on letter about loan to donor

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:28

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office was copied on a letter acknowledging that his flagship job creation agency would give a $500,000 loan to a campaign donor's construction company, raising questions about his statements that he wasn't aware of the deal.

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the Republican governor never received a copy of the letter and reiterated Tuesday that he wasn't involved in or aware of the loan process for Building Committee Inc.

Walker Watch: Scott Walker aides pressed for $500,000 loan

Written by The AP Monday, 18 May 2015 12:15

Gov. Scott Walker's top aides pressed for a taxpayer-funded $500,000 loan to a now-defunct Milwaukee construction company that was collapsing and created no jobs, according to a newspaper investigation.

Walker's economic development agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, awarded an unsecured loan to Building Committee Inc., owned by William Minahan, according to records the Wisconsin State Journal obtained through an open records request. 

Wisconsin family creates aquaponics business for sustainable farming

Written by Bobbye Pyke,
Daily Citizen writer
Saturday, 16 May 2015 09:11

An aquaponics farming system. -PHOTO: wikopedia

A Wisconsin family’s dream has turned into a family business

No one appears to know why Scott Walker cut the state's popular home health care program, known as IRIS.

A Minnesota home care company plans to hire hundreds of Wisconsin employees who are losing their private-sector jobs due to an unusual item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007.

The Department of Health Services report found there were a total of 32,776 marriages performed in the state in 2014, an increase of 2,797 from the year before.

Scott Walker’s voucher plan could cost public schools an additional $48 million

Written by Dana Ferguson,
AP writer
Saturday, 16 May 2015 18:17

Public school districts could face an additional $48 million hit over the next two years under the voucher program included in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, according to a new memo from state financial analysts.

The special prosecutor investigating alleged illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and conservative groups wanted at least two state Supreme Court justices to step aside in the case, according to documents the court released this week.

The secret John Doe investigation has swirled around Walker for years, and the Supreme Court is set to rule on three pending cases that could halt it for good in late June — the same time Walker is expected to announce a presidential bid.

Michigan-Wisconsin ferry to resume operations

Written by The AP Thursday, 14 May 2015 08:24

A coal-fired passenger ferry is set to return to service on Lake Michigan after undergoing a makeover to meet terms of a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Ludington Daily News  reports the SS Badger is expected to sail on May 15 from Ludington, Michigan, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It'll have a new ash retention system as part of a requirement to stop discharging ash into Lake Michigan.