Scott Walker helped draft proposal to gut Wisconsin's open records law

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 14:05

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has acknowledged that Gov. Scott Walker's office had a hand in crafting an amendment that would gut the state's open records law, The Associated Press reported.

After blistering criticism, Wisconsin's GOP lawmakers backtrack on effort to gut open records law

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 05 July 2015 09:05

Reacting to an avalanche of outrage from conservatives and progressives alike, Gov. Scott Walker and his GOP legislative leaders have had a sudden change of heart and agreed to remove from the proposed state budget a measure that would have all but eliminated the state’s open records laws.

Milwaukee bus drivers on 3-day strike

Written by Brendan O'Brien,
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:14

Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee began a three-day work stoppage starting early on July 1 after negotiations with transit system officials stalled over a new labor contract.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 stopped working at 3 a.m. on July 1 and plan to return 72 hours later, union officials said.

Gov. Scott Walker offered a blistering response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage for all Americans.

Sen. Alberta Darling

At the end of the day on July 2, in advance of the long July 4 holiday weekend, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee introduced its wrap-up motion to the budget approval process. Known as the 999 motion, it included 67 different proposals — many of them highly controversial and unrelated to the budget. Most, if not all of the proposals, were presented without prior debate or discussion.

Growing backlash over Republicans' attempt to make Wisconsin government records secret

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:03

Opposition mounted Friday to a surprise Republican budget measure that would exempt from Wisconsin open records laws nearly everything created by state and local government officials, including drafts of legislation and communications with staff.

Wisconsin to phase out microplastics to protect Great Lakes

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:48

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the legislation aimed at phasing out the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing microplastics that pollute the state's water, including the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin loses most jobs in the nation during May

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:27

Wisconsin ranked worst in the nation for job growth during May, losing a total of 8,600 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some evidence suggests Scott Walker was behind Republicans' attempt to gut open records law

Written by Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Monday, 06 July 2015 09:59

Hit with an avalanche of criticism from across Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders have agreed to remove language from the state budget that would have gutted the state’s open records law.

Obama touts federal overtime rule in Wisconsin

Written by Jeff Mason,
For Reuters
Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:36

President Barack Obama put a political edge on his push for more overtime pay for U.S. workers on July 2 by touting it in Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker has made a name for himself by clashing with labor unions.

Walker, who is expected to officially announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination the week of July 13, greeted Air Force One as it landed in La Crosse, a college town in western Wisconsin.

Opponents rally against mega hog farm in northern Wisconsin

Written by The AP Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:08

A proposed hog “megafarm” in northern Wisconsin is raising concerns among some residents that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.

An Iowa business plans to produce thousands of pigs annually a few miles from Ashland and the shore of Chequamegon Bay. If plans are approved by state and federal regulators, the $17.7 million farm would be the largest hog farm in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Scott Walker says lawmakers who think the budget's timing is important are 'delusional'

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 25 June 2015 14:46

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said yesterday he still does not have the votes to pass the state budget, and it seems likely that a $500 million financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium will be debated separately instead of as part of the budget, as planned.