Wisconsin Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, announced on the first day of the 2015-16 Legislative session that he introduced legislation to raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, where it has been since 2009, to $10.10 per hour and index the minimum wage to inflation.
Raising the state’s minimum wage has been a priority for Wirch for a number of years.
Wisconsin's elections and ethics agency refuted in a court filing this week claims that it had improperly participated in a campaign finance investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that supported him.
The Government Accountability Board's filing comes after the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the groups targeted in the probe, alleged in a complaint unsealed earlier in December that top GAB officials launched the investigation without first getting approval from the agency's six-member board. The GAB then continued with the investigation, even after the board voted to end its involvement in July, the group's complaint alleges.
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin's voter ID law.
The ACLU is challenging the law, which a federal judge struck down as unconstitutional and in violation of the Voting Rights Act. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, overturned the district court's decision.
Wisconsin’s next two-year legislative session started on Jan. 5 with Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers taking their oaths of office.
Here are some key things to know about the session and issues lawmakers expect to take up:
Once among the Top 10 healthiest states in the nation, Wisconsin has fallen to 23rd — down three places from a year ago — in the annual health rankings compiled by the United Health Foundation.
A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a theft conviction against a former aide of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, in a report released on Jan. 6, recommends the state Legislature make voter registration less difficult and allocate increased funding for the training of local election officials.
The league, working with organizations such as the Wisconsin Election Protection coalition, recruited, trained and placed 250 volunteer election observers to monitor 493 polling places in cities, towns and villages across the state in the November 2014 midterm elections.
Here are the remarks Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, R, prepared for his second inaugural address:
Today, I thank God for His grace; for the privilege of living in such a remarkable country; and for growing up in the greatest state in the nation. As the son of a small town pastor and a part-time secretary in Delavan, it is quite an honor to serve as your Governor. Thank you for that cherished opportunity.
Wisconsin’s top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage.
But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.