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Thousands await jobless aid as Wisconsin leaders blame each other for failure

By Marty HobeTMJ4 Newsand Bram Sable-SmithWisconsin Watch/WPR As Wisconsin businesses shuttered this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, jobless filings and phone calls flooded the state Department of Workforce Development — too quickly for staffers to keep up. But DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman remained optimistic.  In a May 4 email, Frostman told Unemployment Insurance Division […]

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Op-Ed: Gov. Walker Says New Budget is ‘Freedom and Prosperity for All’

**Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted by the office of Gov. Scott Walker. Wisconsin’s future is bright.  Since taking office more than four years ago, our reforms and investments have made Wisconsin a more free and prosperous state.  Unemployment is down to 4.6 percent and lower than the national rate, we reduced the tax burden by $2 billion, […]

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What’s on the Mount Pleasant Village Board Agenda?

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will talk Monday about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 budget during the Mount Pleasant Village Board. Vos is visiting communities throughout the 63rd Assembly District. “The Speaker has been talking to the boards/councils in his district about the proposed state budget, listening to the members concerns and answering questions,” said Vos’ […]

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Democrats Schedule Listening Session

Local Democratic leaders announced Tuesday they will host a listening session Monday for area constituents. Representatives Cory Mason (66th District), Peter Barca (64th) and Tod Ohnstad (65th) and Sen. Bob Wirch (22nd) released a joint statement inviting residents to talk about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 budget. “Are things about Walker’s budget you like? Would […]

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Vos, Wanggaard Schedule Listening Sessions

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and state Sen. Van Wanggaard announced Friday they will host listening sessions March 23 throughout their combined districts. Vos, R-Rochester, and Wanggaard, R-Racine, in a joint statement said the dates were scheduled to discuss Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-2017 state budget. Vos represents the 63rd Assembly District, and Wanggaard represents the […]

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Opinion: Players & Taxpayers Shouldn’t Pay for Arena, Owners Should

**Editor’s Note: This article is the opinion of the author. Gov. Scott Walker’s budget for the 2015-2017 biennial includes a proposal for $220 million in state bonds to help pay for a new arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in the state, but repayment would come in the first year from $2.8 million in state funds. Potential increases in […]

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After Casino Rejection, Menominee Weigh Legal Options, Growing Marijuana

After Gov. Scott Walker refused to change his mind this week about a proposed $800 million Kenosha casino, leaders of the Menominee Tribe are weighing their options; whether or not to file suit in federal court or embark on a marijuana growing operation. University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor law professor Richard Monette told the Milwaukee Business […]