Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin's Evers prays GOP investigator not named to panel

May. 27, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Friday he can't think of anyone worse to fill a vacancy on Wisconsin's bipartisan elections commission than a Republican-hired election investigator and he prays that the former state Supreme Court justice isn't named to the panel. ...

Kaul settles DOJ administrator's discrimination complaint

May. 27, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice has agreed to pay an agency administrator $46,276 to resolve her discrimination complaints. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the department signed the settlement with Division of Criminal Investigation...

Marshfield, Adams shut down wells due to PFAS pollution

May. 27, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Marshfield and Adams have joined the list of Wisconsin cities that have shut down municipal wells due to PFAS contamination. Wisconsin Public Radio reported that the state Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that sampling in the two cities has...

Wisconsin GOP leader isn't ruling anyone out for key slot

May. 26, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leader, who will appoint a key member of the state's bipartisan elections commission, said Thursday he was not “ruling anybody in or out” as he looks to quickly fill a vacancy in the battleground state before the next chair of the panel is...

Evers issues order prohibiting baby formula price gouging

May. 26, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Tuesday barring price gouging on baby formula. The order declares that a period of “abnormal economic disruption” exists in Wisconsin and prohibits wholesalers and retailers in the state from charging...

Wisconsin GOP leader open to arming teachers in schools

May. 26, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top legislative Republican said Thursday that he is open to the idea of arming teachers following the latest school shooting in Texas, while he dismissed as “disingenuous" an offer from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to find common ground. Assembly...

Kaul to ask Republicans to OK nine environmental settlements

May. 26, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is preparing to ask Republican lawmakers next week to sign off on nearly $400,000 in settlements to resolve multiple pollution cases. GOP legislators passed a law in 2018 just before Kaul took office that requires the...

Wisconsin Democrats renew call for votes on gun safety bills

May. 25, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats renewed calls Wednesday for the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun safety bills that were rejected without any debate just over two years ago. The bills would institute a universal background check for gun sales and...

Lawsuits over ballot drop boxes filed in 5 Wisconsin cities

May. 25, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservatives filed lawsuits in Wisconsin's five largest cities Wednesday over the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election, even as the state Supreme Court was poised to rule on the issue in coming weeks. The lawsuits were filed by the...

Milwaukee County judge announces candidacy for Supreme Court

May. 25, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz announced Wednesday that she will run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court next year to fill a seat currently held by the conservative former chief justice. The April election will determine the ideological balance...