Latest Wisconsin state government News

Evers vetoes GOP bills directing federal COVID-19 spending

Apr. 22, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a package of Republican-authored bills on Thursday that would have directed how the state would spend $3.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money. Evers also announced that up to $420 million of that money coming to the...

Kaul to launch clergy sex abuse probe

Apr. 22, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul plans to launch an investigation into clergy sexual assault across Wisconsin's five Catholic dioceses, perhaps as early as next week. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that it obtained a...

Evers order calls for planting 75 million trees before 2031

Apr. 22, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Thursday directing the Department of Natural Resources to plant 75 million trees and conserve 125,000 acres of forestland by the end of 2030. Evers said in the order that planting trees in urban...

Evers orders use of force updates for state law enforcement

Apr. 21, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday ordered the Wisconsin State Patrol and other state law enforcement agencies to update their use of force policies to prohibit chokeholds, unless as a last resort, after the Assembly's bipartisan racial disparities task force issued 18...

Audit: Wisconsin economic agency's performance improving

Apr. 21, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The performance of Wisconsin’s troubled economic development agency improved over the last fiscal year but it must sharpen its oversight of tax credit contracts, policies on closing contracts and the accuracy of online data, according to an audit released Wednesday. ...

Green Bay city attorney releases report on fall election

Apr. 21, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay's city attorney has released a report in response to questions about the integrity of the community's November election raised by Republican state lawmakers and other conservatives. Vanessa Chavez's 19-page report mirrors the city's...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Apr. 21, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. April 19, 2021. Editorial: Wait and see right approach on Foxconn Monday’s announcement that Gov. Tony Evers had negotiated a new deal with Foxconn wasn’t entirely a shock. The state had long expressed dissatisfaction...

Foxconn deal with Wisconsin lowers tax breaks to $80 million

Apr. 20, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group will be eligible for just $80 million in taxpayer subsidies under a new contract signed Tuesday, down from nearly $3 billion it could have received under the original deal that envisioned a much larger project in southeastern Wisconsin. ...

Report cites 'vast improvement' at Wisconsin juvenile prison

Apr. 20, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's juvenile prisons made a “vast improvement” in meeting court-ordered changes and in overall atmosphere since December, the latest report released Tuesday from a monitor found. The positive report from court-ordered monitor Teresa...

Wisconsin schools receiving $175 million for COVID-19 tests

Apr. 20, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin schools will receive more than $175 million in federal funding to pay for school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, students and staff, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. The money is coming to Wisconsin as part of $10 billion the U.S....