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Budget panel approves $500M more for Wisconsin schools

May. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's K-12 schools would receive $500 million over the next two years, including nearly $100 million more for special education, under a Republican funding plan approved Thursday by the Legislature's budget committee. The deal puts the Republican-controlled Legislature at odds...

Assembly Republicans propose $500 million more for schools

May. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans on Wednesday said they support increasing funding for K-12 schools by $500 million over the next two years, putting them at odds with Democrats and Gov. Tony Evers who proposed spending nearly three times as much. The Republican plan would increase special...

The Latest: Democrats hope GOP will increase K-12 funding

May. 22, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin budget negotiations (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Democrats say they are going to fight to increase funding for K-12 schools after Republicans say they will propose an increase that's less than half of what Gov. Tony Evers called for. Republicans on Wednesday...

Budget panel OKs Evers' clean water borrowing plan

May. 14, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's budget-writing committee overwhelmingly approved Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposal Tuesday to authorize more borrowing for clean water projects, handing the governor a small victory after killing his plan to replace lead pipes across the state last week. The state...

Wisconsin Republicans vote to kill Medicaid expansion

May. 9, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans voted Thursday to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan. Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the...

Wisconsin Republicans seek compromise on Medicaid expansion

Apr. 28, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans open to a possible compromise with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Medicaid expansion are looking at ways to accept the federal funding while not appearing to cave in on the issue, even as GOP leaders remain steadfastly opposed. Evers is also publicly refusing to...

Evers says 'no decisions' made on changes to Foxconn deal

Apr. 24, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group has not detailed what changes it wants to see in its contract with Wisconsin for a project that could employ up to 13,000 people, Gov. Tony Evers said in an interview Wednesday. Foxconn insists it remains committed to a $10 billion project, while saying it is...

Wisconsin favors legalizing cannabis, but hurdles remain

Apr. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gary Storck has been here before. For decades, Storck, a longtime medical marijuana advocate from Madison, has been pushing the state Legislature to legalize his medicine. Storck suffers from glaucoma. He uses cannabis to slow progression of the disease, which is gradually robbing him...

Wisconsin man pushes for labor reform 20 years after crash

Apr. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MILTON, Wis. (AP) — It has been 20 years since a van crash on March 25, 1999, that left seven young, traveling door-to-door magazine sellers dead and scattered across the southbound lanes of Interstate 90/39 near a rest stop north of Janesville. In Verona, Phil Ellenbecker, now 70, still grieves bitterly...

Wisconsin GOP attacks Evers' budget as deliberations begin

Apr. 3, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators criticized Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' state budget Wednesday as "irresponsible" as they began their first day of public deliberations on revisions to the spending plan. The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee began the weeks-long revision process with...