Latest Wisconsin state government News

Kaul blends environmental, consumer protection units

May. 23, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul is combining the state Department of Justice's environmental and consumer protection units in an effort to gain an additional environmental attorney position. Kaul, a Democrat, announced the move Thursday. He said in a news release that the new Public...

Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at potentially toxic chemicals

May. 23, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin legislators are pushing to curtail the use of firefighting foams that contain potentially toxic chemicals and establish standards that limit how much of the substances can safely exist in the state's groundwater, air and soil. Firefighting foam can contain...

Dane County Judge Karofsky enters Supreme Court race

May. 23, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky has officially entered the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court next year. Karofsky on Thursday announced her candidacy, after she said in April that she had planned to get into the race. Karofsky is running for the seat currently held by...

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...

The Latest: Committee approves $500 million more for schools

May. 23, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin budget (all times local): 2:27 p.m. The Republican-controlled Legislature's budget committee has approved increasing funding for Wisconsin's K-12 schools by $500 million over two years. Democrats and Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that is not enough. Evers...

Lawmaker accused of showing gun in Wisconsin Capitol office

May. 23, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker allegedly displayed his holstered gun in a Democratic legislator's Wisconsin Capitol office earlier this year. Democratic Rep. Sheila Stubbs' aide, Savion Castro, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Republican Rep. Shae Sortwell came into Stubbs' Capitol...

The Latest: Democrats want fire foam pollution standards

May. 23, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on legislation to limit pollution from fire-fighting foam (all times local): 10:50 a.m. A group of Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill that calls for the state Department of Natural Resources to establish standards and monitoring requirements for pollution from...

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...

DNR board OKs bear revisions, disallows hounds in new zone

May. 22, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bear hunters won't be able to use hounds in central Wisconsin under changes the Department of Natural Resources board made to the agency's bear management plan Wednesday after opponents called the practice a blight on the state. The revisions mark the first updates to the management...

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...