Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin unemployment rate up for fifth straight month

Nov. 14, 2019 2:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is up for a fifth straight month and half a percentage point since a record low in May. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in October was 3.3%. That is up from 3.2% the month before and 2.8% in April...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

Pence to visit Wisconsin, Indiana next week

Nov. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Wisconsin and his home state of Indiana next week. Pence’s office announced Wednesday that he was scheduled to tour and deliver remarks at shipbuilder Marinette Marine in northeast Wisconsin on Nov. 20. Later that day the former...

Evers calls GOP state senators’ vote ‘amoral and stupid’

Nov. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe Republicans are “bastards” for firing his agriculture secretary, despite using the word when urging state workers not to be deterred by the move. Evers stressed that he wasn’t...

The Latest: Evers says Republicans are not “bastards”

Nov. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EST

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on comments made by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he does not think Republican state senators are “bastards,” saying a comment he made using that word was invoking a well-known saying...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Assembly refuses to consider drunken driving bill

Nov. 12, 2019 5:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has refused to concur with a bill that would stiffen penalties for repeat drunken drivers. The bill would increase the minimum time in prison for a 5th or 6th offense from six months to 18 months. Prison officials estimate the change would generate $13.6 million in...

The Latest: Assembly declares evergreen is Christmas tree

Nov. 12, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an Assembly resolution recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The state Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the giant evergreen the state Department of Administration places in the state Capitol every December is...

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill helping hemp industry

Nov. 12, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill intended to help the state's industrial hemp industry as the program enters its second year. The bill would align the state's program with new requirements under the 2018 federal farm bill, while also allowing Wisconsin to retain control. The...

Assembly OKs autocycle definition, registration fees

Nov. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has signed off on a bill that would define autocycles in state law and establish registration fees for the vehicles. Autocycles are three-wheeled vehicles that can seat one or two people. The Republican-authored bill would define an autocycle as a vehicle with three...