Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin lawmaker accuses Kaul of bullying to pass kit bill

Jan. 23, 2020 5:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican chairman of the Assembly's health committee accused Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general Thursday of trying to bully him into passing a bipartisan bill designed to prevent backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. The charge from Rep. Joe Sanfelippo came...

Wisconsin tax collections up $818 million above projections

Jan. 23, 2020 3:30 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin tax collections are expected to come in more than $818 million above projections made last summer, an increase reported Thursday that will fuel the push to make an election year tax cut. Republicans who control the Legislature are discussing a tax cut, while Democratic Gov....

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers his State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Evers calls lawmakers into special session on dairy crisis

Jan. 23, 2020 3:00 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday called the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session beginning next week to consider an $8.5 million package of bills designed to help rural Wisconsin in the face of a crisis that's caused a loss of one-third of the state's dairy farms since...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers waves to his family as he gets ready to deliver his State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

Jan. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin's electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won't force them to do anything differently next year and GOP...

Appleton bans conversion therapy for minors

Jan. 23, 2020 12:14 PM EST

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The City of Appleton has banned license medical and mental health professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors. The resolution passed by the Common Council Wednesday night defines conversion therapy as the practice of trying to change a person's sexual orientation or...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers acknowledges applause before his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Evers unveils plan to tackle Wisconsin's farm crisis

Jan. 22, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extolled lawmakers during his State of the State speech Wednesday to work together to address the state's farm crisis, calling a special session of the Legislature as part of a three-prong attack to tackle the problem that's seen a record number of...

Cross: UW regents will seek tuition increase in next budget

Jan. 22, 2020 6:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents plan to ask Gov. Tony Evers and legislators to lift a freeze on tuition and allow them to raise rates to match inflation in the next state budget, system President Ray Cross said Wednesday. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Cross told the...

Board authorizes DNR to begin drafting water standards

Jan. 22, 2020 2:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The board of the state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday authorized the agency to start drafting new water quality standards for a range of pollutants, including PFAS. Gov. Tony Evers directed the DNR to develop the regulations last year as part of his Year of Clean Drinking...

Longtime Democratic state senator won't seek re-election

Jan. 21, 2020 5:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A second longtime Democratic Wisconsin state senator won't be running for re-election this fall. Mark Miller, who represents a heavily Democratic Madison-area seat, announced on the Senate floor Tuesday that he won't seek a fifth term this November. Democratic state Rep. Melissa...

Wisconsin lawmakers approve firefighting foam restrictions

Jan. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signed off Tuesday on a bill that would impose new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in the hopes of reducing soil and water contamination, despite Democrats' complaints that the proposal would accomplish next to nothing. The Senate...