Briefs

Happy second birthday, Foxconn

BY: - July 26, 2019

Two years ago today Foxconn announced its plan to build a new factory in Southeastern Wisconsin and a promise to employ 13,000 people in return for more than $3 billion in aid from the state.  The project has sparked enthusiasm from its backers, starting with then-Gov. Scott Walker, and opprobrium from critics who questioned the […]

New bills ‘unlock the vote,’ end ‘prison gerrymandering’

BY: - July 25, 2019

Two bills introduced by three state legislators Wednesday aim to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites and end “prison gerrymandering.” Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) Rep. Jodi Emerson, (D-Eau Claire) and Rep. David Crowley  (D-Milwaukee), joined activists for ex-prisoners’ rights to announce their “Unlock The Vote” campaign. “Our democracy is based on the fundamental principle […]

Data shows massive over-prescription of opioids in Wisconsin

BY: - July 25, 2019

From 2006 to 2012, Wisconsinites received 1,283,958,368 prescription pain pills. That’s according to a Drug Enforcement Administration database detailing the flow of pills nationwide. The database was released by order of a federal judge in Ohio and first reported on by the Washington Post. The DEA’s Automated Report and Consolidated Ordering System (ARCOS) reveals a […]

Wisconsin voters surveyed say “Tax the rich!”

BY: - July 24, 2019

Nearly four out of five Wisconsin voters support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, with three out of five “strongly” in favor, according to a survey released today. The poll was commissioned by Tax March, a campaign to repeal the Trump Administration’s 2017 rewrite of federal tax laws, and was conducted by Public Policy Polling. […]

Corporate political money swings heavily to GOP groups

BY: - July 24, 2019

Republican state political campaigns raked in five times the amount of corporate money that Democrats did in the first half of this year, the campaign finance watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Tuesday. Before then-Gov. Walker rewrote campaign-finance law in 2015, those contributions would have been illegal to make or for any political party or […]

Food stamp cuts harm low-income working families

BY: - July 24, 2019

Trump administration plans to cut nearly 10% of recipients from the federal food stamp program could hit school lunch programs and cut savings rates for the working poor, a University of Wisconsin expert on hunger and food assistance programs warned Wednesday. The administration announced plans on Tuesday to cut people with incomes from 130% to […]

Students, state officials wrestle with student-loan debt crisis

BY: - July 24, 2019

A 12-person panel, including state and local officials and community members, gathered at Milwaukee’s Washington Park Library to discuss tackling the student-loan debt crisis. The meeting drew a crowd of about 30, including current loan borrowers, social workers, teachers and the parents of indebted students. Panelists, including Alex Brower, a substitute teacher in the Milwaukee […]

Sen. Baldwin and Slinger teen ensure ‘Lasting Smiles’

BY: - July 23, 2019

Major birth defects affect around 3% of babies born in the United States and are a significant cause of infant mortality, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of those children is 14-year-old Aidan Abbott from Slinger, Wis., who was born with Ectodermal Dysplasia and has needed extensive oral care and reconstructive […]

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Squeeze remains on childcare subsidies, and the families who need them

BY: - July 22, 2019

It’s getting much more difficult for low-income families in Wisconsin to obtain affordable childcare, a new report says, and while both the Democratic governor and the Republican-led legislature have offered remedies, so far those efforts have fallen short. The findings are in a brief published last week by the Wisconsin Policy Forum that examines the […]

ACA policy experts look Kind(ly) on congressman’s lonely vote to keep ‘Cadillac Health Tax’

BY: - July 22, 2019

Since its inception, one provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been especially unpopular across the board, including with unions who otherwise backed former President Barack Obama’s landmark law to expand health care coverage. To help pay for the ACA, the law included a 40 percent excise tax on the value of employer-sponsored health […]

Ron Johnson: ‘I don’t agree’ with Trump’s tweet

BY: - July 22, 2019

In  an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh, said he didn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s latest attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color, but fell short of calling the president racist. When host Dana Bash first asked if Johnson agreed with the president’s Sunday morning […]

COMMENTARY

At rally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands her ground

BY: - July 22, 2019

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at President Trump on Thursday night, proclaiming in a speech in Silver Spring that she and other newly elected female lawmakers have no intention of stepping back from policy debates — or returning to the land of their ancestors. Speaking to a large, jubilant crowd of left-leaning activists in […]