Politics & Government

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Budget committee releases $32 million to the UW System for investments in workforce

BY: - February 29, 2024

Lawmakers on the state budget committee unanimously approved the release of about $31.9 million to the University of Wisconsin System that will be used to invest in workforce development. Republicans cut the money — about $15.9 million annually — from the UW budget in June 2023 saying they intended the cut to eliminate funding for […]

Allie Phillips testifies before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee about her experiences with Tennessee’s abortion laws during a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (Screenshot from committee webcast)

Economic effects of state abortion bans debated by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - February 29, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators heard detailed testimony Wednesday on the economic impacts women face and how those considerations can play into whether they seek elective abortion access. The Senate Budget Committee also heard examples of the increased pressures women who need abortions for medical reasons have experienced after more than a dozen states severely restricted […]

In vitro fertilization patient Julie Cohen holds up a photo of her children at a roundtable discussion with patients and health professionals on Feb. 27, 2024 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate Republican blocks legislation protecting in vitro fertilization

BY: and - February 29, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi blocked a bill from passing Wednesday that would have preserved access to in vitro fertilization nationwide, stalling a push by Democrats following a landmark Alabama state Supreme Court decision. The court ruled earlier this month that frozen embryos counted as children under state law and parents […]

A bipartisan deal on spending will give Congress until March 8 to pass six bills lawmakers have finalized and until March 22 to pass another six bills. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Congress brokers deal on government spending deadlines, trying to avoid shutdown 

BY: - February 28, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans and Senate Democrats attempting to avert a partial government shutdown brokered an agreement Wednesday to extend government funding deadlines for a little while longer. The bipartisan deal will give Congress until March 8 to pass six spending bills lawmakers have finalized and until March 22 to pass another six bills […]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear former President Donald Trump’s argument that he should be immune from criminal charges related to the 2020 election.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide if Trump is immune from prosecution for acts as president

BY: and - February 28, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear former President Donald Trump’s argument that he should be immune from criminal charges related to the 2020 election. In a one-page order, the court set an expedited briefing schedule, with oral arguments to be held the week of April 22. Proceedings in the federal trial court […]

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Evers signs bill to help Chippewa Valley hospitals, uses line-item veto

BY: - February 28, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers signed legislation Wednesday to spend up to $15 million assisting health care providers in the Chippewa Valley, while vetoing language that specified the money was to go only to capital spending for emergency rooms. The legislation was introduced in response to the closures underway of hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls […]

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McConnell to step down as U.S. Senate GOP leader

BY: and - February 28, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will step down as the Senate Republican leader in November, he said on the Senate floor Wednesday, announcing the end of a run as party leader that broke records for its length and shaped American politics over nearly two decades. “One of life’s most underappreciated talents is […]

Republicans plan to appeal decision allowing Wolfe to stay at WEC

BY: - February 28, 2024

Republican lawmakers said they are planning to appeal a January Dane County Circuit Court decision which found Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe is legally allowed to stay in her position.  In a legal filing Monday, an attorney for Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Senate President Chris […]

Why the Legislature is unlikely to create a task force on missing and murdered Black women & girls

BY: - February 28, 2024

Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) became tearful on the Assembly floor last week while speaking about a bipartisan bill that would create a task force on missing and murdered Black women and girls. Stubbs, who is the lead Assembly author on the bill, pointed to an investigation by the Guardian that found five Black women and […]

Report urges states to step into the gap, step up enforcement of child labor laws

BY: - February 28, 2024

Amid a surge of federal child labor law violations, a new report recommends that states spend more on enforcement, tighten state child labor laws and, in many cases, increase the penalties for violators. Some states do impose hefty fines for at least some violations. But the report’s author, Terri Gerstein, said that one of the […]

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley featured at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County Exec. approves $1 million for affordable housing

BY: - February 28, 2024

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley approved $1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding Monday to  develop new affordable and emergency housing opportunities for residents in the city’s Uptown Neighborhood. “As we keep working to expand affordable housing options across Milwaukee County, we must ensure that people experiencing emergency housing situations and dealing […]

Evers urges finance committee to release $125 million earmarked for PFAS

BY: - February 27, 2024

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday asked the Legislature’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee to release $125 million set aside for the remediation of PFAS contamination in the state budget last summer.  The funds have sat unused for months because the budget set aside the money but did not include a mechanism to spend it. PFAS are […]