Politics & Government

EL PASO, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Jheanpiere Contreras, Genesis Contreras, and Daniel Soto, who two days ago arrived from Venezuela after crossing the U.S. border from Mexico, wait in line for dinner at a hotel provided by the Annunciation House on September 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. The Venezuelans will stay for a day or two at the hotel before being sent on to Ohio where their sponsors live. In recent weeks, Venezuelans have arrived in increasing numbers in El Paso. Annunciation House and other migrant shelters have been at capacity as they struggle to find housing and other aid for the migrants. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

U.S. House Judiciary’s debut hearing on the border centers on blame for fentanyl crisis

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration for fentanyl drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border during a Wednesday hearing. Chair Jim Jordan of Ohio also blamed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the number of migrants at the border, and said there are already hundreds of […]

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: People walk through Grand Central Terminal on August 30, 2021 in New York City. New York City, which depends economically on both tourists and office workers, had expected to fully re-open by this September. The Delta variant of Covid-19 has complicated that plan with a full reopening not expected until 2022. Thousands of businesses have closed or continue to struggle as they wait for crowds to return, (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

States criticized for spending federal relief funds on tax cuts, prisons

BY: - February 2, 2023

As states plan how they’ll spend the $25 billion remaining in federal COVID relief funds, some also are facing criticism and renewed scrutiny over how they allocated money already received from the American Rescue Plan Act. Of the $198 billion authorized by Congress in 2021, $173 billion already has been appropriated by states, the District […]

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Billions in federal farm payments flow to a select group of producers, report shows

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — The top 10% of recipients of federal farm payments raked in more than 79% of total subsidies over the last 25 years — producing billions of dollars for a relatively small group of U.S. producers, according to a new analysis of federal data from an environmental group. In total, the federal government paid […]

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy answers questions from reporters at the U.S. Capitol about debt limit talks at the White House, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom

Biden, McCarthy hold ‘productive’ and ‘frank’ debt limit talks as fiscal cliffs loom

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy huddled behind closed doors at the White House on Wednesday in the first of what will likely be several conversations as the country approaches two fiscal cliffs this year amid divided government.  The top issue at the moment is when and how to address […]

Lawmakers looking to address PFAS pollution

BY: - February 1, 2023

A Republican-led committee appeared open to dedicating more resources this budget cycle towards addressing PFAS contamination in Wisconsin during a hearing on Tuesday.  The informational hearing about PFAS —  or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — comes about a month after University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers determined there were PFAS in Green Bay and a week after […]

A table filled with information available at the Bay View library for an event on addiction recovery held in 2019. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Opioid settlement funds come through as overdose numbers keep climbing

BY: - February 1, 2023

As the federal government begins to divvy up millions of dollars in opioid settlement funds and states face decisions on  how to best use the one-time payouts, deaths from opioid drugs are continuing to increase, according to state and local authorities. More than 1,400 people died of an opioid overdose in 2021 across the state […]

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Wisconsin budget debate: What kind of state do we want?

BY: - February 1, 2023

It was remarkable to watch Republican legislators sit on their hands and scowl as Gov. Tony Evers delivered his assessment in last week’s State of the State address that Wisconsin is in the best fiscal shape in state history, with a record-breaking budget surplus and record high employment. They actually looked mad about it. Evers […]

Of more than 7,500 threats against members of Congress in 2022, just 22 prosecuted

BY: - February 1, 2023

WASHINGTON —  Members of Congress receive thousands of threats a year, though just a fraction of the people who call, mail or email will ever be prosecuted — a situation that’s of great concern to the police who guard members. Just 22 of the 7,501 threats lobbed at members during 2022 led to prosecution, the […]

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Campaign watchdog: Money kept pouring in — and out — in 2022 race for governor

BY: - January 31, 2023

The 2022 race for Wisconsin governor broke all records when it came to election spending, the campaign finance watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Tuesday. The money spent on the 2022 contest, $164.29 million, was 77% more than the $93.06 million spent on the 2018 governor’s race. It was more than double the $81.78 million […]

Jar for prescription drugs stuffed with hundred dollar bill representing high cost health care

Survey finds cost leads a majority in state to delay or forgo medical care

BY: - January 31, 2023

More than half of Wisconsin residents — including people with insurance coverage — delayed or decided to forgo health care because of the cost, according to survey results published Monday.  Some skipped a recommended medical test or treatment. Some cut pills in half, skipped doses of a prescribed medicine or decided not to fill a […]

‘Students learn here’: Richland Center residents make plea to save campus

BY: - January 27, 2023

The Pippin Conference Center at Melvill Hall on UW-Richland’s campus was packed to the brim Thursday evening as community members, current and former faculty and students made their emotion-filled case to keep in-person instruction on the campus.  Late last year, UW System President Jay Rothman announced that UW-Richland, now the smallest of the system’s two-year […]

From left, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. Lead pipes cause health problems and drive up water bills. Photo courtesy Environmental Protection Agency.

White House launches new push to help states remove lead pipes that carry drinking water

BY: - January 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced plans to speed up the use of infrastructure law funds to replace lead pipes in underserved communities, with a focus on Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin beginning this year. The four states, each led by Democratic governors, will be part of what’s called the Lead Service […]