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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 […]

Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban could come back in force

BY: - July 24, 2019

Back in 1849, construction began on a railroad running westward from Milwaukee. That same year,  the state’s first telegram arrived. Wisconsin also passed a law in 1849 making it a felony to perform an abortion. In 2019, 170 years later, that law remains on the books. There have been attempts to get rid of it, […]

Gonzo journalist who antagonized Scott Walker dies

BY: - July 23, 2019

Friends and colleagues of journalist and satirist Ian Murphy, former editor of the recently revived Buffalo Beast, an alternative online news site in Buffalo, NY, report that Murphy has died. Murphy passed away on July 17, 2019, Buffalo Beast staff said. He was 40 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Murphy […]

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 […]

Some millionaires pay lower taxes than minimum wage earners in Wisconsin

BY: - July 23, 2019

Thanks to a little-known big ‘MAC’ tax credit, a minimum wage worker serving Big Macs could pay more in state income taxes than a profitable corporation making millions in Wisconsin. Despite lots of talk by Democrats in the last election about eliminating or reducing this tax break, the recently signed state budget does nothing to […]

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Year of clean drinking water off to dubious start

BY: - July 23, 2019

Although Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water in Wisconsin in his 2019-21 budget veto message, that ambition won’t be easily realized. More than $32.65 million is allocated in the budget to improve water quality throughout the Badger State. Evers proposed another $40 million to help kickstart the process of replacing […]

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Could Medicaid expansion get a second life?

BY: - July 23, 2019

It was a key plank in candidate Tony Evers’ campaign health-care platform during last year’s governor’s race: Reverse former Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of federal funds to expand Wisconsin’s Medicaid coverage. But with his Medicaid expansion plan stripped out of the budget by the Republican-dominated legislature, the governor and health care advocacy groups are looking […]

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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 […]