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  • ‘Rewind’: Walker’s upcoming re-election bid; state budget surplus; Foxconn contract negotiations
    Posted by David Wise on October 20, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    This week on WisconsinEye's 'Rewind': WisPolitics.com's JR Ross and Scott Bauer of the Associated Press discuss Walker's upcoming re-election bid, the state's budget surplus and the Foxconn contract negotiations. […]

  • Dairy association, DNR reach settlement in lawsuit
    Posted by David Wise on October 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The Dairy Business Association and Department of Natural Resources have settled a lawsuit that claimed the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority. The lawsuit, which DBA first filed in Brown County Circuit Court at the end of July, alleged the DNR is enforcing new standards without having first gone through the rulemaking process. That includes, […]

  • Beyond UW-Oshkosh, UW System finds no major concerns regarding campus payments to foundations
    Posted by David Wise on October 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    The UW System says it found no other “illegal guarantees or loans” beyond those the system is suing two former UW-Oshkosh officials over, though some minor concerns over transactions between campuses and their private foundations were found. The system has for months been reviewing any payments between UW campuses and their affiliated foundations, which help […]

  • WEDC could vote on Foxconn deal early next month
    Posted by David Wise on October 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan says the earliest that the agency’s board could vote on the $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn would likely be at its next scheduled meeting Nov. 8. Hogan spoke to reporters after a WEDC board meeting Tuesday, downplaying any concerns that the state and Foxconn missed a Sept. 30 target […]

  • State finishes fiscal year with $579 million surplus
    Posted by David Wise on October 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The state finished 2016-17 with a surplus of $579 million, a better ending balance than what the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had previously projected. The last LFB estimate of a $467 million ending balance, though, did not include a final look at expenditures over the fiscal year. The Department of Administration wrote in its annual fiscal […]

  • Cross on ‘UpFront’: UW merger plan aims to expand programs at 2-year colleges
    Posted by David Wise on October 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    UW System President Ray Cross says his plan to merge UW’s two-year schools with four-year universities would expand the reach of the larger schools and keep the smaller schools in local communities. Cross appeared Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. His proposal is meant to address declining enrollment at UW Colleges, which […]

  • ‘Rewind’: Proposed UW merger, guv’s race, King Veterans Home hearing
    Posted by David Wise on October 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    On this week's episode, WisPolitics.com's JR Ross and WisconsinEye's Steve Walters discuss the proposed UW merger, the governor’s race and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing on the King Veterans Home. […]

  • Groups protest as Senate committee hears bill to crack down on sanctuary cities
    Posted by David Wise on October 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hundreds from across the state gathered at the Capitol Thursday to protest a GOP bill that would crack down on sanctuary cities. Speaker after speaker voiced concerns the legislation could open the door to turning law enforcement into immigration officials, while driving a wedge between police and undocumented immigrants that could lead to fewer crimes […]

  • Register now: ‘Navigating the New Economy’ roundtable discussions
    Posted by David Wise on October 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm


  • UW System proposes merging two-year, four-year campuses
    Posted by David Wise on October 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Chancellors at several four-year UW System campuses say they’re excited about the possibilities of merging with the two-year colleges. UW System President Ray Cross announced the proposal, which would fold in the 13 two-year UW Colleges into seven nearby four-year institutions. Those two-year campuses, Cross says, face an uncertain future as the state’s population gets […]