On Wednesday, the day the new bills were presented, the Assembly was scheduled to debate and possibly vote on a ban that would prevent transgender athletes from participating in girls' and women's sports in Wisconsin.
Schools could more adequately fund special education programs, pay teachers better, improve mental health services and undo budget losses from over the past 20 years. Nonprofit leaders say more grant money could help fill gaps in communities, particularly in overlooked areas like hygiene needs or lead pipe replacement. A local nun involved in social justice is hoping for the expansion of low-income housing in Racine by repurposing an iconic empty building, providing a stable stepping stone for local low-income households on the path to home ownership.
Wisconsinites who work with some of the state’s most vulnerable people have a lot of ideas of how they could help others. But it’s questionable at best whether they will directly see any of the surprise $4.4 billion the State of Wisconsin is expecting extra from tax collections.
The Republicans who hold majorities in the Legislature will likely use most or all of that extra $4.4 billion to create property and income tax breaks.
“Now with this new money that's coming in,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Rochester Republican who is the effective leader of the state Legislature, said a Thursday interview, “I think it's just a testament to the good work that we've been doing over the past year, and the fact that we've been good stewards of taxpayer dollars. So, knowing that, I look and say if we had more money than we needed before the $4.4 billion came in, I would be focused on making sure the vast majority of it — hopefully all of it — is returned back to the families, the taxpayers that paid it to us in a way that was more that we need it.”
Vos said he is "open to other suggestions,” for how the money can be used. But, he concluded, “I am presuming that we would do cuts in property taxes, cuts in income taxes ... The only thing I'm not open to is using it to grow the size of government.”
Republicans, including Vos, have argued that the state now has more money than it needs, and so they want to indirectly give that money back to taxpayers through tax cuts.
Gov. Tony Evers wants to use more than $50 million federal dollars to build a new health center in the heart of Racine's most diverse neighborhood. Fearing a roundabout increase in taxes and questioning Evers' methods, Republicans may leave the plan dead in the water, even though they argue Evers and Racine have other options to fund the ambitious project that Mayor Cory Mason deemed "a game changer" for the Lincoln-King neighborhood.
Many workplaces around the region and state are struggling to find workers. That is not debatable. What is being debated is the reason (or reasons) for the shortage and what can be done about it.
Ed Kamin, manager of Racine County Workforce Solutions, said you can’t blame the worker shortages on “just one factor.” It’s a combination of them, and untold countless others affecting each individual situation. Here's what our investigation has uncovered.
Angelina Cruz, president of Racine Educators United, said the governor's proposed budget prioritizes the needs of "our most underserved populations," such as students in special education, English language learners and those in poverty.
There hasn't been much polling on this topic, and the polling that has been done has yielded inconsistent results as a gauge of public opinion.
Collective bargaining rights, parent choice schools and broadband infrastructure are just a small handful of what topics were discussed by Racine County community members during a listening session with local representatives on Wednesday.
"I don't stand against cops, but police should have better training," said Valerie Norberlyn, who attended the protest with her daughter Shayla. "I would be heartbroken if it happened to my daughter."
From NBA All-Star Caron Butler to Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, from Republicans to Democrats, from local elected officials to nonprofit leaders, there's been an outpouring of love for the police chief as he leaves the Racine Police Department.
The group held a rally in Racine on Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection where they called on the Wisconsin Legislature to retain the aspects of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget dealing with climate justice.
Wisconsin's statewide mask mandate is likely to be overturned after the Republican-controlled Assembly votes on it Thursday. Even if that happens, the City of Racine's local mask mandate will remain in place.
Here's what locals are hoping for as the U.S. welcomes President No. 46.
Democrats are calling for several Wisconsin Republican lawmakers to be removed from the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections after they co-signed a letter earlier this month that unsuccessfully sought to convince Vice President Mike Pence to stall the certification of Joe Biden's election win.
The Jan. 5 letter was signed by 15 Wisconsin GOP legislators, including four who sit on the Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
Another 106 conservative representatives and senators from other states also signed the letter, as did Chuck Wichgers, a Muskego representative whose district includes Waterford and who defended his seat in the Nov. 3 election that he wanted to be investigated.
Did pro-Trump mob at Capitol face less force than Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha? Activists say so.
“I haven't seen anything like it since my deployment to Iraq in 2007 and 2008,” U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Green Bay, told CNN of what happened at the Capitol Wednesday.
To further boost contact tracing across the state, Gov. Tony Evers announced a new mobile app that aims to notify contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. It is scheduled to go live on Dec. 23.
The drop boxes absentee voters could use to cast their ballots in Racine were at the center of criticisms brought up by Republican-invited witnesses during Friday’s contentious public hearing.
Both of Racine's state legislators, Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard and Democrat Rep. Greta Neubauer, will have significant roles in the upcoming session of the Wisconsin Legislature.
Although no evidence has been presented of widespread fraud in the presidential election, Vos said in a Friday news release: "With concerns surfacing about mail-in ballot dumps and voter fraud, Wisconsin citizens deserve to know their vote counted. There should be no question as to whether the vote was fair and legitimate."
RACINE COUNTY — Every incumbent legislator representing part of Racine County won their election after all votes were tabulated Tuesday night,…
Racine has voted to keep Greta Neubauer in her seat in Assembly District 66.
Spotlights locally, nationally and internationally have been on the U.S. presidential election, in which voting will conclude Tuesday. But there are more than another dozen races Racine County residents can weigh in on. Here's what they are:
Pete Buttigieg, known as "Mayor Pete" to his supporters even though he is no longer the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, received a warm welcome …
Statewide COVID rules are unlikely under current Republican leadership in Wisconsin. When asked directly if he thought there should be statewide rules to contain the coronavirus, state Sen. Van Wanggaard said “I don’t.” It’s a feeling shared by many, if not most or all, elected Republicans in the state.
In the early morning hours of June 1, the Thelma Orr COP House at 1146 Villa St. was set ablaze, not long after tear gas had been used to disperse a rowdy crowd in front of the police station, some of whom had started throwing rocks at cops in riot gear. With the streets crowded with protesters, part of international demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd, firefighters were unable to respond quickly and the COP House still hasn't reopened. “This wasn’t supposed to happen” a man said while filming the scene in front of his house with a cell phone.