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A proposed iron ore mine in far northern Wisconsin has cleared its most difficult political hurdle. Wisconsin senators voted 17 to 16 last night in favor of sweeping changes in the state's mining regulations. They'll go to the state Assembly next week where a 20-vote Republican majority will appear to give easy approval. Soon after, Gov.
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Wisconsin's U.S. senators voted opposite ways, when Chuck Hagel was confirmed Tuesday as the nation's new defense secretary. A seven-week battle over his nomination ended Tuesday, when a divided Senate voted 58 to 41 to confirm the president's appointment. Democrat Tammy Baldwin voted yes.
Developers of a large wind energy farm near Forest in St. Croix County are asking state officials to change their minds about rejecting it. Emerging Energies of Hubertus has asked the Public Service Commission to re-consider a construction permit on Friday for the new Highland project. Officials want the developers and the project's opponents to file new documents by Wednesday which outline their stands.
Gov. Scott Walker says his desire to improve education is partially why he wants to stop forcing teachers and other public employees to live in the communities where they work. Walker's proposed state budget would end local residency rules for public workers in around 125 communities. Walker blames the Milwaukee Public Schools' residency requirement for its lack of ability to fill all of its teacher vacancies.
Gov. Scott Walker Friday appointed Department of Health Services (DHS) Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades of Hudson as secretary of DHS. The appointment came shortly after Walker received former secretary Dennis G. Smith's resignation letter. "I would like to thank Dennis for his service to the state of Wisconsin--because of his efforts Medicaid is now on a sustainable path," said the governor.
Thousands of Wisconsin school students are getting a three-day weekend thanks to the massive Midwest winter storm. Most closings are in the Green Bay and Fox Valley regions. Green Bay schools are shut down - along with those in Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Manitowoc plus many smaller districts. Only a handful of schools are closed throughout the rest of Wisconsin, but many are opening two hours late. Snow continues to fall in much of the state, but forecasters say most of what we're supposed to get is already on the ground. Up to 5.5 inches fell by 7 a.m.
Gov. Scott Walker highlighted his desire to cut taxes when he spoke to lawmakers last night about the new two-year state budget he asked them to approve. The governor proposes using a current surplus to give a $106 income tax cut in each of the next two years to average families of four where both parents earn a total of $80,000 a year.
Gov. Scott Walker will submit his budget proposals for the next two years today when he talks about the highlights in a speech to the Legislature tonight at 7 p.m. The governor has already unveiled many of his major initiatives, and some will be very controversial as the Legislature considers amendments to the governor's package through the end of June. Democrats want some of a proposed 2% income tax cut to go to education instead. Health care advocacy groups got nervous after Walker rejected an increase in federal Medicaid funds.
Not even one of every 10 Wisconsin voters is expected to go to the polls Tuesday to help nominate finalists in a crucial State Supreme Court race and reduce the field of candidates in some local races, including Hudson School Board. The Supreme Court's one-vote conservative majority is at stake again as incumbent Pat Roggensack faces a primary challenge by Marquette law professor Ed Fallone, who's backed by Democrats, and Milwaukee lemon law attorney Vince Megna, a self-avowed Democrat. The top two vote-getters will move on to the April general election.
MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to increase state aid to public schools by one percent in the next two-year budget that he'll submit to lawmakers on Wednesday. The plan would give schools an additional $276 million after a major cut of $834 million two years ago.