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Gov. Scott Walker said "tough but prudent decisions" are why the state government had a surplus of $759 million when the last budget expired June 30. Officials said Monday that the surplus was $89 million more than what was expected when Walker prepared his new budget last winter. The governor said he promised to be a good steward of the taxpayers' money, and the new report shows, "We're on the right track." GOP leaders vaguely mentioned the higher surplus a week ago when they announced a $100 million property tax cut over the next two years.
Changes in Wisconsin’s tax structure, regulatory reforms and workforce development initiatives were discussed as Gov. Scott Walker and several cabinet secretaries travelled to the Osceola Airport today (Oct. 14). The visit, held in the Custom Fire Apparatus hanger, was part of the governor’s Cabinet on the Road series. Also attending were Lt. Gov.
A western Wisconsin man won the pumpkin-growing contest he entered over the weekend, but he failed to take back the world record he lost a year ago. Chris Stevens of New Richmond entered a pumpkin that weighed 1,784 pounds.
The Tax Foundation has admitted that it gave Wisconsin too low of a rating for its business tax climate. The group that brought you Tax Freedom Day reported Wednesday morning that Wisconsin ranked 43rd for its business tax friendliness -- down one place from a year ago. State Assembly Republican Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield said there was no way Wisconsin's tax climate got worse, considering all the changes made in the new state budget which took effect in July.
Wisconsin officials are refusing to follow a federal order to close popular state park areas that get part of their funding from Washington. As part of the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service told the state Department of Natural Resources to close Devil's Lake and Interstate state parks, the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State forest, and the state's portion of the Horicon Marsh.
Regulators have approved Wisconsin's first large wind energy farm since 2009. The Public Service Commission voted 2 to 1 Thursday to let Emerging Energies of Hubertus build a 44-turbine wind farm in the St.
RED WING, Minn. -- Hundreds of extra workers are flooding the area as the refueling outage at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant gets underway. Work at Unit 2 began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, according to Xcel. During the outage, about 1,500 contractors will help plant staff install two new steam generators, replace a third of the unit’s fuel and perform other maintenance. That influx of personnel -- and potential temporary residents -- is a “great economic engine for our community,” Red Wing Chamber of Commerce President Patty Brown said.
Fire departments throughout Wisconsin are lending equipment to a volunteer force that lost everything in a blaze last Thursday. The town of Gordon, about 35 miles south of Superior, lost its fire hall and everything in it, including a half dozen fire trucks and firefighters’ gear. By Saturday, Gordon already had a truck loaned by nearby Grantsburg. The town of Jackson in southeast Wisconsin loaned a truck during the weekend.
Gov. Scott Walker has announced a half dozen policy changes aimed at curbing fraud in Wisconsin's public assistance programs. The governor ordered yesterday that the Department of Health Services provide stronger oversight.
The typical Wisconsin household has still not recovered from the Great Recession. The U.S. Census Bureau says the state’s median household income was just over $51,000. That's about the same as the national average, but it's 9.3% less than it was in 2000. The new Census report also says Wisconsin's poverty rate has held steady for the last three years. It remains at just over 13%. Milwaukee remains among the 15 poorest cities in the nation.