Wisconsin in focus: Tourism, hospitality, manufacturing groups bristle at highway tolling talk
Watchdog News | June 26, 2017
Wisconsin State Journal: Tourism, hospitality, manufacturing groups bristle at highway tolling talk Some Wisconsin business leaders say introducing highway tolling in the state could harm its economy, even as top lawmakers cite the idea as a possible linchpin to negotiations over the state’s next budget. The opposition from the state’s business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, […]
Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and 3 other Republicans withhold support from Senate health care bill
Watchdog News | June 23, 2017
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and 3 other Republicans withhold support from Senate health care bill Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin joined three other conservatives in the U.S. Senate in withholding their support for the Obamacare replacement bill their party unveiled Thursday. “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote […]
Wisconsin in focus: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents
Watchdog News | June 22, 2017
Green Bay Press-Gazette: Green Bay Democrats want to open BadgerCare to all Wisconsin residents Two local Democrats and a citizen advocacy group are calling for opening BadgerCare enrollment to all state residents in order to combat rising health care costs. State Sen. Dave Hansen and state Rep. Eric Genrich, both Democrats from Green Bay, said the […]
Wisconsin in focus: Paul Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles
Watchdog News | June 20, 2017
Wisconsin State Journal: Paul Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year despite political divisions among Republicans and a crowded legislative agenda for Congress. Ryan is due to give a speech on tax reform Tuesday afternoon […]
Wisconsin in focus: Hotel, apartment owners contest whopping increases in property values
Watchdog News | June 19, 2017
Wisconsin State Journal: Hotel, apartment owners contest whopping increases in property values Madison hotel and apartment owners are contesting huge spikes in property values this year — many increases are over 100 percent — but city officials say properties were undervalued and increases are appropriate and warranted. Ahead lies a potentially lengthy appeal process and […]
Wisconsin in focus: Foxconn seeks immense sites in Wisconsin for possible factories
Watchdog News | June 16, 2017
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Foxconn seeks immense sites in Wisconsin for possible factories The giant Taiwanese company that has said it is considering investing billions to expand its television panel manufacturing to the U.S. – and possibly to Wisconsin – wants a 1,000-acre site for the operation. Maybe. The immense size of the parcel specified in […]
Wisconsin in focus: Taiwan’s Foxconn, assembler of iPhones, considering Wisconsin plant
Watchdog News | June 15, 2017
CBS News: Taiwan’s Foxconn, assembler of iPhones, considering Wisconsin plant A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election. A person with direct knowledge of […]
Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin could land ‘major, incredible manufacturer’ soon, Donald Trump says
Watchdog News | June 14, 2017
Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin could land ‘major, incredible manufacturer’ soon, Donald Trump says President Donald Trump announced Tuesday during a visit to Wisconsin that he and Gov. Scott Walker were negotiating to bring a “major, incredible manufacturer” to the state. Trump’s second visit to the state this year was to promote apprenticeships and attend a […]
Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin redistricting effort could shape future U.S. elections
Watchdog News | June 12, 2017
Denver Post: Wisconsin redistricting effort could shape future U.S. elections With newly elected Scott Walker in the governor’s office and a firm grip on the legislature, Wisconsin Republicans in 2011 had a unique opportunity to redraw the state’s electoral maps and fortify their party’s future. Aides were dispatched to a private law firm to keep their […]
Sun Prairie sale ends costly experiment
M.D. Kittle | June 09, 2017
The sale of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin’s municipal broadband system, completes a failed experiment that left ratepayers on the hook for years of financial losses. TDS Telecommunications Corporation recently announced it had completed the purchase of the telecom assets of Sun Prairie Utilities. The network was bought for $2.88 million, slightly more than the city’s outstanding […]