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Gov. Tony Evers wants to create a new $500 income tax credit to help cover family caregiver expenses, a $200 million proposal that will be a part of the governor’s state budget plan submitted to the Legislature next week. The tax credits announced Tuesday are targeted to help children and families, targeting spending on everything from child care services to Alzheimer’s research. Family care services for children through the elderly have struggled in recent years in finding enough workers, problems that have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meijer is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations across Michigan this week.

They plan to administer up to 25,000 doses to people age 65 and older by week’s end.

Monday's announcement comes more than three weeks after the retailer began immunizations at a limited number of its pharmacies in Wayne County.

Residents can pre-register by sending a text message, going online or visiting a Meijer pharmacy.

Meijer reports administering more than 20,000 doses since its first clinic on Jan. 15, primarily to seniors.

Turnout is expected to be low in Wisconsin’s spring election primary next week.

There’s one low-profile state race on the ballot in addition to more than 100 local races.

Meagan Wolfe, the state’s top elections official, said Monday that based on returns of absentee ballots so far and the small number of people who have chosen to vote-in person early, she expects turnout to be on par with past spring primaries.

In 2017, turnout was just 8.3% of the voting-age population in the primary.

Gov. Tony Evers' administration is partnering with an international health care organization to set up community sites for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Evers announced Monday that his administration will work with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to establish six to 10 community vaccination sites.

The first site is slated to open on Feb. 16 in Rock County and will be able to vaccinate up to 250 people daily.

The goal is to vaccinate up to 1,000 people per day.

You don’t have to be an Olympic speedskater to glide along an icy loop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The city of Houghton has created a skating path at Kestner Park.

Five laps around the “ice ribbon” equal about a mile.

Brad Barnett of the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau said it's another way to enjoy winter in the U.P.

The ice was created by flooding a paved path.

Officials were inspired to do something after seeing the popularity of a frozen canal between Houghton and Hancock in December.


A Wisconsin judge will hold a hearing next week on whether to arrest or increase bail for Kyle Rittenhouse.

The 18-year-old from Illinois is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a police brutality protest in Wisconsin last summer.

The hearing comes after he failed to update his address with the court.

Rittenhouse's attorneys say he moved into an undisclosed “safe house” after he posted $2 million bond in November to get out of jail.

They don't want to give out the address unless it's sealed.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says his budget plan will include a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana.

The idea will likely be blocked by the Republican-controlled Legislature, but it could be a catalyst to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Evers says the recreational marijuana measure could generate $166 million in revenue.

That revenue would then be used to help fund rural schools and programs for marginalized communities.

Wisconsin is among a minority of states that have not legalized marijuana use in some form.


Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed the first bill passed by the Legislature to address the coronavirus pandemic in 10 months, a Republican-backed measure that Democrats say would do nothing to combat the virus or help reopen the state.  Evers vetoed the bill shortly after the Senate voted along party lines Friday sending it to him. Evers called on the Legislature to pass a version he can support. He had backed an earlier, more limited, version. But Republicans added provisions he opposed. One of those would prohibit employers from requiring workers to get vaccinated.


Gov. Tony Evers promises to veto the first bill passed by the Legislature to address the coronavirus pandemic in 10 months, a Republican-backed measure that Democrats say would do nothing to combat the virus or help reopen the state.

 Evers announced his intention to veto the bill moments after the Senate voted along party lines Friday sending it to him.

Gov. Tony Evers says his two-year state budget will include $43 million in spending designed to help the state’s rural economy.

The Democratic Evers will submit his budget to the Republican-controlled Legislature on Feb. 16, which will take the next several months rewriting it before passing their version sometime in the summer.

Evers’ plan released Friday includes many of the recommendations made by a commission he created that submitted a report in December.

The U.S. Coast Guard and several other agencies rescued 66 people stranded on ice floes in a bay in northeastern Wisconsin.

Ice boats and helicopters were used to bring the people who were ice fishing to safety Thursday in Door County.

The Coast Guard says three separate ice floes broke away after cracks developed between the shore and groups of people.

High winds associated with an approaching winter storm pushed the floes further from shore.

It took four hours to complete the rescue.

No one was injured.


 Update (2/4/21 2:45 p.m.): Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a new statewide mask order an hour after the Republican-controlled Legislature voted to repeal his previous mandate.

The Democrat Evers said in a video message Thursday that his priority is keeping people safe and that wearing a mask was the most basic way to do that.

Republicans who voted to repeal the order said Evers was exceeding his authority by issuing new public health emergencies rather than having the Legislature approve extensions.

A new report says the pandemic has led to an 80% reduction in tribal gaming payments to the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Policy Forum released an analysis Thursday that found tribal gaming payments to the state's general fund were only $5.3 million in fiscal year 2020.

That's down from $26.2 million a year earlier. The pandemic forced tribes to close their casinos for two months last spring and cut back on other business at their hotels and restaurants.


The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote Thursday on ending the state’s mask mandate issued by Gov. Tony Evers, a move that will send the question back to the state Senate, which could vote later this month to repeal the order.

The Assembly delayed a vote last week amid concerns that repealing the Democratic governor’s emergency order would result in Wisconsin losing about $50 million a month in federal money.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the Assembly will pass a fix for that problem and a resolution repealing the mask mandate. That will require the Senate to vote again.

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The number of voters identified as possibly having  moved in Wisconsin shrunk by two-thirds before the November presidential election, and none of the people still on the list cast ballots in 2020.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission was discussing the report Wednesday. More than 232,000 voters were initially identified in 2019 as potentially having moved.

The elections commission says that the number of people still on the movers list had shrunk to just over 71,500.