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Flood-Weary Residents Concerned Over Impact of Foxconn Development

Aug 31, 2018

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MILWAUKEE - Residents in Lake County, Illinois, are pushing to make sure the Foxconn development in Racine County won't result in additional flooding for downstream residents.

Since the Wisconsin Legislature waived environmental regulations for Foxconn, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission approved its own engineering study to make sure its watershed improvement projects won't be harmed by runoff from the site.

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Governor Walker says Wisconsin needs to grow its workforce in order to fill the open jobs in the state. Speaking at the Grown North Regional Economic Development annual meeting at Nicolet College, Walker says the state's unemployment level is historically low and jobs are being left unfilled.

Thompson Says Walker Might Have Tough Re-election Bid

Apr 5, 2018
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Former Governor Tommy Thompson was in Wausau Wednesday night to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service or WIPPS.

Before the event, Thompson spoke on a number of different topics. Thompson says that he was not surprised to see Rebecca Dallet win the Wisconsin Supreme Court race on Tuesday.

"I thought Dallet ran a strong campaign," he said. "I knew the Republicans were in trouble. I think it's indicative of what's taking place across the country. There's a Democratic wave and that Democrats are much more energized."


Governor Scott Walker made it official Monday with a stop in Rhinelander. This will be Walker's third run for the state's top post, along with a recall election he won and an aborted run for the U.S. presidency.

Walker stopped at Cross Trac Equipment as part of a statewide jaunt to announce the reelection bid..

Walker is also touting tax reform...

He says this will be a tough reelection bid with at least 8 Democrats either having announced or making rumblings they will. Walker says the Democrats are going to spend money....

Update: New Lincoln Hills Leader Named

Oct 26, 2017

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If the legislature agrees, personnel in the DNR's Division of Forestry could be moving to locations out of Madison and north of Highway 29.

In an interview with WXPR news Friday, Governor Scott Walker highlighted some of his proposals from last week's budget speech.

He described the changes he would like to see for state foresters...

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Governor Scott Walker met with Oneida County, Rhinelander, and school officials Tuesday for his 64th listening session to Wisconsin counties. Meeting with reporters after the session, Walker had little to say about his former Republican Presidential opponent Donald Trump and Trump's loss of Republican endorsements following the release of audio about women...

Walker says his goal in the next two-year budget is to expand broadband beyond what the federal government is providing to three local service providers....

Reaction continues to come in along party lines concerning Governor Walker's State of the State speech Tuesday.

Republicans, like Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander thought Walker highlighted accomplishments...

"....a lot of energy in the room last night. I thought the Governor gave a great speech, talking about the strength of Wisconsin and how far we've come not only in this session(of the legislature) but the session before...."

Swearingen says one Walker's emphasis on broadband in rural Wisconsin was key...

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Democrats in the legislature recently asked for more funding to the state Division of Corrections to help correct staffing problems at several state facilities, including the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility in Lincoln county.

Lincoln Hills is under investigation by federal and state authorities after a series of incidents culminated with a juvenile having a severe foot injury. There have also been allegations of sexual assault . The management at the facility near Irma has changed, and other security steps have been recently enacted.

Reaction Continues After Walker Budget Address

Feb 4, 2015

Opposition grew  to the governor's budget proposal to borrow one-point-three billion dollars for highway projects, instead of raising taxes-and-fees for them.  Speaker Robin Vos repeated his concerns about building up the state's debt.  Still, Vos said new money has to be found to pay for necessary roads.  Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany said the transportation funding plan gives him the "biggest heartburn" of anything in the two-year, 68-billion dollar budget.

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Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...


The top state revenue official thinks average-income Wisconsin residents will appreciate lower taxes on property and income.

State Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says property tax reforms passed by the legislature will show up this year for residents...

" taxes on a medium-valued home in Wisconsin have been flat for the last three years and they'll go down when they get their property tax bills in December of 2014. That contrasts with a 27 percent increase in the decade before Governor Walker took office....."

The likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate thinks voters should look at what she says are the real numbers regarding job growth in Wisconsin and not the numbers being used by the current job holder.

In an interview with WXPR, Burke touched on her jobs initiative.."Invest For Success" which she says is based on creating jobs in all parts of the state..

  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...

  Governor Scott Walker Monday stopped in Eagle River after signing his economic package. Governor Walker says he's on no tight timetable to make a decision whether to allow a multi-million dollar casino complex in Kenosha that is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Walker told reporters the federal government took nine years to move forward on the Menominee tribe proposal at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park..