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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, January 17, 2020 7:30 AM
State Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) have introduced The Recovery of Unsettled Municipal Payments Act.

Wisconsin is already shaping up to become another battleground for the 2020 presidential race, and the lawmakers say campaign events draw large crowds and require significant resources from local government to ensure participants can attend safely.
  • In a week of fast-moving developments, the state Supreme Court declined to bypass the state appeals court and take up the contested potential removal of more than 200,000 people from the state’s voter rolls, giving Democrats at least a temporary victory in their bid to keep those voters on the books for the 2020 presidential contest. (subscriber access)
  • State Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) have introduced The Recovery of Unsettled Municipal Payments Act.

    Wisconsin is already shaping up to become another battleground for the 2020 presidential race, and the lawmakers say campaign events draw large crowds and require significant resources from local government to ensure participants can attend safely.
  • The Wisconsin Transparency Project (WTP), on behalf of Milwaukee’s FOX6 TV station, has filed an open records lawsuit against Gov. Tony Evers in Dane County circuit court.
  • At a time when industrial clusters are coming under increasing scrutiny over whether their regional benefits outweigh the economic costs to other regions, a couple of Washington think tanks are proposing as many as 10 new technological clusters in the Midwest, with Madison leading the way on their list. (subscriber access)
  • The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is advising consumers who purchased evergreens this holiday season to check for an invasive pest called elongate hemlock scale (EHS) and to properly dispose of any holiday greenery that may show signs of infestation. 
  • Several economic forecasts and other data indicate that Wisconsin’s economy is likely to keep on rolling along in 2020, and that’s good news for President Donald Trump. (subscriber access)
  • State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), the co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, announced this week that Republicans on the Joint Committee on Employment Relations have approved a compensation plan that continues to show commitment to state employees.
  • Working at the behest of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this month the finalization of new food stamp rules which will curtail the ability of states to opt out of food stamp work requirements. (subscriber access)
  • The amount of support the state provides to local communities has declined sharply over time, according to a new report released by the Wisconsin Budget Project. 
  • Despite an order from an Ozaukee County circuit judge last Friday to deactivate the registrations of up to 234,000 residents because they may have moved, the Wisconsin Elections Commission took no action this week to do so, opting instead to wait for the outcome of an appeal filed Tuesday by the state Department of Justice. (subscriber access)
  • A study released last month by researchers at the conservative Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank at George Mason University, has concluded the state’s billion dollar-plus subsidy deal with tech giant Foxconn isn’t working and won’t, and could cost the state tens of billions of dollars in economic growth over the next 15 years. (subscriber access)
  • The Trump administration and House Democrats reached a major deal last week to move forward with the Trump administration’s replacement of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, with a new pact, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. (subscriber access)
  • The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) is supporting a bill that would make it a Class A misdemeanor to harass or intimidate a sports official in response to action taken or with intent to influence a referee, umpire, judge, or anyone serving similar functions.
  • State Rep. Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) hosted a press conference this week announcing her “Forward on Climate” bill package which she says supports the development of a resilient, sustainable, and equitable economy in Wisconsin.
  • Until very nearly the end, it was one of the slowest years in decades for new bills being enacted into law, but in the past several weeks Gov. Tony Evers has let the ink flow, signing scores of bills.

    The fast-growing hemp industry and young front-yard entrepreneurs with lemonade stands came out big winners. (subscriber access)
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