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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
After the state Department of Health Services issued an order directing nonessential businesses to close and Wisconsin residents to stay home, Downtown Minocqua and other area communities see very little traffic. Photo by Dean Hall/Lakeland Times.
After the state Department of Health Services issued an order directing nonessential businesses to close and Wisconsin residents to stay home, Downtown Minocqua and other area communities see very little traffic. Photo by Dean Hall/Lakeland Times.
Friday, March 27, 2020 7:30 AM
At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the state Department of Health Services this week issued a massive 16-page order directing nonessential businesses to close and Wisconsin residents to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel. (subscriber access)
  • Evers issues stay-at-home edict for residents
    At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the state Department of Health Services this week issued a massive 16-page order directing nonessential businesses to close and Wisconsin residents to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel. (subscriber access)
  • State Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) is challenging Gov. Tony Evers’s “stay at home” order as a needless sledgehammer against the state’s small businesses.
  • Gas prices are plunging across the U.S, across Wisconsin, and in the Northwoods, and they are expected to keep falling, with one analyst saying the U.S. could experience the lowest gas prices in history, after adjusted for inflation. (subscriber access)
  • The Oneida County Board of Supervisors declared a local public health emergency Tuesday related to the COVID-19 pandemic, giving Oneida County board chairman Dave Hintz emergency powers to do business related to the pandemic should the full board or its committees be unable to carry out necessary functions. (subscriber access)
  • In honor of Sunshine Week — a celebration and advocacy of open government — The Lakeland Times presents the newspaper’s 2020 awards and grades for openness in conducting public business.

    The following grades are calculated using several measures, including how responsive officials have been this past year to open records’ requests, how diligently they have strived to keep the workings of government open, how willing they were to communicate with the media and with the public, as well as their past track record.
  • The COVID-19 public health crisis is causing government officials across the nation to struggle with transparency as they try to find ways to conduct business without violating open meetings laws designed to ensure public participation. (subscriber access)
  • Graduation rates in Wisconsin continue on an upward trend, with 90% of students in the class of 2019 completing high school within four years, according to data updated on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s WISEdash Public Portal. 
  • With a swarm of towns and counties posing referenda questions this spring about restructuring the state’s redistricting process, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has jumped head first into the fray since the first of the year, launching a move to try to eliminate lawmakers from the actual drawing of legislative maps and rallying Democrats to his cause. (subscriber access)
  • Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a charity raffle bill this week that was unanimously supported in both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature, and the veto drew immediate criticism from the bill’s author, Sen. André Jacque (R-De Pere).
  • In a race that is breaking down along partisan lines, current state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly is seeking election to a full 10-year term in April, facing challenger and Dane County circuit court judge Jill Karofsky. (subscriber access)
  • State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), the co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Finance, says a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo shows the extent of the tax increase on the agriculture industry that Gov. Evers has proposed and Democrats continue to push.
  • Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a proposed GOP tax cut Wednesday, saying he wanted more money invested in education.

    The $248 million tax cut would have come from a $620 million surplus the state is expected to have by the middle of next year. But Evers wanted to spend $250 million on schools, and another $130 million to reduce property taxes. (subscriber access)

  • The Wisconsin Assembly concluded its last regular floor session of the year last week with a full slate of votes, including a vote to send a $248 million tax cut to Gov. Tony Evers for his signature. (subscriber access)
  • The state Assembly has approved two efforts led by state Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) that he says will protect children’s health.

    One of the efforts passed includes part of the Supporting Children’s Health by Ousting Outdated Lead (SCHOOL) Acts to address lead in school drinking water by requiring testing and, if necessary, requiring that contaminated water sources be taken offline and replaced with clean water sources while encouraging long-term remediation.

  • U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) are demanding answers from Amazon as work-related injuries at the company’s facilities continued to rise over the holidays, and as recent reports indicate poor and unsafe working conditions. 
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