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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
Friday, November 8, 2019 7:30 AM
State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) voted Tuesday to support a resolution that allows voters to decide whether they believe a governor should have the veto power to add more spending than the amount the Legislature approves in the state budget.
  • State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) voted Tuesday to support a resolution that allows voters to decide whether they believe a governor should have the veto power to add more spending than the amount the Legislature approves in the state budget.
  • In a recent radio address, Gov. Tony Evers told Wisconsinites that his special session called ostensibly to curb gun violence was all about public safety, but Team Evers, his campaign arm, saw it as something else: an opportunity to raise money from the Democratic base. (subscriber access)
  • Though Republican legislative leaders have already signaled it won’t go anywhere, Democrats in the state Legislature relaunched last week their ongoing effort to decriminalize marijuana possession, likely as a way to push the issue to the forefront in next year’s elections. (subscriber access)
  • You don’t see it often, but here it is, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and the state AFL-CIO supporting the same legislation, and they are being joined by colleagues from both sides of the aisle. (subscriber access)
  • Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) is circulating legislation for co-sponsorship that would require state agencies to report on statutorily and administratively required fees.
  • It’s no secret Wisconsin is one of a handful of battleground states likely to decide the 2020 presidential election, and a new Marquette Law School poll underscores just how close the race in the state is expected to be, just as it was in 2016 when President Donald Trump notched a razor-thin 22,748-vote win. (subscriber access)
  • Gov. Tony Evers this week signed an executive order calling the state Legislature to meet in a special session on Nov. 7 to address gun violence in Wisconsin.

    Evers said he was giving Republicans who control the state Legislature “an opportunity” to take action. (subscriber access)
  • Assembly speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is offering praise for President Donald Trump’s new initiative on regulatory innovation involving state and local leaders.
  • The Arbor Vitae Town Board last week dipped into state and national politics as it was approached about holding two non-binding referendums during the April, 2020 election. (subscriber access)
  • State Rep. Barbara Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc), joined by fellow members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption, have introduced eight bills that reflect the goals of a bipartisan committee on adoption: to identify ways to reduce the cost and timeline of adoption, to examine the termination of parental rights process (TPR), and to raise awareness of adoption.
  • Gov. Tony Evers, joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, signed Executive Order #50, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. The executive order was signed on Oct. 8 at Indian Community School in Franklin.
  • The Wisconsin state Senate gave unanimous support this week to four bills to help protect vulnerable citizens, including to help victims of sexual assault, stop sex trafficking, protect homeless teens, and stop the diabetes epidemic.
  • Evers, Hughes kick off statewide tour in Rhinelander
    Governor Tony Evers took Missy Hughes, the new secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), on a tour of the state this week to introduce her to local and regional economic development leaders and the first stop was Rhinelander’s Printpack facility. (subscriber access)
  • State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) and a Republican colleague from Germantown are calling for a Convention of the States, saying states must act to rein in entrenched politicians in the D.C. swamp, but the liberal-leaning Wisconsin Democracy Campaign says it’s the idea of a convention of the states that is really reckless. (subscriber access)

  • The Wisconsin Elections Commission has announced a $1.1 million grant program to help municipalities and counties upgrade office computer security for the 2020 elections.
  • An analysis of tax law changes since 2011 shows taxes in the state were cut by more than $13 billion over the 10-year period, according to a memo released late last week by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. (subscriber access)
  • Voters with disabilities are underrepresented at the polls and may experience barriers to voting — a Rutgers University fact sheet on the 2018 elections notes a 10.4 percent gap in Wisconsin voter turnout between citizens with and without disabilities — and now the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition says it is working to close that gap, to increase participation of Wisconsinites with disabilities in the electoral process, and to address barriers.
  • He attended a news conference to help roll out so-called red-flag legislation, but, responding to a question, Gov. Tony Evers last week also said he was open to supporting mandatory gun buy-back programs called for by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. (subscriber access)
  • Gov. Tony Evers this week announced more than 60 new assistant district attorney positions throughout Wisconsin in what he calls the largest state investment in the district attorney program in the state’s history and the first new full-time GPR-funded positions created for the program by the state in more than 10 years. 
  • The Legislatures’s Joint Committee on Finance has voted to approve additional funding for farmer mental health counseling and services, state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), the co-chairman of the committee, announced this week.
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