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July 23, 2020

Report: State Spending Is Increasing, But Local Government Share Drops

Gov. Tony Evers' budget bill stacked next to the Republican budget bill
As state spending has increased in the last 25 years, local governments have gotten a smaller share, a new report finds. And as the pandemic puts pressure on government budgets, Wisconsin's schools could bear the brunt.  Read more »

Alliant Energy Announces Plans To Eliminate Coal And Go Carbon-Neutral

Edgewater coal plant in Sheboygan
Madison-based Alliant Energy announced it plans to phase out coal generation as part of plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Read more »

Gov. Tony Evers Orders $250M In State Budget Cuts Amid Coronavirus Downturn

Wisconsin capitol building
Gov. Tony Evers has ordered state agencies to cut $250 million from their budgets, a step he says was made necessary by declining revenues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »

Wisconsin Private Schools Have Advantages — And Concerns — Public Schools Don't As They Plan For Fall

Private schools across Wisconsin are, like their public counterparts, making plans for fall — though so much still depends on the trajectory of COVID-19 and the response of state and local health authorities.  Read more »

Mail-In Ballot Requests For August Election Already Top 2016 Partisan Primary Turnout In Wisconsin

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Wisconsin voters have already requested more mail-in ballots for August's partisan primary election than were cast in person or by mail in August 2016.  Read more »

Three More Wisconsin Cities To Require Masks In Most Public Spaces

A woman in a mask hands a frozen treat to a customer from a food truck
Green Bay is one of three Wisconsin cities that have just voted to require residents to wear masks while in businesses and many other public spaces. The Common Council approved the ordinance 7 to 5 last night, after several hours of debate. Read more »

Attorney General Josh Kaul Joins Menominee Tribal Police To Ask For Help Finding Missing 22-Year-Old Woman

Attorney General Josh Kaul
Menominee Tribal Chairperson Joan Delabreau said there are "significant numbers" of missing and murdered Indigenous women across the country. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul discussed the state's plan to address the issue. Read more »
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