I wonder what Gov. Scott Walker will do. “While the decision is ultimately the governor’s, I hope he will listen to us as we continue to communicate that new jobs in Racine and Kenosha are just as important as jobs created in any other area of our state,” wrote Vos, who represents western Racine County.
Apparently Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who has absolutely no law enforcement experience whatsoever, seems to think he’s suddenly an expert on how to fight crime in Milwaukee. “The city of Milwaukee has made errors over time, reducing the number of sworn officers that are actually hired and on the streets,” Vos told Wisconsin Eye.
Remind me again why Republicans in the legislature think re-instituting bail bondsmen in Wisconsin is a good idea? Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen joined other law enforcement officials Monday in calling on Gov. Scott Walker to veto a budget provision that would allow those accused of crimes to post bail through commercial bondsmen and let [...]
Although it doesn’t always pay to tilt at windmills, the decision by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats and Assembly Minority Leader Representative Peter Barca to refrain from offering a single amendment to the biennial budget is downright perplexing. On the one hand I can understand the futility of offering up amendments that have absolutely no chance of [...]
Yesterday Republican State Rep. Steve Nass issued a press release announcing Nass would be voting against the 2013-2015 biennial budget approved by the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee. Rep. Nass cited the $500 million dollar structural deficit the budget would create, a large school voucher expansion, and the provision allowing bounty hunters to roam the streets [...]
On Friday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article quoting the Wisconsin State Legislature’s budget office had reported that under Governor Walker’s budget proposal, the state would be required to borrow nearly $1 billion dollars over the two year period. Most of that money, $994 million, would go to the transportation budget. Now, I am [...]
Since the announcement by retired Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim that the John Doe investigation around members of Governor Scott Walker’s former County Executive staff was closed, we saw exaggerated weeping and gnashing of teeth on the left and gloating on right…well nothing in the statement from Judge Nettesheim would indicate that either party is [...]
Earlier this week Zach posted an article about the State Assembly possibly raising the per diem expense rate paid to Assembly members during their stays in Madison. Surprisingly the article resulted in one of most spirited discussions of the week.
The per diem has a role to play in controlling the cost of government. Rather [...]
Why does it not surprise me that greedy Republicans are looking to line their pockets while asking public employees to make financial sacrifices because of “budget difficulties?” As they head into the new legislative session, Assembly Republican leaders are considering raising how much the 99 members of their chamber can claim for expenses.
Incoming Assembly [...]
Congratulations to Democratic State Senator Chris Larson, the new Senate Minority Leader! Democrats in the state Senate elected 32-year-old freshman Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee as minority leader on Tuesday — a surprise decision that Republicans instantly cheered.
Larson was first elected to the Senate in 2010 after beating a more conservative Democrat in [...]