Legislative Update

Legislative Update

  • Tony Evers declines to draw red line on Legislature limiting executive power

    “I’m not in a position right now to say there’s a red line or a line in the sand,” Evers said. Read More...
  • Tommy Thompson urges bipartisan support for gas tax increase

    “Former Gov. Tommy Thompson called on the incoming Democratic governor to work with GOP legislative leaders to back a significant ‘revenue enhancement’ for roads.” Read More...
  • Legislative Update: Rep. Gordon Hintz elected Assembly Minority Leader

    State Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) was re-elected Tuesday to serve as the State Assembly Minority Leader. Assembly Democrats also elected: Dianne Hesselbein, of Middleton, assistant minority leader; Steve Doyle, of Onalaska, caucus vice-chair; Mark Spreitzer, of Beloit, caucus chair; Beth Meyers, of Bayfield, caucus secretary; and Christine Sinicki, of Milwaukee, sergeant at arms. Read More...
  • Legislative Update: Evers names Maggie Gau his Chief of Staff, announces transition team

    Governor-Elect Tony Evers on Monday announced the appointment of Maggie Gau as his Chief of Staff. Gau served as Evers’ campaign manager and previously worked as a legislative aide. Evers also appointed JoAnne Anton as director of his transition team. The five co-chairs of the transition team are: Chuck Pruitt, a partner and co-managing director ...
  • Legislative Update: Senate elects leadership

    With elections over, the Senate has elected its caucus leadership. Senate Republicans elected: Majority Leader – Sen. Scott Fitzgerald; Assistant Majority Leader – Sen. Dan Feyen; Senate President – Sen. Roger Roth; Senate President Pro Tempore – Sen. Howard Marklein; Caucus Chair – Sen. Van Wanggaard; and Caucus Vice Char – Sen. Patrick Testin. Senate ...
  • One Wisconsin Now proposes ‘Tomorrow Wisconsin’ progressive economic agenda

    As Wisconsin families feel the pinch of stagnant wages and rising costs of things like child care and student loan debt, state progressives are rallying around a positive, forward looking economic agenda. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the progressive plan – titled Tomorrow Wisconsin – offers a much different vision for Wisconsin ...
  • Public school supporters call for results at final School Funding Commission hearing

    Wisconsin public education supporters united at the Capitol Monday to send a final message to members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which is holding the last of its statewide tour of public hearings in Madison. “We believe every student in every public school in Wisconsin deserves equal access and equal opportunity to ...
  • Legislative Update – May 29 – What’s next for the School Funding Commission?

    WEAC members for the past half-year spoke up at a series of legislative public hearings about the resources we need to adequately teach our students, and now leaders of the panel holding the forums are talking about what may come next. The final hearing is set Monday, June 4, in Madison. The co-chairs of the ...
  • Legislative Update – May 4

    Rep. Katrina Shankland from central Wisconsin has asked for and received a Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis on how local control has taken a step backward under the current legislative leadership. Shankland said the Republicans have voted 180 times to restrict local control, calling it “a disregard for local leaders who were also elected.” In just ...
  • Legislative Update – May 1

    A series of memos was released by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, as requested by a legislative panel studying school funding in Wisconsin. The commission continues to hold public hearings across the state, with the next one set at 1 p.m., Monday, May 7, at the Tomahawk Elementary School Auditorium. Read More...