The plan has split state political leaders on the value of the $3 billion taxpayer subsidy to the Taiwanese flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin
Both of the recounts in Wisconsin did not change the original outcome and history shows this is usually the case. Yet both parties assure that recounts are vital.
When I work with young journalists trying to develop a grounding in ethics, I tell them the word is often misunderstood. “I don’t really have a rubber stamp to say something is or is not ethical,” I say, arguing instead that ethics is about reasoning and coming to justifiable conclusions in difficult cases.
With a new state budget looming, the UW-Madison looks to re-engage parts of the state that feel left behind
New outreach efforts, new message seek to bolster support for the state’s flagship university beyond Madison.
State Senate District 10 has unfailingly voted for Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf for the past 16 years, despite sometimes shifting to vote for Democratic presidential candidates. The Observatory dug deeper to find out why Harsdorf has been consistently so successful.
Across Wisconsin, 13 counties — from all parts of the state — have voted for Democrats and Republicans alike. Experts say the factors include turnout, changes in news consumption and the narrowed focus of the Democratic Party to Madison and Milwaukee.
Melrose-Mindoro Superintendent DelRoy DeBerg says an expansion of the state voucher program would pose as a challenge to school funding.
In an Oct. 26 op-ed for The Cap Times, state Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, criticized Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-run Legislature for failing to address a range of problems at two state-run facilities, including the King Veterans Home. Specifically, Shilling attributed the King nursing facility’s poor conditions and staff shortages to profits transferred from the home for other uses. “Instead of approving $18 million in facility repairs and upgrades, the governor diverted $12 million from the veterans nursing home fund to backfill budget deficits. Republican leaders are set to raid another $18 million from King over the next two years,” Shilling wrote.
The Observatory fact-checked a tweet from Senate District 10 candidate Diane Odeen about education cuts. Her claims were only partly true, so we turned to a school in her district to gauge their significance.
The Observatory verified that Wisconsin has a 4.2 percent unemployment rate but Tom Tiffany’s District 12 tells a different story.
Olsen accurately claims $200 million K-12 funding increase, but it’s not all going toward educating students
Senator Luther Olsen accurately claimed the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee secured $200 million more in K-12 funding than Walker’s initial 2015-17 budget called for, but a significant portion is used for property tax relief and private school vouchers.