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  • Finance committee leaves SeniorCare program alone 
    Updated: May-21-15 10:49 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker's cuts to Wisconsin's popular SeniorCare program.

  • Republicans move to restructure Walker's job creation agency 
    Updated: May-21-15 8:05 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers on the Legislature's finance committee moved Thursday to restructure Gov. Scott Walker's struggling job creation agency, approving a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency's reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.

  • Wisconsin Republicans mulling possible bike tax 
    Updated: May-21-15 2:14 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - One of the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee says his colleagues are pondering imposing a new tax on new bike sales.

  • Milwaukee, other large school districts face takeover 
    Updated: May-20-15 6:16 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - A sweeping proposal giving control of the lowest-performing schools in Milwaukee to a commissioner who could fire all the teachers and administrators also applies to other large, racially diverse school districts in Wisconsin.

  • Disability advocates rail against special needs vouchers 
    Updated: May-20-15 11:47 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin disability advocates say the Legislature's finance committee move to approve a special needs voucher program amounted to a "budgetary sneak attack."

  • Republicans to increase school funding, expand vouchers 
    Updated: May-20-15 12:35 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin public schools would get $100 more per student in the second year of the state budget but lose money when students opt to take a voucher to attend private school, under a Republican-backed proposal the Legislature's budget committee debated Tuesday.

  • Highlights of education proposals in Wisconsin budget 
    Updated: May-20-15 12:28 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee on Tuesday unveiled its long-anticipated funding plan related to education issues in the state for the next two years.

  • Lawmakers to consider alternatives for teacher licenses 
    Updated: May-19-15 9:28 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin schools would be able to hire people who don't have a bachelor's degree to teach subjects like math, science, technology and engineering under a proposal backed by Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

  • Forget grades: Wisconsin report cards may have stars 
    Updated: May-19-15 9:11 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Forget grades.

  • Proposal opens public school sports to private students 
    Updated: May-19-15 8:56 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Home-schooled students and those attending private, virtual or charter schools would have to be allowed to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school under a proposal backed by Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature.

  • Civics test would be required to graduate high school 
    Updated: May-19-15 8:29 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee wants to require Wisconsin high school students to pass the civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test to graduate despite misgivings from educators.

  • Budget committee to approve special needs vouchers 
    Updated: May-19-15 8:21 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee plans to vote on creating a special needs voucher program in Wisconsin, a divisive proposal that's been floated and rejected several times in recent years.

  • Committee to vote on expanding Wisconsin voucher program 
    Updated: May-19-15 8:20 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing committee plans to vote for expanding the state's private-school voucher program.

  • Budget committee approves more spending for prison beds 
    Updated: May-19-15 7:47 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved spending an additional $5 million above previous estimates to pay for housing inmates in the state prison system.

  • Committee votes to cut 60 Wisconsin prison guard positions 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:50 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Sixty tower guard positions in 10 Wisconsin prisons would be eliminated under a vote by the Legislature's budget committee.

  • Drug screening for public beneficiaries approved 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:14 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved requiring drug screenings for recipients of public aid programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits.

  • Health insurance opt-out payments for state workers approved 
    Updated: May-19-15 4:36 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee has approved a plan in Gov. Scott Walker's budget to offer state workers $2,000 a year to opt out of taking state-subsidized health insurance.

  • Committee to reject charter school approval board 
    Updated: May-19-15 3:30 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing budget committee plans to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new approval board to allow for more independent charter schools that operate outside the control of local public school boards.

  • Walker's ban on Common Core up for vote 
    Updated: May-19-15 5:07 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards is up for a vote in the Legislature's budget committee.

  • Lawmakers set to deal with growing female prison population 
    Updated: May-17-15 9:53 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee is set to decide this week how to handle the state's growing number of women prisoners after forecasts show the population likely will grow faster than Gov. Scott Walker anticipated in his budget proposal.

  • Republican Sen. Johnson takes swipes at Democrat Feingold 
    Updated: May-16-15 6:13 pm

    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson took swipes at his newly announced Democratic challenger Russ Feingold on Saturday, alleging the former senator is unwilling to face the biggest issues facing the country, his signature campaign finance law was an "abject failure" and that he will never hold a leadership position in the Senate.

  • Ryan tells Wisconsin Republicans to expand appeal 
    Updated: May-16-15 3:47 pm

    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan tells Wisconsin Republicans that the party needs to expand its appeal in order to win the presidency.

  • Memo: Voucher plan could mean $48M hit for public schools 
    Updated: May-15-15 6:46 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Public school districts could face an additional $48 million hit over the next two years under the voucher program included in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget, according to a new memo from state financial analysts.

  • Finance committee beefs up Milwaukee child welfare bureau 
    Updated: May-14-15 3:02 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee has decided to beef up Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare staffing to help reduce a backlog of child abuse complaints.

  • Committee plans to reject governor's Family Care plan 
    Updated: May-14-15 1:30 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Lawmakers plan to reject a proposal in Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would expand the state's Family Care program and end the IRIS program, the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee said Thursday.