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  • State Should Add Interstate Tolls

    04/26/2017 7:18:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | April 24, 2017 | Robert W. Poole, Jr.
    Wisconsin’s highways are seriously underfunded. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Transportation Fund Solvency report, spending only the $28 billion projected to be available over the next decade will lead to double the number of highway miles in “poor” condition — and will preclude even planning any highway expansions for nearly 40 years. Borrowing enough to spend $31 billion would slightly reduce the amount of “poor” highway miles but still would preclude planning any highway expansions until 2040. But a second WisDOT report offers a way out. Extensive research done last year for the DOT by the consulting firm...
  • Huffcut Concrete proposes $20M expansion in Chippewa County (120 jobs in Wisconsin)

    04/20/2017 11:45:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    WQOW-TV ^ | April 19, 2017 | Kaitlyn Riley
    Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - More than 100 new jobs could come to Chippewa County if a proposal by Huffcut Concrete is approved. The Chippewa Falls company wants to build a new division in the Lake Wissota Business Park. Huffcut makes precast concrete products, but Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman said the new business will focus on manufacturing buildings. Hoffman said the $20 million project would be completed in phases and could create 120 jobs. This comes weeks after the Mills Fleet Farm Distribution Center received approval to move into the same industrial park. Hoffman said the growing businesses benefit not...
  • Trump order would target high skilled worker visa program (About Darned Time)

    04/18/2017 1:43:44 AM PDT · by cba123 · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2017 | By CATHERINE LUCEY and SCOTT BAUER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. Trump is heading Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he plans to sign an order dubbed "Buy American, Hire American," said administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity despite the president's frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources. The officials said the order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to...
  • President Trump to visit Kenosha on Tuesday (With Ryan and Walker in Wisconsin)

    04/16/2017 10:47:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WISN-TV ^ | April 16, 2017
    Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) confirmed to 12 news that President Trump will be coming to Kenosha on Tuesday. Ohnstad said anonymous sources told him President Trump will visit Snap-On Tools during the late morning on Tuesday. Ohnstad also said he believes the President will be joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Governor Walker. Military planes were seen flying over Snap-On tools on Saturday, raising speculation over the President's visit. 12 news spoke to the White House Press Office, they would not confirm Trump's visit as of Sunday but told 12 news to call back on Monday.
  • Stoughton Trailers to add 150 new jobs (Wisconsin)

    04/14/2017 11:17:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | April 14, 2017 | Larry Avila, editor and business reporter
    Customer demand for new equipment is keeping production lines so busy at Stoughton Trailers that the company plans to hire 150 more employees to keep up. Ron Jake, marketing manager for the Stoughton-based designer and manufacturer of semitruck trailers, said Friday that recently secured large orders from new customers are behind the need for more workers. The company needs people for all of its operations from professional positions to crews to assemble trailers. He said hiring will be done gradually over the next several months. “We’ve grown 15 percent when you compare 2016 with 2015, and we’re on pace to...
  • Police capture suspect in gun theft who sent Trump manifesto

    04/14/2017 11:26:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    News24 ^ | April 14, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    <p>Chicago - Police captured a Wisconsin man early on Friday, ending an intense manhunt launched after he allegedly robbed a gun shop and sent an anti-government manifesto to US President Donald Trump.</p> <p>Joseph Jakubowski, 32, was arrested without incident on a farm in the midwestern state of Wisconsin, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said.</p>
  • (Russ) Feingold starts group with aim of abolishing the Electoral College

    04/12/2017 6:01:53 AM PDT · by RC one · 60 replies
    WKOW ^ | 3/22/17 | Greg Neumann
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Just months after losing his bid to return to the U.S. Senate, Middleton Democrat Russ Feingold is starting a new political organization with a stated goal of abolishing the U.S. Electoral College. Feingold announced the creation of LegitAction Wednesday in a press release, calling it "an organization committed to restoring our country’s democratic legitimacy." Under that premise, LegitAction will "focus on four central pillars of our democracy." - Protecting the Right to Vote - Reforming our campaign finance system- Empowering the national popular vote by abolishing the Electoral College- Protecting the independence and credibility of the Supreme...
  • LAWSUIT: U. Wisconsin-Madison employees denied coverage for gender reassignment surgery

    04/11/2017 6:59:06 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 21 replies
    The College Fix ^ | April 11, 2017 | College Fix Staff
    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two University of Wisconsin-Madison employees who were denied insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery. The Wisconsin Group Insurance Board had allowed for the coverage back in July based on a provision in the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), but (reluctantly) agreed to eliminate it at the behest of the state Department of Justice beginning on February 1.
  • Broan-NuTone to hire 60 at Hartford HQ: Will hold career fair on Saturday (Wisconsin)

    04/06/2017 4:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Biz Times ^ | April 6, 2017 | Andrew Weiland
    Broan-NuTone, a Hartford-based manufacturer of residential ventilation and air quality products, plans to add 60 employees at its headquarters. The company will hold a career fair from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at its headquarters at 926 W. State St. in Hartford. “Due to growth in the sector, Broan is looking to fill a wide variety of positions,” the company said in a news release. “With 60 jobs now available, the career fair is an opportunity for perspective employees to meet one-on-one with the manufacturing and distribution teams and hiring managers for on-site interviews and plant tours. Broan offers...
  • Volunteers on lookout for speeding cars in Menomonie, Wis.

    04/04/2017 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Sopater · 68 replies
    Fox 9 News ^ | Apr 03 2017 10:58AM CDT | Allie Johnson
    Fed up with people speeding in your neighborhood? If you live in Menomonie, Wisconsin, there’s a new effort you can be a part of to get drivers to slow down. The Menomonie Police Department recently introduced a new program inviting citizens to help identify speeding vehicles and report them to the police. The program is called “Traffic Tamers.” After completing training with the police department, volunteers can check out radar units to conduct their own speed watches in their neighborhood. The volunteers, called “tamers,” work in pairs. One runs the radar unit to record the speed of the vehicle, while...
  • Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Pleasant Prairie with 400 jobs (WI)

    03/24/2017 4:18:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 23, 2017 | Jason Stein
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  • Principal accuses Wisconsin girl of selling sex toys at school

    03/22/2017 1:00:21 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    ktnv ^ | march 22, 2017 | Julia Fello
    RACINE -- A Racine, Wisconsin family says their principal accused their child of selling sex toys at school. The 12-year-old girl's father has been trying to clear his daughter's name ever since she was suspended for three days from Trinity Lutheran School on Geneva Street in Racine. Parents may recognize the toy in question. They are called "water snake wigglies." The girl claims she had permission from a teacher to sell the children's toys.
  • A Fight Worth Having

    03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/27/2017 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    One day in late spring in the early days of the George W. Bush administration, FDA inspectors visited the headquarters of Sargento cheese in Plymouth, Wisconsin—a routine visit as part of the federal government's efforts to ensure the safety of the food we eat. The inspectors took samples of cheese to test for bacteria. Sargento conducted tests on cheese from the same lot. A week later, the results from both sets of tests were in—the cheese was bacteria-free. Sargento, having gotten the all-clear from the government, shipped the cheese to stores across the country. Two months later, however, the FDA...
  • Tammy Baldwin Paid Clinton Lawyer $90K For Crisis Control After VA Scandal

    03/19/2017 1:34:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 19, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) paid Hillary Clinton's campaign lawyer $90,000 for crisis control following a Veteran Affairs facility scandal that engulfed the senator and her staff. Baldwin, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive an official federal government inspector general report warning of the over-prescription of narcotics given to veterans at the Tomah VA facility in her state. The abuses at the facility ultimately led to the death of a Marine.A memo was first circulated in 2009 warning of the dangerous amounts of narcotics prescribed to veterans...
  • Irish butter banned in Wisconsin still surfaces

    03/12/2017 1:04:28 PM PDT · by Vendome · 133 replies
    WSAW-TV ^ | 3/12/2017 | Associated Press
    Consumers from Wisconsin are crossing the border to Illinois to stock up on a commodity they can't buy in the Dairy State -- Irish butter.
  • ASM votes to make University of Wisconsin campus food stamp accessible

    03/02/2017 1:05:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Badger Herald ^ | March 2, 2017 | by PEYTON DAVID
    In an effort to promote affordable living on campus, Associated Students of Madison unanimously voted to approve changes to University Housing and Dining and Culinary Services at a Wednesday meeting. Jeff Novak, director of University Housing, discussed upcoming changes around campus, including a student-led initiative to make campus dining food-stamp accessible. SNAP will be the university’s first attempt to bring food stamps into the dining halls and convenience stores. At the moment, Oregon State University is one of only a few universities to institute a program similar to this, but it has only been implemented in grocery stores on campus....
  • Tammy Baldwin Quietly Left Committee With Oversight of Scandal-Plagued Wis. VA Facility

    02/25/2017 4:13:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 25, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) has quietly stepped away from the committee that has oversight over a scandal-plagued Wisconsin Veterans Affairs facility, actions some Republicans see as the Democratic senator running from her past failures on the issue. Baldwin served on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee throughout the 114th Congress but does not appear to be on the committee in the 115th Congress, according to its roster. The committee has oversight over the Tomah VA, a VA facility in Wisconsin that was over-prescribing opiates to patients and saw a Marine die from an overdose.A memo, first circulated in...
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • U of WI-Madison student government demands ‘reparations’ in form of free tuition for black students

    02/16/2017 5:23:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 16, 2017 | John Sexton
    The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison adopted a resolution Wednesday demanding the school offer “reparations” in the form of free tuition plus room and board to black students. The student resolution also says SAT scores are being used to uphold white supremacy. From the Associated Press: The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented and that the consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds “white supremacy.” Race relations have been a contentious issue at the Wisconsin’s flagship campus for months...
  • Wisconsin Artist Who Cast Mary Tyler Moore Sculpture Dies

    01/31/2017 7:26:53 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 1/31/17 | AP
    Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark, has died. She was 76. Gillen's daughter, Alessandra Gillen, says her mother died Friday in hospice care at Madison Heights Senior Community in Madison, where she had lived since 2013. Gwendolyn Gillen died two days after Moore died at the age of 80.