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Wisconsin News

Report says Wisconsin taxes have dropped in past two decades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows that taxes paid by Wisconsin residents as a share of personal income have fallen by more than two percentage points over the past 20 years. The Wisconsin Policy Forum report released today shows the drop in Wisconsin is one of the largest in the ...

Evers calls GOP state senators’ vote ‘amoral and stupid’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe Republicans are “bastards” for firing his agriculture secretary, despite using the word when urging state workers not to be deterred by the move. Evers stressed that he wasn’t referring ...

Florence County declared a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County on Tuesday become the first in Wisconsin to designate itself as a “Second Amendment sanctuary,” taking a strong stance against any potential state gun control legislation. While considered a non-binding measure, the move signals county officials may opt ...

Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize Bible week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn’t marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote ...

Verso to sell two mills in Wisconsin, Maine

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. said today it plans to sell mills in Stevens Point, Wis., and Jay, Maine, to Pixelle Specialty Solutions LLC for $400 million. Verso’s board of directors has approved the sale, which is waiting for stockholder approval. The deal is expected to be completed ...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor’s gun control bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor’s call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates’ demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state ...

First Wisconsin veto override attempts in nine years fail

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s first veto override attempt s in nearly a decade failed Thursday, with no Democrats jumping ranks to provide Republicans with the votes they needed to succeed. Despite not having the votes, Assembly Republicans forced votes on three budget ...

Wisconsin Republicans to sidestep governor’s call for gun control bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans who control the state Legislature were expected to dodge the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session Thursday, even as advocates planned to increase the pressure on them by holding a rally and flooding ...

Wisconsin GOP fires ag secretary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate fired the state agriculture secretary on Tuesday, and the Democratic governor who appointed him watched quietly a row behind lawmakers before using profanity to blast the process. The vote to oust Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet ...

Veterans Day program Monday

NIAGARA, Wis. — There will be a Veterans Day Program at the Niagara School on Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. The Niagara American Legion and Auxiliary will host a lunch for veterans and their families on Monday at the Niagara Senior Center. All veterans are encouraged to attend. To make a ...

Wisconsin bills toughen penalties

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate has signed off on two bills that would stiffen drunken driving penalties — and potentially generate millions of dollars in new prison costs. The first bill would establish a mandatory minimum five-year sentence for homicide by intoxicated use of a ...

Forecast calls for continued high water in Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new forecast says Great Lakes levels are likely to remain unusually high and may set additional records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit on Monday released its outlook for the next six months. Hydrologist Keith Kompoltowicz said a wet ...

Wisconsin elections may be preview of presidential race to come

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s road to re-election a year from now runs through Wisconsin, but both sides will get chances months earlier to measure where their operations, and voters, stand in the hotly contested state. A special election to fill a rural Wisconsin ...

Lawmakers OK first settlement under lame-duck laws

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature’s budget committee signed off Thursday on the state’s first settlement under laws that granted them oversight of Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul’s legal negotiations. The deal was relatively low-stakes and Republicans ...

Wisconsin elections officials won’t name vulnerable clerks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials are refusing to name a handful of local clerks that testing showed may be vulnerable to cyberattacks. The state Elections Commission asked all 2,700 local clerks to log into the state election system this summer. Commission staff in August ...

Dems push in Wisconsin to decriminalize marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Possession of small amounts of marijuana would be decriminalized in Wisconsin under a bill that Democratic lawmakers introduced Wednesday in their latest push to loosen Wisconsin’s marijuana laws in the face of Republican opposition. It’s past time Wisconsin joined ...

Donations sought for Shop With a Cop event

FLORENCE, Wis. — The relationship between children and law enforcement is a very important part of building strong communities. The Shop With a Cop event, which annually takes about 35 children from Florence and Dickinson counties out for dinner and holiday shopping for their families, is ...

Chamber wants vendors for Christmas in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence County Chamber of Commerce is taking arts, crafts and product vendor applications for the 10th annual Christmas in Florence event set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Florence High School. Last year, more than 900 shoppers attended this free event, ...

UW System President Cross plans to retire

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced Friday he is retiring after more than five years on the job and more than 40 years in higher education. Cross, 71, said he will formally step down after a search committee finds his replacement. That process ...

Candy Corn count contest at Niagara Library

NIAGARA, Wis. — The public is invited to stop by the Niagara Public Library and enter the “How-Many-Candy-Corns” contest to win a prize. Submit one entry per visit through Tuesday. The winner to be announced Wednesday, National Candy Corn Day. They’ll also have candy corn books, ...