Governor Walker Introduces Budget Repair Bill

On Friday, February 11, 2011, the Governor released his budget repair bill for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2011. ¬†According to a letter to Legislators the need for a budget repair bill is based on a projected shortfall in the current fiscal year and over $175 million of cost pressures from […]

Democratic Senators Leave State to Prevent Senate from Taking Action

On Thursday, Feb 17, Democratic Senators left the State of Wisconsin in protest and to delay the Senate from taking action on Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.¬† State law enforcement has been requested to search for Democratic Senators and bring them to the floor to allow the Senate to begin the floor vote process. The […]

Interview of Wisconsin DHS Secretary Dennis Smith

Now available online is a taped video interview of Wisconsin’s new Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith. The video provides some insight of Secretary Smith’s views and goals with respect to public policy and the funding challenges facing the Medicaid program. The video was taped on Thursday, Feb 3rd, 2011. To view the video […]

Tort Reform Update

Assembly Passage Sends Tort Reform to the Governor The Wisconsin Assembly debated and passed Special Session Senate Bill 1 relating to tort reform. The bill headed to Governor Walker’s desk for final approval, and was published 1-31-2011. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/data/acts/11Act2.pdf Democratic members of the state Assembly offered 20 amendments to the tort reform legislation, which all were […]

Wisconsin Governor Walker State-of-the-State Summary

Read entire speech as prepared here. State Faces Significant Budget Deficits – Little Detail Provided of how Deficits will be Overcome During a declared state of emergency for a winter storm and blizzard in southern Wisconsin, including the capital area, Governor Scott Walker (R) gave his first State-of-the-State speech in the State Capitol before both […]