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State highway fatality count the second lowest ever for March
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Traffic fatalities on Wisconsin roads in March were the second lowest for the month since the state started keeping
records in 1937.
The Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that 26 people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin in March,
only three more than the record low for March of 23 fatalities last year.
The 26 fatalities are 12 fewer than the 5-year average for March.
The deadliest month of March on state roads was in 1970 when 99 people were killed in traffic crashes.
Through the end of March, 88 people have died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin this year, including two motorcyclists and
16 pedestrians.
That's 12 more than the first three months of 2010 but 29 fewer than the 5-year average, the DOT said.
State Patrol Major Dan Lonsdorf said spring weather will put more motorcyclists and scooter drivers on the road, so
drivers of cars and trucks need to be on the lookout for the two-wheeled vehicles.
"About 100 motorcyclists are killed and more than 2,500 injured each year in Wisconsin traffic crashes," Lonsdorf said in a
news release. "Most of these deaths and injuries could be prevented."
27th Street plan is straight ahead
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Franklin- A plan to transform a six-mile stretch of 27th Street serving Franklin and Oak Creek as a gateway to attracting
major local business development is expected to be ready for review by city officials in midsummer.
The Joint 27th Street Steering Committee will announce a specific review date once the plan is complete.
The committee last week heard several preliminary project details including street lighting options- which were referred to
respective city engineers .for further review - and how the state Department of Transportation is expected to configure
turning lanes at several major intersection.
The roadwork will determine how the cities will complete plans for streetscaping, an important element in other planning
issues, including way-finding and setting off the area as a special business district.
Planning the 27th Street corridor running from College Avenue south to County Line Road has been in the works for
several years. Construction will begin no sooner than spring 2015. Franklin and Oak Creek Committee members as well
as streetscaping professionals from the Milwaukee engineering firm of HNTB said their decisions would follow the DOT's
final plans.
"Everything we do is dependent on the DOT," said Steve Olson, Franklin alderman and chair of the committee. "We want
to make intelligent decisions to make this a cohesive area. We want it to be an attraction for the entire Midwest, not just
Franklin and Oak Creek."
Tom Michalski, Oak Creek Alderman and Committee member, said the long planning process has been a combination of
working with the state and the slow economy.
"Government tends to move slowly, but the economy also has been a factor," Michalski said. Now, if we had businesses
coming to us to move to the area, we could certainly approach the DOT to put us a little higher on the list.
Michalski added that the project, while important to economic development, is "under the radar" in Oak Creek because of
some other projects such as lakefront development.
Eventually, the project is expected to generate as much as $1 million per developed acre and cost each city a little more
than $4 million, Cost estimates are general, officials said, because state cost sharing would lower the price tag.
Stillwater Lift Bridge closing at 9 a.m. Friday due to high water
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will close both directions of the Stillwater Lift
Bridge spanning the St. Croix River at 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, due to high water.
Officials will continue to monitor the river's rise, and the bridge may close sooner than 9 a.m. AprilS if conditions warrant.
Until further notice the roadway will be closed between downtown Stillwater and Houlton, Wis.
The suggested alternates are Highway 243 south at Osceola or Interstate 94 at Hudson.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511 mn.org.
Kohl backs renewed effort to raise truck weight limits
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Sen. Herb Kohl renewed a drive to allow heavier trucks Thursday, joining three colleagues in reintroducing a bill that
would raise weight limits by 21%.
Kohl (D-Wis.) is again backing an effort, supported by shippers of hefty freight such as paper and beer, to let states allow
trucks weighing up to 97,000 pounds to travel their interstate highways.
The current limit is 80,000 pounds.
In a statement, Kohl said the bill would reduce the number of trucks on the road, cut fuel use and reduce emissions.
An additional axle and set of brakes would be required on the heavier trucks, and supporters say the vehicles would be at
least as safe as the current rigs.
But groups such as the Truck Safety Coalition disagree, and oppose the higher weight limits.
Organizations and firms endorsing the bill, according to Kohl, include the Wisconsin Paper Council, MillerCoors and S.C.
Johnson & Son Inc.
Similar legislation was introduced previously but lapsed when the 2009-'1 0 session of Congress ended.
Kohl's co-sponsors are Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Federal bill allows heavier truck loads
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The federal government would allow freight trucks to carry heavier loads on interstate highways under a bill sponsored by
Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl.
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The bill would let trucks carry 97,000 pounds, rather than the current 80,000, if the trucks are equipped with additional .
axles and brakes. The bill lets individual states decide whether to accept the higher weight limit or stick with the current
standards.
The bill is intended to result in fewer freight trips, reducing truck emissions and fuel use. Local companies, including
MillerCoors LLC, Milwaukee, and Racine-based SC Johnson & Son Inc., support the bill.
Editorial: Peeling away another layer of spending
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At first blush, Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate annual vehicle registration stickers for license plates may seem
like an open invitation for people to skirt the law.
The stickers make enforcement of the registration requirement easier by providing a quick indication for police of whether
a driver's vehicle registration is current, something that otherwise requires a radio call to check.
There's a legitimate concern that more people would roll the dice and not register their vehicles if that visible, color-coded
tag were no longer required. But the promise of a $400,000 a year savings from a reduction in paperwork and mailing
costs makes the idea worth considering.
While the proposal would save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, it should be made clear tha:t it won't help the
state balance its budget. Vehicle registration fees, like the state gas tax, go into the segregated transportation fund to pay
for highway repairs and maintenance.
Nonetheless, that's $400,000 per year that could be put to a more productive use than printing and mailing stickers.
It's also worth noting that it is not clear just how accurate the savings projections are. There is likely to be some falloff in
revenue because more people may decide not to pay the annual $75 renewal fee. Also, fewer people driving with expired
registrations are likely to be caught since police will not be able to simply observe outdated registration stickers and pull
over a vehicle.
Since the change would amount to going to an honor system for vehicle registration, the state, if it scraps the sticker
system, should also strongly consider increasing fines for failing to register vehicles as a companion to the change- not
to capture additional revenue, but to add greater force to the Jaw.
Despite the challenges to enforcement, there is a good financial argument for eliminating the stickers, on that can stand
on it's own without Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb's off-target suggestion that the stickers aren't meaningful
because some registration outlaws are stealing other people's stickers.
Anyone who has ever attempted to remove one of those stickers can tell you just how difficult they are to get off in one or
even several useable pieces.
Still, Waiker and Gottlieb may be right that the stickers are an anachronism no longer worth the expense.
The Final Thought: Eliminating annual registration stickers for license plates a money saving idea worth exploring.
Sheboygan transit workers reject contract proposal
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City bus drivers and transit workers have rejected a proposed contract extension that would have required them to pay
more toward their pensions and health insurance.
"It's disappointing. We thought we had an agreement," Mayor Bob Ryan said.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 voted to not ratify the agreement reached by union officials and the
city Transit Commission on March 25, Ryan and city Human Resources Director Tom Rice said.
That means city transit workers will continue to work under their current contract, which runs through Dec. 31 this year.
The proposed extensions would have frozen workers' wages through 2013 and required that they contribute 5.8 perqent
of their pay toward their pension and 12.5 to 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. The wage freeze would have
meant their forgoing a 1 percent pay raise they are due to receive in July.
Ryan at the time hailed the agreement as being "in the best interests of the city and the union" and that it "serves as a
template for future negotiations with the city's unions."
The contract extension also would have staved off the possibility of the city losing more than $1.4 million in federal transit
funding because Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill ends most collective bargaining privileges for most public
employees. Federal rules require that transit employees work under a collective bargaining agreement whenever federal
funds are used to operate a transit system.
"The main reason we were negotiating was to head off the loss of any federal funding," Ryan said.
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The city's Shoreline Metro bus service has 44 full- and part-time employees. Metro Connection, which does door-to-door
service, employs 21 part-time employees.
AI Simonis, president of Local998, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Changes to vehicle emission testing possible, DOT secretary says
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RACINE- Drivers may no longer have to go to specific Department of Transportation centers for vehicle emissions tests
in the future. .
Instead. of going to specific testing sites, individual auto centers may be able to perform the tests, Department of
Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said Thursday.
He said his department is in the process of soliciting proposals from firms that could operate a system of private testing
stations, typically auto repair centers.
He is hopeful it will save money, but he said he didn't know specific amounts yet or the timeline. It's a project which
Gottlieb said is separate from the governor's proposed budget.
Transportation funding
Earlier Thursday, Gottlieb met with The Journal Times editorial board to discuss upcoming changes and projects. He
talked about some changes to transportation funding that are part of the governor's proposed budget.
"It brings us to a much more sustainable system," he said.
For instance, there is a proposal to take 7.5 percent of the sales tax for auto related purchases such as new cars, and put
that in the transportation fund, Gottlieb said. That money now goes in the general fund, Gottlieb said. That doesn't mean
an increase in sales tax; it just means a portion of the existing amount people pay would go to transportation.
At the same time, the governor has also promised he will not "raid" the transportation fund for non-transportation items,
Gottlieb said.
Even though there could be new revenue from auto sales tax and no more raids, Gottlieb said there are cuts to bus aid
and local road funds. Those were tough budget decisions, he said.
On the other hand there are increases in highway maintenance funds, which go for such things as median mowing, he
said.
The state will work with the counties on what that increase means for the frequency of mowing, said Gottlieb.
Retirements cut DMV staff in half
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Lines at the Superior Department of Motor Vehicles are growing longer. Half the center's staff retired, and with the current
state of the budget, it is uncertain when more will be hired.
"We'll continue to serve customers as we have," said Carol Bowe, program supervisor for the Northwest Region of the
Wisconsin DMV. But expect a longer wait. A customer who stopped by the center Thursday afternoon said he spent about
55 minutes in line and the lobby was full of customers, waiting.
Staff are being rotated in from other centers a few days a week to bolster the two remaining employees in Superior, Bowe
said, but all three centers in the region have been hit with retirements. Along with the two retirees in Superior, both the
Ashland and Rice Lake offices have lost a staff member to retirement.
The Superior center at 1701 N. Fourth St. is still open; it would take a legislative act to close it. But services, including
road tests, are available on a limited basis.
Interstate traffic backed up due to emergency repairs
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Interstate 39/90 eastbound at Highway 51 was backed up for 10 miles due to the closure of the right lane for emergency
repairs, the State Patrol reports.
The repairs near Stoughton started at about 2 p.m. Thursday. The eastbound right Jane is scheduled to be closed until
midnight, and the westbound off-ramp is going to be closed until Friday afternoon.
Velp, Military Ave. road work in Green Bay, Howard begins Monday
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Work is set to begin Monday on a $3.2 million project to replace the intersection of Velp and Military avenues with a
roundabout, and improve road conditions in the vicinity.
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The project, expected to last into mid-September, will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction during the project, the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation said.
The project includes reconstruction of Military Avenue from Lenwood Avenue in Howard to Donald Street in Green Bay,
and reconstruction of the Melody Drive-Yelp Avenue intersection in Howard. Sidewalks will be installed along the south
side of Yelp for the length of the project.
DOT plans to close Melody Drive for about seven weeks during the project.
Letters: Public transportation needs support, funding
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Today, people use the Valley Transit buses to ride to work, to schools, to shop or to travel to and from health care
facilities. The buses recently installed Internet services so passengers have the convenience of using their laptop
computers. I learned of these and more fa cis about our system at a gathering sponsored by ESTHER and its affiliates.
It doesn't seem possible that we could lose the availability of public transportation a few years down the line. Deborah
Wetter, Valley Transit general manager, gave details on all the government agencies that fund our system. Not only the
municipalities but other agencies regulate, obtain access to funding and are. involved in keeping our buses running. Each
of the municipalities served must share the cost of the services provided by Valley Transit.
And yes, Valley Transit not only provides buses to serve the general public, but also has transportation for people with
disabilities who need different vehicles to keep appointments or attend activities. If public funding is not obtained, it would
mean paying more costly fees for them to call private providers for these services. Meanwhile, the general public would
lose a valuable service.
Take a ride on Valley Transit, even if you don't rely on it to get you from home to work, to shop or to keep appointments. It
takes a lot of people from ESTHER and other groups advocating to keep public transportation alive and well, serving the
Fox Cities in years ahead, especially as gas prices continue to rise. We need to support Wetter and others who are
working hard to keep public transportation available in the Fox Cities.
Helen Patton Gray, Menasha
Michael J. Goetzman
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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 1038
P.O. Box 7910
Madison, WI 53707-7910
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State asks top court to implement bill
Ruling has blocked bargaining limits
By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel April 7, 2011 1(55) Comments
Madison- Gov. Scott Walker's administration went to the state Supreme Court late Thursday afternoon in a bid to implement its
controversial collective bargaining measure. State DepartmenJ of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch petitioned the Supreme Court
to vacate a temporary restraining order issued by a Dane County judge that blocked the state from implementing the bill.
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Food prices up 5% so far this year, state Farm Bureau says
By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel April 7, 2011 1(171 Comments
Retail food prices in Wisconsin rose 5% over the first three months of 2011, according to an informal survey by the Wisconsin Farm
Bureau. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau's Marketbasket survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or
more meals was $48. That's an increase of $2.39, or 5.2%, from December's $45.61 price for the same 16 items.
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Woodman's to break ground in Sun Prairie
By Doris Hajewski of the Journal Sentine1April7, 2011 1(18) Comments
Woodman's will break ground for its 14th store in Sun Prairie this summer, according to Clint Woodman, a co-owner of the Janesville-
based mega-grocery chain. The Sun Prairie store was put on hold after the company found a site in Menomonee Falls for a second
store in the Milwaukee metro area. If all goes as planned, the Sun Prairie store would open in 2012. Then it's back to metro Milwaukee
for the next project, Woodman said.
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Walker calls DeltaHawk expansion "a sign" economy improving
Walker says state needs to move together with jobs
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RACINE- In a visit to Racine Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker focused on uniting and moving the state forward by creating jobs. His visit to
Racine's DeltaHawk, which builds aircraft engines, was two days after the state's extremely close Supreme Court election, which
divided Republicans and Democrats. "Clearly the state is divided," Walker said. "From our standpoint to bring this state together we
need to focus on our jobs ... Jobs are not about Republicans or Democrats, they are about all of us in Wisconsin."
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Gov. Scott Walker touts jobs, budget in Sheboygan
Chamber of Commerce hosts event at Sheboygan Yacht Club
Using a lull in the budget battle to resume his campaign focus on job creation, Gov. Scott Walker told Sheboygan
government and business leaders Thursday the state is making strides toward economic growth. Walker also praised
Sheboygan County as having "some of the best cheese and the best products in the country" and gave a shout-out to
county government's fiscal restraint- three out of four years with no tax levy increase.
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FW: Online Brown bag lunch
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Good Job Governor! This is a great idea!
Can you more thoroughly explain to the public union members what in fact they would lose in the end of collective
bargaining? I hear such hysteria nd misinformation. That people will lose their 40 hr work week and 8 hr days and be
forced to work more ... teachers will have 60 kids in a classroom and the quality of public education will be destroyed, etc.
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Green Bay Boys & Girls Club benefits from Packers fans' 'cheers'
Green Bay Boys & Girls Club benefits from
Packers fans' 'cheers'
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Gov. Scott Walker and first lady Tonette Walker visited the west-side Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
on Thursday to help the kids celebrate a $25,000 donation to the club from The Coca-Cola Co.
The club received the money because Green Bay Packers fans submitted thousands of "Coke
Cheers" during Super Bowl week as part of a promotional contest by the soda maker.
Coca-Cola recently presented a similar check to the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh for the same
reason, but as Walker pointed out, the big difference in the presentation event was that Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett had to wear a Packers jersey, while Walker got to wear his suit.
The two governors had made a "friendly wager" before the game, which the Packers won.
"It's fun," Walker told reporters after the check presentation. "I'm glad I'm not wearing a Pittsburgh
jersey."
Coca-Cola asked football fans to visit the website www.cokecheers .com and send a "virtual cheer" to
their favorite team and local boys & Girls Clubs.
Every cheer triggered a donation that resulted in a $100,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of
America.
The two Super Bowl team communities received additional $25,000 in donations.
The money will support the club's Triple Play program, a national program created by the club and
Coca-Cola to help kids eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to
engage in healthy relationships.
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Rick Junion, Distribution Center Manager for Coca-Cola in Green Bay, presented the check. Along
with the Walkers, state Sens. Rob Cowles, R-AIIouez, and Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, also were on
hand.
Walker praised the Triple Play program for encouraging participants to improve their minds, bodies
and character.
After the check presentation, the Walkers participated as club members played and demonstrated
some of the Triple Play games that encourage physical activity.
Jose Lopez, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Franklin Middle School, said he'd never met a governor
before Thursday.
"He's nice," Lopez said of Walker.
John Ben berg, executive director of the Green Bay club, said the money will help pay for staff wages,
healthy snacks and play equipment.
The club has about 7,000 registered members in the Green Bay area and has a daily attendance of
about 700 children, ages 7-18, during the school year. Benberg said.
Coca-Cola has a 65-year relationship with the national club, Junion said.
Chris Schrimpf
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Office of the Governor
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Keywords: Extended Supervision
Abstract: .. , years last week followed by three years of extended supervision. Nahwahquaw will also be
required to pay 2,283 in restitution for damage to a ...
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) Circulation: 56,300
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 7:42AM
Keywords: Prison (2)
Abstract: ... Green Bay man will serve three years of prison for his part in an August robbery of a
convenience store. Daryl Cornelius must also ...
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) Circulation: 56,300
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 7:42AM
Keywords: Sex Offender (3)
Abstract: ... Sex offender moving to Humboldt; community meeting planned You will be redirected to the
page you want...
Source: Sheboygan Press (WI) Circulation: 22,700
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 6:13AM
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Source: Fond du Lac Reporter (WI) Circulation: 16,300
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 5:37AM
Keywords: Prison (2), Extended Supervision
Abstract: ... subdued by a stun gun is going to prison. During a hearing Tuesday in Dodge County Circuit
Court, Judge Andrew Bissonnette sentenced David .. ,
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Source: Fond duLac Reporter (WI) Circulation: 16,300
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 5:37AM
Keywords: Prison (3)
Abstract: ... carries a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. Pfantz was taken into custody on March 10
after prison officials at Fox Lake ...
Source: Lake Geneva News (WI) Circulation: 5,000
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 5:00AM
Keywords: Extended Supervision
Abstract: ... sentenced to seven years imprisonment and five years extended supervision.Carter M.
Derwin, who was a student at Eastview Elementary School at the time of...
Indexed At: 04/8/2011 2:55AM
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Abstract: ... getting caught, state Department of Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin said Tuesday in La
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Source: Racine Journal Times (WI) Circulation: 28,800
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Abstract: ... Prisoners count for census, should they determine voting lines? RACINE COUNTY- They
cannot leave ...
Source: Portage Daily Register (WI) Circulation: 5,200
Indexed At: 04/8/20112:15AM
Keywords: Prison (2)
Abstract: ... Westfield man was sentenced to three years inprison on drug charges after authorities said he
sold cocaine,heroin and Oxycodone to an informant in ...
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (WI) Circulation: 26,200
Indexed At: 04/B/2011 1:47AM
Keywords: Prison
Abstract: ... Japan would not be interrupted. All116 federalprisons would remain open, and criminal
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Indexed At: 04/7/2011 9:46PM
Keywords: Prison (2)
Abstract: ... Jeremy Dees sentened tp seven years in prison for killing child in car accident A Cedar Grove
man is sentenced to 10 years ...
Source: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee (WI)
Indexed At: 04/7/2011 6:51 PM
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Source: Wisconsin State Journal and Madison. com (WI) Circulation: 91 ,575
Indexed At: 04/7/2011 5:42PM
Keywords: Prison (6)
Abstract: ... NAACP joins with Gingrich in urging prison reform The NAACP is joining Newt Gingrich in
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Abstract: ... with more than 1 ,000 volunteers, including hundreds of Department of Corrections
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Source: Antigo Daily Journal (WI) Circulation: 6,400
Indexed At: 04/7/2011 4:35AM
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Indexed At: 04/7/2011 4:23AM
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Subject: Highway department employees given layoff notices
Highway department employees given layoff
notices
http://www.htrnews.com/article/2011 0408/MAN01 01/11 0408063/1357/MAN01/Highway-
department-employees-given-layoff-notices?odyssey=nav%7Chead
11:02 AM, Apr. 8, 2011 I
MANITOWOC -Manitowoc County officials say nearly 20 highway department employees whose
jobs they expected to save were given layoff notices today.
County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer said savings from Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill
would have been enough to save the 18 jobs. But since the bill's passing has been delayed,
the county can't afford to keep the positions.
The only way to save the jobs is if the AFSCME Locals, which are currently working under
expired contracts, agree to modified terms to help the county save money , according to
Ziegelbauer.
"We're asking them to basically voluntarily agree to what we think is going to be the inevitable result
anyway as a way to save those jobs from layoff," he said. "I think there's strong incentive for them to
accept our suggestion because ... it would allow them to go through the entire year with the impact
being less than it would be if the law goes into effect immediately."
The personnel committee met with the unions Thursday to discuss the terms, and they have until
April 14 to make a decision. If any of the four unions do not agree to the terms, the highway
department employees' last day of work will be April 15.
"Because the budget repair bill was not implemented and we are still working under the expired labor
agreements, on April 1 we had to make a deposit of $750 into the health savings accounts of people
who have a single health insurance plan and a deposit of $1,500 into the accounts of employees who
have family insurance plan," Personnel Director Sharon Cornils said. "That expense we had to incur,
that we didn't think we'd have to, was part of what was going to keep us from having to layoff those
highway department employees."
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Cornils said the other cost savings measure that has not gone into effect is the 5.8 percent employee
contribution to the Wisconsin retirement system.
Ziegelbauer said the county can only afford a certain number of employees with the current rates, and
unless those rates come down, a change needs to be made.
"So (negotiations with the AFSCME Locals) is a last desperate attempt to avoid having to lay those
people off," he said. "If you told me the bill was going to go into effect next Monday morning, I'd say'
well that solves everything. ' But it isn't, and that's the problem. Plus we don't know if it will be in effect
a month from now or three months from now. We just can't keep spending money without knowing
what the deal is."
The employees' layoff notices indicate their last day of work is scheduled to be April 15, with the layoff
going into effect April 18.
"But there's a chance to throw (the notices) in the garbage can, too, and that's what we're hoping for,"
Ziegelbauer said.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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Subject: Highway department employees given layoff notices
Highway department employees given layoff
notices
http://www.htrnews.com/article/2011 0408/MAN01 01/11 0408063/1357/MAN01/Highway-
department-employees-given-layoff-notices?odyssey=nav%7Chead
11 :02 AM, Apr. 8, 2011 I
MANITOWOC - Manitowoc County officials say nearly 20 highway department employees whose
jobs they expected to save were given layoff notices today.
County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer said savings from Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill
would have been enough to save the 18 jobs. But since the bill's passing has been delayed,
the county can't afford to keep the positions.
The only way to save the jobs is if the AFSCME Locals, which are currently working under
expired contracts, agree to modified terms to help the county save money, according to
Ziegelbauer.
"We're asking them to basically voluntarily agree to what we think is going to be the inevitable result
anyway as a way to save those jobs from layoff," he said. "I think there's strong incentive for them to
accept our suggestion because ... it would allow them to go through the entire year with the impact
being less than it would be if the law goes into effect immediately."
The personnel committee met with the unions Thursday to discuss the terms, and they have until
April14 to make a decision. If any of the four unions do not agree to the terms, the highway
department employees' last day of work will be April 15.
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"Because the budget repair bill was not implemented and we are still working under the expired labor
agreements, on April 1 we had to make a deposit of $750 into the health savings accounts of people
who have a single health insurance plan and a deposit of $1,500 into the accounts of employees who
have family insurance plan," Personnel Director Sharon Cornils said. "That expense we had to incur,
that we didn't think we'd have to, was part of what was going to keep us from having to layoff those
highway department employees."
Cornils said the other cost savings measure that has not gone into effect is the 5.8 percent employee
contribution to the Wisconsin retirement system.
Ziegelbauer said the county can only afford a certain number of employees with the current rates, and
unless those rates come down, a change needs to be made.
"So (negotiations with the AFSCME Locals) is a last desperate attempt to avoid having to lay those
people off," he said. "If you told me the bill was going to go into effect next Monday morning, I'd say '
well that solves everything. ' But it isn't, and that's the problem. Plus we don't know if it will be in effect
a month from now or three months from now. We just can't keep spending money without knowing
what the deal is."
The employees' layoff notices indicate their last day of work is scheduled to be April 15, with the layoff
going into effect April 18.
"But there's a chance to throw (the notices) in the garbage can, too, and that's what we're hoping for,"
Ziegelbauer said.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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Subject: Green Bay Boys & Girls Club benefits from Packers fans' 'cheers'
Green Bay Boys & Girls Club benefits from
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Gov. Scott Walker and first lady Tonette Walker visited the west-side Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay
on Thursday to help the kids celebrate a $25,000 donation to the club from The Coca-Cola Co.
The club received the money because Green Bay Packers fans submitted thousands of "Coke
Cheers" during Super Bowl week as part of a promotional contest by the soda maker.
Coca-Cola recently presented a similar check to the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh for the same
reason, but as Walker pointed out, the big difference in the presentation event was that Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett had to wear a Packers jersey, while Walker got to wear his suit.
The two governors had made a "friendly wager" before the game, which the Packers won.
"It's fun," Walker told reporters after the check presentation. "I'm glad I'm not wearing a Pittsburgh
jersey."
Coca-Cola asked football fans to visit the website www.cokecheers .com and send a "virtual cheer" to
their favorite team and local boys & Girls Clubs.
Every cheer triggered a donation that resulted in a $100,000 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of
America.
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The two Super Bowl team communities received additional $25,000 in donations.
The money will support the club's Triple Play program, a national program created by the club and
Coca-Cola to help kids eat healthier, become more physically active and increase their ability to
engage in healthy relationships.
Rick Junion, Distribution Center Manager for Coca-Cola in Green Bay, presented the check. Along
with the Walkers, state Sens. Rob Cowles, R-AIIouez, and Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, also were on
hand.
Walker praised the Triple Play program for encouraging participants to improve their minds, bodies
and character.
After the check presentation, the Walkers participated as club members played and demonstrated
some of the Triple Play games that encourage physical activity.
Jose Lopez, a 13-year-old seventh-grader at Franklin Middle School, said he'd never met a governor
before Thursday.
"He's nice," Lopez said of Walker.
John Ben berg, executive director of the Green Bay club, said the money will help pay for staff wages,
healthy snacks and play equipment.
The club has about 7,000 registered members in the Green Bay area and has a daily attendance of
about 700 children, ages 7-18, during the school year. Benberg said.
Coca-Cola has a 65-year relationship with the national club, Junion said.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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John Rebstock Scott walker is a hypocrite. How can scott extend collective bargaining rights to the police union - but not the teacher's union ?
Chris Schrimpf
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Office of the Governor
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Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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Pat - DOA; Huebsch, Mike - DOA; Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV; Jensen, Jodi - DOA; Kikkert,
Becky - DOA; Kitzman, - GOV; Liedl, - GOV; Murray, Ryan M - GOV;
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GOV; Eric - Cullen J - GOV; Yahn, Nate- DOA
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Legislative Affairs Team
Joint Committee on Finance
• The Joint Committee on Finance held a public hearing in Superior today.
• The Joint Committee on Finance will be holding a public hearing in West Allis on Monday.
Legislative Contacts:
• Completed prep work for the Govemor's legislative budget luncheon on Monday.
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team
Tourism
• Room Tax
o Met with WI Hotel and Lodging Assoc. and WI Association of Conventions and Visitor Bureaus
o Discussed proposal with Secretary Klett and Deputy Secretary Fantle
WHEDA
• Modernization Bill
o Sent two proposals over to LRB
JOBS Hotline
• 2 calls received
DOT
• Contact from business group regarding the weight limit on state highways.
• Inquiry from Rep. Richards regarding Roan Bridge
• Sec. Gottlieb will tour the Stillwater Bridge on Aprill5
DNR
• Waterfowl Stamp
DATCP
o WI Waterfowl Association and Ducks Unlimited met with us to discuss their proposal to increase
the amount paid for waterfowl stamps.
o They have a number oflegislators they will be approaching to introduce an amendment to the
budget.
• PACE.
o Representative Shilling sent a letter to the PACE Council supporting the program.
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Health Care Team
Health Care
• Health Care Policy Team is in Salt Lake City attending the NGA Health Care Regional Meeting
Justice and Local Governments Team
Local Government:
• Wisconsin State Journal. Report: Cities will lose money under Walker budget
"The governor's methodology simply overestimates the amount of savings, especially in the area of insurance
premiums," said Dan Thompson, the League's executive director.
But Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said Thursday the League did not take into account that cities could
offiet cuts with additional increases in health care contributions, switching to a lower-cost plan, and limiting
overtime. The study also failed to account for Walker's elimination of storm water mandates.
League of Wisconsin Municipalities. Proposed local savings only cover 61% of state funding cuts
• Appleton Post Crescent. Kimberly schools OK 23 layoff notices
KIMBERLY- The Kimberly Area School District sent layoff notices to 23 full- and part-time paraprofessionals
Monday to help close an estimated $I. 7 million budget shortfall.
• Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Gov. Walker says benefit changes could go beyond proposal
Walker has stated those measures would more than offiet reductions in state shared revenue to municipalities
and school districts. But Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels' budget analysis shows cuts in state funding equal
$I,I49,462 while savings to the city in pension and health insurance payments come to $395,039- a net deficit
of$754,423.
The vast majority of city workers already pay I 0 percent of their health insurance premiums.
Walker told reporters prior to taking a tour ofthefoundJy that cities could have employees pay "13,I4,I5 or 20
percent of their health insurance and still be well below most people in the private sector. "
• Sheboygan Press. Sheboygan transit workers reject contract proposal
That means city transit workers will continue to work under their current contract, which runs through Dec. 3I
this year.
The proposed extensions would have frozen workers' wages through 20 I3 and required that they contribute 5. 8
percent of their pay toward their pension and I2. 5 to I5 percent of their health insurance premiums. The wage
freeze would have meant their forgoing a I percent pay raise they are due to receive in July.
Ryan at the time hailed the agreement as being "in the best interests of the city and the union" and that it
"serves as a template for future negotiations with the city's unions."
The contract extension also would have staved off the possibility of the city losing more than $I.4 million in
federal transit funding because Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill ends most collective bargaining
privileges for most public employees. Federal rules require that transit employees work under a collective
bargaining agreement whenever federal funds are used to operate a transit system ..
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• Oshkosh Northwestern. City, county moving on union worker contract extensions
Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris said the contracts aim to preserve the union's right to bargain with
the county through 2012 in exchange for taxpayer savings.
The proposed 2010-2012 contract for the AFSCME Local1903, which represents Highway Department
workers, includes no raises except a 1. 5 percent increase this year, a change in how overtime hours are
calculated, a requirement that employees contribute 5. 8 percent of pay toward their pensions as soon as the
new law takes effect and an agreement to adopt the county's health insurance program.
Fitzpatrick also said the contract extension discussion grew out of concern the city could lose $1.5 million in
federal transit aid for the Oshkosh Transit System should transit workers lose their collective bargaining rights.
Fitzpatrick said transit staff belong to Local 796, but the other two chapters--796-B represents clerical staff and
796-C represents professional staff-have been included because cuts to transit funding would likely have a
ripple effect on other city operations.
Justice:
• Sheboygan Press. Editorial: Keep record-sharing funds in budget
The Office of Justice Assistance first put the system in operation in 2006. Some of the startup money came from
the Department of Homeland Security and other federal justice grants. The $2 million he Office of Justice
Assistance is seeking to maintain the system is not a lot of money under normal circumstances, -and every
dollar saved is important when trying to close a $3. 6 million gap.
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Reminders
Quotes of the Week
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Week in Review
Jobs Focus
Budget Focus
What the Dems are Saying
Polls ofthe Week
Around the Country
In Case You Missed It
From Washington
Great Read of the Week
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*Legislative Senate Republicans
GOP Senate Weekly Update- April 8, 2011
Week o(Apri/8, 2011
***Members and staff are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Update with press releases, talking points,
news items, suggestions, best practices, contributions or ideas for improvement. Please send these items
throughout the week by email to Andrew We/house or Hannah Huffman, or by calling 266-5660.
Reminders
• The Senate will not be in session this week.
• On Tuesday, April12, at 11:00 a.m., the Wisconsin Legislature will host the State of the Tribes address
from the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. The event is not a formal Joint Convention of the
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Legislature, but all Senators are invited to attend. Any Senator who will be attending must R.S.V.P. to
Ted Blaze I, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, by noon on April11.
Quotes ofthe Week
"We must focus on the matter at hand and work together over the next
few months to concentrate on the issues raised by our constituents
and tackle our state budget crisis."
-Sen. Dan Kapanke, on the passage ofthe Balanced Budget bill. Read more ...
Message
Working to Create Jobs and Balance the Budget
The Legislature is working to find ways to do what our constituents elected us to do- create jobs,
improve the economy and balance the state budget. We've seen countless distractions, ranging from a
divisive Supreme Court election, to protests, boycotts and recalls, to political games on the floor ofthe
Senate by the Democrats.
But the people of Wisconsin chose Republicans to lead Wisconsin so the state would finally partner
with the private sector to achieve growth in the real world, not just the government.
Week in Review
Senate Passes Balanced Budget Bill
On Tuesday, the state Senate met for the first time since the 14 Democrat senators fled the state.
With a quorum present, the Legislature was finally able to take up and pass the financial components
of Gov. Walker's balanced budget bill. Instead of a day of bipartisanship, the Senate Democrats used
the bill as an opportunity to accuse Republicans of pushing debt on to their children and grandchildren,
and introducing a series of politically-charged amendments.
The bill passed by a vote of 22-11 with Democrat Senators Cullen, Halperin, and Jauch voting for the
bill. The Assembly passed the bill by a bipartisan vote of 58-36 and the Governor signed it into law on
Wednesday.
Sen. Fitzgerald: Statement on balanced budget bill.
Gov. Walker: Statement on passing of balanced budget legislation.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: With Democrats back, Senate passes debt-refinancing measure.
Marshfield News Herald: Senate passes Walker's budget fix plan.
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Senate Republicans Vote to Lower Auto Insurance Premiums
Also on Tuesday, the Senate passed a !ill) on a partisan vote that will repeal nearly all of the auto
insurance premium increases that Senate Democrats forced through the Legislature in the last biennial
budget. The minimum required levels for liability insurance will return to $25,000 for causing injury or
death of one person, $50,000 for injury or death oftwo people and $10,000 for property damage.
As before, consumers have the option of choosing higher levels of coverage if they desire.
The bill will continue to make underinsured coverage mandatory, but the level required would drop to
$50,000 per person and $100,000 per accident. Policy holders would also no longer be able to "stack
coverage."
For additional information or with any questions, please contact the La see office.
Associated Press: Bill lowering car insurance level passes
AG, DOA ask Supreme Court to take up TRO
On Thursday, DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch petitioned the state Supreme Court to vacate the
temporary restraining order against the budget repair bill, arguing that a Dane County circuit court
does not have the power to strike down a law that passes the Legislature and is signed into law by the
governor.
Huebsch cited the uncertainty for state and local governments who need to know what laws will
govern their budgets.
DOA Statement
Also on Thursday, the Attorney General filed a motion with the state Supreme Court challenging the
temporary restraining order. This action is not a direct appeal of a lower court's ruling, rather a new,
direct action which claims a judge has exceeded their lawful authority.
The Supreme Court has not yet indicated any course of action on either front.
DOJ Release
Related: Maciver Institute: List: school-districts pre-empting changes in labor laws
Related: Wisconsin State Journal Editorial: What cuts? Madison schools OK
Related: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter: Highway department employees given layoff notices
(Because ofTRO; AFSCME negotiations)
Legislative Audit Bureau Finds $12 million in Overpayments
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A recent legislative audit bureau report has found that Wisconsin prison inmates wrongly received at
least 250,000 in federal unemployment and food stamp benefits. The audit found that more than $12
million in benefits payments and other questionable charges were made during the fiscal year studied.
Most of that money was in unemployment benefit overpayments. The inmates will have to repay the
benefits they received. State agencies in charge of distributing the benefits are working to identify
everyone who received the money wrongly and may possibly pursue criminal charges.
Please contact the Cowles office for additional information, and contact the La see office for the
progress of the governor's Task Force on waste, fraud and abuse.
Joint Audit Committee Release
Wisconsin State Journal: State Inmates Got Payments, Audit Finds
Tobs Focus

Walker Highlights Job Creation Efforts
This week, Governor Walker made a series of announcements on the jobs front, including:
• Targeted Economic Development Tax Credits from DOC in Waupaca and Minong;
• Targeted Community Development Block Grants from DOC for a creamery expansion in
Pierce County; and
• Transportation grants to Marinette county.
Each of the announcements is expected to help create specific, real-world jobs.
Racine Journal Times: Walker says state needs to move together with jobs
Budget Focus
Joint Finance Committee Continues Agency Budget Briefings
Members of the Joint Finance Committee continued work on the 2011-2013 budget this week with
agency briefings for the following:
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection -DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel said with
the decrease in state and federal funding, the department is reviewing its core missions. Lawmakers
brought forth several concerns including the elimination of the Purchase of Agricultural Easements
(PACE) program, associated with the Working Lands Initiative. Secretary Brancel said there are
currently 16 applications which represent S700 acres of land. Considering there are 15 million acres of
identified farmland in the state, Secretary Brancel noted this is too costly to continue. Brancel pointed
out it'll be up to the JFC to decide if it would honor the 16 contracts, which are on the Secretary's desk
and carry a price tag of approximately $5 million.
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Questions also were raised about the elimination of the Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program, which lost
funding in the Governor's budget. Secretary Brancel says the department isn't going to walk away
from the concept of buy local due to its success. The budget maintains one position that would
support the program but there no longer would be a grant program to carry out BLBW's mission, which
is to increase awareness of locally produced foods and increase the proximity to where the food is
produced.
Sec. Brancel Testimony
Department of Natural Resources
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said the governor's budget reflects his plan for the DNR to become a
partner in creating 250,000 new private sector jobs in Wisconsin. Secretary Stepp assured members of
the JFC committee that a 10% decrease in funding won't adversely impact their efforts to protect the
environment. Secretary Stepp sees it as an opportune moment in Wisconsin because it requires the
agency to think outside the box and work smarter. Secretary Stepp also pledged to produce a high level
of customer service.
Several Republican lawmakers questioned the Governor's plan to eliminate the state mandate on
recycling. Secretary Stepp said the agency will still provide direction but hopes that communities can
collaborate and become more efficient and effective when there aren't dollars from the state. The
secretary pointed to an example in Waukesha County where 22 communities have banded together to
create a recycling program that turns a profit without state grants.
Rep. Dan Meyer raised concern about the governor's decision to repeal payment in lieu of taxes in the
stewardship program. Sec. Stepp said though she is supportive of the stewardship program, it's like
giving out a credit card. She said we currently spend $30 million a year in interest alone and it comes
down to balance in these tight fiscal times.
Sec. Stepp Remarks
Department of Transportation
Secretary Mark Gottlieb says Governor Walker's budget recognizes that transportation plays an
important role in creating jobs and growing the economy. Secretary Gottlieb talked about three major
projects that the department will be advancing: improving the almost 50 year old zoo interchange in
Milwaukee, expanding 1-39/90 from 41anes to 6 lanes between Beloit to Madison and expanding
Highways 441 and 10 in Winnebago County. He said these are important projects to the entire state.
Rep. Robin Vos pointed out that while he has heard some say this budget is funding transportation at
the e x p e n ~ e of education, it is simply not true. As the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports, DOT is only
receiving a 0.4% increase over the biennium. Rep. Vos said that's essentially a flat budget especially
with the high fuel and construction costs, the department will actually be able to do less.
Rep. Pat Strachota questioned the 10% reduction to general local transportation aids. She asserted
that infrastructure improvements are so important for economic development and wonders why new
expensive projects are a bigger priority than fixing what we already have. Secretary Gottlieb said when
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combined with other federal and state funded programs, the net decrease is 3.9%. He also said the
budget includes funding to repair 1200 miles of highway and repair 250 bridges.
What the Dems are Saying
'The new [federal] Republican budget reflects upside-down priorities-
it protects special interest subsidies and tax breaks for those at the top,
and cuts deep into the heart of the programs that are essential to the
health of our seniors."
-U.S. Senate Democrats' response to the House Republican budget. In their state-by state analysis, the
Dems report that the GOP plan would cut up to $23.8 billion from health care and nursing home
benefits and could force at least 205,987 Wisconsin residents off Medicaid.
"It also helped define the Republicans who say, 'We hate collective
bargaining and we will do everything we can to destroy it and working
people'"
-AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, on the budget repair bill in Wisconsin. Read more ...
"It's disappointing that Senate Republicans refused to protect critical
programs like SeniorCare that helps seniors afford their prescription
drugs, stop raids on segregated funds, target tax savings to working
families and create jobs.
-Senator Mark Miller
"This is not a budget bill; this is a credit card financing bill. Chalk this
up as gimmick number one. This is $165 million dollars to borrow
money for current expenses."
- Sen. Fred Risser
"Politics is not about power or money it's about the people. It's about
standing for the children, the seniors and the middle class. And I will
continue to do that."
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-Sen. Dave Hansen
''The idea that this is good for the middle class is a joke. It hits the
people who are down and is stacked up against those who can least
afford it."
-Sen. Chris Larson
"Our motto is forward not backwards. We can't go forward with the
majority party's plans."
-Sen. Lena Taylor
Polls ofthe Week
Rasmussen: 74% Say They Should Pay No More Than 20% of Their Income in Taxes
Rasmussen: 57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts
Around the Country
NCSL: Bill would remove legislature from toll road equation
LA Times: More states poised to pursue anti-union legislation
Alaska Daily News: Alaska Legislature passes two bills in first 78 days
In Case You Missed It
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: National union spokesman sent talking points to Senate
Democrats
From Washington
Paul Ryan Unveils Bold GOP Budget Proposal
On Tuesday, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled a framework for the Republican federal
budget proposal. It contains reductions in federal entitlement programs, and a hard look at the
looming debt crisis facing our country.
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Ryan admits that the only solutions will be truly painful, but says that the way we respond to this
challenge will ultimately define our generation. Ryan asked the Congressional Budget Office to model
the economy going forward, and the computer program CRASHES in 2037, because it can't conceive of
any way in which the U.S. economy can continue, because of this massive burden of debt
Ryan Video
Federal Gov't Shutdown still Possible
Leaders from the Democrat-led U.S. Senate and Republican-led House of Representatives continued
talks late into Friday in an attempt to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.
Last year, with Democrats completely in charge ofthe presidency, Senate and House, they failed to
pass a federal budget for the first time in memory. The government has been operating under
temporary plans, and have yet to propose a full outline for government spending in the future.
Calling Republicans "extreme" is not a substitute for a federal budget.
Agency-by-agency list of furloughs if the government does shut down
New York Times: States fear effects of a federal shutdown
• U.S. Government borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends spent
• CNN: Debt ceiling to be hit by May 16
Great Read of the Week
Chicago Tribune: What real leaders do
"If not the Ryan plan, Democrats, then what?
"It was a shame to hear influential lawmakers such as Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi attack Ryan practically before he had finished talking.
"Unchecked, our current entitlement system will destroy our fiscal future. Other developed
countries- including several in Europe that now are choking on their own vast public debts-
have launched austerity programs. America instead has boosted spending. It can't go on like
this, and Ryan's proposal includes a sobering account titled, "How a Debt Crisis Would Unfold."
"Paul Ryan and his allies aren't waiting for a perfect moment that, in Washington, never comes.
On Tuesday, they did what real leaders do. They risked their necks."
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For more information on anything contained in the GOP Senate Update and to contribute ideas and topics
for future weeks, please contact Sen. Fitzgerald's office at 608-266-5660 or email Andrew Wei house or
Hannah Huffman.
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From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Sent: Friday, 2011 8:56 PM
To: I Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV; Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
Subject:
Wisconsin high court race yields mixed results
TODD RICHMOND Associated Press I Posted: Friday, AprilS, 20118:00 pm I D Loading ...
[@]MADISON, Wis. (AP)- When a little-known liberal challenged a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, the
once-sleepy race suddenly looked like a backdoor way for Gov. Scott Walker's opponents to sink his agenda.
Then a clerk discovered 14,000 unrecorded votes that vaulted the incumbent into the lead. Experts said the results
represented a draw for the governor: He didn't lose, but the slim margin means he didn't win big, either. And the close
contest could help ensure Walker's opponents stay energized for the next round.
The outcome also improves the odds that Walker's collective bargaining law would survive a legal challenge before the
high court. Yet it falls short of a clear public endorsement of the governor's policy.
The conservative "didn't win by the margin everyone expected him to win by," said University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
political science professor Michael Kraft. "If I were Walker, I wouldn't be saying everything is just dandy and people love
me."
Only a short time ago, Justice David Prosser had been expected to coast to another term after 12 years on the bench.
In February, he emerged from a four-way primary with 55 percent of the vote, far ahead of JoAnne Kloppenburg, an
assistant state attorney virtually no one had ever heard of. She came in a distant second with 28 percent, setting up an
uphilf run against Prosser in the general election.
Then outrage over Walker's plan to strip public workers of nearly all their union rights reached a crescendo. Tens of
thousands of people converged on the state Capitol for three weeks of nonstop protests, and minority Democrats in the
state Senate fled to Illinois to block a vote.
Republicans in the Legislature eventually passed the plan without Senate Democrats, and Walker signed it into law last
month. The law is bogged down in multiple legal challenges, though, and has not taken effect.
Democrats and Kloppenburg supporters worked to tap into the anger surrounding the measure. They hoped electing
Kloppenburg would tilt the state Supreme Court to the left, increasing the chances that the justices might eventually
strike down the law.
They attacked Prosser as a Walker clone and sought to tie him to the governor's aggressive budget-cutting agenda. At
first it looked as if the strategy had worked.
Kloppenburg's campaign surged, and voter turnout in Tuesday's election shattered expectations. Unofficial returns
initially showed Kloppenburg with a 204-vote lead out of 1.5 million votes cast.
Then Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus- who worked under Prosser when he was a Republican legislator-
announced Thursday she had failed to record 14,000 votes. Those ballots put Prosser ahead by 7,500 votes.
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Nickolaus said she made an honest mistake. Still, state election officials dispatched staffers to the county to review
Nickolaus' procedures and confirm the results.
On Friday, county clerks across the rest of the state were still verifying their numbers, too. Final results may not be
known for days. Kloppenburg did not concede defeat and began raising money to cover the cost of a potential recount.
Prosser said it would be difficult for Kloppenburg to find another 7,500 in a recount. He said the election wasn't about
Walker or collective bargaining, even though many people wanted it to be.
"I think it was about electing me to the Supreme Court," Prosser said.
A Walker spokesman echoed Prosser, saying the governor has consistently described the Supreme Court race as being
about judicial qualifications, not a referendum on his policies.
If Prosser's lead holds up, the Supreme Court's conservative majority would remain intact. It's impossible to say for sure
whether the bloc would uphold the law, but a Prosser victory would, at the very least, give the measure a better chance
before the high court.
"This is a win for the right over the left. Had Kloppenburg won, it would have been a significant victory" for Walker's
opponents, said University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee political scientist Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic state
lawmaker.
"Now the Supreme Court as the· sort of last stop for opponents has become a mirage. There's no point in getting there,"
Lee added.
Still, Kloppenburg's strong showing against an entrenched incumbent demonstrates that the divide over Walker's
agenda remains as stark and deep as ever.
The election didn't deliver a clear endorsement of Walker's policies, but it didn't hurt him, either, said UW-Madison
political scientist Ken Mayer.
"If Kloppenburg had won, you could have read that as push back," Mayer said. "If Prosser had won 85 percent to 15
percent, you could have said, 'Yeah, that is evidence of the rest of the state pushing back against the push back.'"
The mixed results make it hard to "draw any firm inferences about the fate of Scott Walker from this election," Mayer
said.
The fight over collective bargaining now shifts to the efforts to recall some lawmakers. Walker isn't eligible to be recalled
until January, after he has served a full year in office, but signature-gathering drives are under way against eight
Republican and eight Democratic state senators.
Even though it appears Kloppenburg lost, her performance will probably inject more energy into the anti-Republican
efforts and make it easier to gather signatures. On the·other hand, both sides have been energized for months already.
Walker's clear goal is "to reshape the political landscape," Mayer said. "That's why emotions are running so high."
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the potential lapse of appropriations.
While the cutrent Continuing Resolution ( CR) expires at midnight tonight, Congress has
indicated that it has reached agreement on a funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year. Earlier this
evening, the Senate passed a short term CR that will extend current funding levels until the ·
full-yearbill can be passed and enacted next week. We expect the House to take up tt!e CR sh01ily
and for the President to sign this CR no later than tomorrow. As a result, at this time agencies are
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Re: Latest ap
So, all of the other political scientists give advantage to us or a draw and the lead is a guy who says it is bad news for us.
Does this guys even exist or did the AP have to make him up?
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Wisconsin high court race yields mixed results
TODD RICHMOND Associated Press I Posted: Friday, April 8, 20118:00 pm I ...
[@MADISON, Wis. (AP)- When a little-known liberal challenged a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, the
once-sleepy race suddenly looked like a backdoor way for Gov. Scott Walker's opponents to sink his agenda.
Then a clerk discovered 14,000 unrecorded votes that vaulted the incumbent into the lead. Experts said the results
represented a draw for the governor: He didn't lose, but the slim margin means he didn't win big, either. And the close
contest could help ensure Walker's opponents stay energized for the next round.
The outcome also improves the odds that Walker's collective bargaining law would survive a legal challenge before the
high court. Yet it falls short of a clear public endorsement of the governor's policy.
The conservative "didn't win by the margin everyone expected him to win by," said University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
political science professor Michael Kraft. "If I were Walker, I wouldn't be saying everything is just dandy and people love
me ...
Only a short time ago, Justice David Prosser had been expected to coast to another term after 12 years on the bench.
In February, he emerged from a four-way primary with 55 percent of the vote, far ahead of JoAnne Kloppenburg, an
assistant state attorney virtually no one had ever heard of. She came in a distant second with 28 percent, setting up an
uphill run against Prosser in the general election.
Then outrage over Walker's plan to strip public workers of nearly all their union rights reached a crescendo. Tens of
thousands of people converged on the state Capitol for three weeks of nonstop protests, and minority Democrats in the
state Senate fled to Illinois to block a vote.
Republicans in the Legislature eventually passed the plan without Senate Democrats, and Walker signed it into law last
month. The law is bogged down in multiple legal challenges, though, and has not taken effect.
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Democrats and Kloppenburg supporters worked to tap into the anger surrounding the measure. They hoped electing
Kloppenburg would tilt the state Supreme Court to the left, increasing the chances that the justices might eventually
strike down the law.
They attacked Prosser as a Walker clone and sought to tie him to the governor's aggressive budget-cutting agenda. At
first it looked as if the strategy had worked.
Kloppenburg's campaign surged, and voter turnout in Tuesday's election shattered expectations. Unofficial returns
initially showed Kloppenburg with a 204-vote lead out of 1.5 million votes cast.
Then Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus- who worked under Prosser when he was a Republican legislator-
announced Thursday she had failed to record 14,000 votes. Those ballots put Prosser ahead by 7,500 votes.
Nickolaus said she made an honest mistake. Still, state election officials dispatched staffers to the county to review
Nickolaus' procedures and confirm the results.
On Friday, county clerks across the rest of the state were still verifying their numbers, too. Final results may not be
known for days. Kloppenburg did not concede defeat and began raising money to cover the cost of a potential recount.
Prosser said it would be difficult for Kloppenburg to find another 7,500 in a recount. He said the election wasn't about
Walker or collective bargaining, even though many people wanted it to be.
"I think it was about electing me to the Supreme Court," Prosser said.
A Walker spokesman echoed Prosser, saying the governor has consistently described the Supreme Court race as being
about judicial qualifications, not a referendum on his policies.
If Prosser's lead holds up, the Supreme Court's conservative majority would remain intact. It's impossible to say for sure
whether the bloc would uphold the law, but a Prosser victory would, at the very least, give the measure a better chance
before the high court.
"This is a win for the right over the left. Had Kloppenburg won, it wou.ld have been a significant victory" for Walker's
opponents, said University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee political scientist Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic state
lawmaker.
"Now the Supreme Court as the sort of last stop for opponents has become a mirage. There's no point in getting there,"
Lee added.
Still, Kloppenburg's strong showing against an entrenched incumbent demonstrates that the divide over Walker's
agenda remains as stark and deep as ever.
The election didn't deliver a clear endorsement of Walker's policies, but it didn't hurt him, either, said UW-Madison
political scientist Ken Mayer.
"If Kloppenburg had won, you could have read that as push back," Mayer said. "If Prosser had won 85 percent to 15
percent, you could have said, 'Yeah, that is evidence of the rest of the state pushing back against the pushback.'"
The mixed results make it hard to "draw any firm inferences about the fate of Scott Walker from this election," Mayer
said.
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The fight over collective bargaining now shifts to the efforts to recall some lawmakers. Walker isn't eligible to be recalled
until January, after he has served a full year in office, but signature-gathering drives are under way against eight
Republican and eight Democratic state senators.
Even though it appears Kloppenburg lost, her performance will probably inject more energy into the anti-Republican
efforts and make it easier to gather signatures. On the other hand, both sides have been energized for months already.
Walker's clear goal is "to reshape the political landscape," Mayer said. "That's why emotions are running so high."
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From: Hanle, Bob - DOA
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To:
Tuesday, Aprill9, 2011 2:04 PM
Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Cc: Hynek, Sara - DOA
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
Note that we really can't run aid estimates for FY12 and FY13. What we (and LFB) do are runs using FY11 formula
factors with Governor's aid amounts and formula changes and compare those numbers to what districts actually received
in FY1 0. It's speculative enough portraying the FY11 simulation as an accurate estimate of what individual districts will
receive in FY12, no less trying to do it for FY13.
Bob Hanle, Team Leader
State Budget Office
101 E. Wilson St. •• 1Oth Floor
P.O. Box 7864
Madison, WI 53707-7864
(608) 266-1037
From: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Sent: Monday, April18, 201112:56 PM
To: Hanle, Bob - DOA
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
Understood. I am sure after I see both lists and how Madison and Milwaukee see the biggest gains I will have more
tweeks.
Thanks Bob.
From: Hanle, Bob- DOA
Sent: Monday, April18, 2011 11:15 AM
To: Hurlburt, Waylon • GOV
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
OK. Recognize that $20 million per year is a pretty small amount, about $47,000 per school district. Of course, many
school districts will receive little or no additional dollars, while others (primarily the big districts) will receive six or even
seven digit increases.
Bob Hanle, Team Leader
State Budget Office
101 E. Wilson St. •• 1Oth Floor
P.O. Box 7864
Madison, WI 53707-7864
(608) 266-1037
From: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 10:34 AM
To: Hanle, Bob · DOA
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
Sounds good. Let's add the $40 in FY12 and adjust the revenue limits accordingly and see what happens even if it is a
decrease in FY 13.
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So we have it ready, can you put a $20 million increase in the aid formula in FY 12 and 13 and adjust the revenue limit
over the biennium? That way we have the numbers if someone wants to do it that way.
Thanks Bob.
From: Hanle, Bob - DOA
Sent: Monday, April18, 201110:18 AM
To: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
We can do a run, which will simulate FY11 with the additional $40 million. It makes sense to increase the revenue limits,
since giving districts an additional $40 million in school aid, but not allowing them to spend it doesn't address their concern
that spending cuts will be required.
Note also that if the $40 million is only added to FY12, it will result in an aid decrease in FY13. Under the Governor's
budget, general aid is $4.262 billion in FY12 and $4.294 billion in FY13, an increase of$32 million. Providing an
additional $40 million in FY12 only, will result in an $8 million general aid decrease in FY13 compared to the new FY12
number. This is not a big issue (especially considering that the additional $40 million is less than a 1% aid increase), but
it's something you should be aware of.
This, of course, assumes that there will be a $50 million (at least) increase in the general fund re-estimate for FY12 and
that there will be no other demands on the additional revenue.
Bob Hanle, Team Leader
State Budget Office
101 E. Wilson St.-- 10th Floor
P.O. Box 7864
Madison, WI 53707-7864
(608) 266-1037
From: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 8:47AM
To: Hanle, Bob - DOA
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
Your points are well taken. Maybe if we have $50 million to work with, the best thing to do would be to increase general
aids by $40 million and use just $10 million for some 'responsible actor' fund.
Can we run the numbers by district if we added $40 million to the general aid formula in 2011-12 only? And can we
adjust the revenue limit cut if we do this for 2011-12 only? Or would it be better to leave it alone?
The $10 million FY 12 temporary categorical for responsible actors would only take into account health insurance. That is
what most districts and legislators are concerned about. The aid would be only in FY 2012, be outside of revenue caps,
and look like something similar to what I have but feel free to play with that formula or offer other ideas.
As far as what health insurance cost to use, it would have to be what a district/employee was paying prior to the budget
repair being introduced. This would mean, whatever January 2011's payroll report said or whatever the contract the staff
were operating under said prior to the introduction of the budget repair. Whether that be 2007-09's contract or not.
We can always modify this as we go forward if we have to.
Thanks.
From: Hanle, Bob - DOA
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:59PM
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Cc: Hayes, Brian - DOA; Schmiedicke, David P - DOA; Grinde, Kirsten - DOA; Hynek, Sara - DOA; Quinn, Brian D - DOA
Subject: RE: Special Categorical for Schools
Brian, Sara, Kirsten and I are working on a response that (we hope) will lay out several options and also raise a number of
concerns. Four big issues that I see (we'll get these in more coherent shape in our more formal analysis) are:
1. It is highly likely that most of the districts where employees pick up a higher share of fringe benefit costs did so as
part of collective bargaining agreements that provide higher salary increases in return for the fringe benefit
savings. Under this $50 million plan, the state would be rewarding districts for making the decision to pay higher
salaries rather than higher fringe benefits. This essentially rewards districts for a decision that may not have any
impact on the bottom line. In fact a district that bargained salary increases that were greater than the fringe
benefit savings would be rewarded, while districts where the additional fringe benefit costs where offset dollar-for-
dollar by salary savings would be, in effect, punished.
2. This plan would not reward districts for other cost savings measures, like reducing administrative overhead,
consolidating schools, entering into cooperative purchasing agreements. It focuses on one area of the budget.
3. The cost of health insurance plans varies widely across districts. Do we reward a district where employees pick
up 10% of the cost of a $25,000 plan, leaving $22,500 to be paid by taxpayers, while punishing districts that pay
100% of a $15,000 plan, which costs taxpayers $7,500 less? If I understand your example, it would reward
Wausau, even though the cost to Janesville taxpayers is less. Teachers in Janesville may have bargained the
lower cost plan by accepting higher deductibles or reduced coverage in return for the employer continuing to pay
97% of the premium. Complicating this further, plans vary in cost for reasons other than the level of benefits,
including cost-of-living, size of school district, competition, etc.
4. We would be basing these rewards on district behavior that occurred before districts knew what the rules were. If
I were a school board member who negotiated salary concessions in return for maintaining the employer's share
of fringe benefits, I would not be happy to learn after-the-fact that I should have bargained lower benefits in return
for higher salaries.
Overall, I think this approach could be perceived as not really interested in school districts that take a comprehensive view
of being a "good actor," but focused exclusively on lowering the cost of fringe benefits to taxpayers, even if it's at the
expense ol larger cost increases elsewhere.
Three questions (for now):
What fiscal year (FY11 ?) will be the basis for the reward? What about districts that have yet to settle for the 09-11
biennium, but would be eligible for a reward based on what was in the 07-09 contract?
Will this be an ongoing categorical or only for FY12?
Will this aid be exempt from the revenue caps? From a school board's point of view, its value is the ability to spend it
above the revenue caps rather than to provide property tax relief.
Here's Brian's idea on tying the reward more closely to taxpayer savings (using the cost of the state plan as the
benchmark). This plan is arguably fairer than looking at the contribution rates, but it still does not address the broader
issue of what constitutes a good actor.
From: Quinn, Brian D - DOA
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:53 PM
To: Hynek, Sara - DOA
Cc: Hanle, Bob - DOA; Schmiedicke, DaviO P - DOA
Subject: Simpler Approach on Health Insurance
When I was trying to think about this from a more solid theoretical standpoint, I was
wondering if we could do something like:
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(Total cost to employer prior to Act 10) - (Total cost to employer under state plan prior
to Act 10)
For example, under the state plan prior to Act 10, let's say that the cost to the state
was $18,500 under a family plan. For a given local government, the same plan cost the
employer $18,100 due to higher contribution rates or cheaper plan design. The difference
is $400.
Take this $400 and multiply it by the number of FTE covered under the local government's
health inSurance.
Provide that as an offset to the aid reduction, increase in revenue limit, etc.
Does that make sense to you? Obviously, not everyone has a family plan so this would
someWhat overstate the savings, but I think this at least makes sense from a theoretical
standpoint.
Bob Hanle, Team Leader
State Budget Office
101 E. Wilson St. -- 1Oth Floor
P.O. Box 7864
Madison, WI 53707-7864
(608) 266-1037
From: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 201112:31 PM
To: Hanle, Bob - DOA
Cc: Quinn, Brian D - DOA
Subject: Special Categorical for Schools
Bob,
We liked where you guys were going with this formula to reward good actors for health and
pension. I talked to Brian about how to reward muni's and counties yesterday by allowing
them to use carryover levy up to 2% or growth if they meet some threshold through 'a'
formula. Can we do something like this for schools?
We are thinking revenue estimates will be higher when they come out in May, so let's assume
we have $50 million to play with for schools.
We could then use that prorated to qualifying schools within this new categorical.
Schools would (through school district certified payroll documents) verify the total 'employer'
cost of 'family' health insurance coverage and the total plan cost.
• Hypothetical examples for a 'family plan' in Janesville and Wausau according to
WASB reported numbers:
Janesville (2009-1 0)
Employer Cost/Total Cost
4
$14,854.44/15,370.44 = 96.6%
100- 96.6 = 3.4%
3.4/12.6 = 27%
Wausau (20 1 0-11)
$19,383.72/$22,804.44 = 85%
100-85 = 15%
15/12.6 = 119%
• Payments to districts would be prorated so higher percentage districts get more aid.
• To qualify a district must be at 75% or higher. So, Wausau would qualify and Janesville
would not.
• However, so we are not rewarding high spending plans that in theory would have
room to make design changes and see savings, maybe we need exclude plans over a
certain cost? $23,000 for a family plan (Cadillac tax in federal law 2018)?
This might not be making sense and maybe I am interpreting your suggestions wrong. I am
trying to make this simple to understand.
Let me know what you think?
Waylon Hurlburt
Policy Advisor
The Office of Governor Scott Walker
State of Wisconsin
(608)266-9709
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Oling, Lane - GOV
From: Moore, Dorothy J - GOV
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 7:00AM
To:
Subject:
Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV; Hogan, Pat- GOV
RE: Staffing for upcoming meetings
From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 20111:54 PM
To: Hurlburt, Waylon- GOV; Hogan, Pat- GOV
Cc: Moore, Dorothy J - GOV
Subject: Staffing for upcoming meetings
Waylon and Pat-
One of you should plan on staffing the governor for the following meetings:
1) Friday, 1/21/1111:30am-12:00pm-Governor's Office-
She! Lubar and the Greater Milwaukee Committee and his meeting with Chief Tubbs from the Capitol Police. Staff:
Keith & Waylon Hurlbert
POC: Mike Grebe414.405.4940
GMC Task Force Headed by Shel Lubar- County
30 minute meeting with Governor Walker.
Participants:
Mike Grebe
Ray Carey
Julia Taylor
Brian Schupper
Shel Lubar-Conferencing from Aspen Colorado
2) Wednesday- conference call with the Midwest Governors Association
Jesse Heier, Executive Director Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) would like to schedule an initial meeting
with Governor Walker.
The MGA is an association of governors from Midwestern statesx that bring together state leaders to work
cooperatively on issues important to the region. The MGA focuses primarily on energy, agriculture and economic
development issues. The meeting should take no more than 30 minutes.
Contact Info: 202.624.5460 [fax: 202.624.5452]
jheier@csg.org
3) Friday- Speaking to
From: Curt Witynski I
Sent: Tuesday, December 1
To: Moore, Dorothy J -GOT
Subject: Meeting with Governor-Elect Walker
Hi Dorothy: The Executive Committee of the Urban Alliance respectfully requests an opportunity to meet with
Governor Elect Walker to discuss issues of mutual concern, such as changes to the collective bargaining laws that
municipalities must operate under. About a week after the election I delivered a letter from the Urban Alliance
Executive Committee to the transition team office requesting a meeting with Governor Elect Walker. A copy of that
letter is attached. In Mid-November I received a call from Joe Fadness saying that the transition team had received
our letter and would be in touch about scheduling a meeting. I haven't heard anything since.
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The Urban Alliance is a subgroup of large municipalities within the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The
Executive Committee of the Urban Alliance is made up of mayors from the cities of Green Bay, Superior, Racine,
Appleton, Manitowoc, and West Allis.
Thank you for considering our request for a meeting. I look forward to hearing from you.
*****************************************
Curt Witynski
Assistant Director
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
122 West Washington Ave .
...... 703
Ryan Murray
Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Office of the Governor
Main: 608-266-1212
Email: r.murray@wisconsin.gov
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Oling, Lane - GOV
From:
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To:
O'Donnell, Jessica L- OSER
Friday, April 08, 2011 3:33 PM
Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Subject: RE: Standalone Dental for Wisconsin ETF Retirees
OSER is required to administer a dental plan because of language in one collective bargaining agreement. That
contractual requirement will no longer exist after the BRB is implemented, at which time OSER will try to transition out
of the program. We do not want to expand this venture.
If there is a desire to offer coverage to annuitants, the program would best be developed, administered and/or overseen by
ETF. That agency maintains annuitant records and administers many otber types of insurance programs. Veronica Harper
is tbe Optional Plans Manager at ETF. She should be able to provide information about the process to obtain approval
from the Group Insurance Board.
· From: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 8:30 AM
To: O'Donnell, Jessica L - OSER
Subject: FW: Standalone Dental for Wisconsin EfF Retirees
Jessica,
Can you call me or comment on this? These folks want to offer a dental plan to retirees. The
ETF folks said that OSER would do this if it is a possibility or beneficial to retirees.
Is this an option for OSER or would it be beneficial to explore as an option for retirees?
Thanks,
Waylon Hurlburt
Policy Advisor
The Office of Governor Scott Walker
State of Wisconsin
(608}266-9709
From: Jack Byrnes [mailto:jbyrnes@sourcelb.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:23PM
To: Hurlburt, Waylon - GOV
Subject: Standalone Dental for Wisconsin EfF Retirees
Mr. Hurlburt,
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After meeting with Diane Hendricks yesterday about business opportunities within our organization, she suggested that I
reach out to you on our Voluntary programs for State and Municipal Retirees.
Since 1993, the Group Insurance Board ofthe State of Wisconsin has considered running a standalone dental plan for
the active employees that are provided coverage under the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds
(ETF). This is still an active conversation on the agenda today with the Group Insurance Board and has been discussed as
recently as October 10, 2010 !"View" GIB Memo). According to the agendas, memos and minutes of the meetings this topic
always had a common question; could retirees participate in the plan? To date, the answer has been no.
Currently in the State of Wisconsin, retirees that receive their pension checks from the ETF are not eligible to participate
in a group sponsored dental plan offered by health carriers through the ETF. This effectively leaves about 100,000
retirees without access to a quality group dental product that has a generous risk pool and would support quality care
with competitive rates ..
We suggest that the GIB offer a Voluntary Dental Plan for all retirees of the EFT where all premiums are payroll deducted
from their pension checks. All of the retirees were accustomed to great dental benefits provided by their employer;
which were subsequently lost at the time of retirement.
Here at Source 1 Benefits, we specialize in the Third Party Administering of group sponsored dental and vision for large
labor unions and government entity retirees. Currently we manage the dental and/or vision benefits for the retirees of
the Chicago Police, Chicago Fire, Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Laborers. All of our active retiree groups have
about 40% participation in the plans, which demonstrates the willingness of the retirees to participate and pay for these
products. One would think that upon retirement, an individual could purchase a quality individual dental plan in the
open market. This is not the case, all of the individual plans are diminished in benefit and cost prohibitive to join. This is
precisely why a group sponsored plan is the best option for the EFT retirees. Taking the risk pool of 100,000 eligible and
achieving the minimum participation (20%) would provide the retiree benefits that are consistent to what the active
employees have with competitive rates.
As the TPA of this plan we will provide the following at no cost to the State or ETF:
• Plan Design Consulting & Administration • Claims Administration
• Enrollment and Employee communication Materials • Monthly Client Reports
• Group Identification Cards • Monthly Billing Services
• Negotiating & Contracting with Utilization Review of Claims
In closing, I thank you for your time and apologize for the lengthy email, but wanted to give you as much pertinent
information as I could.
My partner Terry Byrne and I will make ourselves available to meet with you in the next few weeks and I look forward to
your call.
Jack Byrnes
Assistant Vice President
Source One Benefits
206 South Jefferson Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661
(o) 312-454-6023
(f) 312-454-6025
www.sourcelb.com
jbyrnes@sourcelb.com
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From:
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Jason Johns <jason@wiscls.com>
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 2:43 PM
Hurlburt, Way/on - GOV
Subject: Re: Support
Ok. So I'm a big dummy. Just got a call from Whitney in Appts Office that I forgot to send my resume along
with the application. I called her back & left a message that I will send to her as soon as I am back in office on
the 2nd. She will be one you'll want to talk to about amending my reference. If she tells you you can't do it, I'll
just do it next week when I send my resume. Let me know what she says. Or I'll do same. Thanks again brother.
Seller Fi indeed ..
Jason E. Johns
Wisconsin Legislative Strategies
(608) 255-5522.
On Feb 23, 2011, at 9:47AM, "Hurlburt, Waylon- GOV" <Waylon.Hurlburt@wisconsin.gov> wrote:
Thanks Jason. She sounds like a great lady. Her kind words are heard loud and
clear.
Semper Fi brother.
Waylon Hurlburt
Senior Policy Advisor
The Office of Governor Scott Walker
State of Wisconsin
(608)266-9709
From: Jason Johns rmailto:jason@wiscls.coml
Sent:. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:16 AM
To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Hurlburt, Way/on - GOV
Subject: Fwd: Support
Gents;
Favor to the wife of one of my squad buddies and fellow Purple Heart recipients that lives in
Benton. She asked ifl could get her mom's words of support in to the "powers that be" in
Governor Walker's office and not in to a general black hole. I am doing that and will let her
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know I did which will make her day. You can do with it what you want. No response necessary
on my end. Or if you have a general"thank you" response you wish for me to pass on to her I
would be happy to. Thanks guys and keep up the good work!
Jason Johns
Wisconsin Legislative Strategies, Inc.
(608) 255-5522
Begin forwarded message:
From: Cindy S c a n l a n ~
Date: February 23, 2011 6:23:55 AM CST
To: Jason Johns <jason@wiscls.com>,
Rep.Tranel@legis.wi.gov, Sen.Schultz@legis.wisconsin.gov
Subject: Support
Travis, Dale, and Jason:
My mother, Laurie Simmons, asked that I contact each of you to pass on her
support for the Governor's budget repair bill. She is a Lancaster school employee,
not eligible to join the union, and makes under $30,000. But fully supports this
bill and understands that many jobs will be lost if it is not passed. She was
amazed when she found out the average income of other state workers and
teachers. Her words to Walker, "He better not back down on this."
I told her about Travis's trip to the Southwestern school district on Friday. Her
comment, "good for him", "more should to do that." My husband and I were also
happy how Travis handled it.
My mom has never voted that I am aware of. She has never seen a real difference
in politicians before but she does now. Please vote to pass this bill with our
support.
Best regards,
Cindy Scanlan
Jason: Would you please pass this along to Walker's staff. Thank you, I know
you are busy traveling.
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DWD MB Communications Office
Monday, March 28, 2011 8:22 AM
Barroithet, Dan - DWD; Bartol, Fred - DWD; Baumbach, Scott C - DWD; Beckett, Laura L-
DWD; Berge, Sharon - DWD; Bernstein, Howard I - DWD; Black-Radloff, Rita - DWD;
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Cullen J - GOV; Westbury, John R- DWD; Westfall, Grant- DWD; Williamson, Linda -
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DWD CustomScoops, Monday 3.28.11
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Guthrie, Jacqueline A LTC NGWI
Monday, March 28, 2011 9:03AM
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Guthrie, Jacqueline A - DMA; Ladue, Jon M TSgt
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DMA (1st); NGWI JOC - DMA; Lt. Governor; Chisholm, James CMSgt USAF ANG JFHQ-
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Jason - DMA; Mills, Jamie - DMA; Olson, Larry - DMA (1st); Sweet, Russell - DMA;
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Lundquist, Jessica - LEGIS
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Matnews. Ric F - DVA;
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Monday, March 28, 201110:57 AM
Schrimpf, Chris- GOV; Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
NY Times Editorial Page
February 26: Rich: Why Wouldn't the Tea Party Shut It Down?
March 2: Budget Battles and American Workers
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March 5:
March 10:
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March 25:
March 27:
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State Workers and N.Y.'s Fiscal Crisis
It's Not Over in Wisconsin
Wisconsin's Radical Break
A Shabby Crusade in Wisconsin
Krugman: American Thought Police
Office of Governor Scott Walker
Tel: (608} 267-7303
E-Mail: tom.evenson@wisconsin.gov
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Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Research
In preparation for my testimony in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I have some
questions:
How many states are facing a budget deficit? What is the average percentage of the total budget? What is the range?
Can I get more details on the Credit Positive report on our budget from Moody's?
How many states have collective bargaining? How many have limited collective bargaining? How many have no
restraints on collective bargaining?
How many states have structural deficits?
How many states have fully funded retirement systems? Of those that are not, what is the average percentage of
funding? What is the range?
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Downing, Karley - GOV
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Sent: 28, 20111:49 PM
To:
Cc:
Subject:
Toby -I wanted to double check that you got this. I noticed that there's been at least 8 pieces on the editorial page of the
NYT concerning Wisconsin. It would seem appropriate to allow the Governor some space.
Best,
Chris
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Sent: 23, 2011 1:54 PM
After reading another op-ed in your paper regarding the Wisconsin budget battle, Governor Walker drafted an op-ed he
would like to submit to give your re<!ders another perspective. The Governor's op-ed is just under 700 words. We
appreciate your consideration. Thanks, Chris
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments - which forces massive layoffs,
massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are implementing
collective bargaining reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While our idea may be a
bold political move it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the collective bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to
contribute 5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance
their budgets. In total, our collective bargaining reforms save local governments more than $700 million each
year.
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local govermnent workers to pay and
most ofthem don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to why the
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protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are quite
reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
schools - as well as state and local goverrunents - will be able to make decisions based on merit and
performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In turn,
the goverrunent got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels even
encouraged employees to come forward with ways tci save taxpayer dollars and they responded. Eventually, the
state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform- making government work for the
people.
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting that
Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3'd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an Independent
to vote in favor of the various pieces oflegislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we are growing,
not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show that Wisconsin is open
for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years ago,
left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces ofthe broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history insuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grown and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures - is a concept that America has always admired, but
is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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Subject: Research
In preparation for my testimony in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I have some
questions:
How many states are facing a budget deficit? What is the average percentage of the total budget? What is the range?
Can I get more details on the Credit Positive report on our budget from Moody's?
How many states have collective bargaining? How many have limited collective bargaining? How many have no
restraints on collective bargaining?
How many states have structural deficits?
How many states have fully funded retirement systems? Of those that are not, what is the average percentage of
funding? What is the range?
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Chamber Members:
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REVIEW & OUTLOOK
March 25, 2011
Wisconsin's Battle Supreme
Unions bid for a liberal court majority to undo Walker's reforms.
Wisconsin Democrats and unions are still seething over their failure to thwart Governor Scott Walker's
government union reforms. Now they're trying to spin their rage into gold by aiming it at the state Supreme
Court election on April 5. If they defeat David Prosser's re-election bid, labor leaders and their Democratic
allies hope a newly activist court will be their proxy in the fight against Mr. Walker's policies.
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Until the recent political inferno in Madison took over national headlines, the Supreme Court race was a
snoozefest. Justice Prosser, who has served on the court for more than a decade, was the heavy favorite to
hold onto his seat. In February's jungle primary that includes all candidates (all of whom are officially
nonpartisan), he won 58% of the vote, followed by 25% for second place Joanne Kloppenburg, the assistant
attorney general and an environmental attorney who is now the union darling.
The top two primary finishers compete in the run-off, and that race is narrowing. A liberal outfit called the
Greater Wisconsin Committee has thrown some $3 million into the race and launched a website,
ProsserEqualsWalker.com, to whip heat against the Governor into the race. Democrats hope a victory would
discourage other Republicans who might dare to face down Big Labor.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is divided 4-3 on many cases and tilts slightly right. A defeat for Justice
Prosser would shift that balance, and a notoriously liberal contingent led by Chief Justice Shirley
Abrahamson would dominate when the court hears the Democratic challenges to Mr. Walker's reforms, which
limited collective bargaining and required government unions to be recertified every year by their members.
That battle was recently joined when Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi put a hold on the law, and a
state appeals court ruled yesterday that the Supreme Court should decide the case.
If they flip the court, Democrats are also sure to target major tort reforms that Governor Walker signed earlier
this year. Watch for trial lawyers dancing in the streets. From 2004 to 2008, the court's liberal majority,
including Obama nominee to the federal bench Louis Butler, overturned medical malpractice caps and
established a collective guilt standard whereby any company that had ever sold lead paint in Wisconsin could
be subject to tort claims.
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The liberal dominance ended when Justice Butler lost to Michael Gableman in 2008, but the balance of
power on the court is a source of friction even among the justices. The current campaign to knock out Justice
Prosser got a boost from Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, a liberal and frequent ally of Justice Abrahamson on
the bench, who memorialized in email a private tiff between Justices Prosser and Abrahamson, including
intemperate language from Justice Prosser. The email leak was no coincidence, comrade.
Ms. Kloppenburg once worked as an intern for Chief Justice Abrahamson, and no one can doubt her desire
to join her mentor on the bench. Since 2000, she has thrice applied for judgeships on states courts and also
put her name in the hat for the federal district court vacancy to which Mr. Obama eventually nominated
former Justice Butler.
Democrats and unions are throwing everything they have at Wisconsin to stop the movement to put
taxpayers on a more level playing field with government unions that dominate state politics. They're
promising recall campaigns against Republicans and will eventually take the fight to Governor Walker.
Meantime, Ms. Kloppenburg is their immediate hope to undo by judicial fiat what they couldn't accomplish
legislatively.
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Daily Policy and Legislative Briefing
Legislative Mfairs Team
• Representative Weininger and Representative Mursau' s Office both contacted us regarding pier regulation legislation.
• Representative Kapenga' s Office contacted us regarding charter school provisions in the budget.
Committee Actions Tomorrow:
Committee Date Time Room Bill Author
A. Urban and Local Affairs
Hearing 3/29/2011 10:00 300 NE
AB 60- individuals and officers who may be
covered by a county blanket bond Van Roy
S. Judiciary, Ethics, and
Government Operations Hearing 3/29/2011 10:00 300 SE
SB 19- disinfection of municipal water supplies Harsdorf
Joint Committee on Finance
Hearing 3/29/2011 10:00 412 E
Agency briefings for DOA, DOR, Tourism, and
the Supreme Court xxxxxxx
S. Agriculture, Forestry and
Higher Education Hearing 3/29/2011 10:30 201 SE
Confirmation of Alberta Darling as a member of
the College Savings Program Board xxxxxxx
SB 28- Composition of the UW Board of
Regents Harsdorf
A. Jobs, Economy, and Small 328
Business Exec 3/29/2011 11:00 NW
AB 53- creation of 3 additional enterprise zones Larson
AB 13- Development opportunity zone for Beloit Loudenbeck
Joint Committee on Review of
Administrative Rules (JCRAR) 330
Exec 3/29/2011 11:00 sw
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NR 411- Construction and operation permits for
indirect sources DNR
NR 404.04 (3)- Particulate matter, secondary
standard DNR
LRB 1483/1 (Senate), LRB 1756/1 (Assembly)-
wind energy system rules XXXXXXX
CR 1 0-098- Payday lending PSG
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team
Commerce
• State Fire Marshall Office
o Interest in creating this office with one high level person who would act as key leader in the state for fire service
• Cascade Tissue Group
o DNR Deputy Sec. Moroney and Jason met with executives in Eau Claire today
o Company will add a new paper machine and keep plant in Eau Claire
• New Companies to WI
o 2 companies (1 from IL and 1 from MI) will start conducting business in WI in Pewaukee and Madison respectively
• V entnre Capital
o Draft sill yet to be released from Budget Office
Tourism
• LFB Budget Analysis
o Reviewed analysis in advance of Tuesday's testimony by Secretary Klett
DOT
• Motor Carrier Permits
o DOT resolved an issue a business had with trying to receive permits for its vehicles
• Definition of Major Highways Program
DATCP
o Reggie Newson communicated to Rep. Petrowski's office the changes to the definition of the Major Highways Program under the
Governor's Budget proposal
• ATCP 110, 111, 114, 125, 134
o Spoke with Ross Kinzler about the rules.
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DNR
• Recycling
o DNR has proposed two modified recycling aid programs for review.
• Army Corps of Engineers
o Asked to set up a meeting with the Governor's Office regarding DNR regulation changes. Patrick will meet with a representative April
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PSC
• Chair of Public Service Commission
o Governor announced today that former Rep. Phil Montgomery will act as Chair
JOBS Hotline
• 2 calls received
o Call from Glenn Hetzer of Powder Booth Restoration
o Hetzer is currently located in Illinois and wants to move to Wisconsin
Human Services and Education Team
DRS Update
1. Discussed tobacco control money being utilized for cessation instead of prevention
2. Road Show Update:
a. Wed.: Eau Claire; April 5th: Fennimore; April 14th: Milwaukee potentially moved to Waukesha; April 21 '
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: Kimberly; and April 26th:
Wausau
3. Transfer ofFoodShare & SSI from DRS to DCF
a. Options need to be discussed on the transfer
4. Discussion on potential number of retirements within DRS. There are a significant number of highly skilled workers who will be retiring. A
nationwide search will be needed for some of them in order to fill these specialty positions.
NGA Medicaid Taskforce
1. There will be 3 more conference calls to discuss the list of desired Medicaid flexibilities.
2. Governors will have a conference call in 3 weeks on the Medicaid flexibilities
3. New date: May 16th will be the potential DC meeting with the Governors to discuss a potential white paper on flexibilities by states and/or
letter to the Administration and to Congress
a. The visit may include a meeting with Secretary Sebelius
Education
Superintendent Evers agreed to be vice chair of Read to Learn Taskforce to make recommendations on third grade reading initiatives. DPI reiterated
its preference that the $600,000 in the budget is housed in DPI rather than DOA.
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Education News
Milwaukee could become first American city to use universal vouchers for education (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Milwaukee's private school voucher program has broken new and controversial ground often in its 21-year history. Now, it is headed toward what
might well be another amazing national first.
If Gov. Scott Walker and leading voucher advocates prevail, Milwaukee will become the fust city in American history where any child, regardless of
income, can go to a private school, including a religious school, using public money to pay the bill.
State-union battles revive hope for school-choice reforms (Washington Times)
By Dick Armey
After a major loss in their battle with Wisconsin taxpayers over collective bargaining powers, teachers unions are reeling. States are caught in a
vicious cycle in which the private sector is shrinking while public liabilities grow and politicians have finally realized they must rein in spending and
restore economic sanity to their budgets - even if that means pushing back against union influence.
Justice and Local Governments Team
Waste, Fraud and Abuse:
• The WFA Commission meeting notice for Friday has been released.
Local Governments:
• Wisconsin State Journal. Madison school budget has smaller property tax levy
"This is certainly positive from the perspective of property taxpayers, however it is incorrect to assume that this tax decrease is a result of our budget reductions,"
Nerad said in a statement. ·
"The property tax decrease is being imposed on us by the state through the governor's budget proposal."
The biggest factor in closing the remaining gap is requiring employees to pay half of their annual pension contribution, saving the district $11.5 million.
The agreement allowed the district to require employees to pay up to 5 percent of their health insurance premium next year, but Nerad is proposing other cuts to
avoid that option. Other districts are requiring employees to pay up to 12 percent of their premium, which Walker is requiring of state employees.
"One of our budget goals was to delay for at least one year any increase in employee contributions for health insurance premiums," Nerad said.
• Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Two Wisconsin Rapids school unions reach deals on contracts
Following a closed-session discussion, which included an evaluation of Dickmann's first school year on the job as superintendent, the School Board extended her
deal by a year. It's now set to expire June 30, 2013.
Dickmann's extension also included a wage freeze. The district's administrator contract stipulates an annual salary of $125,000.
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• The Chippewa Herald. School board approves modified employee contracts
Union workers have agreed to increased benefit pay-ins- 5. 8 percent toward the state pension fund and an additional12. 6 percent toward the district's insurance
costs.
With that, the district's estimated budget shortfall of $2.8 to $4 million will drop to $550,000 to $1.25 million, District Business Manager Chad Trowbridge told the
board earlier this month.
• Oshkosh Northwestern. Walker's proposal to reduce state rules regulating phosphorus content in runoff may not reduce city's costs
Oshkosh Wastewater Utility Superintendent Steve Brand said complying with the phosphorus regulations Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate are expected to
cost the city an estimated $30 million. The money, currently included in the city's 2015 capital improvement program would pay for a wastewater plant upgrade to
filter out phosphorus.
The budget bill also proposes to eliminate pollution control regulations that require storm water utilities to reduce the volume of temporary suspended solids in
storm runoff. Current law requires the city to reduce the volume of temporary suspended solids by 40 percent by 2013. Oshkosh met a requirement to reduce
pollution by 20 percent by 2008 through construction of detention basins, street sweeping and other measures.
Oshkosh Public Works Director David Patek said the city is unlikely to meet the 40 percent reduction level by 2013, but continues to work toward it. He said the
value of pollution reduction to a community that prides itself on its waterways means he plans to continue to design pollution controls into storm water
management projects even if Walker's proposal passes.
Veterans:
• I am working with the various VSO's to organize a press conference to talk about the Governor's budget and the wins in it for veterans. The goal is 3pm
on Friday either at a New Berlin VFW or a Brookfield Legion Hall.
• I am meeting with four applicants to seNe on the veterans board this Thursday. I should have recommendations for Keith by Friday.
Justice:
• I Met with Brittany Zimmerman's parents about passage of Katie's law. They believe it will help find Brittany's killer. Senator Harsdorf will be authoring it
with an expected introduction in the summer. It would require DNA at every felony arrest.
• Fond du Lac Reporter. Walker's budget denies funding for police network
La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson's agency was one of the first to join, but stopped using it in 2009.
The concept looked promising, the sheriff said, but the network hasn't gained momentum. Too few agencies, especially his neighboring departments in western
Wisconsin, whose information is the most valuable to his agency, have joined, he said. And agencies that participate don't share enough data, he said. His county
has a common record management software system many of the smaller jurisdictions use, he added.
"It just hasn't seemed to be as valuable as it sounded like it would be in the beginning," he said. "I was pretty excited, but after it rolled out, it seemed to sputter."
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http://www.jsonline.com/business/1186881 09. html
Gauging state start-ups is crucial for jobs push
By Tom Still March 26, 20111(1) Comments
Just how entrepreneurial are people in Wisconsin? The answer depends on who's asked. The question usually arises this
time of year when the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity is published by the Ewing Marion Kauffmann
Foundation, a private foundation committed to building America's capacity to launch and grow start-up businesses. Year
after year, Wisconsin comes across in the Kauffman index as a place where entrepreneurs are scarcer than palm trees in
Pewaukee.
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State stops collecting union dues, starts charging more for health care
Dispute still swirls around whether law is in force
By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel March 28, 2011 1(1568) Comments Madison- Gov. Scott Walker's
administration no longer is collecting dues on behalf of state unions and, as of Sunday, is charging employees more for
their pensions and health care, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the changes are not yet law. Backing up
the administration, the state Department of Justice argued that the new law- which eliminates most collective bargaining
for public workers- is in effect and asked a judge to vacate a restraining order against the law. Meanwhile, a Dane County
prosecutor asked a judge to declare that the law is not now in place.
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Keywords: technical education
Abstract: ... and no middle and high school programs -technical education and business and family and
consumer education, for example -will be cut. "This is ...
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Indexed At: 03/2912011 2:54AM
Keywords: Unemployment Insurance OR unemployment benefits (2), Jobless
Abstract: ... buyer credits and an expired break for the jobless are among the vexing issues this tax season.
Welcome to tax season - the most...
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Keywords: Unemployment Insurance OR unemployment benefits (3), Jobless (4)
Abstract: ... the country to lower the number of weeks jobless workers can get state benefits, a trend other
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Keywords: career education
Abstract: ... Talented programming and 67 report likely reductions in career education and vocational
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Morning News Update 03.29.11
WEEKLY HEADLINE GOAL: STATE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING AND GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK
Daily Headline Goal: Governor Walker announces upgrade of Hiawatha line
Office of Governor Scott Walker- Morning News Update for Tuesday. March 29, 2011
News Summary:
• Debate rages as to whether Act 10 is law.
• The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
• Phil Montgomery named to chair the Public Service Commission.
• Former State Representative Steve Hilgenberg died of cancer at 66.
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Charter/Choice school students are at or below MPS students on test scores.
• Media focuses on use of government plane, find that Governor Walker's usage is on par with predecessors.
Governor Walker- Television Clips for March 28
Wisconsin's Front Pages:
Appleton Post-Crescent
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Green Bay Press Gazette
La Crosse Tribune
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oshkosh Northwestern
Racine Journal Times
Sheboygan Press
Stevens Point Journal
Wisconsin State Journal
Nation/World
New governors face big battles
USA TOday
MADISON, Wis.- In his Jan. 3 inauguration speech, new Republican Gov. Scott Walker promised his state would "right-
size state government" at "this turning point in our history."
Wisconsin Universities Vote to Join Teachers Union in Wake of Walker Bill
FOX News
Several university faculties in Wisconsin have voted overwhelmingly to join the American Federation of Teachers, a
move the union says amounts to a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's bid to strip their collective bargaining powers.
Gov. Paul LePage looks to Gov. Scott Walker for inspiration
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The State Column
Maine governor Paul LePage is taking a page from the political playbook of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.
The Price ofTaxing the Rich
Wall Street Journal
The top 1% of earners fill the coffers of states like California and New York during a boom-and leave them starved for
revenue in a bust.
Voting With Their Feet
by Thomas Sowell- Real Clear Politics
The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United
States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the
intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.
A Requiem for Detroit
Wall Street Journal
A once-great American city today repels people of talent and ambition.
President Obama on Libya
Editorial- New York Times
President Obama made the right, albeit belated, decision to join with allies and try to stop Col. Muammar ei-Qaddafi
from slaughtering thousands of Libyans. But he has been far too slow to explain that decision, or his long-term strategy,
to Congress and the American people.
Milwaukee
State stops collecting union dues, starts charging more for health care
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration no longer is collecting dues on behalf of state unions and, as of Sunday, is
charging employees more for their pensions and health care, even though nonpartisan legislative attorneys say the
changes are not yet law.
Spending would increase 1% under Walker budget
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget would increase overall spending by 1% over two years rather than
reduce it as the administration had said earlier this month.
Less light than heat
Editorial- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Republicans want to sort through the e-mail of a professor who raised concerns about a conservative group. Looks
like political payback to us.
Choice schools not outperforming MPS
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Students in Milwaukee's school choice program performed worse than or about the same as students in Milwaukee
Public Schools in math and reading on the latest statewide test, according to results released Tuesday that provided the
first apples-to-apples achievement comparison between public and individual voucher schools.
Former Assemblyman Hilgenberg dies of cancer
Associated Press- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gov. Scott Walker says he was saddened to hear of Hilgenberg's death. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin remembered
him as a strong advocate for small-business owners and veterans.
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Former state Rep. Phil Montgomerv named PSC chairman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"I'm very excited to be able to do it," he said. "It requires a lot more due diligence and a lot more delving into the
individual topics, much more from a regulatory than a legislative perspective."
Veteran water regulator leaving DNR
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bruce Baker says he wasn't pushed out by Cathy Stepp.
Fearing ethanol damage. engine makers want current gas blends to stay
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Briggs & Stratton Co. and other engine manufacturers want the government to ensure that current grades of gasoline
will remain available when fuel with a higher ethanol content- which could damage engines- is introduced as soon as
this summer.
Police need not check citizenship
Racine Journal Times
Some members of the Wisconsin Legislature would like to follow the lead of Arizona and make immigration status
checks a part of routine police work. They should not do that.
Madison
Despite legal challenges, state begins implementing collective bargaining law
Wisconsin State Journal
Thousands of public workers may soon feel the effects of Wisconsin's new collective bargaining law, despite wide
disagreement about whether it is in force and mounting legal challenges to its authority.
Cullen announces he will support sunshine bill
Janesville Gazette
The Sunshine on the Caucuses Bill would require caucus meetings to comply with the open meetings law that every
other governmental body in Wisconsin must comply with. The bill was drafted by Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine.
Drug manufacturers to pay $4.2 million more in Medicaid fraud settlements
Wisconsin State Journal
Another $4.2 million was added to the kitty as three more defendants in a Medicaid fraud lawsuit reached settlements
with the state, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
Problems at veterans agency outlast chief's resignation
Wisconsin Reporter
"I'm not trying to create a monster out of an individual," said John Hoeft, commander of the Wisconsin Disabled
American Veterans, adding, "As an individual, (Black) and I are very good friends. As a secretary, he and I had our
differences in terms of the goals ... for the DVA."
Green Bay/ Appleton
Contract talks stall amid Wisconsin union law fight
Associated Press- Appleton Post-Crescent
MADISON -Gov. Scott Walker's administration took steps Monday to adjust state workers' paychecks to reflect a new
collective bargaining law.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plane trip costs comparable to predecessors
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Green Bay Press-Gazette
In his second term, former Gov. Jim Doyle traveled 7,422 miles between January and March 2007 for a cost of about
$40,500. During the same span of his first term he traveled 4,614 miles, costing the state $19,840.
Former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz won't face criminal charges in text messaging scandal
Appleton Post-Crescent
A former prosecutor accused of sending sexually suggestive text messages to a domestic abuse victim will not face
criminal charges, the state Department of Justice said Monday.
Wisconsin union law stirs up anger at Kaukauna meeting
Appleton Post-Crescent
Hours after Gov. Scott Walker's administration signaled it would implement a law that upends collective bargaining
powers for most state workers, people packed meeting halls in Kaukauna and Appleton to voice their opposition to the
measure.
Layoff notices to Teamsters rescinded
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
Council President Dave Soeldner said layoff notices might be prompted if Gov. Scott Walker's law "ends up caught up in
court with no solution in sight."
La Crosse/Eau Claire
Our view: Fitzgerald shows why openness matters
La Crosse Tribune
Wisconsin is no longer ruled as a state of laws but as a state of Fitzgeralds.
Huebsch: Public workers to see paycheck changes
Wisconsin State Journal- La Crosse Tribune
"It is my requirement to follow the statute and implement the law," Huebsch said, adding that the state has
reprogrammed its computers to change withholding levels from workers' paychecks and is currently testing those
changes.
Fight over Wis. union law heads to court
Associated Press- Chippewa Herald
With Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration insisting a new law eliminating most of state workers' collective
bargaining rights had gone into effect and other state and municipal leaders disputing that, many were looking to a
Tuesday court hearing for some kind of clarity.
A really wet year: Past 12 months second-wettest since 1872
La Crosse Tribune
There's a good reason rivers are running so high.
Wausau/Rhinelander
Confusion swirls over whether Walker's collective bargaining law is in effect
Wausau Daily Herald
Local school and government officials don't know how to calculate employee paychecks and resolve other worker issues
as wrangling over Gov. Scott Walker's bargaining law continues.
12 Merrill teachers recalled from layoffs
Wausau Daily Herald
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However, in the second week of March, the district ratified contract extensions with its three unions, including the
Merrill Teachers Association. Union employees agreed to a wage freeze for next school year, to contribute to their
retirement packages and to increase their contributions to health care coverage.
Krug defends budget repair bill vote
Stevens Point Journal
WISCONSIN RAPIDS-- A Wisconsin Rapids lawmaker defended his support of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill
Monday evening, despite. widespread criticism from a packed audience.
Superior/Duluth
State's public pension plan on firm ground
Wisconsin Public Radio- Superior Telegram
One of the lynch pins in Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" requires state workers to pay more than they already do
toward their retirement, or pension, plans. The rate will go up to 5.8 percent of a person's salary.
Van Hollen announces $4.2M BadgerCare settlement
Associated Press- Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP)- The state of Wisconsin says it has reached a $4.2 million settlement with three drug makers
which the state alleged had defrauded the Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus programs.
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Downing, Karley - GOV
From: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
Sent:
To:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 9:40AM
Schutt, Eric - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Subject: Fw: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Any idea?
From: Bauer, Scott <sbauer@ap.org >
To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
Sent: Tue Mar 29 08:24:48 2011
Subject: RE: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
What's the word on the repair bill today?
From: GOV Press [mailto:GOVPress@wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:24AM
To: GOV Press
Subject: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
March 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, (608) 267-7303
The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
In the weeks since Governor Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and protect middle-class
taxpayers the New York Times has repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. All told there
have been at least seven editorials, op-eds or columns in the paper about the Wisconsin reforms.
Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run:
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments- which will force massive
layoffs, massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are implementing
reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While our idea may be a bold political move
it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to contribute
5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance their
budgets. In total, our reforms save local governments more than $700 million each year,
67
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local government workers to pay
and most of them don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to
why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are
quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
schools- as well as state and local governments- will be able to make decisions based on merit and
performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In turn,
the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels
even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they
responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform- making
government work for the people.
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting
that Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3'd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an
Independent to vote in favor of the various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we
are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show that
Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years
ago, left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history ensuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These cha.nges will give businesses the confidence they need to grow and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures- is a concept that America has always admired,
but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
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Mohr, Mark - GOV
From: GOV Press
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 201110:45 AM
To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Subject: FW: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Tom Evenson
Press Aide
Office of Governor Scott Walker
Tel: (608} 267-7303
E-Mail: tom.evenson@wisconsin.gov
http://walker.wi.gov
From: Rieckman, Stew [mailto:srieckma@oshkosh.gannett.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:30 AM
To: GOV Press
Subject: RE: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Cullen,
Is the Governor's OP Ed piece available for publication in state newspapers? The Oshkosh Northwestern would like to
use it.
Thanks,
Stew Rieckman
General Manager/Executive Editor
Oshkosh Northwestern
From: GOV Press [mailto:GOVPress@wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:24AM
To: GOV Press
Subject: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
March 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, (608) 267-7303
The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
In the weeks since Governor Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and protect middle-class
taxpayers the New York Times has repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. All told there
have been at least seven editorials, op-eds or columns in the paper about the Wisconsin reforms.
1
Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run:
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments- which will force massive
layoffs, massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are implementing
reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While our idea may be a bold political move
it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to contribute
5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance their
budgets. In total, our reforms save local governments more than $700 million each year.
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local government workers to pay
and most of them don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to
why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are
quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
schools- as well as state and local governments- will be able to make decisions based on merit and
performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In turn,
the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels
even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they
responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform- making
government work for the people.
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting
that Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3'd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an
Independent to vote in favor ofthe various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we
are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show that
Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
63
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years
ago, left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history ensuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grow and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures- is a concept that America has always admired,
but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
-30-
64
Mohr, Mark - GOV
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Sent:
To:
Tuesday, March 29, 201110:47 AM
GOV Press; Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
Subject: RE: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Sure.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
From: GOV Press
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:45 AM
To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Subject: FW: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Tom Evenson
Press Aide
Office of Governor Scott Walker
Tel: (608} 267-7303
E-Mail: tom.evenson@wisconsin.gov
http://walker.wi.gov
From: Rieckman, Stew
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:30
To: GOV Press
Subject: RE: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
Cullen,
Is the Governor's OP Ed piece available for publication in state newspapers? The Oshkosh Northwestern would like to
use it.
Thanks,
Stew Rieckman
General Manager/Executive Editor
Oshkosh Northwestern
From: GOV Press [mailto:GOVPress@wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:24AM
1
To: GOV Press
Subject: The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
March 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, (608} 267-7303
The One Opinion Piece the New York Times Didn't Want You to Read
In the weeks since Governor Walker introduced his reforms to balance the budget and protect middle-class
taxpayers the New York Times has repeatedly used its editorial pages to opine on the reforms. All told there
have been at least seven editorials, op-eds or columns in the paper about the Wisconsin reforms.
Below is the Op-Ed that Governor Walker wrote that the New York Times chose not to run:
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments- which will force massive
layoffs, massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are implementing
reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While our idea may be a bold political move
it is a very modest request of ouremployees.
We are reforming the bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to contribute
5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance their
budgets. In total, our reforms save local governments more than $700 million each year.
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% oftheir health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local government workers to pay
and most of them don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to
why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are
quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
schools- as well as state and local governments- will be able to make decisions based on merit and
performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In turn,
the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels
even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they
responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform- making
government work for the people.
60
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting
that Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3'd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an
Independent to vote in favor of the various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we
are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show that
Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several oft he past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years
ago, left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history ensuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grow and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures- is a concept that America has always admired,
but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
-30-.
61
Downing, Karley - GOV
From:
Sent:
Tim Anderson
Tuesday, March 29,
To:
Subject:
Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
use of Walker op-ed in our publication
Dear Mr. Werwie and Mr. Schrimpf:
I am writing to you from The Council of State Governments- a nonpartisan national association of states and state
elected officials- with the hope that we can use one of the op-eds that Gov. Walker has written about the new law in
Wisconsin regarding changes to the collective bargaining system. The article would run in our national CSG publication
Capitol Ideas, which is read by state elected officials from across the country.
It looks like two articles Gov. Walker already has posted on his website are the ideal length for what we are looking for:
1) http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal media detail.asp?locid=177&prid=5712 and 2)
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal media detail.asp?locid-177&prid-S682.
These articles would only need to be updated (in the case of #2) or slightly changed (in #1, due to references to a New
York Times article that wouldn't make sense in another context). Is it OK if we run one of these articles? We would be
happy to make those slight changes or take your directions on how to make the changes. Or if you other ideas on a
column to run, that would be great.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I can be reached at 630.925.1922 or
tanderson@csg.org.
Sincerely,
Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
The Council of State Governments
Midwestern Office
701 East 22nd Street, Suite 110
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Downing, Karley - GOV
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
You can run them.
Cullen Werwie
Press Secretary
Office of Governor Scott Walker
Press Office: {608} 267-7303
Email:
www. walker: wi.qov
From: Tim Anderson r ~ . , n t . n o ~
Sent: Tuesday, March 29,
Werwie, Cullen J - GOV
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 2:39 PM
Tim Anderson; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
RE: use of Walker op-ed in our publication
To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Subject: use of Walker op-ed in our publication
Dear Mr. Werwie and Mr. Schrimpf:
I am writing to you from The Council of State Governments - a nonpartisan national association of states and state
elected officials -with the hope that we can use one of the op-eds that Gov. Walker has written about the new law in
Wisconsin regarding changes to the collective bargaining system. The article would run in our national CSG publication
Capitol Ideas, which is read by state elected officials from across the country.
It looks like two articles Gov. Walker already has posted on his website are the ideal length for what we are looking for:
1) http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal media detail.asp?locidc-177&prid-5712 and 2)
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal media detail.asp?locid=177&prid=5682.
These articles would only need to be updated (in the case of#2) or slightly changed (in #1, due to references to a New
York Times article that wouldn't make sense in another context). Is it OK if we run one of these articles? We would be
happy to make those slight changes or take your directions on how to make the changes. Or if you other ideas on a
column to run, that would be great.
time and consideration. If you have any questions, I can be reached at ~ r
Sincerely,
Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
The Council of State Governments
Midwestern Office
701 East 22nd Street, Suite 110
56
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Downing, Karley - GOV
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Dear Mr. Schrimpf:
Chan, Sewell
Tuesday, March
Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
From New York Times op-ed page - please read
I'm the deputy Op-Ed editor at The New York Times. I'm writing to apologize for an e-mail mix-up that resulted in our not
responding promptly to an Op-Ed submission you sent us last Wednesday, March 23.
As you can imagine, we get hundreds of submissions each day. It appears that this one was overlooked.
However, it is not true that we're uninterested in Governor Walker's perspective.
In fact, Toby Harshaw, whom you copied on your e-mail of March 23, had specifically reached out to your office to see
if Governor Walker would like to weigh in on the collective-bargaining debate that has been going on in your state. Toby,
who was a staff editor at The Times for many years, left us earlier this month to work for Bloomberg News. You should
have received a bounce-back message from his e-mail account, referring you to Mark Lotto, another staff editor here. I'm
sorry if that didn't come through, and I'm sorry for any confusion that resulted.
If Governor Walker would like to write an Op-Ed for us about fiscal matters or public sector unions in Wisconsin, we'd be
happy to look at it. Because your office has already published the essay below on the Governor's Web site, we can't use
it now. But if he'd be willing to write another, original essay for us, we would give it serious consideration.
Can you kindly confirm you've gotten this m e s s a ~ don't hesitate to call or e-mail me if I can help you, now
or in the future. My direct is below, and my cell is-
Thanks,
Sewell Chan
Sewell Chan
Deputy Op-Ed Editor
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV [mailto:Chris.Schrimpf@wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:54PM
To: Dept, OP-ED
Cc: Harshaw, Toby
Subject: Op-Ed Submission From Governor Walker
52
After reading another op-ed in your paper regarding the Wisconsin budget battle, Governor Walker drafted an op-ed he
would like to submit to give your readers another perspective. The Governor's op-ed is just under 700 words. We
appreciate your consideration. Thanks, Chris
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments- which forces massive layoffs,
massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are
implementing collective bargaining reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While
our idea may be a bold political move it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the collective bargaining system so our state and local govemments can ask employees to
contribute 5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance
their budgets. In total, our collective bargaining reforms save local govemrnents more than $700 million
each year.
Most workers outside of govemrnent would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local govemrnent workers to pay
and most of them don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to
why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are
quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
govemrnents. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
schools - as well as state and local govemrnents - will be able to make decisions based on merit and
performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Govemor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In
turn, the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels
even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they
responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform -making
govemrnent work for the people.
53
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting that
Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3rd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an
Independent to vote in favor of the various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we
are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show
that Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years ago,
left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history insuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grown and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures- is a concept that America has always admired,
but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov <mailto:r.murrav@wisconsin.gov>
54
------ End of Forwarded Message
55
Downing, Karley - GOV
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Sent: March 29, 2011 5:26 PM
To:
Subject: Re: From New York Times op-ed page- please read
Sewell.- thanks for the note, we did not get any bounce backs from our previous emails to the paper. The governor
would be very interested in submitting a piece in the future. I'll be sure to keep your contact on file for future
submissions.
Chris
From: Chan, Sewell
Sent: Tuesday, March 29,
To: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV
Subject: From New York Times op-ed page - please read
Dear Mr. Schrimpf:
I'm the deputy Op-Ed editor at The New York Times. I'm writing to apologize for an e-mail mix-up that resulted in our not
responding promptly to an Op-Ed submission you sent us last Wednesday, March 23.
As you can imagine, we get hundreds of submissions each day. It appears that this one was overlooked.
However, it is not true that we're uninterested in Governor Walker's perspective.
In fact, Toby Harshaw, whom you copied on your e-mail of March 23, had specifically reached out to your office to see
if Governor Walker would like to weigh in on the collective-bargaining debate that has been going on in your state. Toby,
who was a staff editor at The Times for many years, left us earlier this month to work for Bloomberg News. You should
have received a bounce-back message from his e-mail account, referring you to Mark Lotto, another staff editor here. I'm
sorry if that didn't come through, and I'm sorry for any confusion that resulted.
If Governor Walker would like to write an Op-Ed for us about fiscal matters or public sector unions in Wisconsin, we'd be
happy to look at it. Because your office has already published the essay below on the Governor's Web site, we can't use
it now. But if he'd be willing to write another, original essay for us, we would give it serious consideration.
Can you kindly confirm you've gotten this me,ss<>ge,Z
or in the future. My direct is below, and my cell i
Thanks,
Sewell Chan
don't hesitate to call or e-mail me if I can help you, now
48
From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV [mailto:Chris.Schrimpf@wisconsin.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:54PM
To: Dept, OP-ED
Cc: Harshaw, Toby
Subject: Op-Ed Submission From Governor Walker
After reading another op-ed in your paper regarding the Wisconsin budget battle, Governor Walker drafted an op-ed he
would like to submit to give your readers another perspective. The Governor's op-ed is just under 700 words. We ·
appreciate your consideration. Thanks, Chris
In nearly every state across America, Governors are facing major budget deficits. Many, Democrat and
Republican alike, are cutting state aid to schools and other local governments - which forces massive layoffs,
massive property tax increases or both.
In Wisconsin, we are doing something progressive in the best sense of the word. We are
implementing collective bargaining reforms to protect middle class jobs and middle class taxpayers. While
our idea may be a bold political move it is a very modest request of our employees.
We are reforming the collective bargaining system so our state and local governments can ask employees to
contribute 5.8% for pension and 12.6% for health insurance premiums. These reforms will help them balance
their budgets. In total, our collective bargaining reforms save local governments more than $700 million
each year.
Most workers outside of government would love our proposal. Over the past several months, I have visited
numerous factories and small businesses across Wisconsin. On these tours, workers tell me that they pay
anywhere from 15% to 50% of their health insurance premium costs. The average middle class worker is
paying more than 20% of his or her premium.
Even federal employees pay more than twice what we are asking state and local government workers to pay
and most of them don't have collective bargaining for wages or benefits. These facts beg the question as to
why the protesters are in Wisconsin and not in Washington, D.C. By nearly any measure, our requests are
quite reasonable.
Beyond helping to balance current and future budgets, our reforms will improve the quality of our
governments. No longer will hiring and firing be done solely based on seniority and union contracts. Instead,
. schools - as well as state and local governments - will be able to make decisions based on merit and
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performance.
This concept works well in Indiana. In 2005, Governor Mitch Daniels reformed collective bargaining. In
tum, the government got more efficient, more effective and more accountable to the public. Governor Daniels
even encouraged employees to come forward with ways to save taxpayer dollars and they
responded. Eventually, the state was able to reward top performing employees. This is true reform -making
government work for the people.
A recent columnist on these pages opined that "common problems deserve common solutions" suggesting that
Republicans and Democrats work together. In principle, that is a good idea.
Since January 3rd, we passed some of the most aggressive economic development legislation in the
country. And on nearly every measure, many Democrats joined with all of the Republicans and an
Independent to vote in favor of the various pieces of legislation. The Wisconsin legislature recognized that we
are growing, not Republican or Democratic jobs, but Wisconsin jobs. Together, we worked to show
that Wisconsin is open for business.
But sometimes, bi-partisanship is not so good. During several of the past budgets, members of both political
parties raided segregated funds, used questionable accounting principles and deferred tough decisions. This,
along with the use of billions of dollars worth of one-time federal stimulus money for the budget two years ago,
left Wisconsin with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Our reforms allow us to take a new and better approach. Instead of avoiding the hard decisions and searching
for short-term solutions, we make a commitment to the future. The choices we are making now in Wisconsin
will make sure our children are not left picking up the pieces of the broken state budget left behind. Our
reforms create the lowest structural deficit in recent history insuring our budget is stable for decades to
come. These changes will give businesses the confidence they need to grown and invest in our state.
We live in the greatest nation on earth because for more than 200 years we've had leaders who cared more
about their children and grandchildren than themselves. Having the courage to make decisions in the best
interest of the next generation- despite external pressures - is a concept that America has always admired,
but is forgetting today. My hope is that Wisconsin will remind the nation what makes our country great.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
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Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpt@wisconsin. gov <mailto: r. murrav@wiscons in. gov>
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Daily Policy and Legislative Briefing
Legislative Affairs Team
• Met with Representative Kooyenga to talk about his thoughts on the budget proposal
• Representative Kuglitsch's Office called with questions on Medicaid changes. Will be having Human Services Team follow up.
• Senator Lasee is interested in pursuing wind siting legislation.
• Representative Knodl's office was interested in a list of mandates we're repealing
• Senator Grothman wants to know how many state employees there are. Senator Grothman's Office also reiterated there dislike for 4K.
• Representative Weininger's and Representative Mursau's Offices called and were concerned about pier regulation.
A. Natural Resources Committee
Hearing
Jt. Audit Committee Hearing
Joint Committee on Finance
A. Labor and Workforce
Development Hearing
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AB 24- privileges under Class A or Class B Bear
hunting license Severson
AB 35- culling of bass in fishing tournaments Kleefisch
AB 43- removal of abandoned dams Kestell
AB 48- info about land acquired with
stewardship funding J. Ott
AB 23- disinfection of municipal water supplies Severson
Wisconsin Veterans Homes xxxxxxx
Agency Briefings from GAB, Corrections, DCF,
andWHEDA xxxxxxx
Unemployment Insurance Fund Briefing xxxxxxx
AB 41/ SB 23- preemption of city, village, town,
or county ordinances requiring employers to
provide employees with leave from employment Kapenga,
to deal with family, medical, or health issues. Vukmir
AB 65- residency requirements for police and Kramer
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Economic Development and Regulatorv Reform Team
Commerce
• Manufactured Housing Rehabilitation and Recycling Program
o The appropriation for deposit of the fees relating to the program has been added to the Errata
• International Commerce
o Met with Mary Regel at Commerce to discuss upcoming international visits or receiving foreign dignitaries in Wisconsin
o Confirmed visits with Dorothy Moore
• Venture Capital
o Draft released from Budget Office to Governor's Office
o Discussed concept with Commerce's angel investment tax credit and former CAPCO staff
Tourism
• JFC Testimony
o Secretary Klett did an excellent job in her testimony today
DOT
• Hiawatha Rail Service
o WisDOT to apply for federal funding for Hiawatha
• 190/39 Interchange in the Town of Beloit
o Received request from Rep. Loudenbeck
o Spoke to Reggie Newson to find out what DOT is planning to do regarding this issue
o Communicated DOT's position to Rep. Louden beck
State Trails Council
• Proposed legislation
o Met with members of the State Trails Council about some legislation they want passed.
o Important item is an expansion of the council by two members.
o They are meeting with Sec. Stepp to discuss this next week
DNR
• Phosphorus and Stormwater
o DNR submitted changes for these to the Budget Office.
• JCRAR
o DNR testified to the committee about two NR rules.
o DNR testified that NR 404.04(3) is unnecessary and that NR 411
• SB 19 (Disinfection of Municipal Water Supplies)
o DNR is supportive of a bill that rescinds a requirement on municipalities to continuously disinfect water supplies.
o Made the stipulation that it be amended to address how to deal with an emergency.
WHEDA
• WHEDA Modernization Bill
o Under the current legislative suggestions from WHEDA, the Wisconsin Bankers Association has concerns with two of the provisions
PSG
• Wind Siting Rule
o JCRAR voted 5-3 to pass the bill that would require the PSG to formulate a new rule on wind siting
o Once the bill is passed, the PSG will have 6 months to create the new rule
JOBS Hotline
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• 3 calls received
Human Services and Education Team
Health Care
DHS: Very low levels of isotopes that match the Japanese reactor have been found in Wisconsin. There is no public health threat as the radioactive isotopes are at
extremely low levels.
Meeting with Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice/Madison Urban Ministries: Our team met with over 30 religious leaders on the budget and budget repair
bill. They were deeply concerned with the education cuts in the budget, the elimination of collective bargaining, and felt that the cuts could not be offset by the
budget repair tools. They advocated for tax increases and suggested taxing corporations more to ensure that the most vulnerable are receiving education, health,
food, and proper housing. They would like to meet regularly with our office and hope to have a meeting with the Governor.
Meeting with Terry Howard (First Phoenix Group): Discussion regarding Medicaid funding for assisted living centers vs. nursing homes. Advocated for a study
to evaluate the number of high functioning individuals in nursing homes that are better suited for a CBRF setting.
Education
Met with UW-Baraboo and UW-Extension on the budget bill. All advocated for keeping UW-Madison a part of System while giving an Authority model to the
entire System.
The School Choice Demonstration Project will be releasing its latest findings from its study of the MPCP tomorrow at UW-Madison. While the evidence will not
be definitive either way, it will be better news for MPCP than stories in today's WI State Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Among the findings to be
released tomorrow are that the MPCP program saves taxpayer dollars while achieving similar results to MPS on test scores but higher graduation rates.
Met with representatives from the Value Added Research Center. They are willing to help us craft the new WI Student Information System and have already
been working with DPI. In years past they had concerns about DPI's willingness to move forward on data and accountability issues, but they are very excited that
Kurt Kiefer has taken a leadership role on the issue.
We expect the new Reading Forward Taskforce to be announced tomorrow.
Unemployment News
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill to cut unemployment benefits in 2012: (Detroit Free Press)
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Education News
Teachers' union sues Middleton-Cross Plains school district !Wisconsin State Journal/
The union representing teachers in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District sued the district Monday over their collective bargaining negotiations.
According to the complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, the union said the district "bargained in bad faith" and proposed non-negotiable contract changes
including removal of just cause for discipline and discharge, total district discretion of work hours, elimination of seniority protections, elimination of fair share union
dues, modifications/freezes on salary schedules and elimination of compensatory time off.
Choice schools not outperforming MPS !Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/
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Students in Milwaukee's school choice program performed worse than or about the same as students in Milwaukee Public Schools in math and reading on the
latest statewide test, according to results released Tuesday that provided the first apples-to-apples achievement comparison between public and individual
voucher schools.
Justice and Local Governments Team
Local Governments:
• Wisconsin State Journal. Editorial: What cuts? Madison schools OK
Alarmists in Madison suggest Gov. Scott Walker's state budget proposal will decimate public education.
But Superintendent Dan Nerad's proposed 2011-2012 budget for Madison School District tells a different story.
Under Nerad's plan, unveiled late last week, the Madison district would:
• Launch a new 4-year-old kindergarten program in the fall.
• Open a charter middle school on the South Side focusing on urban agriculture.
• Avoid any teacher layoffs.
• Continue to offer free health insurance to employees who select the less-expensive plan.
• Give teachers small raises based on years of experience and advanced degrees.
• Maintain overall spending.
• Shawano Leader. Bonduel extends teacher contracts
The BEA and board exchanged several proposals before the board issued its Final Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday. Concessions from the
teachers will save the district at least $400,000, according the most recently available projections, and could potentially reduce the number of teacher layoffs as
the district deals with significant losses in state aid.
Under the new contract, teachers will pay 12 percent toward their health and dental insurance premiums. They previously paid 3 percent.
Faced with so many budget uncertainties, the district, like others across the state, earlier this month issued layoff notices to 16 teachers. Some of those teachers
could be recalled, depending on final state aid totals, but it is unknown when those figures will be finalized.
• Door County Advocate. Sturgeon Bay teachers accept new contract
Superintendent Joe Stutting estimated during Tuesday's meeting that the concessions resulted in an annual savings of about $586,000 to the district, or $1. 172
million over the two years of the contract.
The agreement extends the school day from 7.5 hours to eight hours and adds three teacher days to the calendar for a total of 190 days. Originally, the steps in
the district salary schedule were increased by 1. 6 percent to reflect the additional work days, but that was withdrawn in the board's final offer.
Teachers will continue to receive additional compensation each year as they gain another year of experience and move up the steps. The increases also average
about 1. 6 percent.
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• Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Schools advocate to maintain funding levels for clubs, sports
The Wisconsin Rapids School District, which operates on an annual budget of about $60 million, is slated to spend $780, 700 on costs related to sports, music and
club programs this school year, according to district figures obtained through a Daily Tribune open records request.
More than $575,000 of the total budgeted amount for co-curriculars will cover coaches' salaries and benefits, while the remainder of the expenditures involve costs
related to providing officials at events, transportation for teams and supply and equipment purchases.
With the school district facing a 2011-12 budget shortfall of about $6 million - $2. 85 million of the deficit already has been settled through planned reductions --
Athletic Director Bill Vickroy said he has heard from some residents who say sports should be on the chopping block. He disagrees.
• Portage Daily Register. No new labor agreement between city, Teamsters
The Teamsters would be the only city employee union that would be affected by the budget repair bill. The unions that represent police and fire department
workers are exempt from the bill. The other city employee union, which represents dispatch workers, received a one-year extension of their previous agreement
earlier this month.
• Wisconsin Dells Events. Dells faces budget cuts
The City of Wisconsin Dells expects some budgetary problems under Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state biennial budget including having to make cuts in
services.
City Clerk Treasurer Dale Darling in a memo to the council's finance committee Monday said that under Walker's budget the city can expect reductions in shared
revenue, transportation aids and a recycling grant. It expects to lose $45,599 in shared revenue and $48,379 in transportation aid and about $10,000 it receives
each year as a recycling grant, Darling estimated.
• Wisconsin State Journal. Teachers' union sues Middleton-Cross Plains school district
According to the complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, the union said the district "bargained in bad faith" and proposed non-negotiable contract changes
including removal of just cause for discipline and discharge, total district discretion of work hours, elimination of seniority protections, elimination of fair share union
dues, modifications/freezes on salary schedules and elimination of compensatory time off.
• Wausau Daily Herald. 12 Merrill teachers recalled from layoffs
MERRILL- The Merrill School Board recalled 12 teachers from layoff status at its meeting Monday night, and decided it won't close schools or slash elective
programs to balance next year's budget.
The School Board had put 35 teachers on layoff status the first week of March to deal with an estimated $2 million budget shortfall.
However, in the second week of March, the district ratified contract extensions with its three unions, including the Merrill Teachers Association. Union employees
agreed to a wage freeze for next school year, to contribute to their retirement packages and to increase their contributions to health care coverage.
• Oshkosh Northwestern. Green Lake School District OKs two-year contract extension
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Those concessions will save the district about $1.3 million and allowed the School Board to recall the dozen teachers. Maple Grove and Pine River elementary
schools a/so will remain open and no middle and high school programs -- technical education and business and family and consumer education, for example -- will
be cut.
Under the deal, teachers will contribute 10 percent to the cost of health insurance compared to 4 percent under the old agreement. The district will also seek bids
to reduce the cost of the health plan. A newly formed insurance committee made up of two school board members, two GLEA members at the district's accounts
manager will review bids on health insurance and make a recommendation to the board.
Teachers will also be responsible for half of the contribution to their pension plans, saving the district between $250,000 and $350,000, according to a news
release issued by the school Monday.
• Sheboygan Press. Plymouth nears deal with union
The deal, which goes before the Common Council tonight, would save the city $74,000 a year by requiring the 21 union employees at Plymouth Utilities to begin
paying 5. 8 percent of their pension costs.
City Services Director Brian Yerges said the deal mirrors a new two-year contract reached earlier this month with the city's 10 public works employees.
Together, the new union pacts would save the city about $100,000 a year in pension costs, according to Yerges. The city could also save an additional $60,000 if
the city's 30 or so non-union employees begin contributing toward their pension costs.
• Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Layoff notices to Teamsters rescinded
He said the 2011 budget revenue shorifall of nearly $1 million may not be totally covered unless there are possible concessions by Teamsters workers.
Their "side agreement" saved the city $450,000, Nickels said, and came with an agreement by city leaders that there would be no layoffs or reduction in the normal
work week through Dec. 31.
'Non reps' furloughs axed
The council also rescinded 10 furlough days for non represented employees.
However, in addition to having their pay frozen for 2011 by the council in October, they now will have to contribute their half of the state pension system
contribution and pay 12 percent of their health insurance premiums, up from 10 percent.
Nickels has estimated the benefits changes in the governor's budget repair plan would save the city the majority of the budget shorifall and help avoid or
significantly reduce the number of layoffs.
A fiscal document released by the governor's office stated the city of Manitowoc's shared revenue would be cut by $802,000, but imposed pension and insurance
changes would result in a net savings of $872,000.
Veterans:
• Wisconsin Reporter. Problems at veteran's agency outlast chiefs resignation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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The department has been rocked by unflattering audits showing mismanagement of the state's veterans honies as well as lawsuits and official complaints filed by
former employees who say they were unfairly demoted or fired under Black's tenure.
• Military Order of the Purple Order. Tuition remission for combat wounded disabled veterans and families of KIA continues
The lives of the dependent spouses and children of our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice will never be the same. By continuing this programin his
2011-13 proposed budget, Governor Walker has helped avoid an additional un-needed stress being placed upon these families.
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WEEKLY HEADLINE GOAL: STATE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING AND GETIING PEOPLE TO WORK
Daily Headline Goal: Governor Walker introduces education reform
Office of Governor Scott Walker- Morning News Update for Wednesday, March 30, 2011
News Summary:
• So Sumi. Judge warns anyone who violates her second order will risk sanctions.
o See the second order.
• GOP legislators say they are not a rubber stamp for the Governor's budget proposal.
• Governor Walker announces application for $150m for upgrade to Hiawatha line- Milwaukee to Chicago.
Governor Walker- Television Clips for March 29
Wisconsin's Front Pages:
Appleton Post-Crescent
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Green Bay Press Gazette
La Crosse Tribune
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oshkosh Northwestern
Racine Journal Times
Sheboygan Press
Stevens Point Journal
Wisconsin State Journal
Nation/World
Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.
CBS News- Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS 2)- The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 251etters that warn of nuclear bombs
destroying America.
Japan on 'maximum alert' over nuclear plant
Breitbart
Japan said on Tuesday it is on "maximum alert" over a crippled nuclear plant where highly radioactive water has halted
repair work and plutonium has been found in the soil.
Tax Revenue Snaps Back
Wall Street Journal
State and local tax revenue has nearly snapped back to the peak hit several years ago-a gain attributed to a reviving
economy and tax increases implemented during the recession.
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Why I Won't Vote to Raise the Debt Limit
Sen. Marco Rubio- Wall Street Journal
Americans have built the single greatest nation in all of human history. But America's exceptionalism was not
preordained. Every generation has had to confront and solve serious challenges and, because they did, each has left the
next better off. Until now.
Illinois's Quinn Says Budget-Slashing U.S. Governors Have It All Backward
Bloomberg
For governors cutting education and health care and going after public-sector employees to balance budgets, here's a
message from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn: You're wrong. Not mistaken, not misinformed.
Measuring Force
Thomas Sowell -Investor's Business Doily
You don't just walk up to the local bully and slap him across the face. If you are determined to confront him, then you try
to knock the living daylights out of him. Otherwise, you are better off to leave him alone.
Milwaukee
Judge again blocks GOP collective-bargaining plan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison- For the second time in less than two weeks, a Dane County judge Tuesday issued an order blocking the
implementation of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to curb collective bargaining for public workers.
Judge halts implementation of bargaining law
Daily Reporter
MADISON, Wis. (AP)- The showdown over Wisconsin's explosive union bargaining law shifted from the Statehouse
back to the courthouse on Tuesday, but it remained unclear when or even whether the measure would take effect.
State's outsourcing cost-benefit law targeted
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison- Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal would eliminate a law requiring state agencies to study the costs and
benefits of outsourcing work.
Milwaukee-Chicago rail upgrade is good news for ex-Tower site
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gov. Scott Walker's plans to seek $150 million in federal funds to upgrade Amtrak's Milwaukee-to-Chicago passenger rail
line is good news for Milwaukee's efforts to redevelop the former Tower Automotive complex.
Lawmakers question Walker's local cuts
Daily Reporter
Mike Huebsch was the first of 19 people, mostly Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet members, scheduled to face lawmakers. He
responded to a variety of concerns, including complaints from local government officials who say drastic budget cuts are
hanging municipalities out to dry.
Keep teacher licenses for charter schools
Editorial- Racine Journal Times
Private-school teachers are not required to be licensed by the state of Wisconsin, and the budget bill now before the
Legislature would do the same for charter schools. Although no license is any guarantee, we believe this is the wrong
approach for the state to take.
Madison
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Judge bars further implementation of collective bargaining law. threatens sanctions
Wisconsin State Journal
If it wasn't clear last time, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi made it clear on Tuesday: Any further
implementation of Gov. Scott Walker's law limiting public employee unions is barred, and anyone who violates her order
risks sanctions.
Green Bay/ Appleton
Editorial: Law's posting undermines its credibility
Oshkosh Northwestern
Whether Wisconsin's public employees are living in a post-collective bargaining era is the $64,000 question. Unlike a TV
game show, though, it's unlikely Wisconsin will see a clear winner emerge from the confusion.
Judge halts implementation of state bargaining law
Associated Press- Sheboygan Press
MADISON -A Wisconsin judge for the second time directed the state to put on hold an explosive law that strips most
public workers of nearly a II their union bargaining rights, ordering officials on Tuesday to follow her original instructions
to stand down.
GOP: No Rubber Stamp on Gov. Walker's Budget
WTAQ
MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ)- No governor gets everything he wants in a state budget. And Scott Walker's fellow
Republicans made that clear Tuesday, when the Joint Finance Committee began the long process of rewriting the
package Walker gave them a month ago.
Republicans break ranks on budget
Sheboygan Press
MADISON - Republicans broke from their party allegiance to Gov. Scott Walker in the first briefing on his budget plan
Tuesday, joining Democrats in questioning the governor's decisions to cut money for recycling and reshape the
University of Wisconsin System.
Wisconsin out front on insurance exchanges
Appleton Post-Crescent
WASHINGTON- Wisconsin is at the forefront of an effort to build the information technology system for state health
insurance marketplaces, despite Republican Gov. Scott Walker's opposition to the federal health care law.
La Crosse/Eau Claire
Citv Brewing signs purchase agreement for former Coors brewery in Memphis
La Crosse Tribune
The $30 million acquisition would provide a third brewery for City Brewing, which began in 1999 at the former G.
Heileman Brewery in La Crosse. It bought the former Latrobe Brewing Co. brewery in Latrobe, Pa., in 2006.
La Crosse schools' results a mixed bag in statewide testing
La Crosse Tribune
The La Crosse School District will look for ways to improve after five grade levels performed below the state average on
standardized math tests, a district official said Tuesday. The state Department of Public Instruction released results of
the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations, given to students in third through eighth grade and 10th grade in
October.
School officials: No layoffs this year
Chippewa Herald
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No layoffs are expected for the Chippewa Falls School District, and services will stay the same for the 2011-12 year,
school officials told the Chippewa Falls School Board Tuesday. '
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State's outsourcing cost-benefit law targeted
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Doyle administration had sought repeal of rule requiring analyses .
By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
March 29, 2011
Madison -Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal would eliminate a law requiring state agencies to study the costs and
benefits of outsourcing work.
That provision and others in the GOP governor's 2011-'13 budget drew questions from both Republicans and Democrats
at a briefing Tuesday before the Legislature's budget-writing committee.
Current law says agencies must compare the costs of having private contractors do work costing more than $25,000
against what it would cost to have state workers do the job.
Speaking to the Joint Finance Committee, Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said that the law was cumbersome and
required an analysis of contractor costs to be done even in cases where state workers couldn't do the work.
"We did a cost-benefit analysis on the cost-benefit analysis and found it was costing us money," Huebsch told the
committee.
The testimony came amid the first of five days of briefings by the Republican governor's administration and other state
agencies on the 2011-'13 budget proposaL
On the cost-benefit analysis, former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, also sought to repeal the provision for similar reasons,
saying it limited flexibility for agencies.
Under Walker's bill, the cost-benefit analyses would be retained only for engineering services at the state Department of
Transportation.
The proposed change drew questions from Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee). Olsen
said he didn't want to burden state agencies with red tape but also wanted to make sure that agencies weren't spending
money unwisely in a time of tight budgets.
"Can you explain why, when we're in a time of serious fiscal trouble, we would not want to do a serious cost-benefit
analysis? ... When you are cutting government and cutting programs, you can't afford to make mistakes," Olsen said.
Huebsch said that the current law requires the cost-benefit analysis even when the contractor's service is part of the
purchase of a product or when a contractor must service a product to keep the warranty valid.
Even if state workers end up being cheaper, agencies often still go with private contractors because they say they don't
have enough workers to do every job.
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2009 audit
In May 2009, a legislative audit found that the state Department ofTransportation outsourced 125 construction
engineering projects over 16 months even though it determined each one of them could have been done for less using
state workers.
Using state workers instead of outsourced engineers could have saved $1.2 million during that period, the Legislative
Audit Bureau report found.
State officials are often reluctant to hire more workers because of concerns that they will have to pay those costs for years
into the future. Contractors, while sometimes more expensive, are paid on a project-by-project basis.
Republicans and Democrats also asked about whether proposed cuts in state aid to schools and local governments would
be balanced by cuts in public employees' pension and health benefits that Walker has championed. Walker has made the
cuts to help balance a more than $3 billion budget deficit over two years.
"They don't feel that the numbers match reality back in their hometowns, and they're not going to achieve" that saving,
Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-Cascade) said of local officials in his area.
Huebsch said that he believed local governments would be able to make up the cuts "in almost every instance" but also
pledged to work with lawmakers to help the communities where that didn't happen.
Other questions from lawmakers focused on Walker's proposal to make the University of Wisconsin-Madison into a quasi-
public authority to give it more flexibility to absorb budget cuts. Lawmakers questioned whether other UW System schools
should have the same flexibility but Huebsch said currently only UW-Madison is ready for such a switch.
Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) also asked about a provision he opposes that would eliminate grants to local
communities to help fund recycling programs. '
Afterward, Huebsch said that Walker would work with lawmakers to try to address their concerns.
Energy. The governor's budget proposal would also change the state's approach to energy use by state vehicles, deleting
requirements that those vehicles reduce use of petroleum-based gasoline and diesel fuel.
Current state law requires the Department of Administration to have state employees use hybrid-electric vehicles or
vehicles using biofuels whenever feasible. The state also has set deadlines for specific reductions in the use of petroleum-
based transportation fuels.
The governor's proposal would nix those requirements and "encourage the use of such vehicles and fuel, when cost-
effective."
The governor is also proposing to eliminate the state Office of Energy Independence. The office has been responsible for
coordinating federal energy-related allocations to the state, including those granted under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act.
Other provisions. The budget proposal would also end the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program that promotes sales of
locally produced foods. That would save the state $445,000 over two years.
The budget bill would also make the state Arts Board part of the state Department of Tourism and shift the state
Food Share program from the Department of Health Services to the Department of Children and Families.
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March 30, 2011
A state requirement that state agencies study the costs and benefits of outsourcing should be tweaked - but not
jettisoned.
Gov. Scott Walker's budget would all but eliminate the requirement. Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch argues that
cost-benefit analysis reveals that the studies are cumbersome and costly for too little gain. The administration proposes
keeping the requirement for engineering services at the Department of Transportation.
That last part is good because Journal Sentinel reporting and a 2009 legislative audit found that the DOT was outsourcing
work even when it was clear that state workers could do the projects for less.
And the administration is right that it makes no sense to require a study on outsourcing even when there are no state
workers to do the jobs. That part of the requirement needs tweaking.
It's clear that the administration does need to trim costs. But cutting a study that provides metrics on whether money is
actually saved strikes us as penny-wise and pound-foolish. Such studies are a necessary investment and, sometimes, a
reality check.
Outsourcing has its place, but only when it makes sense fiscally and for project quality. The required studies can provide
the measurements to make those determinations.
We understand that in a time of short staffing, such studies can be cumbersome. Gov. Jim Doyle also wanted to eliminate
the requirement. But the excesses discovered in engineering point to the possibility that they occur elsewhere as well.
Tweak the requirement. Don't eliminate it.
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The right move
http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/118952814.html#
Governor plans to seek federal funds to upgrade Amtrak's Hiawatha line.
March 30, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker's announcement Tuesday that the state will seek at least $150 million to add equipment and facilities
for Amtrak's Hiawatha line is welcome news for Wisconsin and the state's economy. Strengthening the state's ties to
Chicago can only serve to foster jobs and economic growth throughout the region.
The upgrades- urged by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee business community and the Journal Sentinel,
among others- could result in more daily round trips between Milwaukee and Chicago. That's great, but if future upgrades
can provide faster service, that's even better.
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Walker said he plans to join other Midwestern states in a joint application that would allow Wisconsin to buy two more
train sets and eight locomotives, build a maintenance facility and renovate the train shed at the downtown Milwaukee
Amtrak-Greyhound station. The feds should grant the money.
Walker is often seen as an opponent of rail, but in cases where he sees that it makes sense, he's on board with everyone
else. Now if only he'd expand his vision to include more of the state.
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Walker's train whistle welcome
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Gov. Scott Walker supports the train!?
No, this isn't an April Fools' Day joke.
Walker announced Tuesday- three days before April1 -that he is applying to the federal government for at least $150
million for more trains to run on Amtrak's Hiawatha line between Milwaukee and Chicago. The money would cover two
train sets, eight locomotives and a maintenance facility in Milwaukee.
The upgrade would increase the speed and frequency of train trips on the line that carried nearly 800,000 passengers last
year.
This is the same Scott Walker who turned down $810 million in federal rail funds only a few months ago. Most of the $81 0
million would have build a high-speed passenger rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. But some of the $810 million would
have upgraded the existing Milwaukee-Chicago line.
So Walker is now applying for some of the money he just had in his hands but gave away to other states. The issue only
reminds Wisconsin of what a blunder it was to turn down the much bigger pot of federal rail funds earlier.
Regardless, Walker's latest move is a good one. And if ridership continues to grow on the Hiawatha, Walker should
rethink his opposition to a Milwaukee-Madison line. While it's true fewer people travel between Milwaukee and Madison
than Milwaukee and Chicago, it's also true that the rail line to Madison was intended to extend to Minneapolis.
That would create a vital link along the commerce corridor between Chicago and the Twin Cities. And it could ease the
high cost of road building and relieve congestion on highways and in the air.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who supported the train to Madison during his failed bid for governor against Walker last
fall, pledged Tuesday to help lobby the U.S. Department of Transportation for Walker's bid for the $150 million to upgrade
the Hiawatha.
That's the right attitude. Let's encourage the Hiawatha to continue to grow while keeping an open mind about further
expansion to Madison and Minneapolis in the future .
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March 30, 2011
HOULTON, Wis. (AP)- A project to upgrade a bridge between Wisconsin and Minnesota might be allowed to continue
despite environmental objections.
The 1930s-era steel drawbridge connects Houlton, Wis., and Stillwater, Minn. Efforts to replace it have been held up over
concerns that the new bridge would hurt the river's scenic and recreational values.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin is co-sponsoring a bill that would grant the project a waiver to the Wild and Scenic
Rivers Act. He told Wisconsin Public Radio the old bridge is unsafe and a traffic nightmare. Rep. Michele Bachmann of
Minnesota is a co-sponsor.
The Sierra Club has twice sued to stop construction of the replacement bridge.
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Roadwork ahead across region
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Mar. 31,2011
Drivers won't have to go far- or wait long- to encounter road construction in Northeastern Wisconsin this year.
Projects planned for Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Green Bay and Ledgeview will prompt lane closures or detours, as highway
crews work to improve U.S. 41 and some of the area's other busy roads.
"There is more major work going on this year in the Brown County area, mainly because of the size of the U.S. 41
project," said Kim Rudat, spokesman for the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Outside of Brown County, significant projects are planned on major highways in Manitowoc, Marinette, Milwaukee,
Outagamie and Sheboygan counties. And a
major Door County bridge will remain closed for repairs until around Memorial Day.
Brown County highlights:
Ashwaubenon
Work will begin in April or May on a roundabout on Wisconsin 172 at Austin Straubellnternational Airport, prompting
detours. Construction is expected to last
until mid-July, at which point work will begin on a roundabout at Wisconsin 172 and Wisconsin 54 in Oneida.
Also, bridges at 172 and Ashland Avenue will be repainted, prompting periodic lane closures on Ashland during the
construction season.
Green Bay
One lane will be closed in each direction on Velp Avenue between Military Avenue and U.S. 41 for repairs and for
construction of a roundabout at Military Avenue. Work is expected to start in April or May and last into October.
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De Pere
Work has begun on this year's phase of a multiyear project to improve ramps and add roundabouts near the U.S. 41-
Scheuring Road intersection. Detours for
some connecting streets have been set up.
Ledgeview
The end of June is the expected start of a two-week closure of the intersection of Brown County GV and Dickinson Road.
Periodic lane closures will begin in April or May. The roundabout is scheduled to be finished by Sept. 2. An $880,000
roundabout is planned for the intersection, part of a multiyear project to improve GV
to handle increasing demands in the next 25 years.
The Ledgeview work is a Brown County project. The Wisconsin DOT is overseeing the other work.
• Motorists seeking an escape from the Green Bay area won't necessarily be able to escape construction, particularly on
major north-south routes. Lane closures
already have begun on Interstate 43 in the Sheboygan area, and work on 1-94 on Milwaukee's south side is prompting
lane reductions and overnight closures of the
southbound lanes at the 1-894 junction.
Learn more
Traffic cams at major Brown County highway intersections: www.greenbaypressgazette.com Statewide, recorded road
construction information by phone: Call 511
Statewide road construction: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/DOT road updates on Twitter: @511WI_Northeast
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1-43 roadwork riles businesses
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Sheboygan Press staff
Mar. 30, 2011
TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN -By late spring, as tourists head north, nearly half the cars parked at the Culver's restaurant
here on any given day will be from out of state.
But this year, what's traditionally a boom time for Culver's and other shops clustered along the town's state Highway 42
business corridor will likely be a bust, thanks to a road construction project that's cut off much of the traffic flowing to this
otherwise bustling area.
The road work- which is just one piece of an extensive $14.5 million project to improve a 24-mile stretch of Interstate 43
in Sheboygan County - has left the
northbound off-ramp to Highway 42 closed until mid-August.
As a result, customers located south of town are without interstate access to Menards, Walmart, Texas Roadhouse and
other area retailers and restaurants.
Some area businesses say they're now preparing to cut workers' hours, scrap summer hiring plans and dig in for a trying
tourist season.
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"It will be a tough summer," said Brian Lovelien, who manages the Culver's restaurant.
Lovelien and other business officials say they understand the need for roadwork, but unlike past projects, they were given
little, if any, advance notice that this one
was beginning, and it's made the impact that much worse.
"Every other construction project, we've had meetings four months ahead of time so we can plan strategies," said Chuck
Miesfeld, owner of Miesfeld's Triangle
Market. "If you can plan for it, it's different."
Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials have since apologized to businesses for the poor communication and
earlier this month agreed to push back the
start of the project by one week so businesses could prepare. Steve Noel, a WisDOT project development supervisor for
Sheboygan County, said the department is now trying to speed up construction work to ease the burden on businesses.
The move came after several contacted the DOT to complain that business had fallen off by up to 70 percent since the
ramp closed.
If everything falls into place, Noel said, it's possible the 1-43 northbound off-ramp to Highway 42 could reopen as early as
mid-July, rather than mid-August.
"We're trying to expedite that a little bit and to respond as much as we can," Noel said.
But business owners say that because they weren't given advance notice, much of the damage already has been done.
Miesfeld said that during past projects, he's handed out detour maps to customers months ahead of time, which helped
tremendously. This time, the road closure
caught many of his customers off-guard.
"On Saturday, I bet we had 15 people come in here ranting and raving, complaining they had to drive all the way to
Cleveland and turn around," Miesfeld said.
"Now, how many didn't do that and just kept driving?"
Business owners did say they're confident they have enough local customers to get them through the summer, though
even locals will have a hard time reaching the
businesses located in the Highway 42 corridor.
"It's a little big convoluted," said Kent Vant Hul, 58, of Howards Grove, after taking the detour Wednesday through Kohler
to get to Menards. "But I'm still willing to make the trip."
So far, Miesfeld said business already has dropped by 20 percent since the ramp closed, but that figure could climb much
higher in summer when tourists begin
passing through without a direct way to access his store.
"With all the people going up north to Door County, it's not really marked, and once they miss the Highway 23 exit, they
have to go another 11 miles to Cleveland to turn around," Miesfeld said. "When they're going that way anyway, you lose
them."
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Office of Public Affairs
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Madison, WI
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From Secretary Perez's 3/30 outreach in the Fox Cities
WLUK-TV Fox 11: Officials say state hiring cycle is now
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WBAY-TV Channel 2: Workforce Development Secretary Tours Fox Valley Job Center
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Gannett Wisconsin/Oshkosh: State workforce secretary says partnerships critical
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WHBY Radio: Unemployment rate up in Fox Cities
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Other/Miscellaneous:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Metro-area jobless rate rises
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Beloit Daily News: (Governor) Visit greeted by hundreds of protesters
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker's bill to fill deficit this year would push debt payments into future
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Wisconsin State Journal: Top executives at Allian, MGE received bigger compensation packages in 2010
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Wisconsin State Journal: Feds find·safety issues at Tyson plant in Jefferson
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Badger Herald: Madison loses Google Fiber
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Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune: Wind turbine blade plant on hold
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Source: Oshkosh Northwestern (WI) Circulation: 21 ,400
Indexed At: 03/31/2011 9:13AM
Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (5)
Abstract: ... cold. Selected for you by a sponsor: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker remains quiet on court
order over union law 45 Wisconsin GOP pressing ahead with collective ...
Source: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV (WI)
Indexed At: 03/31/2011 9:06AM
Keywords: Unemployment Insurance OR unemployment benefits (2)
Abstract: ... CDT WASHINGTON (AP)- Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a
sign that layoffs are dropping and companies may be stepping up hiring ....
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Keywords: Unemployment Insurance OR unemployment benefits
Abstract: ... to report on new claims last week for unemployment benefits. That comes a day ahead of
Friday's unemployment report for March. The Commerce Department..
Source: Wausau Daily Herald (WI) Circulation: 21,200
Indexed At: 03/31/2011 8:49AM
Keywords: Jobless (2), workforce development
Abstract: ... second-straight month, while Wausau saw little change. The jobless rate grew most
dramatically in Lincoln County, where it increased from 11.3 percent in January ...
Source: Greater Milwaukee Today- GM Today (WI) Circulation: 20,800
Indexed At: 03/31/2011 7:52AM
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Keywords: Manny Perez (2)
Abstract: ... the department said in a statement. Department Secretary Manny Perez said there are about
27,000 jobs listed on www.JobCenterotwisconsin.com ....
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern (WI) Circulation: 21,400
Indexed At: 0313112011 6:18AM
Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (8)
Abstract: ... positive.
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court order over union law 41 Wisconsin GOP pressing ahead with collective ...
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) Circulation: 56,300
Indexed At: 03/3112011 5:15AM
Keywords: Manny Perez (2), workforce development, DWD
Abstract: ... in January, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. The department
said the increase waS due to seasonal hiring cycles and more people ...
Source: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com (WI) Circulation: 52,000
Indexed At: 0313112011 4:55AM
Keywords: Manny Perez (7), workforce development (5)
Abstract: ... 8:30 am Secretary of the state's Department of Workforce Development Manny Perez says
cuts to federal funding likely to affect services MENASHA Looming reductions in ...
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Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (14)
Abstract: ... object Selected for you by a sponsor: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker remains quiet on court
order over union law 101 Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi blocks ...
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Keywords: Governor Scott Walker ( 17)
Abstract: ... presents the viewer with one.- 9:02 am Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker defends efforts to
balance state budget Teachers protest Walker during Appleton visit: Feb. 11, 2011 ....
Source: Milwaukee Shepherd Express Metro (WI) Circulation: 62,000
Indexed At: 0313112011 4:20AM
Keywords: Child labor
Abstract: ... ground rules agreed upon fordecades regarding collective bargaining, child labor, minimum
wage, workplace health and safety and clean air and water standards does nothing to ...
Source: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com (WI) Circulation: 52,000
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Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (13)
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Abstract: ... www.westbusinessservices.jobs, Selected for you by a sponsor: Wisconsin Governor Scott
Walker remains quiet on court order over union law 101 Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi
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Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (13)
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Keywords: Governor Scott Walker (13)
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Source: Racine Journal Times (WI) Circulation: 28,800
Indexed AI: 03/31/2011 2:12AM
Keywords: Jobless (8), workforce development
Abstract: ... Jobless rates rise in February as expected RACINE COUNTY- Jobless rates rose somewhat
from January ...
Source: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (WI) Circulation: 26,200
Indexed At: 03/31/2011 2:01 AM
Keywords: Jobless (2), workforce development
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Abstract: ... Area jobless rates rise Local unemployment rates rose in February despite an increase injobs,
according to preliminary, ...
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Keywords: workforce development
Abstract: ... director of the John J. Heidrich Center forWorkforce Development at Rutgers University.
"Everything is tilted in favor of the employers ... The employee has no leverage ....
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Keywords: Jobless .
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Daily Policy and Legislative Briefing
Legislative Affairs Team
Legislator Contacts:
• Representative Weininger contacted us about the Chiropractic Examining Board and stem cell research.
• Representative Marklein's Office contacted us regarding a letter they want the Governor to sign and the status of
the Budget Repair Bill
• Representative Knilans' Office contacted us regarding civil service protections for teachers
• Representative Kleefisch wants AB 35- the culling bill signed by the 1'
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weekend in May (opening fishing
weekend)
• Senator Grothman is concerned about the UW authority
• Representative Loudenbeck has questions regarding the Economic Income Maintenance Administration.
• Representative Farrow, Representative Kooyenga will be attending the vet's announcement tomorrow
(Representatives Kooyenga and Pridemore are vet's)
• Representative Knodl's Office called asking if our education staff was able to talk with one of their school board
members about details of the education initiatives in the budget bill. Will be following up with Education Team
tomorrow.
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team
Commerce
• April 5'" Tour at Sub-Zero

DATCP
o Working on specific event and site visit with the governor
Apri115'" Event with Secretary Bildsten
o Working on setting up an event in Oshkosh or Fond du Lac with the secretary on financial issues of
importance
• Livestock Siting
o Spoke with Jeff Lyon and John Petty about a CAFO situation in Johnstown east of Janesville in Rock
County
o An ATCP Board resolution calling for technical review of livestock siting is before the Secretary
• Truck Weight Limits
o Spoke with John Petty (DATCP Division administrator) about a proposal for economic growth that
requires changes to our truck weight laws.
o A side benefit is the likely investment of Class I railroad improvements to WI
• PACE
DNR
o DATCP provided some proposals for dealing with the 16 applicants from 2010.
o They had an initial agreement with DATCP and feel they are owed reimbursement for th<Oir spending in
anticipation of grants.
• Recycling
o DNR has developed a compromise recycling package
• Hayward Tree Nursery Closing
o Two county board supervisors from Sawyer County met with our office and Matt Moroney
o They support closing the other two nurseries in Wisconsin Rapids and Boscobel
o Most trees raised in DNR nurseries are shipped and planted north of Hwy 8
o The Doyle Administration planned the closure of the Hayward facility due to retirements scheduled to
occur there
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• Continuous Disinfection .Bill (AB 23, SB 19)
o Referred a Calumet County Committee to DNR for information on these bills.
DOR
• Throwback Sales Tax
DOT
o Spoke with a Minnesota business owner who has manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin about the
Throwback Tax.
o He is unhappy with what happened in the last state budget
• Constitutional Amendment to prohibit raids on the Transportation Fund
o Bill being circulated by Rep. Petrowski
• Elimination of Registration Display Stickers
o Received correspondence from Milwaukee County Law enforcement Executives Association opposed to
this budget provision.
• Briefing to Wisconsin Federal Delegation on Wisconsin Rail Application
o Reggie spoke to staff from Sen. Kohl, Sen. Johnson, and all state Congressional offices on the Hiawatha
plan to use FL funds
• RS Permit Update
o DOT provided an update on the overweight spring thaw road restrictions
WHEDA
• WHEDA Loans
o Beginning April1'
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, WHEDA loans will remove recapture tax liability
o Will reimburse home buyers who sell their WHEDA-financed home that have to pay federal recapture tax
PSG
• Meeting with R.J. Pirlot, E.A. to Chairman Montgomery
o Discussed transition to PSG and initial agenda items for the commission
JOBS Hotline
• 1 call received
Health Care and Education Team
DRS Update
I. Secretary Smith will be calling Director Wymyslo (Ohio Health Department) to update each other on
healthcare policies being performed and introduced in each state. The call will take place on Monday,
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h at 4:00pm
2. Congresswomen Gwen Moore is requesting the US Department of Agriculture to investigate the SNAP
Program and the state's plan within the budget. There is concern with the aspects of income
maintenance and the extent in which privatization has occurred or will occur.
NGABid
1. All support letters are in except one and will be electronically forwarded to Visit Milwaukee
2. Site visit dates are being arranged
Education
• Held our education roundtable today and had a productive discussion on reading, special education, and
school accountability. We will collect our notes and have a full update tomorrow morning.
Justice and Local Governments Team
Intergovernmental Information:
• NY legislature passes $132 billion budget, no new taxes. Wall Street Journal.
The budget limits Medicaid growth to 4%, mandates higher wages for home-health aides, and creates a new fund to help
hospitals pay for the costs of treating brain-damaged babies.
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Public schools, which have spent almost all their federal stimulus dollars, will receive 6% less funding next school year.
School districts have warned that the cuts could force them to raise property taxes, which are already among the highest
in the nation.
Hundreds of teachers union members and other activists staged a rowdy protest inside the Capitol on Wednesday,
demanding more school aid and higher taxes on the wealthy.
Corrections:
• Rep. Suder. Introduces legislation to keep dangerous criminals behind bars
Local Governments:
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Lawmaker disputes Walker's school district savings
Pope-Roberts spokesman Tom McCarthy a/so said the governor's spreadsheet did not indicate any predictions of
declining enrollment, which he said would have to add up to the loss of 7, 000 students statewide to support the $55
million revenue reduction claimed by his office.
"We'd like to see what districts they're estimating those declines for," he said.
• Janesville Gazette. Will Janesville School Board tap reserves?
JANESVILLE- The Janesville School District's 2011-12 budget will be about $13.4 million short, according to the most
current estimate.
The school board needs to plug that hole, and one way is to cut the budget. Cuts on the table include about 106 of the
district's 822 teaching positions.
• La Crosse Tribune. Trempealeau County workers in contract limbo
Last month, county officials backed out of the meeting after Gov. Scott Walker introduced the budget repair bill, and have
yet to agree to on a date to start the mediation process. The recently signed bill- now in a limbo of its own at a Dane
County Courthouse - would allow the county to reset the contract terms without the state intervening, said Rob Wayss, a
staff representative for AFSCME.
• Sheboygan Press. Plymouth council approves union contract.
City Services Director Brif!n Yerges said the deal will save the city $74,000 a year by requiring the 21 union employees at
Plymouth Utilities to begin paying 5. 8 percent of their pension costs.
The contract was modeled after a similar deal reached earlier this month with the city's 10 public works employees.
Together the new contracts will save the city about $100,000 a year in pension costs, according to Yerges.
The city also could save an additional $60, 000 a year by requiring its 30 or so non-union employees to begin contributing
toward their pension costs.
None of the new labor contracts include increases to what employees pay for health insurance, but the city is self-insured,
and officials say the city's health plan is 25 percent cheaper than the state's.
Veterans:
• Racine Journal Times. Local Republican legislators issue statement on veterans home changes
• Wisconsin Reporter. Leaving Friday, chief Ken Black defends Veterans agency
Black said the agency is trying to address those and other issues, including increasing marketing and submitting a
reorganization plan to ensure that the veterans homes operate more efficiently, respond to veterans' concerns and
address nursing shortages.
"What is really needed here, in our auditors' view, is really good management as well," State Auditor Janice Mueller said.
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WEEKLY HEADLINE GOAL: STATE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING AND GETIING PEOPLE TO WORK
Daily Headline Goal: Veterans Support Budget; Governor Announces Funding for Infrastructure Improvements
Office of Governor Scott Walker- Morning News Update for April1, 2011
News Summary:
• Governor Walker says the State will abide by Judge Sumi's ruling; confident that the law will be upheld.
• Read to Lead: Governor Walker announces reading task force.
• Governor Walker announces sharp decline in PCB levels in Fox Valley area water system.
• Bully tactics: Unions going to private businesses to ask owner if they will put a "This Business Supports Workers
Rights" sign. If the answer is no or neutral, "Boycott!"
• 32"' Senate District Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to recall Senator
Kapanke.
• 26 year old Cross Plains woman charged with threatening 16 Republican Senators over budget repair bill.
o "Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to
your actions in the last 8 weeks."
Governor Walker- Television Clips for March 31
Wisconsin's Front Pages:
Appleton Post-Crescent
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
Green Bay Press Gazette
La Crosse Tribune
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oshkosh Northwestern
Racine Journal Times
Sheboygan Press
Stevens Point Journal
Wisconsin State Journal
Nation/World
Wisconsin Unions Get Ugly
Editorial- Wall Street Journal
Now they're threatening businesses that stay neutral in the state's budget battle.
We've Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers
Stephen Moore- Wall Street Journal
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If you want to understand better why so many states-from New York to Wisconsin to California-are teetering on the
brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working
for the government {22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the
situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the
government.
Wisconsin suspends enforcement of anti-union law
Reuters
"Every day the judge's TRO stays in effect, it's going to screw up their accounting," Lee said.
GOP Govs. Walker. Kasich. Snyder Plead Povertv but Reward Wealthy
Opinion - U.S. News & World Report
Why have Republican governors and legislators across the country done so little to create jobs? The answer is they're
too busy creating problems for working families.
Ohio's Anti-Union Law Is Tougher Than Wisconsin's
New York Times
After Wisconsin's labor battle seized the nation's attention, after nearly 100,000 people rallied in Madison to protest a
bill to curb public-sector collective bargaining, the Ohio legislature has, with far less fanfare, enacted a bill perhaps even
tougher on unions.
Ohio governor signs anti-union bill
Reuters
(Reuters) -Governor John Kasich signed on Thursday a bill that curbs collective bargaining rights and bans strikes
affecting about 360,000 public workers, making Ohio the most populous state to pass anti-union legislation this year.
Oklahoma plan would make it easier to fire teachers
Reuters
(Reuters) -An education reform bill that makes it easier for school boards to fire poor performing teachers was
approved on Thursday by the Oklahoma state Senate.
The Missing Sense of Urgency for Jobs
Wall Street Journal
The March jobs report, to be released at 8:30a.m. Eastern time, will provide the latest clue toward answering a nagging
question: When will the recovery start generating enough jobs to make a lasting dent in unemployment?
The Jobless See a Lifeline at Risk
New York Times
PALM COAST, Fla. -With his worn black canvas briefcase at his feet, Richard Dudenhoeffer, a cabinet maker, stood at a
computer at the one-stop employment center and scrolled through Florida's employment listings before settling on
three applications: Custodian for the Flagler County School Board. City meter reader. Assistant manager at a tractor
supply company.
Milwaukee
Judge rules that Wisconsin's union law isn't in effect
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison -A state law to sharply curb union bargaining by public employees is not in effect, a Dane County judge ruled
Thursday, continuing the turmoil over a measure that sparked massive protests and prompted Democrats to boycott the
Senate for three weeks.
Walker launches 3rd-grade reading initiative
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Future students will have to show that they can read at a third-grade level before they can advance to fourth grade as
part of an initiative Gov. Scott Walker launched Thursday with the announcement of a task force that will help guide
related legislation.
Cross Plains woman charged with sending death threats to lawmakers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sixteen Republicans were warned they, families would be killed after vote on union measure.
Groups seek emails of Democratic lawmakers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At least two politically minded groups have made extensive open records requests for emails sent and. received by state
legislators, two of the groups confirmed Thursday.
Numerous Union Grove shops threatened with union bovcott
Racine Journal Times
Many Union Grove businesses Tuesday received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
Employees. Each of them declined to display a sign stating, "This business supports workers rights" -with a prominent
AFSCME logo below that. As a result, the union threatened them with a "public boycott."
PCBs cleanup cuts fish toxins
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A new study shows that walleye living in a portion of the Fox River contained sharply lower levels of a toxic pollutant
after the first phase of work to remove tainted sediments from the river.
Civil War events fill state's calendar in 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the War Between the States, and across our state sesquicentennial
organizers are bringing out the big guns, literally and figuratively.
Madison
Walker administration will complv with judge's order halting collective bargaining law
Wisconsin State Journal
The state's new law to dramatically limit collective bargaining for public workers has not been published and is not in
effect, a judge said Thursday.
Walker's train whistle welcome
Wisconsin State Journal
Gov. Scott Walker supports the train I? No, this isn't an April Fools' Day joke.
Union asks automakers to 'keep Janesville in mind'
Janesville Gazette
JANESVILLE -As it prepares to negotiate a new national contract this summer, a United Auto Workers official said
Tuesday that the union would consider the use of entry-wage workers to improve the chances of opening idled plants
such as the General Motors facility in Janesville.
Senator tells university leaders to stop fighting over UW-Madison autonomy issue
Wisconsin State Journal
A senator on the state's powerful budget committee told university leaders to stop arguing over the fate of UW-Madison
within the University of Wisconsin System.
Cross Plains woman charged with making death threats to Republican senators
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Wisconsin State Journal
Katherine R. Windels, 26, of Cross Plains faces two felony bomb scare counts along with two misdemeanor counts of
sending a computer message threatening injury or harm.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Windels sent a threatening email to 15 Republican
senators on March 9 that began: "Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be
killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks."
Union elections pose logistical difficulties
Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON - The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission faces a tall task once Gov. Scott Walker's new collective
bargaining law, which is mired in legal dispute, takes effect.
Miniscule radiation spikes in Wisconsin air pose no risk to human health, state says
Wisconsin State Journal
Miniscule spikes in backgrqund radiation levels at monitors around Wisconsin, including detections of radioactive
elements that only come from nuclear reactions, were likely from the failing Japanese nuclear plant, according to the
state Department of Health Services.
EDITORIAL: Try a do-over. not defiance
Beloit Daily News
THE CONTINUING DRAMA in Madison over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair plan looks more like a game of "King of the
Mountain" and less like an orderly government process.
Green Bay/ Appleton
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's union law on hold following ruling from Dane County judge
Appleton Post-Crescent
"We don't know how long it will take, but I believe that's the right approach," said state Sen. Bob Cowles, R-Green Bay,
on Thursday, in reaction to Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi's ruling that the law is not currently in effect.
Editorial: Reasonable balance needed on energy issues
Green Bay Press-Gazette
It was no surprise to us that lnvenergy LLC last week abandoned its plans to build 100 wind turbines in southern Brown
County, a project fiercely opposed by some area residents.
Break-up of university system considered by panel
Associated Press- Appleton Post-Crescent
MADISON- The chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus urged state lawmakers Thursday to support
Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to spin it off from the university system.
Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget threatens public library funding
Appleton Post-Crescent
A provision in Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan threatens to weaken the statewide network that allows libraries to share
resources with one another.
La Crosse/Eau Claire
·Democrats: We have the signatures in Kapanke recall effort
La Crosse Tribune
La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan
Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers. If
approved, it would be just the fifth recall election of a Wisconsin legislator.
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FYI. I think our answer remains what it has been
.. Judge Maryann Sumi's temporary restraining order against the implementation of the
collective bargaining bill will remain in effect indefinitely.
The plaintiff in the case, Dane County District Attorney lsmael Ozanne, rested his side of the case
today.
Sumi said she could not set a date to take more testimony because the legislators named as
defendants in the case are still covered under legislative immunity.
Chris Schrimpf
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Press Office: 608-267-7303
Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov
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