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Senate leader concerned about deficit growth

Posted: 01/22/2014 - Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the growth in a projected budget shortfall caused by Gov. Scott Walker's proposed tax cut plan is "definitely a concern."

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Wis. Assembly OKs open records bill

Posted: 01/21/2014 - The state Assembly has approved a bill that clarifies Wisconsin's open records law extends to elected officials.

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Democrats talk to Walker about state surplus

Posted: 01/21/2014 - Democratic legislative leaders say they are asking Gov. Scott Walker to use a $977 million budget surplus to eliminate a projected deficit and spend more on education and job training programs.

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UPDATE: NE Wis. legislator to retire

Updated: 01/20/2014 - UPDATE: Rep. Garey Bies, a Sister Bay Republican, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday he won't seek re-election in November. He said 14 years in the Legislature is enough.

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Wis. GOP intros bill to fund gunshot sensors

Updated: 01/16/2014 - Wisconsin Republicans have introduced a bill that would help fund more gunshot sensors in Milwaukee -- six months after eliminating all state funding to expand the program.

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Both sides pledge new effort on jobless bill

Posted: 01/15/2014 - Republicans and Democrats are both pledging to renew efforts at resurrecting jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, even though immediate compromise prospects are dim one day after the Senate deadlocked on the issue.

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UPDATE: Wis. committee cancels vote on Common Core changes

Posted: 02/20/2014 - UPDATE: The state Assembly's Education Committee has canceled a vote on a bill that would give the ultimate authority over writing academic standards for Wisconsin's public schools to the state Legislature.

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Senate approves $217,000 claim for Hudson company

Updated: 01/14/2014 - The state Senate has voted to pay $217,499 to a Hudson steel company whose CEO donated to the Republican senator who introduced the bill to provide the money.

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Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

Updated: 01/14/2014 - A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a deep cut during last year's budget battle.

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