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UPDATE: Budget committee approves $50 tobacco use fee

Posted: 05/21/2013 - UPDATE: State workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a Gov. Scott Walker proposal that has won approval by the Legislature's budget committee.

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Budget panel votes to clamp down on retirees

Posted: 05/21/2013 - Government workers who are collecting retirement benefits would have to wait longer before getting rehired under a proposal approved by the Legislature's budget committee.

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Wis. GAB seeks absentee voting rule changes

Posted: 05/21/2013 - Wisconsin election officials have decided to ask the Legislature to make a number of changes to Wisconsin's absentee voting regulations.

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GOP Move Gives State More Control on Construction

Posted: 05/20/2013 - Democrats say a move to standardize erosion control rules for commercial construction sites is simply another Republican effort to take away local authorities' power.

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Cost of Walker's Medicaid Plan Increases

Posted: 05/17/2013 - The cost of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to reject federally funded Medicaid expansion and instead tighten income eligibility for the program has gone up.

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Walker Signs Work Share Bill

Updated: 05/17/2013 - Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill creating a program that gives employers an alternative to laying off employees when work slows.

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Tea Party Group Says IRS Asked about Walker Recall

Posted: 05/17/2013 - A tea party group says the Internal Revenue Service asked about its involvement in efforts to verify signatures in the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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AP Source: Acting IRS Head to Be Named this Week

Updated: 05/16/2013 - An administration official says President Barack Obama will name a new acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service this week to replace ousted commissioner Steven Miller.

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UPDATE: Redistricting Case Settled, No Malicious Intent

Posted: 05/16/2013 - UPDATE: A group of Democrats and an immigration rights organization which sued the state over redistricting have dropped their efforts to determine why Republicans failed to turn over records in the case.

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Wis. Committee Bans Night Wolf Hunting

Posted: 05/15/2013 - The Legislature's finance committee has quietly left a provision that would ban night wolf hunting in Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

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UPDATE: Wis. Budget Committee OKs Stewardship Reductions

Updated: 05/15/2013 - Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee have proposed dramatically scaling back the Department of Natural Resources' ability to borrow to buy land through the state's stewardship program.

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Wis. Congressmen Propose Crop Insurance Changes

Posted: 05/15/2013 - Two Wisconsin congressmen are proposing changes to the nation's crop insurance program that they say will save the federal government $11 billion over the next 10 years.

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Republican Grothman Criticizes Revenue Workers

Posted: 05/15/2013 - A Republican state senator says he has concerns about adding more workers to collect delinquent taxes because he says Wisconsin Revenue Department workers are "mean and heartless."

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