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New venture capital bill takes away WEDC authority

Posted: 05/29/2013 - A bipartisan group of lawmakers have changed their original proposal for a venture capital fund for Wisconsin startups to remove oversight from Gov. Scott Walker's troubled job-creation agency.

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UPDATE: Public hearings, studies called on standards

Posted: 05/29/2013 - UPDATE: More studies and public hearings would be required before Wisconsin could take any further action to implement academic standards under action taken by the Legislature's budget committee.

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Proposal would cut benefits to unemployed

Updated: 05/29/2013 - UPDATE: Benefits paid to unemployed people in Wisconsin would be reduced by $37 million over the next two years under a Republican-backed plan approved by the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

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Creating charter school board hits roadblock

Posted: 05/29/2013 - Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new statewide board to authorize those creating charter schools has hit a major roadblock in the state Legislature.

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Budget committee tweaks retiree proposal

Posted: 05/29/2013 - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has toughened the requirements affecting teachers and university faculty who retire and then want to go back to work.

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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly passes veterans registration bill

Updated: 06/06/2013 - UPDATE: The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bipartisan bill that would give veterans priority over other students when they register for University of Wisconsin System and state technical college classes.

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State support of K-12 would drop under plan

Posted: 05/28/2013 - A new analysis of Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal shows that state support for public K-12 education would drop slightly as a percentage of their overall budget over the next two years.

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UPDATE: Wis. gov shrugs off rent-to-own defeat

Posted: 05/24/2013 - UPDATE: Republican Gov. Scott Walker is shrugging off state lawmakers' decision to nix his plan to exempt rent-to-own businesses from Wisconsin's consumer protection act.

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Wis. gov expects compromise on voucher school plan

Posted: 05/24/2013 - Republican Gov. Scott Walker says he expects GOP leaders will reach some sort of compromise on a contentious section of his budget that would expand private school vouchers next week.

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Committee votes 14-2 to slash UW funding

Posted: 05/24/2013 - A legislative committee has voted to slash the University of Wisconsin System budget, venting its anger after learning the system raised tuition for six straight years even though it's currently sitting on a surplus of $650 million.

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Wis. committee to consider GPS restraining orders

Posted: 05/23/2013 - The Legislature's finance committee is set to consider provisions in Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would allow judges to order GPS monitoring as part of a restraining order.

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UPDATE: Wis. committee to weigh in on proposed UW funding

Posted: 05/23/2013 - UPDATE: The Legislature's budget-writing committee is expected to approve Gov. Scott Walker's plan to freeze University of Wisconsin System tuition for two years and slash a planned spending increase for system schools.

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UPDATE: Selling of state property given green light

Posted: 05/21/2013 - UPDATE: The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee has approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to allow for the sale of public properties including power plants, prisons, University of Wisconsin dormitories and highways.

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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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