Walker takes short-notice trip to the White House about health care

Gov. Walker was at the White House Monday for a hastily arranged meeting with the Trump administration and other governors to discuss health care overhaul. A Walker spokesman said Walker went to “advocate for Wisconsin citizens in the health care debate,” after issuing a rare Saturday statement on what he’d want in a health care bill. > McClatchy

Bids delayed for Zoo Interchange as Walker tries to speed up other I-94 work

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As Gov. Walker seeks to speed up work on I-94 south of Milwaukee, his administration is putting the brakes on Zoo Interchange work because of a lack of funding. The Republican-controlled Legislature needs to decide whether to borrow $250 million for the north-south portion of I-94 as part of an incentive package to land Foxconn. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ron Johnson: Medicaid expansion may be fueling opioid crisis


Sen. Johnson charged Thursday that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is fueling the opioid crisis in America. In a letter sent Thursday to Health & Human Services, Johnson said he used open-source databases and “shockingly identified 261 people who had been convicted of exploiting Medicaid to obtain opioids, which were often resold at enormous profit.” > Washington Examiner

Supreme Court candidate: A ‘Better Deal’ requires fair courts


Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns writes in The Cap Times: “The success of the Better Deal will depend on America’s courts. ‘Deals’ matter. They have lifted all of us — not just the top half of the top 1 percent. But for deals to work, we need fair courts without a right-wing agenda.”

In the midst of Wisconsin’s transportation crisis, Baldwin secures federal infrastructure funding


In the midst of a budget crisis in Wisconsin, Sen. Tammy Baldwin has secured major federal funding to strengthen the state’s transportation system. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin worked across party lines to reverse President Trump’s proposed cuts, with the bill now headed to the full Senate for a vote. > Urban Milwaukee

Meet the Dems – like Randy Bryce – running on single-payer health care


As he recently raced around the country to combat the GOP health care effort, Bernie Sanders stressed that the ultimate goal should be a single-payer system. Fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren has also advised Democrats to get behind the idea for 2018. And there are already candidates heeding that call, like Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce. > Rolling Stone

Foxconn could break ground on first Wisconsin facility this fall


Foxconn is planning to break ground on its first Wisconsin facility as early as this fall, and while it’s been in talks with land owners in multiple counties for several months, a specific site hasn’t been selected. It is expected the company will likely first build an assembly facility, and then a manufacturing facility. > BizTimes Milwaukee