Republicans, Dems eye 2018 state election opportunities

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Wisconsin Democrats see an opportunity in 2018 to regain seats in the state Legislature because of the unfavorable poll numbers of Republicans in Washington, D.C., but the top Assembly Republican says voters should not judge his members by what’s going on in Congress. > FOX6 Milwaukee

Vinehout: It’s time for a hard look at how we pay for schools

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State Senator and 2018 Walker challenger Kathleen Vinehout writes in the Cap Times: “Since the formula for state aid for education was first enacted, our demographics have changed and our economy has changed. Tinkering around the edges is not enough. Instead, we need to move toward an ‘adequacy formula’ and reduce our reliance on property taxes.”

Walker declares state of emergency for propane shortages

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Gov. Scott Walker has signed an executive order designed to increase access to propane for people who rely on it to heat their homes, after outages and wait times resulted from  below-normal temperatures across the Midwest and a shortage of drivers. > Wisconsin Public Radio

A more realistic plan if Scott Walker wants to attract millennial workers

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Gov. Scott Walker recently proposed spending $6.8 million on a marketing campaign to entice skilled and educated workers to come to Wisconsin to live and ply their trade. But Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have actually created a state that is exactly what educated millennials don’t like. > Madison Magazine

Commissioners to Senate: Give ethics chief a hearing before voting on his fate

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State Ethics Commission leaders have asked state Senate Republicans to hold a public hearing for their chief administrator, Brian Bell, before voting on whether to confirm him. The letter to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said that commissioners “unanimously determined that Mr. Bell’s performance as Administrator exceeded expectations.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Grothman celebrates tax cuts, prepares for a fight over welfare reform

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman refutes any notion that the rich are just getting richer from the new tax cuts: “The biggest cut was to the average guy,” Grothman told the CBS 58 News at 4. “The few people who are complaining are people in high tax states and they’re the wealthiest people complaining.” > CBS 58 Milwaukee

Ron Kind: Tax bill fails to work for rural Wisconsin

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Over the past month, many Wisconsinites have reached out to me concerned about the tax bill and confused about how it will impact them. There is no question that our current tax code is in need of reform. The current tax bill, however, isn’t the kind of reform Wisconsinites need. > La Crosse Tribune