Former DOT head is Walker’s chief critic on transportation

Mark Gottlieb resigned as DOT secretary in December 2016 after a six-year tenure, a departure he says resulted from his realization that Gov. Scott Walker was moving away from a goal he thought they shared: fixing the state’s transportation funding problem and its deteriorating roads. >  Cap Times

Walker orders most agencies to add no new spending in next budget

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Gov. Scott Walker is directing state agencies to assume they will receive no additional state funding in their next budgets, with exceptions for K-12 schools and some basic adjustments for programs like Medicaid. Walker sent the instructions to state agency heads late last week. > Cap Times

Sen. Lena Taylor says she’s the victim of ‘political lynching,’ won’t quit

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At a press conference Wednesday (full video here), State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) says race and gender have played into the scrutiny she’s faced over her behavior the last few weeks, and that she plans to remain in office. Taylor was stripped of her position on the state Senate’s powerful budget committee Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Gubernatorial candidate Vinehout visits Northwoods, talks school funding

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Talking to school districts and community members as she tours the Northwoods, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) says one of the main reasons she’s running for governor is to “change the school funding formula.” > NBC 12 Rhinelander

Sen. Lena Taylor bullied her staff, report finds, prompting her removal from budget committee

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State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) bullied her staff and retaliated against one employee for using family and medical leave, Senate investigators have found — a conclusion that, combined with her being embroiled in a controversy over using a racial insult at a Milwaukee bank, cost her a spot on the Legislature’s budget committee. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Flynn says he’ll make childcare a budget priority as governor

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn called for greater support for Wisconsin’s two essential childcare programs, Wisconsin Shares and YoungStar, and laid out a four-prong strategy for helping working parents. > Urban Milwaukee