23K children at risk of losing school lunch subsidy under House Farm Bill

A new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that 23,369 children could lose their subsidized school lunches because their families will lose benefits through the state’s food stamp program if a provision in the proposed House Farm Bill is passed. > Madison.com

Wisconsin Dems slam SNAP cuts in House Farm Bill

Some Wisconsin Democrats are speaking out against a House Farm Bill provision that makes massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Drafted with zero input from Democrats, and passed out of committee with only GOP votes, the bill is expected to be debated on the floor later this month. > Wisconsin Radio Network

Using veto power, Walker expands sales tax holiday, child tax credit

Gov. Scott Walker signed a one-time, $100 child tax credit and late-summer sales tax holiday into law Tuesday, using his veto pen to expand the tax holiday from two days to five. Under the law, Wisconsin parents will be able to claim $100 for every child under 18 years old living at home. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Governor candidate Kelda Roys calls out Walker’s empty tax gesture

As Gov. Scott Walker prepared to sign his pre-election $100 per child tax credit, gubernatorial candidate and former state Rep. Kelda Roys issued a strong rebuke of Walker’s election-year gimmicks and fiscal mismanagement: “This tax rebate is nothing more than a bad-faith attempt to distract voters from his record before this fall’s election.” > Urban Milwaukee

Barrett: Paint is primary source of lead poisoning for Milwaukee children

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Paint remains the primary source of lead poisoning for Milwaukee children, Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday. And he again accused the paint industry of trying to shift the blame to contaminated water in an effort to avoid tens of millions of dollars in settlements or court judgments. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Paint industry accused of trying to shift blame in Milwaukee’s lead poisoning

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Mayor Tom Barrett and an attorney for nearly 170 lead-poisoned Milwaukee children are accusing the paint industry of trying to shift the blame to contaminated water in an effort to create a political firestorm over the city’s lead pipes — and avoid tens of millions of dollars in settlements. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

TV ads paint only partial picture of Supreme Court candidates’ records on crime

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Two ads paint Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock as handing down light sentences for child crimes, but the ads focus on just a few cases out of the thousands the two have handled, and other cases show that both have handed down heavier penalties. > Wisconsin State Journal