One of Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ Cabinet appointees could have trouble securing confirmation from the Republican-led state Senate, with several GOP senators raising concerns about his transportation industry ties. > Cap Times
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid in the state, breaking with fellow Republicans including outgoing Gov. Scott Walker. Gov.-elect Tony Evers ran on a plan to take federal money to expand coverage to about 75,000 poor people, long a Democratic priority. > AP News
Gov.-elect Tony Evers announced four more appointments to his cabinet on Friday, including his pick to head the state Department of Transportation, Craig Thompson. As executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, Thompson echoed Evers’ campaign trail sentiments that a gas tax increase could be on the horizon for Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Preston Cole promised that science will be given a higher priority in decision-making when he takes over next month as secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources. Gov.-elect Tony Evers appointed Cole, a top city of Milwaukee official, on Wednesday to head the 2,500-employee agency at a news conference in the city. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In a shift from recent past practice, the Republican leader of the state Senate said Thursday he assumes GOP lawmakers will craft their own plan for the next state budget instead of building from what’s proposed by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. > Wisconsin State Journal
Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes’ Building the People’s Budget statewide listening tour hit La Crosse this week, and they heard concerns on topics ranging from funding wastewater treatment to studies on the health risks of vaping. “We have to protect everybody in the state of Wisconsin,” Evers said in an interview with the La Crosse Tribune.
Gov.-elect Tony Evers named four Milwaukee-area leaders to his Cabinet on Wednesday, including a former campaign manager to Mayor Tom Barrett and a 30-year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. The picks drew criticism from Republicans, who accused Evers of not looking outside of Wisconsin’s largest city for appointments. > AP News