Vos, Fitzgerald to state ethics, elections chiefs: Resign


Republican legislative leaders are seeking resignations from the chief staffers of the state Elections and Ethics commissions, citing “concerns over partisan influence remaining” from their predecessor, the former Government Accountability Board. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Gazette: Let students refinance their loans


After you’ve bought a house, you can refinance your mortgage when a lower interest rate is available. But Wisconsinites with student loans are prevented from taking advantage of lower interest rates because state law doesn’t allow it. In fact, Gov. Walker and the state’s Republican leadership won’t even discuss it. > Wisconsin Gazette

Four African-American lawmakers request representation on Wisconsin prison task force


Four African-American lawmakers are requesting “proper representation” on a new state task force that will study the needs of Wisconsin’s prison system. The task force is to include appointees from Gov. Walker, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Assembly Speaker, and so far five of the six appointees are white men. > Cap Times

Walker delays commenting on possible change to Foxconn contract approval


Gov. Walker refused to weigh in on a push for the WEDC to change its approval process for the $3 billion contract with tech giant Foxconn, allowing for the WEDC board to see the entire contract with Foxconn before they vote to approve or reject it. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Republican leaders say WEDC board should review Foxconn contract


Both leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature said Tuesday the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board should be allowed to review the pending $3 billion contract with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn before voting on it. > Wisconsin State Journal

Assembly passes state budget after 11 hours of debate


Assembly Republicans passed the state budget late Wednesday night after a 10-week delay, sending the $76 billion spending plan to a Senate chamber paralyzed by GOP infighting. The Assembly passed the bill 57-39 after 11 hours of debate. The Senate must pass an identical document before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. > WISN Milwaukee

Senate plans to take up state budget Friday without votes to pass it


The state Senate is scheduled to take up the months-overdue state spending plan Friday morning even though its Republican leader is still one vote shy of being able to pass it. Four Republican senators from conservative counties surrounding Milwaukee remain opposed to the 2017-19 state budget Assembly lawmakers passed on Wednesday. > Wisconsin State Journal