State settles lawsuit from former youth prison inmate for $19M

A suicidal girl who called for guards’ help but was left hanging in her cell at the state’s youth prison long enough to suffer permanent, severe brain damage will receive $18.9 million as part of a settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. > Wisconsin State Journal

Assembly GOP won’t tip hand on plans for ‘extraordinary session’ Thursday

On the eve of a Thursday “extraordinary session” of the state Assembly, its Republican leaders would not say if they’ll concur with their Senate counterparts on bills dealing with school safety, tax cuts and the state’s youth prison. That leaves the future of those bills in question, despite their centrality to Gov. Walker’s agenda. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Senate approves tax cut, juvenile justice overhaul


The Wisconsin Senate gave bipartisan approval to a $100 per-child tax rebate and unanimously passed a juvenile justice overhaul that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison and replace it with smaller facilities, breaking an impasse Tuesday that had put both bills in jeopardy. > AP News

GOP lawmakers say they’ve reached deals on taxes, youth prison, paving way for possible end to 2018 session

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday that Senate Republicans had struck a deal with their Assembly counterparts on a youth prison overhaul package and a back-to-school sales tax holiday, potentially resolving two of the top issues facing state lawmakers as their 2018 business nears a close. > Wisconsin State Journal

Personality conflict could derail Walker’s election year ‘gimmicks’

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With the Senate’s session set to end this week, Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year plans are in peril. Walker has been unable to broker a deal and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has accused the governor of leaving him out of negotiations. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Vos has refused to budge from his position. > Wisconsin Gazette

Despite potential roadblocks, Darling confident school safety, Lincoln Hills bills will pass

The state Senate has a lot on its to-do list before the session ends, including Gov. Walker’s school safety package, a solution for Lincoln Hills and a $100 child tax credit. Though there’s disagreement between the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Alberta Darling professed no doubts it will all get done. > Cap Times

Plan to close Lincoln Hills youth prison needs ‘a miracle’ to survive


A plan to close the state’s troubled youth prison backed by Gov. Scott Walker and a bipartisan Assembly teetered on collapse Wednesday as the Senate moved forward with its own version in the waning days of the legislative session. > Wisconsin State Journal