Mayor Barrett: ‘Mr. President, it’s not a white Constitution. We are not the white United States.’

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett offered harsh criticism of President Trump Wednesday for his response to the Charlottesville clashes: “I believe every elected official at every level of government, regardless of political persuasion, regardless of red state or blue state, has a moral responsibility to repudiate the words of the president.” > FOX6 Milwaukee

Hundreds gather in Milwaukee, Madison to show support for Charlottesville victims

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About 300 people held a march Sunday night in Milwaukee to condemn violence at a white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one person dead and dozens injured. Hundreds of people also gathered outside the state Capitol in Madison for a candlelight vigil. > Wisconsin Public Radio

With no transportation budget decided, WisDOT halts projects for August bidding

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With the state’s next budget nearly a month overdue, three projects were withdrawn this week from the WisDOT’s list of bid lettings for August. The withdrawals came as little surprise to road builders and industry officials, who have been anxiously waiting for lawmakers to break their impasse in rectifying an underfunded transportation budget. > Daily Reporter

Walker, Foxconn CEO sign deal Thursday in Milwaukee

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Following Trump’s announcement of the Foxconn deal in D.C. yesterday, Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn’s CEO met in Milwaukee today to ink the agreement they say could bring as many as 13,000 manufacturing jobs to Wisconsin. The signing occurred in a public event at the Milwaukee Art Museum. > Wisconsin State Journal

State senate proposal has school districts paying large share of vouchers funding

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A plan proposed by Senate Republicans Tuesday would spend $580 million on the Milwaukee, Racine and Statewide Parental Choice programs over the next two years. But more than a third would be paid for with cuts to the affected districts, who’d have to reduce budgets or increase taxes to fill the holes. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After public outcry, Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission revises its controversial immigration policy

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The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission approved a new version of its immigration policy that strips out or alters language that had been condemned by faith, immigrant and civil rights groups. More than 100 people rallied at Milwaukee’s City Hall before the commission meeting where the changes were announced.  > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mayor Barrett aims for ‘loud and clear message’ on Milwaukee’s commitment to fight climate change

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President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord last month has mobilized the Climate Mayors, a group of more than 300 mayors who’ve committed to uphold the climate agreement and intensify efforts to combat climate change at the local level. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is one of them. > Wisconsin Public Radio