Nygren says Medicaid drug testing could be helpful


Having spearheaded laws to address opioid addiction, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) supports Gov. Walker’s proposal to drug test those on Medicaid, saying he believes it can help address widespread addiction in the state. But he feels it needs to “be done right”, and be presented to the budget committee for a vote. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Committee rejects Walker’s tax credit for post-foster care youth, pledges to find better strategy


The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee this week rejected Gov. Walker’s budget proposal to create a refundable tax credit for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system, but the committee’s Republican leaders said more work will be done to figure out how best to serve that population.  >  The Cap Times

Committee’s idea to separate budget and roads funding goes over like lead balloon

The Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee are open to considering transportation funding as a separate bill from the biennial budget, they said Thursday — but the idea met immediate resistance from both Gov. Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.  >  The Cap Times

Nygren repeats: Lawmakers should be open to ending UW System tuition freeze

“Open means we’re willing to have the conversation and discuss what our options might be and come to an agreement between the two different houses. I’m willing to have that,” Nygren said. “I agree with what I said. I’m not going to back down from it.”  >  The Cap Times

‘Everything is on the table’ for Wisconsin transportation funding, Joint Finance co-chairs say

How to fund Wisconsin’s roads continues to be the most pressing question for state lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget committee, who held the final public hearing on the budget in Marinette Friday, with more than 100 people signed up that morning to testify.  >  The Cap Times

Lawmakers open to ending UW tuition freeze as cut faces opposition

The co-chairman of the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee says he is open to ending the freeze on University of Wisconsin System tuition in the next two years.  >  Wisconsin State Journal