What has received less attention in Wisconsin’s lame-duck session is that GOP lawmakers also hurriedly passed a tax cut that would further tilt the state’s tax system in favor of the rich, contributing to the increasing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands – and hands that are most likely to be white. > Milwaukee Independent
An image on the personal Facebook page of a veteran Wisconsin lawmaker shows a group of black men celebrating atop a vandalized Baltimore police car and the words: “Want to stop riots? Play the national anthem. They’ll all sit down.” > Wisconsin State Journal
Black Americans living in Milwaukee and Racine are making half of the median income of their white counterparts and are nearly 12 times more likely to be imprisoned than white residents ranking them second and third, respectively, nationwide as the worst cities for black people to live in. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Early evidence indicates that in 2018, black and Latino voters in Wisconsin were extraordinarily active in the midterm elections. CNN exit polls calculate that black voters composed about 9 percent of the electorate, and Latino voters about 4 percent. The Atlantic takes a deeper look.
Democrat Tony Evers’ running mate Mandela Barnes will become the first African American lieutenant governor in Wisconsin history, and only the second black Wisconsinite to win statewide office. > NBC 4 Milwaukee
Wisconsin’s prisons held a record number of adults in 2017 and the population will only continue to grow over the next two years, costing the state tens of millions of dollars, according to a report released last week. Data show that the state prison population rose 2.3 percent last year, and is projected to grow an additional 5.7 percent by 2021. > AP News
Scott Walker’s 25 years of charting a corrections policy course in the state of Wisconsin implicate him in the catastrophe the adult and juvenile incarcerations across Wisconsin have become. With prison reform in the news and Walker’s own campaign attempting to demagogue on the issue, a fuller examination of his record is warranted. > Wisconsin Gazette