State Journal: Senate should press for better Foxconn deal

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Wisconsin definitely wants a giant Foxconn plant here with thousands of jobs – just not at any cost. The state Assembly last week approved Gov. Walker’s $3 billion incentive package for the Taiwanese firm. Now the Senate, which has been more deliberate in assessing the terms, should press for a better deal for state taxpayers. > Wisconsin State Journal

Quick explainer: What Wisconsin’s roads shortfall could mean for taxpayers

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The biggest question in the Statehouse right now is how Gov. Walker and fellow Republicans will resolve their dispute over roads funding. Here’s a closer look at where Walker, the Assembly and the Senate stand on how to plug the projected $1 billion transportation budget hole, and what it might mean for our pocketbooks. > WEAU Eau Claire

Prevailing-wage repeal coasts through state Senate panel

A panel of state lawmakers voted along party lines to this week to green light a bill to eliminate prevailing-wage requirements for state projects. Senate Bill 216 would repeal what’s left of Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws and would come on top of lawmakers’ decision two years ago to eliminate the minimum pay requirements for local projects.  >  Daily Reporter

Senate sends bundle of opioid bills to Walker’s desk

The state Senate has sent nine bills aimed at combating opioid abuse to Gov. Walker’s desk. The measures are part of the Legislature’s ongoing “HOPE Agenda,” which stands for Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education, and were also part of a special session convened by Walker based on recommendations from an opioid task force.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

State senators may revisit bill stopping internet providers from using browsing data without permission

After Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) removed privacy language that drew opposition in an original bill, the state Senate may again take up a proposal to limit the ability of Internet Service Providers, such as Charter or Verizon, to collect users’ browsing data and to bar them from using it without customers’ permission.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio

Legislature set to pass package of opioid bills

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on 11 bills Republican Rep. John Nygren has written based on recommendations from Gov. Walker’s opioid task force, including calling for expanded treatment programs, a high school for addicted students, training for doctors in addiction treatment, and other measures.  >. AP / US News & World Report