Are Waters in Wisconsin Meeting Water Quality Standards?

Mar 22, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

March 22, 2017 “The bottom line is: Are waters meeting water quality standards?” George Meyer told the Audit Committee at a recent hearing. “[Wisconsin is] adding hundreds of impaired waters every year,” Mr. Meyer added. “It’s because of discharged nitrates and phosphorus.” “Regulations and laws are only as good as enforcement.” Mr. Meyer said. “In the last few ...

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Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

Mar 15, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

March 15, 2017 “All we seek is help to get the basic broadband services that you all take for granted,” Justin Fortney from Clifton Township in Pierce County wrote to me.  “It has been frustrating for us families to watch the digital revolution pass us by…We often…pack the family into the car and drive to a ...

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Don’t Get Rid of the Treasurer

Mar 9, 2017 1 Comment ›› Admin

March 8, 2017 Early in his term, Treasurer Matt Adamczyk (pronounced eDOMchek), was asked to sign a paper. The paper captured his signature. Mr. Adamczyk recently testified at a Senate committee hearing saying, “My signature and the signature of the Secretary of Administration’s appears on state checks.” But Mr. Adamczyk never sees any of the checks with his ...

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Audit Hearing Highlights Problems and Way Forward with Transportation

Mar 1, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

March 1, 2017 “Deputies are trying to figure out what caused a bridge on a rural road west of Arcadia to collapse.” The WEAU-TV story broke the same morning as a recent Legislative Audit Committee hearing on the State Highways Program. As horrifying as the bridge collapse was, the story highlighted problems locals, others and I warned ...

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Searching for the “Reform Dividend” Locals ask is ‘new’ money real?

Feb 22, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

February 22, 2017 “Overall, our common-sense reforms brought us here – to the point we have a significantly better budget outlook.” Governor Walker said in his recent Budget Address. “We call this the Reform Dividend. And wow, as the fiscal bureau pointed out, that’s a whole lot of money.” What is the “Reform Dividend” the Governor spoke ...

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A Few Budget Details that Didn’t Make Headlines

Feb 15, 2017 No Comments ›› Admin

February 15, 2017 “Governors are a bit like salesmen,” I recently told a reporter. “They put good news in the headlines and bury bad news in the small print.” Governor Walker recently released his two-year state budget. Amid much fanfare, he touted providing much needed money for schools, roads, and the UW. I went digging through budget ...

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