May 23, 2016

1310 WIBA/Wisconsin Radio Network May 22,2016 by 1310 WIBA/Wisconsin Radio Network The governor is defending against criticism that Republicans have restricted local control over the last five years. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo released this week shows the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed 128 measures since 2011 that either place unfunded mandates or …

May 23, 2016

WEAU News May 20, 2013 by AP MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed 128 measures since 2011 restricting the authority of local government.That’s according to the state’s nonpartisan budget agency.The rundown comes in a May 16 memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. It was released at the …

April 4, 2016

Wisconsin Gazette April 1, 2016 by LISA NEFF “Paper or plastic?” isn’t going away anytime soon in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation March 30 protecting plastic bags from community bans. AB 730 prohibits local governments from regulating the commercial use of plastic bags or other “auxiliary containers” such a cups, bottles …

April 4, 2016

Governing March 25, 2016 By Alan Greenblatt St. Louis can’t get a break from its own state. Last year, Missouri enacted a law preventing St. Louis and other cities from setting their own minimum-wage rates and from banning plastic grocery bags. This year, state lawmakers have spent a considerable amount of …

March 17, 2016

PR Watch Submitted by Jessica Mason on March 16, 2016 The pay-to-play model of government advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) scored another victory this week. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Senate voted along party lines to approve a bill that would prohibit local communities from issuing their own …