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State Senators are poised to act today on a bill that would weaken the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.

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The Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation to shorten the terms of Milwaukee County supervisors and limit the board’s power.

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Two legislative panels sunk their teeth into the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. on Thursday. A state audit has revealed evidence that WEDC gave taxpayer money to ineligible recipients and did not properly track loans and grants.

The Joint Finance committee voted to give WEDC $59M in the 2013-14 state budget but nothing in 2014-15 unless it improves.

The Joint Audit committee grilled WEDC executives for more than four hours.

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Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.

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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

The executive director of a Washington DC watchdog organization published a report prior to the creation of WEDC warning of potential transparency and accountability problems with similar public-private economic developments groups elsewhere.

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Wisconsin Republicans rallied near Wausau over the weekend - during their annual convention.

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More taxicabs could soon be rolling on Milwaukee streets. In 1992, the city capped taxi permits at 350. Now a group of cab owners and at least one alderman want to lift the cap. This afternoon, a Common Council committee will solicit opinions about the quality of taxi service today and whether or not the city needs more.

It’s not uncommon to tune into the news and learn of another drunken driving arrest or accident. Oftentimes, the perpetrators have numerous offenses.

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The insurance giant Northwestern Mutual wants to build a $400 million office tower, that would be at least 30 stories tall, on the corner of Cass and Mason, in downtown Milwaukee. It would replace a 16-story building from the 1970s.

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One of the big budget items coming before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Tuesday will be transportation.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has won a second ten year term. Roggensack handily defeated Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday’s election.

Following the results of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court Election in which incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won another 10-year term, former Justice Janine Geske shared her thoughts about the race and concerns about the court.

With election day coming up next Tuesday, education activists on both sides of the aisle are anticipating the outcome of one of the biggest races - that for state superintendent of public instruction.

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One of the last issues the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee considered Tuesday as it wrapped up budget briefings was childcare. Lawmakers must decide what they think of Gov. Walker’s plans to alter the state’s payment system for providers and to combat fraud.

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