Stories tagged: "Rep. Mark Born"


July 8, 2021, at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
‘Isn’t Good Enough for Our Kids’: Evers Signs GOP Budget Despite Concerns

Governor reluctantly signs a budget that uses the state's surplus on tax cuts rather than education and infrastructure.

(left) Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, (right) Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
GOP Budget Includes School Spending Increase, Tax Cuts—but There Are a Few Big Catches

GOP lawmakers say they’ve increased funding for schools and cut taxes for the middle class. It's true on paper, but leaves out some key context.

Goyke Joint Finance
Republicans Toss Criminal Justice Reforms From State Budget

Republican lawmakers also reject Democratic attempt to reign in spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private lawyers.

The Legislature's budget-writing committee meets Wednesday for a session during which Republicans on the panel cut funding for lead-pipe removal, workforce development, and upgrades to the state's outdated unemployment system. (Screenshot via WisEye)
Wisconsin Republicans Continue Budget-Cutting Spree, Leaving Lead Pipes and Workforce Training Unaddressed

No lead abatement. No expanded job training. No upgrade to an archaic unemployment system. Republican lawmakers say one-time pandemic relief funds should be used instead.

Joint Finance Democrats, including from left to right, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) during a press conference before Thursday's hearing pointed out that the Republicans used federal funds to justify cutting requests for additional funds, but those cuts endanger said federal funds. (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
Republicans Want to Spend Less on Schools Than Evers Proposes, but Doing So Could Cost $1.5 Billion in Federal Aid

Legislators had been warned earlier that the aid from the American Rescue Plan is a supplement for struggling schools, not a substitute for state support.

Jacob Luttropp, a registered nurse at Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire who works directly with COVID-19 patients, became the first healthcare worker there to receive a vaccine to protect against the virus on Dec. 18. (Julian Emerson photo).
Rural Wisconsin Is Already Getting COVID-19 Vaccine, and a Second Type Is on the Way

Moderna vaccine won’t need super-cold storage, but Pfizer’s is also getting distributed statewide despite Republican politicians’ stated concerns.