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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced a new commission to begin evaluation of existing education funding system.

Vos announces new task force to address education funding

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, announced the creation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Wednesday, a part of a new initiative intended to reevaluate how education dollars are spent in the state. The legislative task force is aimed at examining how taxes are being spent on education and assessing what changes might need to be made to the existing system. The commission will be chaired by state Rep.

State Attorney General Brad Schimel came to campus Tuesday to speak with College Republicans.

Attorney General speaks with College Republicans in Madison spot

Wisconsin Attorney Brad Schimel attended a UW-Madison College Republicans meeting Tuesday as a guest lecturer, with topics ranging from his recent activity as AG for the state Department of Justice to his take on the latest issues in the political spotlight. Schimel addressed his role in the ongoing Wisconsin district lines court case, in which Democratic voters accused the state of gerrymandering — the process of systematically establishing a political advantage by skewing district lines.

Treasurer of Milwaukee Spencer Coggs was issued a $75,000 settlement for sexually harassing one of his legislative aides while he was representing Milwaukee as a state senator. 

Sexual harassment complaint against former Democratic lawmaker ended in $75,000 settlement

Six years after a sexual harassment and discrimination complaint was filed to Wisconsin’s Equal Rights Division by an aide, Wisconsin taxpayers spent $75,000 to resolve the settlement against former Democratic state senator from Milwaukee Spencer Coggs. Coggs, who is now Treasurer of Milwaukee, was accused of discriminating against one of his aides, Jana Williams, because of her race and gender.

Tax bill reconciliation could decide the fate of many university-related tax benefits.

Here’s what Congress’ controversial tax bill could mean for students

State Republicans are celebrating the momentum of their legislative agenda marked by the Senate’s passage of a new tax bill Friday night, while Democrats warn of potential costs to students and universities. The bill’s passage has been claimed as a victory for general nationwide tax cuts, a cause championed by Wisconsin Republicans for the last several years. “I’m happy to see Congress is finally following our lead for tax reform by eliminating the alternative minimum tax, the death tax and lowering rates for all Americans,” said state Rep.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law Thursday that will allow Wisconsin farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Wisconsin’s farms are open for hemp production

Wisconsin farmers will now be able to grow industrial hemp after Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law Thursday that had previously passed unanimously in both the state Assembly and state Senate. Federal law generally outlaws the growing and possession of cannabis but states are allowed to create programs that research and grow industrial hemp since it is non-psychoactive, as opposed to marijuana. Wisconsin was the country’s leader in the production of industrial hemp.

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