Congressional leaders, including U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., focused on addressing the political, economic and cultural concerns facing Wisconsin amid a changing economy during a discussion at Memorial Union Thursday. The panel met to talk about issues ranging from declining union membership, stagnant wages and job loss to racial disparity and public school funding. The panel included U.S. Reps. Pocan, Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and Donald Norcross, D-N.J., as well as education, labor and policy professionals from around the country.
With immigration policy being one of the cruxes of the Trump administration, six UW-Madison economic professors penned a letter along with professors nationwide to President Donald Trump, detailing the economic benefits of immigration. Of the 1,470 professors to sign the bipartisan letter, six are from UW-Madison, and an additional 10 are from other Wisconsin schools. The letter addressed concerns over the Trump administration’s isolationist immigration policy and outlined positive gains derived from immigration.
One of the largest referendums in state history passed in the Verona School District Tuesday in large part due to tech corporation Epic.
Three Democratic lawmakers revealed a bill Wednesday that would legalize physician-assisted deaths for terminally ill patients, starting at 18-years-old.
The state Assembly Health Committee passed the Right to Try bill Wednesday which will broaden terminally ill patients’ access to experimental drugs.
Wisconsin Democrats held a teleconference Wednesday to introduce and discuss a new report from a non-profit organization on the potential economic effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
State Republican lawmakers reintroduced a bill this week that would ban the sale, circulation and research of fetal tissue, which could affect ongoing research at UW-Madison starting in 2018. The bill would allow the attorney general to prosecute the sale of fetal tissues in Wisconsin, which is currently not allowed, forbid fetal tissue research from a for-profit entity, abortion clinic or entity that exists to collect fetal tissue to sell. If signed into law, those who violate the ban would face a $50,000 fine and potentially nine months in prison.
President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Tuesday.
Gov. Scott Walker announced in a meeting Wednesday that he has a “dramatic” plan to improve the state of rural K-12 public schools with the Wisconsin Credit Union League.
Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday his plan to expand the broadband program in rural areas, and proposed a bill to the state Legislature providing $35 million for the expansion.