Eliminating bachelor's degree requirement key change
A Republican budget proposal "would have Wisconsin have the weakest standards for who can be a teacher in the classroom in the country."
Many factors at work
Since Republicans took over after the 2010 election, "the graduation rate in Wisconsin has gone from 86 percent to 88 percent. The black graduation rate has gone from 60 percent to 65 percent. The Latino graduation rate has gone from 65 percent to 71 percent."
Yes, though impact on students limited
Says Scott Walker "cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote."
No loophole for illegal workers to slip through
A measure to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law would "make it easier for state contractors to hire illegal workers for Wisconsin construction jobs" through an "illegal worker loophole in the state budget."
By one measure, but not others
"Two of the top three (rated) public high schools in Wisconsin — Ronald Reagan College Prep and Rufus King International — are MPS schools."
Many explanations for the gap
"Thanks to restrictive and anticompetitive ballot laws," candidates in November 2014 ran unopposed in nearly half of Wisconsin’s state representative races but in Michigan and Minnesota nearly all races had challengers.
Some maximum bike forfeitures are higher; but the standard forfeiture is lower
If Milwaukee approves reducing its maximum forfeiture for marijuana possession to $50, the city would have "23 different bicycle violations that have a higher forfeiture."
Mopping up is part of the messy process
Says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget contained 110 pages of errors -- an unusually high number -- "and millions of dollars’ worth of mistakes" that were corrected with a follow-up document.
Taxpayers have paid well over 50% for most NBA arenas built since 1999
A 50-50 public-private split for paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena would "be much better -- in terms of the portion of the public financing -- than most of the other arena projects done around the country."
His vote was 1 of 60
Says Democratic challenger Russ Feingold "was the deciding vote on Obamacare."
Positive signs but prediction a bit premature
"For our next two years in my state, we will end with a structural surplus of $499 million."
Dramatic drop in reported crashes
"Accidents are down 50 percent and injury accidents are down 60 percent" in the rebuilt Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee.
Actually, he was in Wisconsin
Democrat "Russ Feingold announced his Wisconsin Senate run today from…California."
Yes, in first year. But benefit would be ongoing
"There are more members of the U.S. Senate than the number of WI families who would benefit from GOP estate tax break."
It's often misattributed
Says Thomas Jefferson said "that government is best which governs least."
Except for that speech at the border in 2011
Says that as president, Barack Obama has not gone to the Texas-Mexico border
Big cut in first, but others added back some funds
"Republicans have already cut our neighborhood public schools three budgets in a row."
No specific coverage for trans-gender people
Wisconsin's non-discrimination law "doesn't protect members of the trans-gender community."
Not enough criminal justice figures available for 18-24 age group
"There are more young black males involved in the criminal justice system than there are in higher education."
Costs sizeable, but only $16 million
Says the recall elections that aimed to remove him and other Republican officials from office "cost tens of millions of dollars to run."
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