Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Governor Walker Calls for Increased Investment in Broadband during State of the State

Governor Walker gave his seventh State of the State address Tuesday afternoon. Much of the speech focused on developing Wisconsin’s workforce and reforms and investments his administration has made to get more people working. 

Walker also talked about his proposal to invest $35.5 million more to expand the broadband access grant program and help upgrade technology and train teachers from small and rural school districts. “This afternoon, I call on members of the state legislature to pass our plan as soon as possible to help connect everyone in the state,” Walker said.

He also discussed several proposals related to public education funding, including his plans to increase K-12 funding in the next state budget and cut tuition at UW.

“As promised, we will increase funding for public education,” said Walker. “I love public schools.”

However, he also reiterated his support for choice in education, saying “Whatever the option, when it comes to making the right choice for their daughters and sons, I trust parents.”

The Governor concluded his speech by highlighting his plans to push the federal government to allow Wisconsin to be a leader once again on welfare reform to get more people working.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

State Superintendent Evers Faces Two Challengers in Spring Primary

State Superintendent Tony Evers is up for re-election in the 2017 Spring Election.  The official filing deadline for candidates to make it on the ballot for the February 21 primary was Tuesday.

Despite a long list of potential challengers, only John Humphries and Lowell Holtz submitted enough nomination signatures to make it on the ballot.

Humphries, a Dodgeville School District consultant,  announced his candidacy in November and is supported by State Representative Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee) and State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).  Lowell Holtz is a former Beloit Superintendent; he has been endorsed by Representative Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) and former Republican Representative Don Pridemore.

The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary will advance to the general election on April 4.

State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler is also up for re-election this Spring, but she is running unopposed. There are several other circuit and appeals court races on the ballot in addition to local contests for city council and school boards.