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AP: Walker says there will be more money for schools

May 02, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Monday it's still unclear how much money originally targeted for the University of Wisconsin System will instead be diverted to pay for deeper tax cuts and to help K-12 schools. Walker told reporters in his Capitol conference room that he's still talking with UW officials about how much money is needed to pay for freezing tuition system-wide while also investing in economic development programs at the university he supports. "I don't know if there's a specific number," Walker said when asked how much would be set aside for public K-12 schools and tax cuts.

STATE NEWS: Legislature looks at strengthening drunken driving laws

May 02, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican bill that would ensure repeat drunken drivers spend time behind bars generated surprisingly little opposition at public hearing Thursday. The measure, authored by Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, and Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, would rewrite state law to require judges to impose a three-year prison sentence on seven-, eight- and nine-time drunken drivers and a minimum four-year prison sentence for a 10th offense or beyond. Judges also would be required to impose a mandatory 30-day jail sentence on anyone who causes an injury by driving with a blood-alcohol content between 0.04 percent and 0.08 percent. Ott told the Assembly Judiciary Committee a 2009 law toughening Wisconsin's drunken driving laws was supposed to impose those mandatory sentences. But a state appeals court ruled last month the technical statutory language actually leaves a judge free to decide whether to impose any prison time. If the judge decides prison is appropriate, he or she must impose the mandatory three-year or four-year sentences, the court ruled. Ott said his bill would clarify the Legislature's intent that repeat offenders must be locked up.
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