A second round of identical funding will be released next year, bringing the total to more than $411 million in allocations to Wisconsin communities with fewer than 50,000 residents.
Under the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the DNR is working to add some fluorinated compounds, collectively known as PFAS, to a list of regulated contaminants in drinking water, groundwater and surface water.
"On the back end we had retiring drivers and on the front end we had a bottleneck created by the pandemic for new drivers coming into the workforce," Kedzie said.
Under new guidance, unvaccinated poll workers will be able to work in upcoming elections if they submit a negative coronavirus test within three days of an election.
In its first few years the Wisconsin Elections Commission split 3-3 on official decisions only twice, but from December 2019 through the end of 2020 it recorded 32 split votes.
After two years of work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has abandoned efforts to protect drinking water from nitrate, the state’s most prevalent contaminant.
Circuit Court Judge Bennett J. Brantmeier also said the agency must hold a hunt immediately any time federal protections are lifted during the statutory hunting season, which runs from November through February.
The GOP-drawn maps, which passed the Republican-controlled state Assembly and Senate last week, would largely maintain the core of the existing district boundaries that Republicans drew in secret in 2011.
DWD reported the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.2% in October, the lowest the state has seen since before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Kleefisch has asked the court to suspend guidance the agency gave to local elections clerks related to ballot drop boxes, consolidated polling places and poll workers at nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both Attorney General Josh Kaul and Natural Resources Board Chair Fred Prehn asked the high court to hear the case after a Dane County judge dismissed Kaul's effort to oust the Walker appointee.
Wisconsin law requires a permit to build a large power plant. The standards are different depending on who’s building it.
Under current law, first-time marijuana possession is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail, while local governments are allowed to establish their own penalties for possessing small amounts of the plant.
Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said auditors may either review election documents one at a time or be sworn-in as election officials.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, Vos said Johnson met with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss topics like the economy and inflation, but "never got into elections."
About 95% of employees are already fully vaccinated. UW-Madison estimates 1,800 employees have not yet provided proof of vaccination.
The commission's maps, as well as maps unveiled last week by legislative Democrats, have not been universally supported by Democratic lawmakers.
Thousands of ballot certifications examined from Madison are a window onto how elections officials handled a pandemic and a divided and unhelpful state government.
Wolfe said many of the recommendations outlined in the report will need to be approved by a majority of the commission, which is scheduled to meet Dec. 1.
Also, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said the Republican-controlled Legislature should bypass the governor and Wisconsin Elections Commission and oversee state elections.
The Forum's report found that the 1.87 percentage point drop in state and local taxes as a share of personal income in Wisconsin from 1999 to 2019 was the biggest decrease in the nation over the 20-year span.
Ultimately, it's expected the state's next 10-year maps will be decided in court.
The Bucks were the first NBA champions to visit the White House in nearly five years, ending a Donald Trump-era hiatus.
State Republican party chairman Paul Farrow said he's confident other potential GOP candidates would be able to ensure Republicans hold onto the U.S. Senate seat if Johnson, R-Oshkosh, does not run for reelection.
"These need to be produced unless there is a darn good reason why not and I don’t see one at this point," Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn said during a Friday hearing.