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The Joint Finance Committee approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to make Wisconsin the first state to require some adults to work and take drug tests to receive Medicaid and food stamps. The committee also voted to freeze tuition for the University of Wisconsin and increase UW System funding by $36 million over two years.

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For the first time since expanded school choice passed four years ago, Gov. Scott Walker did not propose to expand the program in his budget. Reporter Zac Schultz goes to Wausau to hear how public and private schools are adjusting, speaking to Newman Catholic School President Mike Martin and Kathleen Williams, the retiring superintendent of Wausau Public Schools.

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California may have Arnold Schwarzenegger — a.k.a. "The Terminator” — as their former governor, but it is former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson who can say, “I’ll be back.” That is because a proposed research center named after Thompson is possibly coming to UW-Madison. The center would focus on government and public policy. It has the support of both Gov. Scott Walker and the UW chancellor.

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Officials in the Walker administration say health care premiums under the current system are projected to increase more than expected in 2018.

The Joy Cardin Show

Wildlife expert Stan Temple says the bill is unnecessary since groundhogs aren’t a general nuisance, but instead create damage in very specific places.

WPR News

Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require some adults in poverty to work and take drug tests for their health care under a measure that cleared the Legislature’s budget committee Thursday night.

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Private lawyers are hired when the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office has a full workload or other conflicts. Those lawyers are paid $40 an hour.

WPR News

Gov. Scott Walker is reinforcing his opposition to separating the state's transportation budget from the rest of the state budget.

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GOP lawmakers have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's plan to cut tuition at the University of Wisconsin System, but they will continue a tuition freeze for in-state students at UW System campuses. Overall, the budget would increase state funding on the UW System by $36 million.

Central Time

The Trump administration’s 2018 budget plan sent to Congress this week calls for major cuts to funding for medical and science research, and that has research universities — including the University of Wisconsin-Madison — defending the work of scientists.

WPR News

Republicans who run state government revealed a new fissure over the state budget Tuesday, this one involving Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to cut tuition for in-state students at University of Wisconsin System campuses. Walker proposed a 5 percent tuition cut in the second year of his budget, but GOP lawmakers said said they’re still at odds over the plan.

Central Time

Among media giants like CNN, MSNBC and Fox, ratings are booming, even as Americans continue to cut the cord.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other top Republicans announced the new Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus that Vos said will "offset some of the liberal thinking" on campus.

The Kathleen Dunn Show

Political reporters Mara Liasson and Mark Niquette say Trump's first foreign trip as president is giving him a change to show the stance his administration plans to take with the rest of the world.

WPR News

Walker's budget called for a 5 percent tuition cut for in-state students at the UW System schools starting in the 2018 school year.

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Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block a lower court order that would force Republicans to redraw Wisconsin's legislative map.

The Joy Cardin Show

Wisconsin State Rep. Rob Hutton is one of the authors of a bill that would create a council to review occupational state licensures to revise or repeal them. He says, for a variety of reasons, many can't go through the required coursework or class time to obtain an occupational license.

WPR News

At a public forum over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson faced questions about congressional efforts to scrap the Affordable Care Act, and said some parts of a House-passed plan should be slowed to make sure Americans don't lose coverage.

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Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo is the primary sponsor of two juvenile crime bills that would expand the list of crimes a minor could be incarcerated for and extend the length of time a minor could be sentenced for a crime. He said the bills would target the serious and habitual offenders. He notes the juvenile code needs a complete overhaul because minors today commit more violent crimes.

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Gov. Scott Walker is making an aggressive push to eliminate the state's portion of property tax bills in the 2017-19 state budget. For the average homeowner, the forestry mill tax cost about $26 in 2016.

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