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Wisconsin Senate passes welfare reform bills; 'Public assistance should be a trampoline, not a hammock'

MADISON — The Wisconsin Legislature has approved most of Gov. Scott Walker’s welfare overhaul package, including tougher work requirements for people on food stamps.

The Senate on Tuesday voted to increase the current 20-hour per-week work or job training requirement for able-bodied adults to 30 hours and include parents with school-aged children for the first time. 184 more words

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Wisconsin lawmakers to take up Walker health insurance plan

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to help reduce health insurance premiums for people buying plans on the private market in Wisconsin is up for legislative approval on Tuesday, as both the Senate and Assembly meet to take up several key planks of the Republican governor’s re-election platform. 510 more words

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Lawmakers make last-minute changes to Lincoln Hills shutdown bill

MILWAUKEE — Lawmakers are making several 11th-hour changes to a bill that shuts down Wisconsin’s only youth prison and moves many young inmates to county-run facilities. 440 more words

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Gov. Walker's reinsurance bill, $7 million marketing plan up

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to help reduce insurance premiums for people buying plans on the private market in Wisconsin is up for legislative approval. 107 more words

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Gov. Walker issues statement on Florida shooting; orders flags at half-staff

PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. 132 more words

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Brewers, others come out against 'alcohol czar' bill

MADISON — Wisconsin breweries are fighting against a bill that would create a powerful new “alcohol czar” position to enforce liquor laws in the state. 115 more words

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Lawmakers forge ahead with juvenile prison plan; hearing and vote on same day

MADISON — A hastily-conceived plan to close the Lincoln Hills juvenile prison and reorganize how young offenders are imprisoned in Wisconsin was moving ahead Thursday, Feb. 578 more words

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