Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.

Previously, she was an anchor and reporter at WTMJ in Milwaukee, WIBA in Madison, and WLIP in Kenosha.

Marti’s work has been recognized by RTNDA, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marti earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Marti currently lives on her favorite side of town – Milwaukee’s east side.

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers rolled out another budget initiative while in Milwaukee Thursday. He says he’ll include $28 million for a range of women’s health care issues when he delivers his budget address next week.

Evers says part of the money would go toward restoring funding for Planned Parenthood. Republicans who control the Legislature will likely oppose the idea.

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Updated 5:40 p.m.

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican tax bill Wednesday. The bill, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last week, would have funded a middle-class income tax cut using surplus funds from the current state budget.


Updated at 4:32 p.m.  

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include legalizing medical marijuana, along with decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Evers says possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less should be decriminalized.  


The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a middle class tax cut last week. It includes using a surplus to pay for the cut. Now, the ball is in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' court. He also is pushing for a tax cut — but to pay for it, he wants to virtually eliminate a manufacturing tax credit. There's been talk that Evers will veto the GOP tax plan, and unveil his own, in his budget address later this month.

New Democratic Gov. Tony Evers promised on the campaign trail to provide a middle class tax cut. Republicans who control the legislature have the same goal, but getting there may be an ordeal.

The state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would tap a budget surplus to pay for a $340 million annual tax cut for single and joint filers. The measure goes to the state Senate on Wednesday, but if the GOP proposal is approved Evers might reject it, as he has a different approach in mind.

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The Republican-controlled legislature is moving ahead with its plan for a middle class income tax cut.  A bill passed out of committee last week and is scheduled for floor debate Tuesday and Wednesday.  Lawmakers want to use a surplus to pay for the tax cut, while Gov. Tony Evers is pushing a plan to eliminate a tax credit for manufacturers.

Maayan Silver

Updated 7:40 a.m. Feb. 7, 2019

The Milwaukee police officer that was shot and killed Wednesday has been identified as Matthew Rittner, according to a news release from the Milwaukee Police Department. Before joining MPD, Rittner was in the U.S. Marines. 

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There was a lot of drama last week involving Foxconn.  The Taiwanese electronics giant said it would shift the focus of the huge plant it's building in Racine County from manufacturing LCD screens -- to research and development.  But, after a conversation between President Trump and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou, the company announced that LCD screen manufacturing at the plant is back on.  

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Foxconn says the jobs it plans to create at the huge plant it's building in Racine County will be focused mostly on research and development, not manufacturing. 

READ: Foxconn Promises LCD Screen Plant; Number Of Manufacturing Jobs Unclear

Lauren Sigfusson

Updated on Jan. 30 4:46 p.m.  

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has declared a cold weather emergency, as the city braces for frigid temperatures. The forecast Wednesday calls for a high of minus 12, with wind chills possibly dipping to minus 50.

Gov. Tony Evers raised eyebrows last week when he announced in his first State of the State address that he was directing Attorney General Josh Kaul to withdraw Wisconsin from a federal lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. 


New Gov. Tony Evers is expected to outline portions of his agenda Tuesday night when he delivers his first State of the State address. Observers are eager to hear what the Democrat will say. 

READ: Evers Delivers His First State Of The State Address

UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee predicts the speech won't be very flashy. Rather, Lee says that Evers is likely to push the issues that he championed during his campaign.

New Gov. Tony Evers got some help last week when a coalition of liberal-leaning groups filed a lawsuit which, if successful, would benefit him. 

The suit seeks to overturn the laws Republican lawmakers approved last month that limit the Democratic governor's powers. 

The suit argues that GOP lawmakers illegally convened the lame duck session according to a joint rule, which doesn't have the force of law. 

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New Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling for Democrats and Republicans to work together. He made the comment during his inauguration Monday. Thousands of people packed into the State Capitol to witness the start of a new era.


Today is Inauguration Day in Wisconsin, and Tony Evers will be sworn-in as governor.  The Democrat defeated Republican Incumbent Scott Walker last November. 

Evers' term could be marked by gridlock as he battles a Republican-led legislature, which has already taken steps to limit his power.

For this week's "Capitol Notes," WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of, about the other challenges Evers will face in the first few months of his tenure.