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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.

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Reproductive rights groups have filed lawsuits challenging multiple abortion restrictions in a number of states, including Indiana, Texas, Virginia, and now Wisconsin.

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is suing the Trump administration over rules for Title X funding. The organization's branches in Utah and Ohio have joined the lawsuit. Title X gives grants to clinics to provide reproductive care for uninsured and under-insured people. Planned Parenthood says the Trump administration's new rules are illegal and will favor clinics that focus on abstinence education.

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The two votes fell along party lines, with majority Republicans prevailing. Their overhaul of Wisconsin's century-old civil service system would, among other changes, eliminate hiring exams for applicants and protections for more experienced workers, create merit bonuses and centralize hiring decisions within the governor's Dept. of Administration.

Supporters insist Wisconsin must have more flexibility to quickly hire, promote and fire public workers. Opponents claim the change will open the door to cronyism.

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(UPDATE: On Thursday, Sept. 24, the state Assembly approved the bill on a 60-35 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor, and all Democrats against.  The item now heads to the state Senate.)

Under a Republican bill, the state of Wisconsin would apply for federal Title X funding and direct it away from Planned Parenthood. Title X covers the cost of reproductive health care for low-income people, including contraception and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.