Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin Budget With 78 Partial Vetoes

Jul 3, 2019

Updated at 2:20 p.m. CT

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made 78 partial vetoes to the state budget passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature before signing it Wednesday, ignoring pleas from some liberals who wanted the new Democratic governor to reject the entire two-year spending plan.

Kelly Bolter

Just like his song "Ride," musician Brett Newski’s been on quite a ride of his own recently: he’s been touring at breakneck speed across the world for almost a decade, living and working in four continents in the past five years.

Newski is understandably a bit tired after all that, so he slowed down and channeled his nervous energy into a different creative outlet. The result was his 2018 album Life Upside Down.

Chuck Quirmbach

Deadly accidents and major traffic delays have troubled the Interstate 94 reconstruction project south of Milwaukee. At least one trucker blames his fellow drivers. But others want a closer look at the design of the freeway project.

The project is adding a fourth lane each way, partly for the Foxconn factory promised to be built in Racine County. But some motorists who travel that stretch of I-94 say they're concerned about their safety.

Emily Files

Legislation aimed at helping dyslexic students in Wisconsin cleared a major hurdle last month when it was approved by the State Assembly. The bill is now in the Senate’s hands. From there, it would go to Gov. Tony Evers, and potentially become Wisconsin’s first dyslexia-specific law. 

But the debate over how to support struggling readers is far from over.

Kenny Yoo

Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. From cats and dogs to reptiles and insects, humans and other creatures often share their lives with each other — to the benefit of both the pet and the human.

July’s Milwaukee Magazine has a multi-page spread on all thing pets. It was edited by Lindsey Anderson,  the magazine’s culture editor. She joined Lake Effect to share some of the cool pets they met, some shelters and pet stores doing good work, and the winner of their cutest dog contest.

Susan Bence

It’s the time of year when many people are spending time outdoors. But some worry about encountering mosquitoes or ticks that might be carrying a disease.

So, just how real is the threat? And what can you do to protect yourself from ticks and mosquitoes?

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The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is considered the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. Many people know that the disease can cause cervical cancer — but it's also known to cause other kinds of cancer that affect both men and women.

Although a vaccine has been available for more than a decade, vaccination rates remain relatively low, especially among boys and men. According to a CDC survey, around half of teens were up to date with the vaccination as of 2017.  

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that it's not the place of the federal courts to decide whether states use gerrymandering practices to redraw political district boundaries every 10 years. Because of the ruling, involving two other states, it looks like Wisconsin's redistricting trial this month will be canceled. A handful of Democratic voters sued in 2015, alleging the boundaries that Republicans drew in 2011 unfairly diluted their vote.  

In this week's Capitol Notes, WUWM's Marti MIkkelson asked JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, what happens next.

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Community leaders and activists will gather at the federal courthouse in downtown Milwaukee Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump’s containment of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thousands of asylum-seekers have been held.

Critics accuse the Republican president of separating families and keeping children housed in deplorable conditions. The protesters will participate in a “National Day of Action,” demanding the closure of the facilities.

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced its long-awaited decision on partisan gerrymandering — the practice of writing maps to disadvantage certain political parties. Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, finding that federal courts cannot remedy issues of partisan gerrymandering. The vote was 5-4, along ideological lines with the more conservative justices in the majority.

Jay Lawrence

Every month, contributor Robert Cohen offers insight about the life and work of a touring classical musician for our On That Note series. This month, Cohen spoke with Lake Effect's Bonnie North about what aging means for a professional performer.

As people age, they naturally need to adapt their bodies. Cohen says that as a musician, he has always been precisely aware of how his body is positioned and moving. But that these days, carrying his cello is not getting any easier.

Essay: The Perils Of Public Music

Jul 1, 2019
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Lake Effect essayist JF Riordan travels a lot for work. And as she explains in her essay, The Perils of Public Music, she’d just like a little peace and quiet on the road:

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The late Dr. Allen L. Herron set the pace for black physicians in Milwaukee, especially black men. He’s believed to be the first African American male doctor to practice here.

The Republican-crafted state budget is in the hands of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.  Both houses of the Legislature approved the two-year spending plan this week, after the GOP stripped Evers' major policy proposals, and made other big changes.  

Evers can sign the GOP budget, veto it or alter it with his "line-item" veto power.  The office of Wisconsin governor is said to have one of the most powerful veto pens in the country.  That power has survived court challenges.  

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The Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) is the largest competitive road cycling series in the United States. It attracts cyclists from the U.S, Europe, South America and Australia. This year is the biggest series yet, boasting 11 days of racing in 11 different communities throughout southeast Wisconsin and more than 1,100 athletes participate.