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Analysts: GM's Janesville Plant Vulnerable to Cuts

Posted: 06/02/2008 - Industry analysts say General Motors's sport utility plant in Janesville is among those most vulnerable as the automaker prepares to announce restructuring to deal with the evaporating pickup-truck and SUV market.

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UW System Wants Full Funding for Veterans Tuition Benefits

Updated: 06/03/2008 - University of Wisconsin System leaders want lawmakers to pay the full cost of tuition benefits they've given to veterans. Wisconsin veterans can attend the UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System for free under a 2006 law.

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Property Taxes in Wisconsin Increase 3.8 Percent

Updated: 06/02/2008 - Property taxes on a typical home in Wisconsin increased 3.8 percent this year. The Legislature's Fiscal Bureau says the boost reported Monday is the largest single year jump in three years. Net property taxes increased 4.6 percent on a typical home from 2004 to 2005.

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Wis. Assembly Fails to Override Governor's Budget Vetoes

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Three attempts to override vetoes Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle made to the state budget have failed in the Republican-controlled state Assembly. None of the three override attempts got the 64 votes needed to succeed. Two overrides got 57 votes, one got 60.

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Wisconsin Drops Out of Top 10 Tax States

Updated: 05/28/2008 - New research bumps Wisconsin from the 10 highest-taxed states in the nation for the first time since 1980. Two analyses of recently released U.S. Census Bureau data shows Wisconsin's taxes increased in the fiscal year ending June 2006, the latest figures available - but that other states rose more.

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Sales of Spam Rise as Consumers Trim Food Costs

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Love it, hate it or laugh at it - at least it's inexpensive. Sales of Spam -- that much maligned meat - are rising as consumers turning more to lunch meats and other lower-cost foods to extend their already stretched food budgets.

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Midwest Airlines to Charge $20 for 2nd Checked Bag

Posted: 05/23/2008 - Midwest Airlines will charge passengers $20 each way for a second checked bag starting next month. The Milwaukee-based airline says the fee will be for tickets bought starting Saturday for travel after June 15. It'll still be free to check one bag. But the airline says those bags must weigh no more than 50 pounds.

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Gas Prices Jump to New Records, Pressuring Memorial Day Travelers

Updated: 05/23/2008 - Just as Memorial Day day weekend begins, gas prices have reached another record high. AAA and the Oil Price Information Service says the price of a gallon of regular rose more than 4 cents overnight to $3.87 and a-half cents.

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Marshfield Woman Pleads Guilty to Travel Fraud

Updated: 05/23/2008 - A Marshfield travel agent has pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding her customers. The U.S. Attorney's office says 47-year-old Marcia Meshak ran the Travel Pro travel agency in Marshfield.

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Identity Theft Concerns Prompt WPR to Give Up Volunteers

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Concerns about identity theft are changing the way Wisconsin Public Radio conducts its fundraisers. The nonprofit radio station replaced the volunteers who usually staff its phone banks with a hired call center during its pledge drive this month.

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Wisconsin Parks Director Forecasts Busy Camping Season

Posted: 05/19/2008 - The director of state parks in Wisconsin says gasoline prices nearing $4 a gallon are not scaring campers and their big rigs from state parks. Bill Smith of the state Department of Natural Resources says advance reservations for camping are up 7 percent from a year ago.

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Employment Down on Wisconsin Farms Due to Late Start in Planting

Posted: 05/19/2008 - Farmers in the Midwest have been hiring fewer workers with the late start to the planting season. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers in the lake region of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota employed 52,000 workers during the week of April 6 to 12, down 7 percent from the same time in 2007.

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Wisconsin Still Falls Short with Minority Contracts

Posted: 05/19/2008 - The state government made gains last year, but again failed on its goal of hiring minority-owned companies for 5 percent of spending on goods and services. The goal, contained in state law, has been in effect since 1984 and has never been met.

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Doyle Orders More Cuts to Budget, Vetoes Delay in School Aid

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has used his partial veto power to order state agencies to cut deeper and ensure schools will get promised aid payments on time. Doyle signed a bill Friday designed to fill a $527 million deficit in the current state budget brought on by the faltering economy.

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Plan to Fix Wisconsin Budget Expected to Pass Assembly

Posted: 05/14/2008 - A proposal to fix Wisconsin's $527 million budget shortfall is just a vote away from being sent to Gov. Jim Doyle for vetoes. The Republican-controlled Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday. The Senate passed it Tuesday on a 17-16 vote, with one Democrat switching sides to vote against it.

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Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Budget Deal

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The budget plan expected to pass the Wisconsin Legislature this week largely delays the state's fiscal problems. And it assumes the state will win three pending legal fights. Gov. Jim Doyle has indicated he will veto all or part of two of the deal's main parts.

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Wis. Governor Finds Fault with Legislature's Budget Fixes

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle says he hopes he doesn't have to veto the Legislature's entire proposed fix to the state's $527 million budget shortfall, but that is an option. Doyle said Monday he doesn't think it will come to that, but he does have problems with major parts of the plan reached by legislative leaders.

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NEW INFO: Wis. Budget Deal Delays School Payments, Cuts State Spending

Updated: 05/12/2008 - A deal to solve Wisconsin's $527 million shortfall relies on a $125 million delay in aid payments to schools but not a new hospital tax advocated by Gov. Jim Doyle and Democrats. The Legislature is to vote later this week on the deal announced Monday.

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Wisconsin Legislative Leaders Continuing Budget Talks

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Legislative leaders are still trying to find a solution to the state's $527 million budget shortfall. They were scheduled to continue talks by phone Friday, but Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch and Democratic Minority Leader Jim Kreuser were not planning on being in Madison.

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Wis. Democratic Leader Says to Prepare for Budget Deal

Posted: 05/07/2008 - The leader of Democrats in the state Assembly is telling lawmakers to prepare for debate Tuesday of a bill fixing the state budget shortfall. Assembly Minority Leader Jim Kreuser of Kenosha sent an e-mail to other Democrats a day after he blasted the budget plan being negotiated.

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Poll: Majority of Wis. Residents Want Universal Care

Posted: 05/06/2008 - 61 percent of those who responded to the University of Wisconsin Survey Center's Badger Poll say they favor replacing the current health care system with one that covers everyone and is run entirely by the state.

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Wisconsin Teacher Benefits Pegged at Higher Than National Average

Posted: 05/02/2008 - A Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance analysis of census figures puts Wisconsin's teacher benefits at 50 percent higher than the national average, or sixth-highest among all states. But the group's director, Todd Berry says teacher salaries in the state are slightly lower than the national average.

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