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Wisconsin Got $9.6 Billion in Federal Aid Last Year

Posted: 04/01/2008 - A new audit says Wisconsin got about $9.6 billion in federal aid last year. The state departments of Health and Family Services, Workforce Development, Transportation and Public Instruction along with the University of Wisconsin System administered about 95 percent of the federal assistance.

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Wis. Public Service Corp. Asks to Raise Electric, Gas Rates

Updated: 04/01/2008 - Wisconsin Public Service Corp. says it's looking to increase electric and gas rates by $8.29 a month for the average residential customer, starting next year. It wants to raise natural gas rates by 2.16 percent, or $2.18 a month.

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Assembly Speaker Says He Expects Budget Resolution Within Days

Posted: 03/27/2008 - The Republican speaker of the state Assembly says he expects a solution to the state's $527 million budget shortfall within days. Speaker Mike Huebsch of West Salem said Thursday in an interview with the WisconsinEye cable network that talks so far have been very productive and substantive.

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NEW INFO: Wisconsin Senate Passes its Budget Plan

Posted: 03/25/2008 - The Wisconsin Senate passed its plan Tuesday to solve the state's $527 million budget shortfall, but it's a lot different from the plan passed earlier by the Assembly. The bill passed on an 18-14 vote and includes a tax on hospitals that is opposed by Republicans who control the Assembly.

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Wisconsin Senate to Take Up Budget Repair Bill

Posted: 03/24/2008 - The Wisconsin Senate will convene Tuesday to take up its version of a state budget repair bill to fix a $650 million shortfall. The plan differs significantly from the one drawn up by the state Assembly.

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Parents Become the 'Ultimate Piggy Bank' in Lackluster Economy

Posted: 03/21/2008 - Financial planners say they've never gotten so many calls by parents - the ultimate piggy banks in this sagging economy - seeking advice. They're taking in their grown children following divorces and job losses, or in the case of younger people, problems getting jobs in the first place.

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Basketball Court for NCAA Final Four Made in Appleton

Posted: 03/21/2008 - The basketball court for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four are ready to go because of a company in Appleton. Baseman Floors created them and shipped them to San Antonio, site of the regional championships and national championship.

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Gambling Audit: Tribes Gave Millions to State

Updated: 03/20/2008 - A new state audit shows Wisconsin's American Indian tribes gave about $195 million in gambling revenue to the state over the last three fiscal years. About $76 million of that went to state agencies while $115 million went to the state's general fund.

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Third Proposed Wisconsin Budget Solution Pending

Posted: 03/20/2008 - A third proposed solution to the state's $527 million budget shortfall has been introduced. The Democratic plan expected to be voted on in the Senate next week would include a tax on hospitals that Assembly Republicans do not want.

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President Gives Wisconsin Money for Feb. 5-Feb.6 Snowfall

Updated: 03/19/2008 - President Bush has decided to give Wisconsin money to help pay for measures taken during record or near-record snowfall at the beginning of last month. Wisconsin Emergency Management spokeswoman Lori Getter says this is only the third time the state will receive federal money for snowfall.

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Weyerhaeuser Sale Includes Manitowoc Plant

Posted: 03/17/2008 - Weyerhaeuser said Monday it's selling its containerboard packaging and recycling business to International Paper Company for $6 billion in cash. The sale includes more than 80 packaging plants, including one in Manitowoc.

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Firms Sue Charter Communications Over Pay

Posted: 03/17/2008 - Two law firms say they're suing cable television giant Charter Communications for failing to pay certain employees for certain tasks. Lawyers for the Madison-based firms say they've been given the go-ahead to expand their lawsuit on behalf of one client into a federal class action lawsuit.

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Wisconsin Democrats Pass Economic Development Plan

Posted: 03/12/2008 - An economic development plan designed to spur job growth and close tax loopholes has passed the Democratic-controlled Senate. The proposal differs from what Gov. Jim Doyle wants and is not expected to pass the Republican-controlled Assembly before it adjourns for the year.

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Wisconsin Legislators Balk at Idea of Extending Stadium Sales Tax

Posted: 03/11/2008 - A sales tax to support the Miller Park stadium is tentatively set to end in 2014, and now two state lawmakers are pushing to make that end date a reality. The 0.1 percent stadium sales tax is assessed in five counties in southeast Wisconsin.

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Stark Candy Plant That Made Conversation Hearts to Close

Posted: 03/07/2008 - The Stark Candy Company plant in Pewaukee that makes Valentine hearts and Candy Raisins is closing. New England Confectionery Company has told the state it will close the plant May 30. It says 137 jobs will be lost.

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Doyle Calls Special Session for March 13 to Deal with Budget

Posted: 03/05/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has called a special legislative session next week for lawmakers to deal with a projected $350 million budget shortfall. Doyle is calling for lawmakers to take up the budget starting on March 13.

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Regents to Look Into Affordability of UW Education

Updated: 03/03/2008 - The affordability of a state university education is on the agenda of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents this week. A system spokesman says the regents will take a broad look Thursday at the UW System's tuition and financial aid programs.

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Special Report: Surviving a Recession

Updated: 02/27/2008 - Many experts are predicting we are headed for, or already in a recession. But there are a few simple things you can do to survive the tough economic times.

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U.S. Cellular Signs Deal with Brewers

Posted: 02/27/2008 - A visit to Miller Park this baseball season and you'll find a lot more signs for U.S. Cellular. The Milwaukee Brewers and the company announced a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal Wednesday.

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