Local Government Category Archive


  • Walker’s Rejection of Shipwreck Sanctuary Draws Mixed Responses in Mequon, Port Washington

    Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to rescind the state’s application for a national marine sanctuary was a cause for celebration for many lakefront homeowners, but was also a devastating blow to some community...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/14/2018
  • Scott Walker Stands by David Clarke, Even After 4 Inmates Died in Milwaukee Jails in 6 Months

    Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, indicated on Wednesday that he will not take any action against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the Chicago Tribune reported. Walker said that while he has the...

    Salon, 04/27/2017
  • Walker Says He Won’t Remove Clarke As Milwaukee County Sheriff

    Gov. Scott Walker said he won’t remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office despite reports of an inmate who died of dehydration after being deprived of water for seven days in...

    WPR, 04/26/2017
  • Scott Walker Deals Another Blow to Big Labor in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that prevents local governments from requiring contractors to hire union labor for publicly funded construction projects. Walker signed the legislation, which passed along party lines...

    Daily Signal, 04/18/2017
  • Editorial: What the Next Sheriff Should Bring to The job

    If Clarke is about to leave, Gov. Scott Walker should get serious about who would replace him. For the sake of the county he once led, Walker needs to get this appointment...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/03/2017
  • Scott Walker Says Sheriff Clarke Fabricated a Story About Him in New Book

    Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker, responding to an excerpt from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s new book, agreed with his long-time aide R.J. Johnson that the sheriff made up a story about his interactions...

    Wisconsin Gazette, 03/03/2017
  • Walker Talks Public Safety With Milwaukee Authorities

    Gov. Scott Walker is meeting with Milwaukee authorities to discuss public safety issues. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor met with Milwaukee aldermen and the Milwaukee police and firefighter union presidents...

    Channel 3000, 08/19/2016
  • Scott Walker: Hillary Clinton’s Comments Are ‘inflaming’ Racial Tension in Milwaukee

    In an interview on “Fox and Friends,” Walker accused both Clinton and Obama of making the situation in the city worse, though he did not specify how. “I think comments like that...

    Providence Journal, 08/16/2016
  • Walker Signs Bill Letting Libraries Use Collection Agencies to Recoup Fines

    Another bill signed into law permits libraries to report borrowers who owe late fees to collections agencies, or in some cases, to law enforcement. It allows a library to report delinquent accounts...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Signs Bill Allowing Towns in Dane County to Opt Out of Zoning Laws

    Walker also signed a bill allowing towns in Dane County to opt out of county zoning laws. The bill, authored by Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, was introduced after the Dane County Towns...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/01/2016
  • Walker Signs Sex Offender Placement Bill

    Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that creates uniform restrictions on where violent sex offenders can live.Municipalities currently use local ordinances to create zones where sex offenders can’t live.The bill creates...

    Associated Press, 02/29/2016
  • Walker Won’t Push for Sanctuary City Bill

    Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t expect the Wisconsin state Senate will pass a bill banning sanctuary cities, and he’s “just fine with that.” Walker said Wednesday that his focus is on...

    Associated Press, 02/24/2016
  • Walker, GOP Attack Local Control

    Since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, Republicans have passed nearly 100 unfunded mandates or measures that restrict the authority of local governments, according to a new memo. Over the last...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/10/2016
  • Walker’s Act 10 Cited As Concerns Rise Over Teacher Shortage

    In the five years since Act 10 became law, Wisconsin school districts have experienced a dramatic decline in the number of applicants for each teacher vacancy. In 2015, there were an average...

    WITI-TV, 02/09/2016
  • Some Neenah Teachers Can Opt Out of Evaluations

    Before Act 10, the law championed by Gov. Scott Walker to limit collective bargaining powers, public school districts in Wisconsin used step-and-lane models in which educators advanced on a salary schedule by...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 01/30/2016
  • The Agenda: Green Bay Strip Club Scrutinized

    Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill on Nov. 30 rebating millions of dollars in excess Lambeau Field stadium tax revenue to Brown County communities. Green Bay’s finance committee will resume a discussion...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 12/07/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Local Government Issues

    A consistent theme throughout Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has been power grabs, particularly from local government.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Counties, Assessors Oppose Walker’s Proposed Shift to County Assessing

    Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to shift property assessment duties from municipalities to counties is meeting resistance among assessors and county leaders. The Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers voted this week to oppose...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/2015
  • Walker’s 2015 Budget Calls for More Recycling Cuts

    Gov. Scott Walker is proposing cuts in his budget for recycling, a move that represents more than a 50% reduction in funding to communities over a five-year period. In the two-year budget...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/11/2015
  • Barrett: Walker Is Abandoning Republican Notion of Local Control

    Mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to end residency rules statewide for all units of local government means he is abandoning an ideal Republicans have long subscribed to: local control....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/21/2013
  • Walker Signed Bill Restricting Early Voting Hours and Limiting Local Clerks’ Control of Early Voting Hours

    Signed bill that limited clerk’s office hours and days available for early voting, eliminating weekend voting and severely restricting voting hours available outside the normal work day. The Assembly version of the...

    2013 SB 324, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • How Far Does Walker Open Records Slowdown Go?

    MADISON, Wis. — A report that Gov. Walker’s gubernatorial campaign manager directed his Milwaukee County staff to “drag out” fulfilling requests under the state open records law for information related to a...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/20/2012
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Top Walker Aide Pleading Guilty to Felony Misconduct in Office

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to the announcement that Kelly Rindfleisch will plead guilty to one count of felony misconduct in public...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/09/2012
  • Walker Budget Included Largest Cuts to Shared Revenue in a Decade in 2011-13 Budget

    The 2011-13 budget cut shared revenue aid to local governments by $76 million, a 9% reduction, the largest in at least a decade. Shared revenue helps to pay for local services like...

    Politifact, 05/24/2012
  • Walker Attempt to Privatize Food Stamps and Take Over Medical Assistance From Counties Blocked; Counties Form Consortiums to Meet Demand While Dealing With 16.8% Budget cut

    Here’s the challenge: The state cut funding to operate economic support services by 16.8 percent, while at the same time requiring counties to contribute the same amount to services that they did...

    Janesville Gazette, 12/31/2011
  • Walker Slashed General Transportation Aids to Local Governments for Road Maintenance

    Walker signed into law $27.5 million in cuts to transportation aid to local governments for maintenance of local roads. (2011-13 Executive Budget Comparative Summary, Department of Transportation, page 666; 2011 Assembly Bill...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • GOP Bill Takes Away Local Control Over Landlords; Allows Landlords to Discriminate Against Poor People

    Madison city officials and housing advocates are reeling from a punch delivered by new GOP legislation that threatens to erase several decades worth of renter protections enacted here. Senate Bill 107, introduced...

    Capital Times, 06/15/2011
  • Walker Prevented Local Governments From Having Their Own Paid Sick Leave Laws

    Walker signed into law a bill that prevented local government’s from passing paid sick leave or family medical leave laws that are more inclusive and powerful than the statewide law. The governor...

    2011 WI Act 16, 05/05/2011
  • Walker Privatized Courthouse Security, Resulting in a Convicted Sex Offender Working There Without County Knowledge

    “(Chad Wegener) works for Wackenhut Security Services, a big international firm, which took over security at the Courthouse last month. However, back in 2004, Wegener resigned as chief of police in Manawa,...

    WMTJ-TV, 04/15/2010
  • Walker Proposes Ending County Government

    “Walker, the county executive who is running for governor, renewed his call Monday to parcel out county functions to the state, municipalities and to governmental districts yet to be created. Walker has...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/22/2009
  • Walker Said Shared Revenue Cuts Made His Job As County Exec Harder

    “Doyle said Friday he is working with Democratic legislative leaders on the next round of cuts for all state programs but was not ready to announce what he will recommend. A 5%...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/16/2009
  • Walker Recorded Tax Ad for Club for Growth

    “The referendum also faced organized opposition from a local conservative political action group, Wisconsin Club for Growth, which ran radio ads critical of the sales tax increase over the past week. Walker...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/05/2008
  • Walker’s Pledge to Freeze Property Tax and Refusal to Raise Any Taxes ‘Exacerbates the County’s Woes’

    “But Walker exacerbates the county’s woes by sticking to his pledge to freeze the county property tax. The sentiment is commendable, but his intransigence is anything but. …Walker’s pledge fits his belief...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2008
  • Plan Walker Supported Was Particularly Harsh On Milwaukee

    Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday he will veto a Republican plan for distributing the state aid local governments use to pay for services such as police and fire protection, saying it unfairly...

    Associated Press, 07/09/2003
  • But Then Walker Supported Republican Plan for Shared Revenue Cuts & Property Tax Freeze

    “Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed a two-year statewide property tax freeze as a way to shield taxpayers…State aid to cities, counties, villages and towns would be set at $931 million in 2004...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/23/2003
  • Walker Supported Plan to Eliminate State Aid to Municipalities, Raise Local Sales Taxes

    The lawmakers’ proposal would eliminate the $ 819.5 million a year in operating subsidies that state government gives to cities, villages and towns.But it would continue state operating aid of $189 million...

    Associated Press, 02/26/1999
  • Walker Sponsored Bill Capping Public School Spending

    The bill proposed making permanent a previously adopted cap on public school funding.

    1995 AB 6, 01/01/1995
  • Walker Proposed Capping State Spending

    Walker claimed the new Republican Legislators pioneered the idea. “We felt it was important as new members to stress that we were looking for something dynamic and different.”

    Capital Times, 12/09/1993