Local Control 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 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
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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