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— Dem U.S. Sen. Cory Booker will be in Milwaukee today for his first visit to Wisconsin since formally launching his presidential campaign.
Booker will participate in a community roundtable on gun violence prevention at Coffee Makes You Black, according to details listed at his campaign website.
Booker’s visit comes after fellow Dem contenders Bernie Sanders, Julian Castro, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar made stops in the state. It also comes ahead of President Trump’s rally in Green Bay on Saturday.
See more on the event:
And see coverage in today’s PM Update.
— Members of the Senate Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Committee are planning to be briefed this morning on Gov. Tony Evers’ budget by members of the state jobs agency.
Among those who will be representing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. are agency head Mark Hogan and Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun.
The Joint Finance Committee earlier this year invited six agency heads to testify, fewer than are typically called before the body. But the co-chairs encouraged chairs of standing committees in both houses to hear from other cabinet secretaries.
Today’s hearing is the first in a Senate standing committee to include testimony from an agency head on the budget. A spokesman for Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he wasn’t aware of any other committees planning a budget hearing.
No standing committees in the Assembly are planning to hold hearings on the budget, a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said.
— A series of Assembly committees are holding public hearings today on a package of bills aimed at combating the homelessness issue.
That includes the Housing and Real Estate, Workforce Development and Public Benefit Reform committees.
The legislation is a product of the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness’ statewide plan to spend nearly $3.8 million annually on direct housing. The council, created under a bill then-Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last session, initially unveiled its proposals in November. Republicans unveiled the package in February.
See more in the calendar below.
— Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and DNR Secretary Preston Cole are planning to tour UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences this morning.
— The conservative Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin is doing mail and digital spots to praise three lawmakers for their work on legislation that would make it easier for those convicted of a crime to have their record expunged.
The mail piece praising Rep. Evan Goyke urges recipients to thank the Milwaukee Dem for “supporting expungement reform and urge him to keep fighting for a smarter criminal justice system for all Wisconsinites.”
The campaign also praises Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay.
The group said it was part of a national six-figure campaign across 10 states.
Current state law limits expungement to those under 25 years old and requires judges to grant it at the time of sentencing. The bill backed by all three would allow judges to consider expungement requests after those convicted serve their full sentence and lift the age restriction for those seeking to have their record wiped clean.
See the mail piece mentioning Goyke:
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Evers [with Barnes] visits Greenleaf [Brickstead Dairy] farm for Earth Day
… met with farming and environmental leaders to learn more about farming’s impact on local communities. … “I believe that good environmental stewardship is a Republican and Democratic issue. We want our farmers to be successful, we want them to have good crops, and also encourage them, and they are doing it on their own frankly to be good stewards of the land,” Gov. Evers said. 6:08 video.
Evers won’t endorse in prez primary, even as the state stays in the political spotlight
… “I will not be endorsing in the primary,” Evers said in [100-day] interview. “I will be with people if they want me to be with them to introduce them. I think Wisconsin is in a good place to play a huge role in one of the premier, democratic — small ‘d’ — events and so I don’t want to weigh in.” … [not endorsing in part due to field of 20+] “Somebody got in today that, I hate to say, I hadn’t even heard of him,” Evers said, referring to [US Sen. Moulton] … won’t be encouraging Trump to come to the state. [or] welcoming Trump to the [GB for rally] … “I haven’t been asked.” … hadn’t reached out, either. “And I don’t think he wants me to reach out,” Evers said. “What would I say to him? ‘Welcome to Wisconsin, Mr. President.’ ” … [only acted on one bill] “Some of it is just everybody getting used to divided government” … [met recently with VOs and Fitzgerald,] “They talked about the way when Gov. Walker was in office and, you know, they’d meet regularly to strategize and plot. You know, that’s not going to happen. Can we find common ground? Sure, but strategizing against myself I’m not going to spend a lot of time doing.” Blamed sour relations partly on lame duck laws, declined to say what Foxconn changes he mulled.
Evers, Rep. Vos agree Foxconn project will proceed, but not on same scale
… [on Capital City SUnday] disagree on the ultimate size of the project. … Evers said he personally has not spoken with Foxconn representatives, but the company is in regular communication with his chief of staff Maggie Gau, Wisconsin Department of Administration staff led by Secretary Joel Brennan and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) led by CEO Mark Hogan. … “I certainly am optimistic they’re going to meet their goal as they have never backed away from 13,000 jobs,” Vos said. … not concerned about Foxconn chairman Terry Gou’s candidacy for president of Taiwan impacting the Racine County project. Regardless of who leads the company, Vos said he anticipates they will “become an integrated part of the economy of Wisconsin.”
Evers will veto GOP ‘born alive’ abortion bill
… legislation [mandating medical care after failed abortion] came the same week North Carolina’s Democratic governor vetoed a similar proposal and as Republican lawmakers nationwide are sending their liberal-leaning governors similar bills that could energize conservative voters — especially heading into 2020 in swing states like Wisconsin. … If a doctor or nurse fail to do so, and fail to admit the infant to a hospital, he or she could face felony charges and up to $10,000 in fines. Health care providers “intentionally causing the death of a child born alive” as a result of a failed abortion, could face life in prison. Majority Leader Steineke: “[D]octors have the responsibility to care for that child as they would for any other person who was living and breathing.” Evers sees it as bill “to create division … those protections already exist. … to pass a bill that is redundant seems to be not a productive use of time,” affirmed his believe in women’s health care choice. Sponsor Sen. Roth said Evers’ pre-veto shows “he has gone farther to the extreme than I imagined. My bill simply removes any ambiguity that a health care provider must care for the life and health of a baby. How could anyone be against that?” Bill mirrors federal bill blocked by Senate Dems in February, which they say mirrors the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002. UW ethicist Charo: “Bills such as these are pure inflammatory rhetoric … to create the false impression that abortion providers practice infanticide … Any baby born alive is granted equal protection.” UW prof. Downs: “If indeed this is redundant, then there’s no need for it, but I don’t know what the previous protection is. The law protects you when you’re born — you’re a person.” Stanford Ob/Gyn Conti: “They are trying to essentially pull at people’s heartstrings. (To) envision this scenario that never really happens.” WRtoL’s Weininger said bill clarifies care mandate, “I work closely with people who have been born alive after failed abortion attempts. To say it hasn’t happened simply isn’t true.” Also, Testin-Dttrich bill would ban aborting a fetus after learning its race or disability, banning “selective abortion stemming from discrimination.” American College of Ob/Gyns’ McEvoy said abortions are too “emotionally complex” to find a single decisive factor. Baldauff for Evers said the bills are “a transparent attempt to distract from The People’s Budget.” WAWH’s Finger said GOP could really help women’s health by expanding Medicaid. Vos opposed to funding Planned Parenthood. MU Law poll showed bills would appeal to conservative voters.
DOT chief: State ‘reinvigorating’ study of improvements to Madison Beltline
… Thompson also pitched Evers’ plan to provide a $600 million infusion into roads, bridges and transit — primarily by increasing the gas tax — as vital to shield Wisconsin’s infrastructure from further decay. … “getting the (Beltline study) moving again” … spoken with prominent local business owners who … “really believe that lack of mobility is the one thing that could cap economic development on the Isthmus in the Madison area,” Thompson said. … [since leaving WTDA] his view has partly shifted on a DOT plan to rebuild [I-39-90/Beltline] interchange he previously deemed a “monumental waste of taxpayer dollars.” … Like Evers’ other picks to lead Cabinet agencies, Thompson has not yet been confirmed … estimated if a Senate confirmation vote were held today, he’d have support from between 26 and 29 senators … Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, didn’t directly respond. … provided a statement saying some GOP senators have asked him to call a vote to reject Thompson’s confirmation.
GOP Bill Would Fund Electric Car Charging Stations
… Neylon said the most logical place to start the program would be along Wisconsin’s Interstate-94 corridor, from the Illinois border in the south to the Minnesota border in the north. “That’s where the highest traffic is and that’s also where a lot of our tourism comes from,” [Rep.] Neylon said. … “close to the freeway and it’ll give them a fast charge so they can get in, charge up and be out and on their way in less than a half hour.” … would be paid for in part by unused funds [about $10M] from Wisconsin’s share of the multi-state settlement with Volkswagen. … with retailers picking up the other half. … [GOP package] would also partially offset [half] the cost of renewable energy for [subscribing] consumers and fund training [from DWD] for people who install solar and wind energy systems
Widow of Sun Prairie firefighter [Cory Barr, who died in the fire] is sued over business destroyed in July explosion
… Ski and Ski LLC, the former owner of the business … filed the suit against Barr House LLC and Abigail Barr on April 12. … [Cory and Abigail Barr] had entered a four-year agreement to buy the business, then known as Ski’s Saloon, in September 2016 for $170,000, according to the suit, but made a series of late payments and stopped making any payments after Oct. 1. Ski, ski atty. Bruni declined comment, Barr atty. did not respond.
Dane Co grants would pay farmers to prevent pollution by switching from crops to grazing
… The $750,000 pilot program is designed to convert 300 acres for 15 years to protect the county’s rural character and prevent flooding. … switching from row crops to pastures or wildlife habitat, or by planting grassy buffer zones … could slow … rainwater … run off … carrying contaminants and overwhelming lakes and streams. Exec. Parisi touted crop replacement grants to prevent “heartbreaking stories … about farmers across the state and beyond having to walk away from their dreams of continuing to work the land.” … Lands already planted with cover crops may be eligible for funding. A county statement quoted town of Dunkirk farmer James Amera saying that conversion to livestock grazing means reduced expenditures and potential for increased profits.
Wisconsin Women in Government
– 10 a.m.: Assembly Committee on Mental Health public hearing. Members are to meet for a tour and presentation at Mendota Mental Health Institute.
– 10 a.m.: Assembly Committee on Housing and Real Estate public hearing on AB 123, relating to housing grants to homeless individuals, other bills.
– 10 a.m.: Assembly Committee on Agriculture, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions joint informational hearing. The committee has invited industry experts to testify on dairy markets and other production issues facing Wisconsin producers.
– 11 a.m.: Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade public hearing on SB 83, relating to retail sales of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the licensed premises.
– 11:05 a.m.: Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade informational hearing. Members are to hear from representatives of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on the 2019-21 biennial budget.
– 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Tech Council Innovation Network: “The Green New Deal: Idealism or inevitable?” Tim Donohue, executive director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the UW-Madison, it to talk about the work of the laboratory and its partnerships with businesses. Following the presentation, Scott Coenen, executive director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, and John Imes, executive director and co-founder of the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, are to offer perspectives.
– 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Milwaukee Rotary Club. Guest speaker is Jeremy Fojut, co-founder and chief idea officer at NEWaukee. Rotary meetings are open to members, invited guests and media.
– 12 p.m.: Senate Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families public hearing on SB 25, relating to driver education instruction on human trafficking, other bills.
– 12 p.m.: Assembly Committee on Workforce Development public hearing on AB 122, relating to employment and training activities for homeless populations, the Council on Workforce Investment, and local workforce development boards.
– 12 p.m.: Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections public hearing on AB 168, relating to the requirement for stating name and address prior to voting; and AB 64, relating to aids to counties and municipalities for certain special election costs.
– 1 p.m.: Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform public hearing on AB 119, relating to grants to homeless shelters; and AB 124, relating to grants to defray housing costs and for diversion programming.
– 1 p.m.: Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules public hearing on EmR 1831, relating to the Wisconsin healthcare stability plan, other emergency rules.
– 1 p.m.: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy executive session on SB 85, relating to issuance of conservation patron licenses to certain veterans with disabilities; and SB 125, relating to amounts obligated under the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship 2000 Program for water infrastructure projects in state parks.
– 1:05 p.m.: Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules executive session on EmR 1831, relating to the Wisconsin healthcare stability plan, other emergency rules.
– 1:05 p.m.: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy public hearing on SB 137, relating to the nitrate testing pilot program.
– 1:30 p.m.: Assembly Committee on Transportation public hearing on AB 132, relating to electric bicycles; and AB 151, relating to penalties for certain traffic violations where highway maintenance workers are present.
– 2 p.m.: PSC hearing.
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