GOP: Tax cuts will outweigh tax increases in new budget
MADISON — Total tax cuts in the Republican version of the state budget will be greater than all of the increases, including those for vehicle titles and registration, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said on Tuesday.
Vos also warned Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that if he vetoes the entire budget, spending on areas such as health care and transportation will only decrease in subsequent proposals.
“I want to make sure that everybody in Wisconsin knows that we have a budget that should get adopted and hopefully Democrats will feel the pressure,” Vos said. “I mean, they’ve been doing pressure on Republicans to support an expansion of welfare. And they should have pressure put on them to support a budget that funds health care, funds our schools, funds our roads.”
Evers has powerful partial veto powers, which he can use to craft the Republican- approved budget into something more palatable to Democrats. But he also hasn’t ruled out vetoing the entire budget, which would require both sides to start from scratch.
Voters will have more time to update registration
MADISON — Wisconsin voters who appear to have moved within the state will have up to two years to update their voter registration, rather than be deactivated within a month.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Tuesday to make the change.
Voters who appear to have moved will still receive a postcard, likely in late August, saying that state records indicate they have moved. In 2018, when the mailings were first sent, about 308,000 voters had their registrations deactivated within a month.
Many of them showed up to vote only to be told they had to register again.
Father says he did not shoot his teenage son
HUDSON, Wis. — A Wisconsin father accused of killing his son from Minnesota has taken the witness stand and denied fatally shooting the teenager.
Kayle Fleischauer, 43, testified in St. Croix County Circuit Court late Monday in the April 2018 death of his 19-year-old son, Chase, who graduated from Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn.
Fleischauer testified that he loved his son and would never shoot him. The defense claims the teen accidentally shot himself at his father’s New Richmond home. Defense experts testified Monday that no gunshot residue was found on the defendant’s hand, but it was found on the victim’s hands.
Prosecutors also said the teen had injuries to his neck, arm and ear inflicted by his father. The defense contends the two were just wrestling.
Judge: Racine can divert water for Foxconn plant
RACINE, Wis. — A judge has ruled in favor of Racine’s plans to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn Technology Group.
State administrative law Judge Brian Hayes decided that Racine’s plans to sell water to the Village of Mount Pleasant for the Foxconn manufacturing complex meets the requirements of the Great Lakes Compact.
Environmental groups argued the diversion wasn’t for “public water supply purposes” and therefore violated the terms of the compact which was created to protect the Great Lakes from those outside the basin.
Hayes said the compact also allows for diversions for industrial and commercial users. The state Department of Natural Resources had earlier approved Racine’s bid for the water.
Man sentenced for threatening National Gaurd member
MADISON — A federal judge has sentenced a Wisconsin man for threatening to shoot a member of the Alabama National Guard.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson sentenced Travis Martin, 34, of Richland Center, on Monday to 14 days in jail plus the nearly 27 months he’s already served for making threatening communications.
According to court documents, Martin left a profanity-laced message on Alabama National Guard Maj. Ira Phillips’ voicemail in November 2016 threatening to shoot him because he was taking orders from President Barack Obama. Prosecutors said he made eight more calls threatening violence to others.
Martin’s attorney, Reed Cornia, sent the judge a letter on May 31 saying Martin has suffered from mental illness all his life but he’s doing better now and is embarrassed by his behavior.