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State News

Assembly Republicans Propose Income Tax Cut

G-O-P members of the Wisconsin Assembly are proposing a 10-percent income tax cut similar to what Democratic Governor Tony Evers says he wants. Republicans unveiled their plan earlier today (Thursday). Evers campaigned on paying for an income tax cut by reducing a corporate tax cut program by about 340-million dollars. However, Republicans say they would More >

Evers Could Include “1st Step” Toward Legalizing Medical Marijuana In Budget

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has told members of the Wisconsin Technology Council board he favors legalizing medical marijuana, but he says he won’t rush it.  Evers says he will likely include what he calls a “first step” toward legalization in his state budget proposal. It is possible he might call for a statewide referendum.  Evers More >

Governor To Push For Medicaid Expansion Despite GOP Opposition

Republican legislative leaders call Medicaid expansion a “non-starter,” but Wisconsin’s governor says he will keep pushing for it.  Governor Tony Evers met with Republicans Tuesday to talk about priorities for the current session.  Evers thinks he will convince Republican lawmakers of his point of view.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’d rather talk about areas More >

Barron County Homicide-Kidnapping Suspect Transferred To Another Jail

Barron County authorities confirm the man accused of kidnapping teenager Jayme Closs after killing her parents has been moved to another jail.  Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson was moved to neighboring Polk County Monday night.  Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald calls it an “administrative decision,” saying no one had threatened Patterson.  He will be returned to More >

Wisconsin Named 12th-Best State For Retirement

A high quality of life boosts Wisconsin in a report ranking the states as a place to retire.  Wisconsin was ranked 12th by WalletHub.  Researchers considered affordability, quality of life and health care while compiling the ranks.  Quality of life was measured by evaluating the risk of social isolation, the weather, and additional factors.

Complaint: Patterson Admits To Extensive Planning In Kidnapping Of Closs

In a criminal complaint released Monday, 21-year-old Jake Patterson admitted to extensive planning in the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents.  Documents show Patterson says he planned to kidnap Closs after seeing her get on a bus near her home and that he twice went to the home to try to More >

Bail Set At $5 Million In Closs Kidnapping Case

A judge has set bail at five-million dollars for the man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents.  Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson appeared in court through video feed from the county jail, speaking only to acknowledge that his name and address were correct on the paperwork.  He also agreed to waive a speedy More >

Gov. Evers Administration Faces Lawsuit Over Wedding Barn Liquor Laws

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says it intends to file a lawsuit against Governor Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca in an attempt to bring clarity to whether wedding barn businesses are required to have a liquor license. The debate centers around whether wedding barns More >

Suspect In Jayme Closs Case Set To Appear Before Judge

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson is scheduled to appear before a Barron County judge this (Monday) afternoon to face charges in the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and murder of the teenager’s parents. Patterson is expected to be charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. The Barron County Sheriff’s Office says Patterson More >

Defense Lawyers For Closs Kidnapping Suspect Mum On Legal Strategy

The lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents aren’t saying how they plan to approach the case.  Charles Glynn and Richard Jones spoke with reporters Sunday night in Barron.  They say their client, Jake Patterson, is feeling what most would feel if they were facing murder and kidnapping charges.  More >