Campaign spending, committee votes, backroom deals and budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. "WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.
jfc and tax cuts and stuff
Long week in the Legislature — Joint Finance wrapped up their work on the state budget, Republicans introduced a massive tax cut proposal, and Laurel didn't get much sleep. So how about some terrible parody karaoke to bring it all together?
What happens when you run a state like, say, Wisconsin, and all of a sudden you find out that your state has more money coming in than you expected? Like a lot more money? Billions of dollars more money? Well, you fight about it of course!
Don't You (Forget About State K-12 And Higher Education Funding)
Alright class, settle down. If you'll open your budget papers, today we're talking about state and federal funding for Wisconsin's K-12 schools and the UW System. Now who knows how the ed funding plan from the GOP-controlled Wisconsin Legislature compares to the governor's spending proposal? Anyone? How about the surprise this week involving the UW System tuition freeze? Did nobody do the reading?
Big Ideas (That Ain't Gonna Happen)
Another week in Wisconsin's divided state government and it seems like we've seen this one before — Both Democrats and Republicans push big ideas that they know they other side won't buy. But maybe that's part of the point.
Running The Ol' Legislative Mill
It's that time in point in the Wisconsin legislative session where things are humming along — bills are being considered, votes are being taken — pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. But wait just a darn minute, because even run-of-the-mill lawmaking can be pretty important, or at least interesting. Election changes, police reform bills, singing at the ball game. Yeah, it was all there this week.
The First Cuts
It's that time in the biennium when the budgetary blocks are being stacked. The governor has made his spending proposal, lawmakers have held public hearings on the issues, and this week the Legislature's budget committee took their first vote. But there was no balancing act to be seen. Republicans sent pieces flying.
Needs more info
Please give us the details. Saying that you don’t want to get into the “weeds” or it’s “inside baseball” or we we don’t want to go “down that rabbit hole” are all excuses for not being detailed and informative. Give us all the information. That’s why we listen.
smart and lively
A good way to stay informed about important issues in wis politics. Thank you Laurel, Sean and John.
I Feel Like an Insider
Wisconsin Politics Podcast is very informative about what is happening in Wisconsin Politics and is presented in an informed, entertaining way. I look forward to each episode.