State Capitol Report: Budget talks, Child care crisis

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos listening to Gov. Tony Evers address
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, center, watches as Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers during the Governor’s State of the State speech at the state Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Madison. Behind Evers is Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August, left, R-Lake Geneva, and former Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton. Andy Manis/AP Photo

WPR’s Capitol bureau chief details what top Republican lawmakers are envisioning for the new session in January, including how to handle the state’s projected budget surplus. Then, we learn how a federal grant is working to address Wisconsin’s child care crisis.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Shawn Johnson Guest
  • Emilie Amundson Guest