May 14, 2014 - 6:15pm
The Wisconsin beer tax has been 6.5 cents per gallon for 45 years. Photo: Yelp (CC-BY-NC-ND).
Wisconsin's beer tax has stayed flat at 6.5 cents per gallon for 45 years. Now, a resolution circulating in Eau Claire County would encourage lawmakers to increase the tax on beer, as well as the tax on wine and on liquor, to match national averages.
May 14, 2014 - 5:15pm
Above, a cutter making its way through the Soo Locks in March. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard (CC-BY-NC-ND).
With ice conditions on the Great Lakes looking substantially improved, U.S. Coast Guard ships are finally shutting down ice breaking operations on Thursday.
May 12, 2014 - 7:15pm
The beginning phases of the bridge construction in October 2013. Photo: Public Domain.
Local governments in western St. Croix County are studying how best to manage growth after a $600 million bridge project opens in 2016. In just over two years, the St. Croix River crossing will link the town of St. Joseph, population 3,800, to Oak Park Heights, Minn. It’s expected to turn into a...
May 12, 2014 - 6:00pm
Above, Gov. Scott Walker, LHI CEO and founder Don Weber, and state Sen. Jennifer Shilling at Monday's event in La Crosse. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
Gov. Scott Walker and other lawmakers honored La Crosse businessman Don Weber on Monday for his dedication to service to veterans.
May 12, 2014 - 11:15am
Above, the U.S.S. Gerald Ford sitting in drydock during construction at the Newport News Shipbuilding yards. Photo: Public Domain.
Military contractors in Wisconsin are trying to maintain work and jobs in the state, though an analyst says the federal government is serious about budget cuts to the Department of Defense. When Matt Mulherin, the president of Newport News Shipbuilding, came to visit DRS Technologies in Milwaukee...
May 9, 2014 - 5:00pm
Over 25 percent of homes have underwater mortgages in at least 11 zip codes in Milwaukee. Photo: Christopher Sessums (CC-BY-SA).
A new national report says 40 percent of the homes in Milwaukee are underwater in their mortgages . An underwater mortgage is one that requires the homeowner to pay more than the fair market value of the house to pay off the loan. The report, from the University of California-Berkeley, identifies...
May 8, 2014 - 2:45pm
The limit on how much can be donated to a single candidate will stay fixed at $10,000. Photo: Rikki's Refuge (CC-BY).
The state of Wisconsin will no longer limit the total amount of money an individual can donate to political campaigns in an election cycle, following a settlement between the state and the Institute for Law and Liberty on Thursday.
May 6, 2014 - 8:15pm
Above, Rep. John Nygren, one of the committee's co-chairs. Photo: Wisconsin State Legislature.
The Legislature's budget committee has approved a contract with Sun Mountain Kegonsa, a private equity firm, for it to manage Wisconsin's new venture capital fund.
May 6, 2014 - 4:45pm
University of Wisconsin institutions would have to justify fund balances that get too high, but they'd be allowed to run their balances down to zero, under a plan approved by lawmakers.
May 2, 2014 - 7:30pm
Gov. Scott Walker has activated a long-dormant mining impact committee that will decide what communities will be reimbursed for expenses caused by mining efforts.