DAILY WISCONSIN

Regulations

Requiring Testing Before Eating

Madison— People seeking unemployment insurance and public benefits would have to be tested for drugs and those who receive food stamps would have to use two-thirds of their benefits for nutritional items, under GOP bills moving quickly through the Assembly. Via Panel takes up drug testing for public benefit recipients @ JSOnline.

Shoddy Work

Over three and a half years, workers experienced more than 1,000 work-related injuries … aren’t small cuts and scrapes. All were what OSHA considers "recordable," meaning they required treatment by someone other than the injured person, said Mark Hysell, the agency’s area director … "Ashley Furniture has created a culture that values production and profit…

When a quota’s not a quota

With only four legal wolf kills remaining under the current season’s quota of 150, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must close the season today or enable the intentional, quota-breaking overkilling of wolves beginning tomorrow after the gun-dear season has closed when hounders will be free to release their dogs against wolves and packs the…

Same road, opposite direction

Higher business rankings have nothing to do with everyday citizens. It reflects the size and breadth of corporate welfare and deregulation. It’s not exactly “free market” stuff here, since the Walker administration is merely purging the old system and replacing it with regulatory protections…for big business.  Via Business likes Walker’s Wisconsin, without creating jobs or…

The Deer Czar’s Rules

Many times Secretary Cathy Stepp repeated, “The rules have changed, but the tradition remains.” Hunters whom I’ve spoken with wonder if all we’ll have years from now is the fond memory of what used to be Wisconsin’s very equal deer hunting tradition. Many things are changing. New rules could hasten the loss of our populist…

What about drunk driving?

Yet when it comes to known, harmful nationally-leading drug abuse practices and events in Wisconsin, Walker and Vos have steadfastly refused to lift a finger to deal with known, data-proven facts about drug use in Wisconsin – – impaired driving – – and have blocked many serious attempts to make the most minimal of reform…

A medium-sized city’s worth

Around 300,000 Wisconsin voters don’t have the forms of identification required to vote under the law, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Opponents of the law have asked the full 7th Circuit to review the September 12 ruling, but if the order stands, all voters will now have to bring identification to…

Someone skipped Drivers Ed

A “slow-rolling stop” is, you know, not a stop. I’m sure there are cases of red light cameras snagging people who shouldn’t be snagged but by your own damn admission this isn’t one of them. Via Um, You Didn’t Stop? @ Eschaton.

Situation-based principles

*  The latest example.  An order from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission – – with a 2-1 right wing majority appointed by Wrong-Way Walker – – micro-managing how many miles of new pipe the City of Milwaukee must replace annually. Via WI GOP now loves ‘stick-it-to-Milwaukee’ big government @ The Political Environment.

Regulatory mindset

This does not explain the need for the ordinance. It explains the desire for authority. And I can’t help but wondering just who needs protection from a storefront sign. Suppose the city passed an ordinance preventing people from wearing yellow shoes. Now imagine a mayor saying “The reason for the ordinance is to have the…

Regulatory failure

A Milwaukee house so bug-infested and filthy that officials, upon inspecting it, immediately boarded it up and charged its owner with child neglect, did not — in the Department of Children and Families’ opinion — pose an imminent threat to health or safety of the seven children that lived in it. Via State did not…

Residents’ heavy burden

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute. Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked…

Contradictions in state policy

The secrecy requirements, as I understand it, were devised to protect those who are under investigation, but I can see how those doing the investigation could exploit the requirement to shield their work from public scrutiny. With secrecy enforced by criminal sanctions, it’s hard to fault the Board for demanding secrecy, but that’s an absurd…

No other state

I really think we have turned a corner here in Wisconsin, despite our picture-postcard outdoorsy promotions, where an appeals court has just ruled that hunters may loose their hounds on wolves during pre-hunting training. Via Hunters Can Loose Dogs On WI Wolves During Pre-Hunt Training @ The Political Environment.