Two former cabinet members under Gov. Scott Walker say they were instructed by former Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch not to conduct important state business by state email or on state telephones. Huebsch said he merely warned fellow cabinet members to be careful because such communications could be made public.
Dee Hall is the managing editor at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Department of Administrative staff told Hall higher-ups instructed them to use alternative communication methods, rather than official email addresses. This comes after a change from the Public Records Board which exempts text messages from public records laws.
So a local paper complains that a local school superintendent won’t comply with a public records request, won’t put the paper on a media contact list, and simply ‘must’ improve communications.
A few points –
1. Compliance with a public records request isn’t a ‘communications’ issue; it’s a legal issue, of rights of residents under Wisconsin law….
Via WisEye YouTube.
Gottlieb says DOT will eventually ask for $200 million in bonding from Joint Finance Committee to limit delays on major roadwork.
— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) October 15, 2015
Thursday features the release of Wisconsin’s Annual Fiscal Report. This is the report that goes over all of the finances and fund for state government, and covers the fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015 (click here to look at the 2014 document). It’ll go a long way toward determining the state of the Walker/WisGOP budget, and if there might be a bit of flexibility available to soothe the blows from this budget…or if the inevitable additional cuts and tax increases will have to come sooner than later.
Why does WisEye insist on using slanted term ‘reform’ for changes to Government Accountability Board?
A dish served cold –
Susan Engeleiter, chief executive officer and president of DRC, was the Republican Senate minority leader in the 1980s. She also ran an unsuccessful campaign against former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, a Democrat, in 1988.
Engeleiter gave Walker’s campaign $10,000 in October 2014 and $500 to state Superintendent Tony Evers in 2013, according to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign records.
Among six midwestern states, Indiana has increased the use of solar power the most, adding more than 115 megawatts in the last five years, compared to about 20 megawatts for last place Wisconsin, the story reports. In wind power for the period 2011 to 2014, top state Iowa added more than 5,500 megawatts, compared to little or no growth for Wisconsin.
The upper Midwest has been a boom area for wind power except in Wisconsin. As I reported in January of last year, “in 2012 seven percent of the entire world market of wind energy was developed in America’s upper Midwest, but 99.4 percent of this development occurred outside Wisconsin.”
Madison– Wisconsin’s labor department has dropped a computer consultant after paying more than $1 million to the firm for work on a key piece of Gov. Scott Walker’s work force agenda, which is now nearly a year behind the schedule first announced by the presidential candidate.
“to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family”
“Walker has repeatedly said he would not make an announcement on whether he’ll run for president until after work is complete on the 2015-’17 state budget — with his hope being that the budget would be in place by June 30, 2015, the end of the state’s fiscal year. Now with that deadline in jeopardy,…