DAILY WISCONSIN

State Government

Earmarks

The first would provide $5 million in taxpayer funded borrowing to help build an agriculture education center in Manitowoc County. The second would provide $3 million in borrowing to help fund a science laboratory for Carroll University. Via Budget committee to consider $8 million in earmarks Wednesday @ JS All Politics Blog.

Calls for investigation

As chairman of the WEDC board, Walker would receive the same updates about delinquent loans that Barca and Lassa do. Barca said the governor should have known more by now about the problems with it. Barca said that he was skeptical of a statement by Patrick that the governor didn’t know about the last-minute donation…

WEDC: $500,000, Unsecured, for an Insider

Gov. Scott Walker’s top aides and a powerful lobbyist pressed for a taxpayer-funded loan in 2011 to a financially struggling Milwaukee construction company that lost the state half a million dollars, created no jobs and raised questions about where the money went, a State Journal investigation has found. The extraordinary steps led the Wisconsin Economic…

No Mere Drafting Error 

The documents released Friday to the Wisconsin State Journal (DeFour) and other journalists flatly contradict Walker’s evolving statements in February that Walker’s crafted effort to remove the Wisconsin Idea from Wisconsin statutes was the result of a “drafting error,” “a mistake” and “no big deal.” ….The new documents include administration talking points showing a communications…

Meager

…. explains why Gov Scott Walker and Legislative GOPs recently stopped talking up the possibility of “upside revenue surprises” when the LFB comes out with their updated estimates later this week. The stakes involved in that report are obviously huge, as it will be near impossible to fill in Gov Walker’s many budget cuts if…

For Sale

Cathy Stepp tells panel DNR may sell naming rights to state parks http://t.co/8J77J53vZ3 pic.twitter.com/79gcbcNYA4 — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 4, 2015

Walker Admin planned elimination of Wisconsin Idea for weeks

In a rapid revision Thursday afternoon to statements made by Walker on Wednesday, the Republican governor acknowledged in a statement that UW System officials had privately raised objections about the controversial changes to his administration and been told the changes were not up for debate. Via Documents show officials seeking removal of Wisconsin Idea @…