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Faith-based group WISDOM seeks a saner Wisconsin prison policy

Mary Stirling of Gays Mills recalls a young man she got to know some years back when he was an inmate at a county jail and she taught adult basic skills classes there. They met again after he spent some time in prison. She saw firsthand the difference it made. "I was quite shocked at the change in him," said Stirling, who still works with offenders through a nonprofit restorative justice group. "He just became slippery. He was hardened. He knew all the right things to say and not be touched by anybody." >More
 A plan to create a bike-friendly corridor on Sherman Avenue is winding its way through city committees

Creating a bike-friendly corridor for cyclists coming to and from Madison's north side has been in the works for some 20 years. Even so, a proposal to turn Sherman Avenue from a four-lane road to a two-lane one, with a center turning lane and bike lanes on the edges, does not have complete support. >More
 UW-Madison Teaching Assistants' Association lays off staff, blames changes from Act 10

The Teaching Assistants' Association at UW-Madison has informed members that its staff will be laid off due to hardships resulting from Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 collective bargaining law. "This decision was made purely out of financial necessity, as we now live in a reality without fair share dues," union co-presidents Matt Reiter and Charity Schmidt wrote in an email Monday. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget would gut the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission

In his next budget, Gov. Scott Walker would cut the staff the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission by more than half. The commission, which was modeled on the National Labor Relations Board, mediates labor disputes and hears grievances for public sector unions. >More
 Multiple candidates involved in Wisconsin Capitol protests running in Madison's spring 2013 elections

On his city council campaign Facebook page, a photo of Christian Hansen shows him posing in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda wearing a button bearing the red-and-blue logo of the #wiunion movement. The message Hansen is trying to convey is clear even if the connection between the Capitol protests of two years ago and the Madison Common Council is not. >More
 Skyward passed over for state contract lodges protest, threatens to leave Wisconsin

Skyward has lodged a formal protest over the state's decision to pick a Minnesota company, Infinite Campus, for this task. It alleges "numerous irregularities" during the selection process, run by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, including overlooked costs and calculation errors. It estimates that using Skyward would be $14.5 million cheaper over a 10-year period. >More
 Income tax cut tops Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget plan for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began and ended his budget address Tuesday night with his vision of the American dream, one based on smaller government. "Our focus is simple -- more prosperity, better performance and true independence," said Walker. >More
 Spring 2013 primary races in Madison promise to generate heat

After writing about the school board primary, Amy Barrilleaux tweeted: "Who knew covering the education beat would be so dramatic!" Indeed. Barrilleaux talked to both Sarah Manski and TJ Mertz Tuesday night right after Manski emerged the top vote-getter, finishing 14 points ahead of Mertz with 8,451 votes. Ananda Mirilli came in third, with 22% of the vote. >More
 Walker's Medicaid gamble: Shrinking BadgerCare could cost Wisconsin in the long run

Gov. Scott Walker's plan to shrink the state's BadgerCare program could end up costing the state about $250 million more by 2020, according to a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo. Walker announced last week that rather than expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin -- as called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) -- he would reduce it. >More
 Wisconsin Right to Life makes questionable claim about Planned Parenthood clinics set to close

Wisconsin Right to Life worked hard to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in the last biennial budget. So the group was delighted at the news this week that four Planned Parenthood family planning clinics around the state were closing due to the loss of this aid. >More
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