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Wisconsin's junior senator says that President Obama's plan to increase taxes on the nation's highest wage earners is a mistake in the effort to jump start the nation's slow economy. Ron Johnson says it comes down to a lack of leadership.
Johnson also cited parts of Obama's tax plan that he claimed would hurt the ability of job creators to grow their businesses and stimulate growth.
Wisconsin senators voted Tueaday to limit the ability of public school teachers and staff members to physically restrain or seclude unruly students. The measure was sent to the Assembly on a voice vote. La Crosse Senator, Jennifer Shilling, voted for the measure.
Advocates for special needs’ children pursued the bill, which bans certain types of restraints and allows other restraints and time outs to be ordered by trained personnel with positive reinforcements.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker plans to announce he will create a new task force to eliminate waste and fraud in the state. In remarks prepared for his second State of the State speech Wednesday night, Walker touts a commission he formed last year to identify waste, fraud and abuse in state government. He says the commission identified more than $400 million in savings. The governor says eliminating waste, fraud and abuse is one of his top priorities. He says he will form the Waste, Fraud and Abuse Elimination Task Force and ask it to follow through on the first commission's report
(AP) A new poll shows ex-Gov. Tommy Thompson has the highest name recognition and the most favorable ratings in Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race. But the Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows the public is largely unfamiliar with the candidates who want to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. The poll shows 49 percent think favorably of Thompson compared to 31 percent who don't. Other Republicans include former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, who has a 27 percent favorable rating and 18 percent unfavorable. Fifteen percent view Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald favorably, while 18 percent were unfavorable. Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin had a 23 percent favorable rating compared to 21 percent unfavorable. The 701 registered voters were polled by phone Jan. 19-22. The poll has a 3.8 percentage-point margin of error.
(AP) All 9,500 inmates in Minnesota's prison system were on a roughly 24 lockdown while authorities conducted a takedown of alleged members of the Native Mob gang. Authorities say the prisoners were confined to their cells from 4 a.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday and weren't allowed outside contact. Department of Corrections spokesman John Schadl says the lockdown involved all state prisons. U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jeanne Cooney says a recently unsealed indictment charges 24 alleged gang members with conspiracy to participate in racketeering and other charges. Some defendants were already in custody on other charges and had to be re-arrested. But six were arrested Tuesday. Six more remain at large. Schadl says the lockdown protected the safety of those making arrests and ensured word about the takedown didn't get out.