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Walters: Private prisons likely a last resort, despite rise in inmate numbers
Even a small population increase is a problem because the state prison system has an operating capacity of 17,479. The prison system is now 30 percent over its capacity.
Other Views: Republicans reveal their hand with awful health care bill
Just weeks after the American people forcefully rejected Trumpcare, Speaker Ryan rammed through another version of the House Republicans' so-called “health care” bill that's even worse for Americans than the first version.
Other Views: Farm-to-School program proves its local value
In just eight years, Farm-to-School measures have been adopted in almost 50 percent of Wisconsin school districts, including Whitewater, Fort Atkinson and almost every school district in Rock County.
Walters: Help legislators make these 12 budget decisions
Today, 16 legislators on the Joint Finance Committee begin voting on the 2017-19 state budget. They easy stuff will be resolved first; the hardest decisions won’t be made until mid-June.
Other Views: Interstate tolling offers path to fully funding state roads
Research done last year for the state Department of Transportation, at the 2015 Legislature’s request, shows tolling offers an opportunity to rebuild and modernize the state’s Interstates.
Other Views: Leaders: Help fix health care or get out of the way
Despite the rhetoric, our legislative majorities aren’t focused on how to make Wisconsin prosper or America great. They apparently don’t believe that the purpose of holding office is to benefit the general population.
Other Views: MADD says interlocks kept 37,299 drunks off roads
Republican Rep. Jim Ott, who wrote the 2010 ignition interlock law, has a new bill to close a loophole in it.
Other Views: The heartbreaking loss of a brother to heroin
We dreaded that day, my family and I. The phone call. The final succumbing to the demons that haunted my brother for 11 years.
Other Views: Leading globally matters for Wisconsin
With more than 95 percent of the world’s consumers now living outside our borders, it is more important for Wisconsin now than ever before that America remains engaged in the world.
Other Views: On women’s health, Speaker Ryan is out of touch
The legislation being championed by Speaker Ryan would strip millions of Americans of health insurance by reducing Medicaid coverage and making other changes in insurance policies purchased on the “state exchanges.”