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Author: Wisconsin Examiner

Operation Legend stirs unease in Milwaukee and raises questions over surge of federal police operations

A cloud has been hanging over Milwaukee ever since the Trump administration signaled that the city was on a list of places that would receive deployments of federal agents to bolster local policing. Top lawmakers and law enforcement officials at the state and local levels have spoken out against a deployment that could be a replay of the scenes from Portland, where protesters have been yanked off the streets by paramilitary soldiers in unmarked vans. In a conversation on July 29, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) addressed the growing concerns of snatch and grab operations targeting protesters. In the midst...

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Wisconsin reviews Foxconn job audit to determine if company qualifies for portion of $3B in tax credits

Foxconn — and Wisconsin — are another step closer to learning whether the Taiwan-based company will qualify for a portion of the $3 billion in state tax credits that were part of the deal signed three years ago to bring the electronics manufacturer to Racine County. A formal audit of the company’s 2019 jobs report was released Wednesday, a week after being submitted to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. But the audit doesn’t evaluate whether the company has met conditions set in the contract that former Gov. Scott Walker and the state signed with Foxconn in 2017. That will...

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Local public schools are being deprived of vital federal funding while Wisconsin sues Betsy DeVos

Millions of dollars that were earmarked for low income students in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been distributed to the states. But because of a federal lawsuit, Wisconsin school districts are still waiting for the money, which has not been released yet by Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined attorneys general from five other states in suing the Department of Education over a rule created by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. An analysis by the Congressional Research Service supports the position this rule change might violate federal law. Under...

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Schools work to ensure Wisconsin students have broadband access if virtual learning continues

Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order on July 14 establishing a task force on broadband access. The body will attempt to find ways to provide internet to the 26.7% of rural Wisconsin residents who don’t have access to at least one broadband service. The state has already doled out $24 million in grants this year to build the necessary infrastructure, but the need for quality, high-speed internet has intensified as nearly every industry has become, in some way or another, a virtual operation. “The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the problems people face when they don’t have broadband access,...

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A Broken System: Millions of Americans lost heath insurance along with their jobs due to COVID-19

By the end of 2020, 10.1 million people in the U.S. will probably lose health insurance because they or their family members have lost work due to COVID-19, a new report released Monday forecasts — and more than 1 in 3 of them will be unable to find a replacement policy. The findings are tied to the study’s projection that 48 million people live in families in which, between April 1 and December 31, 2020, at least one person will lose a job because of COVID-19. The study was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which specializes in...

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The STOP program: How a youth initiative to build trust with police instead blamed Milwaukee students

The Milwaukee School Board voted unanimously to end all contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department on June 18. But school board member Paula Phillips, who co-sponsored the resolution to remove police from schools stated in her opening remarks that some people in her district were unhappy about the termination of a policing program in the schools called STOP (Students Talking it Over with Police) a couple of years ago and the loss of interactions between police and students. Through the STOP program, designed by the MPD, police worked with upper elementary/middle school students to help them understand what the...

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