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DNR releases tool to understand PFAS contamination in Wisconsin on anniversary of Clean Water Act

Governor Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), launched the PFAS Interactive Data Viewer on October 18, a new tool to understand how polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are impacting Wisconsin’s lands and waters. The PFAS Interactive Data Viewer is an interactive mapping tool that combines multiple types of data into one resource and shows where PFAS have been found in Wisconsin. The development came as the state recognized the 50th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. Governor Evers and the DNR said that the state would start collecting and disposing of at least 25,000 gallons...

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Earnell Lucas resigns early as Milwaukee County Sheriff to take senior security position with Fiserv

Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas announced on October 21 that he would be serving as Fiserv’s Vice President of Security for Wisconsin starting on October 24. In this new role, Lucas will be involved in every aspect of physical security, integrity investigations, and all other incidents impacting Fiserv. Fiserv is a global leader in Fintech and payments enabling innovative financial services experiences that are in step with the way people live and work today. The company’s solutions connect financial institutions, corporations, merchants and consumers to one another, millions of times a day, behind the scenes, reliably and securely. The...

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Milwaukee Film hosts the return of Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival at the Oriental Theatre for seventh year

Milwaukee Film and the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) will continue their partnership to produce the seventh annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival (MMFF), one of the country’s leading Muslim film festivals. The event, which takes place from Thursday, October 20, through Sunday, October 23, features eight in-person screenings at the Oriental Theatre. Founded in 2015, the festival was operated independently during its first four years, showcasing films at various venues around the city until MMWC president Janan Najeeb partnered with Milwaukee Film to host her organization’s signature event at the Oriental Theatre in 2019. After a successful inauguration as...

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Transit Progress: First battery charging station installed for Milwaukee County’s East-West BRT line

Progress continues on Milwaukee County’s innovative East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line with the installation of the first charging station at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa. The planned 9-mile, regional, modern transit line operated by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is scheduled to begin service in June 2023, connecting to major employment, education and recreation destinations through downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee’s Near West Side, Marquette University, Wauwatosa, and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. The new BRT route will come with two battery-electric bus (BEB) charging stations – one at each end of the line. The first is...

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Governor Evers plans to invest millions to improve access to clean drinking water across the state

Governor Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), announced a new $10 million grant program on August 17 to support the replacement, reconstruction, treatment, or abandonment of contaminated private wells. The program, based on the state’s Well Compensation Grant Program, will expand eligibility beyond the current Well Compensation Program to support more private well owners and increase access to clean drinking water. With this $10 million investment and expanded eligibility criteria, it is estimated the program could help well owners address contamination in approximately 1,036 additional wells. “Whether it’s our kids in our schools, families...

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Expanded plan by Governor Evers aims to help working families with tax cuts offset by massive budget surplus

Governor Tony Evers announced a new plan on August 23 to provide support to working families and address rising costs due to national inflation. The governor’s announcement comes in anticipation of new revenue projections, set to be released by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR), which are expected to far exceed estimates from the beginning of the year. Wisconsin will end the fiscal year with more than $5 billion in state coffers, including having the highest-ever positive GAAP balance in state history of $1.2 billion for the 2021 fiscal year, and the state’s “rainy day” fund at the highest...

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