MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of political figures is appealing to Gov. Scott Walker to avoid staining his legacy and behaving like a sore loser by signing legislation that would weaken the powers of the Democrat who defeated him. Rather than notching another partisan victory in his final weeks in office, they say, Walker should think bigger. They urged him to think of his recently deceased father and former President George H.W. Bush and even Christ.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Regents have approved a plan to increase pay for employees of the University of Wisconsin System by 3 percent each of the next two fiscal years. The Board of Regents unanimously approved the pay plan at a meeting in La Crosse Thursday. Regents also backed an identical pay plan for UW-Madison. System officials say pay raises have trailed inflation in recent years, and that faculty salaries continue to lag behind peer institutions. The proposal needs legislative approval .
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white Wisconsin legislator who posted a racially charged meme on Facebook says he meant nothing racist. Republican state Rep. Ed Brooks posted the meme in 2016. It shows black men leaping atop a smashed police car. The meme reads “Want to stop riots? Play the national anthem. They’ll all sit down.” The wording alludes to NFL players who have protested police shootings by kneeling during the national anthem. Brooks says he simply meant people who riot probably wouldn’t stand for the anthem.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Census Bureau figures show that household income in most Wisconsin counties has risen in recent years, while the percentage of residents in poverty has declined. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the figures released Thursday compare data from 2013 through 2017 to the previous five-year period, which included the Great Recession.