MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New projections show Wisconsin’s general fund will be about $650 million short of meeting spending commitments heading into the into the 2021-23 state budget. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a memo Thursday that shows spending commitments under current law and the newly passed 2019-21 state budget, ranging from debt service to state worker salary increases and grant programs, will outpace revenues by the beginning of the next budget by $651 million.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man wrongly imprisoned for 24 years for the killing of a woman will receive a $7.5 million settlement from the City of Milwaukee. Robert Lee Stinson agreed to settle his claims against the city and one of its former police detectives for an initial payment of $3.5 million in August and $4 million in January. Stinson claimed that detectives and dentists conspired to frame him in his neighbor’s homicide using bogus bite-mark evidence. He was freed in 2009.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s fiscal analysts are revising the average income tax cut Wisconsinites will see for 2020. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated in June that tax cuts in the state budget coupled with another bill that cuts taxes using revenue from online sales would result in an average tax reduction of $91 in 2019 and $124 in 2020.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A sexual assault case against a Milwaukee firefighter has been dismissed. Michael Peden was charged in late 2017 with second-degree sexual assault. But according to court records, the case was dismissed Thursday without prejudice _ meaning charges could be re-filed. Peden was accused of groping a co-worker and giving her a poor evaluation after she complained. Peden’s attorney says Peden feels vindicated and has maintained his innocence.