Update: This report was published on Sept. 20. Due to a technical error, on Sept. 13 the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism inadvertently published headlines, a summary and photo on its website, WisconsinWatch.org. The materials, which have been removed, are part of an upcoming report about the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
On this week’s episode of Precious Lives, a two-year project examining gun violence among young people in the Milwaukee area and statewide, reporters Kate Golden and Sean Kirkby visit the Madison area’s Allied Drive Boys and Girls Club to ask children what they know about guns. The reporters found that nearly all of the young people they talked to had some level of experience with guns.
Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel noted the danger of tinkering with transparency at the summit he convened July 29 on open government. “Messing with open government laws is like touching the third rail,” Schimel said. “I think that lesson has been learned recently.”
Multimedia Director and Reporter Kate Golden, who helped transform the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from a scrappy startup into an award-winning news organization, is heading to Australia.
A provision snuck into the state budget bill by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee would deal a significant blow to open government in Wisconsin. The provision, part of an omnibus motion of changes affecting the University of Wisconsin System, would exempt universities from the rule in place for all other state agencies regarding the naming of finalists for key positions. No longer would they need to identify the five most qualified applicants, or each applicant if there are fewer than five.