Wanted: A wiser prison policy

The group contends that alternatives like day reporting centers, electronic monitoring and treatment courts for people with substance abuse and mental health problems have been proven to be not only cheaper but more effective. It’s asking the Legislature to add $75 million for such programs to the state’s upcoming two-year budget.
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Contract pick drives emotion Skyward

Skyward has lodged a formal protest over the state’s decision to pick a Minnesota company for a new statewide student information system, alleging “numerous irregularities” during the selection process, including overlooked costs and calculation errors.
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Contract lobbying still ‘under the radar’

In Wisconsin, any paid representative of an interest group who works to influence state law or policy must register with the state Government Accountability Board and file twice-yearly reports. But if a person works to help an interest group secure a state government contract has no registration or reporting requirement. Continue Reading

Gun law push will face pushback

Then a gunman with an assault rifle murdered 26 people, mostly little children, at an elementary school in Connecticut. This atrocity, on top of other recent carnage, including two mass shootings in Wisconsin, is seen as opening the door to new gun laws. Continue Reading