Yes. According to a University of Wisconsin System survey of student views on freedom of speech, a majority of respondents agreed to varying degrees that students should report instructors who say something they feel causes harm to certain groups.
Category: Fact briefs
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Did the 2017-19 Wisconsin budget represent ‘the biggest increase in state history for public education?’
Yes. The 2017-19 biennial budget was the largest dollar and percent increase in per-pupil funding in state history, according to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Is it illegal to consume any alcohol when carrying a gun in Wisconsin?
No. Wisconsin law forbids individuals from carrying or operating a firearm while they are “under the influence of an intoxicant,” though no numerical definition of intoxication is provided.
If a liberal candidate wins the April election, would the Wisconsin Supreme Court have a liberal majority?
Yes. The Wisconsin Supreme Court race will determine the court’s majority, meaning the winning justice will have influence over issues including abortion and legislative maps.
Has union membership been on the decline in Wisconsin?
Yes. Union membership in Wisconsin is at its lowest since at least 1989, the earliest year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has data.
Is there a shortage of mental health professionals in Wisconsin?
Yes. In the wake of COVID-19, mental health providers have said the demand for mental health services exceeds the supply of professionals in Wisconsin.
Do Wisconsin manufacturers have a 0.4% tax rate?
Yes. Wisconsin’s Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit gives entities in these industries an effective corporate tax rate of 0.4%.
Did Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Daniel Kelly say that supporting same-sex marriage ‘robs marriage of any meaning?’
Yes. In 2016, Daniel Kelly applied for a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Did former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker try to use some of the state pension fund to invest in startup businesses?
Yes. In 2012, the chief executive of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Reed Hall, wrote a letter requesting a $200 million loan from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, which manages the Wisconsin Retirement System public employee pension fund. Hall said the funds would be used to promote startup business growth.
Did Act 10 contribute to a teacher shortage in Wisconsin?
Yes. Act 10 — former Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 law cutting benefits and curbing collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin — has contributed to the ongoing shortage of teachers in the state, according to multiple analyses.
Have people been denied medical care over a miscarriage in Wisconsin due to the state’s abortion ban?
Yes. Several reports and doctors’ accounts indicate that pregnant individuals in Wisconsin have been forced to delay or were denied medical care during a miscarriage due to the state’s abortion ban.
Has Wisconsin missed out on millions of dollars in revenue by not legalizing marijuana?
Yes. According to Gov. Tony Evers’ office, Wisconsin would generate an estimated $165 million in revenue by legalizing and regulating marijuana.