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BREAKING NEWS / URGENT: The State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, and the state's domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Upper Midwest conservatives willing to increase spending on Great Lakes

Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Upper Midwest conservatives may be bullish about cutting spending -- but not when it comes to protecting the Great Lakes. 

Wausau area Republican Sean Duffy is among a number of Tea Party lawmakers who are big supporters of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. They say it's vital to clean up a century of pollution in order to attract jobs and improve the region's economy. 

Former Republican President George W. Bush created a task force in the last decade which identified thousands of local cleanup projects along the Great Lakes. But Congress never funded it until Democratic President Barack Obama made a big push for it. 

Over $1.3 billion have been spent on the program in the last five years. A House subcommittee voted earlier this year to cut its funding by 80 percent -- and a Republican, David Joyce of Ohio, led the drive to restore most of the money. 

Now, the Obama White House is about to work on a package of projects for the next five years of the initiative. 

Environmental advocates pressed for an expansion of cleanups this week, when a number of Great Lakes organizations held their annual joint conference in Milwaukee.


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