The City of Madison announced this week a new grant program designed to protect independent retailers on State Street. But exactly who would these grants benefit? And who do they need protection from? Darien Lamen talks with city and business group spokespeople, as well as independent retailers to find out more.
Officials at the University of Wisconsin University Extension are considering deep cuts to staff and services statewide. Now that administrators have a draft plan of where cuts will fall, many are concerned about the impact they will have, while others say UW Extension should have been exempted from the cuts in the first place. Darien Lamen reports.
(WORT) — Members of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents are set to review a new tenure policy next week. The UW became the center of national attention last year, after the state budget act removed tenure protections from law and gave the Regents the authority to set their own tenure policy. At the time, many claimed academic freedom was under fire from partisan political interests. But with the policy draft now in its final form, was the concern justified? Darien Lamen has more.
A Republican lawmaker is proposing a “Sexual Assault Amnesty Bill” that would allow victims of sexual assault to seek assistance from authorities without worrying about being cited for underage drinking. The bill has support from law enforcement, university officials, and advocacy groups. But will it significantly impact the under-reporting of sexual assaults? Darien Lamen reports.
State lawmakers heard public testimony this week on a controversial bill that would penalize local law enforcement for not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The bill’s author suggests that so-called “Sanctuary Cities” like Madison have loose immigration enforcement standards that may provide cover for dangerous undocumented criminals. Immigrant rights advocates in Madison expressed concern that the measure would only drive undocumented immigrants into the shadows, while the Madison Police Chief was puzzled about why legislators considered Madison a “sanctuary” in the first place. Darien Lamen reports.
Republican lawmakers in the state of Wisconsin have been drumming up support for a bill that restricts the ability of local governments to issue their own photo identification cards. Opponents of the bill say it threatens local control and interferes with a recent initiative designed to increase access to basic services in Milwaukee. Reporter Darien Lamen has more.