As of June, 2019, two-thirds of U.S. states have legalized marijuana in one form or another, including eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, that have effectively abolished all prohibitions against recreational marijuana use. Wisconsin remains in the stubborn minority, with Republican legislators solidly against relaxation of marijuana rules. So, too, is the federal government, […]
Founded as a non-profit, non-partisan news gathering organization in 2009, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has been a mainstay for democracy and freedom of information for over 10 years now. Since its start, the Center has published more than 300 major news reports that have appeared in over 600 news publications around the state […]
As part of her annual year-in-review series, Patty is once again joined in the studio by Dee Hall, co-founder and managing editor at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. For today’s episode, they discuss some highlights from WisWatch’s work in 2018.
During his tenure in the Governor’s office, outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker frequently touted the work his Administration did to combat waste and fraud in state government. Walker bragged that in 2017, state inspectors found $150 million in Medicaid fraud and overpayments. That sounds impressive, until you realize that $150 million is less than 2% […]
Anyone who has taken a high school history course in the United States knows how how laws are supposed to be made. An elected representative introduces a bill, which is identified by title, the legislature holds a public hearing to solicit comment and input, and then, after deliberation, the bill may be amended to address […]
Sources as diverse as Moody’s investment service and the Congressional Budget Office have rated the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — formerly known as Food Stamps — as one of the most effective and efficient forms of economic stimulus the government has in its tool belt. It’s also extremely effective at reaching people in need. […]