In statewide news…
…Recreational marijuana legalization, $200 million for broadband expansion, and repeal of the Act 10 collective bargaining agreement were unveiled as components of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ 2021-23 budget recommendations issued Tuesday night. Republican leaders in the statehouse have indicated their initial reaction is to support some aspects of the budget but consider many unlikely to earn their bipartisan support. (Wisconsin State Journal)
…President Joe Biden visited Wisconsin Tuesday, speaking at a town hall in Milwaukee where he made his case for $1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief. (Journal Sentinel)
…The state’s largest business lobbying group, WMC, publicly applauded the state legislature and Evers Thursday for passing and signing Assembly Bill 2 (AB 2), which will protect Wisconsin small businesses from unexpected taxes on loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
…Evers’ proposal to reform Wisconsin’s unemployment system is now in the hands of state lawmakers. Republicans on the state budget committee offered an alternative plan Wednesday; the plan included civil liability exemptions for COVID-19 claims. (Lacrosse Tribune)
…U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who will speak Monday at the Chamber’s first 2021 Public Policy Series event, has been named the new Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. The Wisconsinite says she plans to prioritize rural economic development in the role. (Wisconsin Farmer)
Closer to home…
…On Monday the Appleton School Board will hear a proposal to rename Lincoln Elementary in honor of the late Ron Dunlap, the school’s longtime principal who went on to be named one of the most influential African American leaders in Wisconsin. (Post Crescent)
…the Fox Cities LIFE (Leading Indicators for Excellence) Study, and project of the Community Foundation and United Way Fox Cities, released new education data this month, finding that high school graduation rates in the region improved between 2013 and 2019.
…Nominations close next Friday for the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2021 Excellence in Education Shining Star Awards, which will showcase the top teachers and educators in our region on April 29.
…Nominations are now open for “Best of The Valley” on the Post Crescent website.
On the move: Steve Wille has been promoted to VP of business development at Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc… Fox Communities Credit Union has hired Jenefer Kind as VP of Operations.