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Posted on: September 19, 2016

No Plans, No Permits

Building Permit

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is asking local building inspection departments and clerks not to issue building permits for construction projects on public buildings, public structures and places of employment unless the appl...Read on...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

YPSummit - Bridging the Gap Between Generations


The YPSummit is organized by NEWaukee, Wisconsin's nationally known millennial organization.

Their BIG, Audacious Goal? To reverse the migration of talent for the state of Wisconsin. Rather than dwell on the scary statistics, the YPSummit aims to t...Read on...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Photo Voter ID Resources

Bring it to the Ballot

Provide a link to the State Elections Commission "Bring it to the Ballot" website on your own municipal website, post it in your social media and help to spread the word. This is your resource to help explain the Photo Voter Id law to your con...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2016

Two Dozen Attend Turnout for Transporation

October 10, 2016 Calumet County Highway Commissioner Brian Glaeser thanked the nearly two dozen people who attended the Turnout for Transportation meeting held Thursday evening at the Calumet County Courthouse.

Tri-County News
Posted on: October 10, 2016

Municipalities Statewide Call for Road Funding

October 7, 2016 State legislators should be getting an earful about bad roads and the need for a better transportation plan from municipal leaders throughout the state. Aging roadways and culverts, a lack of money to fix them, political maneuvering. . .

John Lundstrom, Peninsula Pulse
Posted on: September 27, 2016

Baraboo seeks changes in highway funding

September 26, 2016 Baraboo is joining municipalities across Wisconsin in asking lawmakers to change the way road work is funded.

On Monday, the City Council’s public safety committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution. . . .

Ben Bromeley Baraboo News Republic
Posted on: September 26, 2016

Turnout for Transportation calls for solutions

September 22, 2016 Three local governmental associations will hold an event drawing attention to the need to find a sustainable solution to Wisconsin’s transportation challenge.

Milton Courier
Posted on: September 13, 2016

Appleton not alone in being sued over cell towers

September 6, 2016 Appleton isn't the only community in Wisconsin that's headed to the courthouse over cell towers. Although the state law regulating cell tower sites is relatively new, both Eau Claire and Prairie du Sac have faced legal hurdles . . . .

Madeleine Behr, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Posted on: September 13, 2016

Our Views: Act 10's big winner: taxpayers

September 7, 2016 Protesters descending on the Capitol five years ago in a desperate bid to stop Act 10’s passage were right about one thing: They had a lot to lose.
But as a growing body of evidence suggests, their loss has been the taxpayers’ gain—

Gazette Editorial Board, Janesville Gazette Xtra
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling

Four out of 10 municipalities said budget conditions had improved since 2010, while 30% said it had worsened. Among larger cities, 45% reported better and 21% reported worse budget conditions. Among smaller villages. . . 32% percent said it was worse.

08/26/2016 The Chippewa Herald
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling more than bigger cities with economic recovery

August 26, 2016 Jerry Deschane, executive director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, said . . . the report reveals troubling trends for smaller municipalities, which are just as vital to the health of Wisconsin’s economy as the larger cities.

The Journal Times
Posted on: August 26, 2016

New Report Outlines Challenges Facing Wisconsin Municipalities

08/26/2016 A new report from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance details the challenges facing cities and villages throughout the state. We'll learn more from LWM Executive Director Jerry Deschane.

J. Carlisle Larsen for Wisconsin Public Radio
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Civic Engagement Lacking in Cities and Villages, Report Shows

Civic engagement in small cities and villages is rising toward the top of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' priority list following a report on overall municipal health.

08/26/2016 WisPolitics.com
Posted on: August 26, 2016

Study: Smaller villages struggling more than bigger cities with economic recovery

Wisconsin’s cities and villages are scaling back road repairs in the face of state aid cuts, and smaller villages have struggled more than larger cities to recover from the Great Recession, according to a new study.

Matthew DeFour for the Wisconsin State Journal
Posted on: August 25, 2016

NEWSMAKERS: State of Cities and Villages

August 25, 2016 A study of Wisconsin’s 597 cities and villages found that debt service made up 21.7% of spending. Commissioned by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the study also found the smallest cities and villages have the biggest problems.

WisconsinEye Studio
Posted on: August 25, 2016

WISTAX Releases State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages

August 25, 2016 The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance was commissioned by the League of Municipalities to review the state of Wisconsin’s cities and villages. This report focused on reviewing the fiscal health, service levels, and employment conditions.

Wheeler Report Blog
Posted on: August 12, 2016

Officials note few differences between city, village status

August 11, 2016
Cottage Grove Village Attorney Lee Boushea said that based on a cursory examination, there is not much different between being a village and fourth class city in Wisconsin.

Kevin Passon for The Herald-Independent
Posted on: August 4, 2016

WNA, associations spar over legal notices

August 3, 2016 Representatives of three local government associations called for the elimination of publication requirements for public notices during a hearing Tuesday at the state Capitol.

James Debilzen, WNA, for The Star
Posted on: August 2, 2016

Legal experts weigh in councils' authority after alleged ethics violation

July 31, 2016 MILTON—The Milton City Council has the authority to remove one of its members for divulging what happened in a closed session if that behavior is found to be "official misconduct," attorneys told The Gazette.

Jake McGee for GazetteXtra
Posted on: July 27, 2016

Cities, villages to challenge legal notice laws

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July 27, 2016
Current law requires cities and villages to publish ordinances, minutes, and other notices in their local newspapers, but that could change. The municipalities would like to post that information to their websites. . .

Rebecca Cardenas for WSAW-TV
Posted on: July 22, 2016

Court: Milwaukee can't enforce worker residency requirement

June 23, 2016 MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee can no longer enforce a long-standing requirement that police, firefighters, teachers and other public workers live within city limits, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Scott Bauer for Milwaukee StarTribune
Posted on: July 25, 2016

Local Government Leaders Decry Wisconsin's Road Repair Backup


June 14, 2016 The cost of delayed road projects is causing local government leaders and lawmakers to reconsider how the state is repairing its ailing network of roads.

Danielle Kaeding for Wisconsin Public Radio
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Madison, district craft deal to keep school funds

June 8, 2016 In a move that city and school officials say has never been done before, the City of Madison agreed this week to lend almost $9.3 million to the Madison School District. . . .

Patrick Thomas for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Big box tax dodgers? Municipalities want to curb “dark store” property tax challenges

May 26, 2016 MADISON — Municipal leaders in Wisconsin are seeking changes that would hasten the demise of the trend of big box retailers challenging their property tax assessments. . . .

Cara Spoto for The Journal Times
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Groups raise concerns about new overtime rules

May 18, 2016
The Obama administration's new overtime rules are drawing concern from government and charitable groups in Wisconsin, who say the measure would raise their costs beyond their means to pay.

Jason Stein for the Journal Sentinel
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Business groups, municipalities raise concerns over new federal overtime rules

May 18, 2016
Business groups and local governments are slamming a new Obama administration rule that would make 4.2 million more full-time salaried workers eligible for overtime pay.

Polo Rocha for WisBusiness.com
Posted on: July 26, 2016

Additional News Items 2016

05/13/16 - Wisconsin Public Radio - Group Calls On State To Invest In More In Wisconsin's Roads, Transportation Network
05/10/16 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Court rules for disclosure of Wisconsin accident reports05/03/16 - Better Roads - Wisconsin ...Read on...