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STATE ATTACKS LOCAL CONTROL AGAIN! December 29, 2015 article from the Shepherd Express.com (12/29/2015)
PROPOSED STATE LEGISLATION WOULD DEVASTATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION December 10, 2015 Wisconsin State Journal article reviews the attack on local efforts for historic preservation.
Senator Vinehout's weekly letter to her constituents on the most recent attacks on local control. The companion to this bill is Senate Bill 464, due for a public hearing on 1/5/2016 (along with SB 479, and 445). These three are the Senate versions of the "dirty trio" of the Assembly bills 563, 582, and 568, introduced the first week in December and scheduled for public hearings on 12/10/2015, the "theoretical" last day of the fall session of the legislature.
This October 27, 2015 Wisconsin State Journal article reviews the state legislature's attack on school districts' ability to raise additional monies by scheduling their referendums.
This is Senator Vinehout's April 2015 column on a state pre-emption of local control that sneaked past EVERYONE: use of app-based taxi services such as Uber.
The Cap Times on March 26, 2014, reported SINCE TAKING OVER THE STATE LEGISLATURE, REPUBLICANS HAVE MOVED TO RESTRICT LOCAL CONTROL (3/26/2014)
THE ATTACK ON LOCAL CONTROL BY REPUBLICANS November 7, 2013 article in The Isthmus magazine.
MURPHY'S LAW: THE DECLINE OF LOCAL CONTROL, a column from Urban Milwaukee.com November 1, 2013
Yet another eloquent Vinehout column from October 30, 2013.
This is Senator Vinehout's column from October 23, 2013, during the last major attack on local control.
This is a nice summary of union observations on local control attacks dating from 2013.
In mid 2013, the Governor signed the new state budget bill, including a provision that eliminated residency requirements in municipalities which had previously required public workers to live within municipal boundaries. Available HERE for download! UPDATE as of 7/2015: The state Court of Appeals has UPHELD Milwaukee's residency requirement! The case is Milwaukee Police Association v. City of Milwaukee.