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Vos: Voucher expansion can't be done as Walker wants Submitted: 05/06/2015
MADISON - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says expanding the private school voucher program probably can't be done as Gov. Scott Walker has proposed.

Vos commented on the issue Wednesday after a new revenue forecast predicted no growth in the next two years above previous projections.

Walker proposed lifting the 1,000-student enrollment cap in the statewide voucher program, with funding for the expansion coming from public school districts that lose students. However, his approach has run into opposition from voucher advocates who worry it will lead to lower vouchers for participating students.

Vos says Republicans want to ensure that those already receiving vouchers don't see a reduction. He says they have not yet talked about expansion.



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WOODRUFF - Seniors who rely on the Senior Meal Program in the Lakeland area won't receive their food for a few days after a fire destroyed the Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff early Wednesday morning. 

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 We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.


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WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, 81 World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans flew to Washington, D.C. free of charge to see the memorials that stand in their honor. Veterans from our area left from Wausau on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

It can be a challenge to convince the veterans to participate. They're humble and many feel like there are plenty of other veterans who are more deserving of the opportunity. One veteran who took some convincing is Dan Writz of Abbotsford. 

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 REGIONAL NEWS

MADISON - The state Senate's leader says he's talking to his colleagues to gauge support for repealing or revising Wisconsin's prevailing wage law but a committee's moves this week is making the picture fuzzier.

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MILWAUKEE - The reward has been significantly increased in the case a 5-year-old Milwaukee girl fatally shot last fall while sitting on her grandfather's lap.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker has approved 1 percent pay raises for two small state employee unions.

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MADISON - The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow Wisconsin transportation officials to raise the speed limit on some roads to 70 mph.

The bill would permit the Department of Transportation officials to raise the limit to 70 mph on roads they deem fit. The proposal would prohibit DOT from going to 70 on four-lane roads with at-grade access, however.


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