WAUSAU, WISCONSIN - In anticipation of Gov. Evers budget proposal, local assembly Republicans unveiled their budget initiatives to improve the safety of our communities. It was just one announcement of many done across the state by GOP representatives. Rep. Patrick Snyder (R-Schofield) said both Republicans and Democrats agree that criminal justice reform is a must for the upcoming budget.
They had four initiatives for Evers" quicker access to a fair trial, expanding treatment programs for offenders with substance abuse, investing in retention of correctional officers, and promoting inmates' successful transition back into society.
Gov. Evers announced Monday morning that he wants to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize the possession of 25 grams or less. Snyder wants more information than just a press release before they back Evers plan.
"I'd like to see [how] the wording goes on that, I know ourcaucus is open to hear about that. For some of the other stuff we just have tosee how it is actually laid out on the bill," said Snyder.
Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) said he also wants to wait to see theentire proposal.
"We've spent quite a significant amount of money ontreatment and diversion programs in the last six years throughout our statebudgets. I would hope that as a big policy item like that works through thesystem, that it's a stand-alone bill not tucked away in the state budget," said Krug.
Evers isexpected to release his budget on Feb. 28th. His marijuana proposals areexpected to be a part of the package.
MINOCQUA - Instead of worrying about blizzards, soon you'll be watching out for thunderstorms. Severe weather season will soon be here.
Our Weatherwatch 12 Meteorologists went to MHLT Elementary in Minocqua Thursday to talk weather with the third grade class.
The students learned how forecasts are made and where the energy for thunderstorms comes from. They also heard about tornadoes, flooding, wind, and hurricanes. It's all part of a weather unit that's been taking place at the school.
MERRILL - A Wausau manufacturer will relocate its operations to Merrill. A big reason for the move is the city provided FreMarq Innovations a $100,000 loan. If FreMarq keeps at least 50 jobs for the next two years, it will not have to pay the loan back.
Merrill City Administrator Dave Johnson said it's a win-win for Fremarq and the city.
"The council did the right thing and they voted to approve this. And now we have this program going and it will be to the benefit of the city," said Johnson.
MERRILL - President Trump issued the first veto of his presidency last Friday. He rejected a resolution that would have blocked funding for a border wall without congressional approval.
Wisconsin 7th district representative Sean Duffy said Republicans and Democrats agree on about 95% of immigration reform. The wall is where they differ, but Duffy said immigration reform cannot happen without border security.
"To say we're going to do [immigration reform] with an open border I think is insane, stupid, and will never work," said Duffy.
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