MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Public safety workers could collectively bargain over their health insurance premiums but not other costs of their plan under action today by the Legislature's budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee voted to make the restriction for police, firefighters, and emergency medical service providers. They retained their collective bargaining rights two years ago while all other public workers saw them taken away.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more monthly for health insurance under a Gov. Scott Walker proposal that won approval today by the Legislature's budget committee. The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 13-3 to approve the fee. Twelve other states impose similar fees. Workers could face a surcharge if they are caught lying about tobacco use.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Legislature's budget committee has delayed taking a vote on whether to have every high school junior in Wisconsin take the ACT college entrance exam. The plan by state superintendent Tony Evers and Gov. Scott Walker was up for a vote today. But the Republican-controlled panel delayed taking action. It was not clear when they would take it up.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Dane County authorities say the Madison man shot and killed by police last week after allegedly charging at them with a sword had a history of mental illness. Sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer says the 43-year-old man had been taken to mental health facilities in 2004 and 2008 as part of court-ordered commitments. Deputies had asked police Friday to help them evict Brent E. Brozek from his condominium following foreclosure. Police say Brozek rushed at officers brandishing a large sword.
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