MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic candidates for governor are voicing support for an overhaul of Wisconsin's criminal justice system, saying Gov. Scott Walker has failed to adequately address the root causes of prison overcrowding. Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor gathered for a Wednesday forum. Many of them voiced support for a proposal from Democratic state Rep. Evan Goyke that would soften parole revocation for non-criminal rule violations and reinstate earned release for certain prisoners.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says if elected he would pardon everyone who has low-level marijuana convictions. Flynn also supports legalizing marijuana in Wisconsin. He is one of the nine highest profile Democratic candidates for governor. Flynn outlined his support for pardoning certain low-level marijuana offenses at a Wednesday forum in Madison. Flynn says he wants to pardon non-violent pot offenses that don't involving dealing drugs.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says dissatisfaction with national politics influenced a special election win by a Democrat in a state Senate district that Donald Trump won in 2016 by 17 points. Walker told reporters Wednesday in Milwaukee that the Democratic win was a "wake-up call to distinguish between the inaction of Washington versus the positive action we are taking in Wisconsin. He did not blame Trump by name, but says there is "frustration overall" with Washington.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's state budget is now projected to end with $138 million more than previously thought when it cleared the Legislature last year. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on Wednesday said the current two-year budget that ends on June 30, 2019, will end with a $385 million balance. Republican co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren heralded the news as signs the state is on "great fiscal standing."
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.