INCOME TAX RECIPROCITY
Wisconsin makes Minnesota offer on tax reciprocity
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin has made a new income tax reciprocity offer to Minnesota
Wisconsin's Revenue Department announced the latest offer Thursday. The neighboring states have been unable to reach a deal since a 40-year agreement expired in 2009.
An agreement would simplify income taxes for the roughly 80,000 who live in one state and work in the other.
Wisconsin Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says the latest offer provides that payments from Wisconsin to Minnesota would increase from the $58 million paid for tax year 2009 to $87 million for tax year 2015. Future payments would be made based on a study both states completed in 2013.
Minnesota's latest offer required Wisconsin to pay up to $6 million more, a proposal Wisconsin continues to reject. Chandler calls the request "unprecedented."
Elections board can't intervene in John Doe
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal appeals court has rejected the Wisconsin elections board's request to intervene in an ongoing lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the Government Accountability Board request.
The board asked to intervene so it could make its case about what campaign activity can be regulated. Prosecutors worked with the board in launching the probe into whether Walker's campaign and others broke state laws.
The Wisconsin Club for Growth sued in federal court and a judge in May stopped the probe. Prosecutors have appealed to the 7th Circuit.
While the board's request to join the lawsuit was denied, the appeals court says it can file its own separate legal brief.
GAY MARRIAGE-7TH CIRCUIT
Briefs piling up in gay marriage rulings appeals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - At least 20 friend of the court briefs have been filed in appeals of rulings overturning gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, including one by a group of churches and another by 10 states' attorneys general.
The brief filed by the attorneys general argues that society should decide whether same-sex marriage is acceptable, not the courts.
Another brief filed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and groups representing four other churches argues that marriage between a man and a woman is God's will.
Most of the court briefs side with Indiana and Wisconsin. The two states are appealing federal judges' rulings that overturned their same-sex marriage bans.
Most of the briefs were filed this week with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing the combined case.
AG candidate fails to account for spending
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorney general hopeful Ismael Ozanne failed to supply a reason for spending $33,000 in campaign cash on state reports.
Ozanne is one of three Democrats vying for that party's nomination in an Aug. 12 primary. His campaign has been floundering financially; the latest finance reports filed Monday with state elections officials show he had only $3,405 on hand.
A review of the reports shows Ozanne gave no reason for spending $33,500 of the $97,000 he spent during the first six months of the year.
The reports list a number of checks with no recipient as well as a number of electronic withdrawals that don't include a reason. One of the withdrawals was made from a New Orleans ATM in May.
Ozanne campaign adviser Stan Davis didn't immediately return messages.
Wisconsin court upholds cellphone tracking cases
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with police in two separate cases where cellphone data was used to track suspects.
The court's rulings Thursday came in a pair of homicide cases in Milwaukee and Kenosha counties. Police in both cases used data from the suspects' cellphone providers to track them down. They arrested the suspect in the Milwaukee case, Bobby Tate, in his mother's apartment. They arrested the Kenosha suspect, Nicolas Subdiaz-Osorio, in Arkansas.
In Tate's case, police obtained a judge's order authorizing the tracking of his phone. Tate argues that detectives didn't have enough evidence to justify the order. Subdiaz-Osorio contends the search of his phone was illegal.
But the Supreme Court in each case said police were within their rights.
FATAL BUS CRASH
1 killed, at least 6 injured in 3-vehicle crash
MINOCQUA, Wis. (AP) - One person was killed and at least six people were hurt when two vehicles and a small bus crashed north of Minocqua (min-AH'-kwah).
The Wisconsin State Patrol says the person who died Thursday was in one of the vehicles, not the bus. Lt. Steve Krueger says all of the people who are injured are adults.
WAOW-TV reports Highway 51 was temporarily closed following the collision.
AVIATION PARTS RELOCATION
Aircraft parts company moves to Oshkosh
OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - A customer aircraft parts company is making a move from Minneapolis to Oshkosh.
D'Shannon President Scott Erickson says the company will move to a hangar at Wittman Regional Airport until it can develop its own facility in the aviation business park under development at the airport.
D'Shannon has focused on engine overhauls and parts for Beechcraft airplanes since it acquired those assets in 2010. But, Erickson says the company plans to branch out to provide parts for a wider variety of aircraft.
Erickson tells Oshkosh Northwestern Media it will make the move after the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture convention ends Aug. 3 and initially hire a half dozen employees while working with local fabrication shops to produce parts.
NEW OSTEOPATHIC COLLEGE
Wisconsinites lead effort to start new med school
JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) - Two former University of Wisconsin Foundation executives have announced plans to create an alternative medical school near Madison.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports Mark Lefebvre and Jennifer Kidon DeKrey are forging a new effort to establish an osteopathic school after a separate group's proposal fell through.
They said their proposed Osteopathic Medical College of Wisconsin could keep more medical practitioners in the state. There are two medical schools in Wisconsin, forcing many students to move if they don't get into one of the two programs.
The $125 million project would be funded through donations, gifts and grants. It would enroll about 150 students the first year and eventually educate about 600 annually.
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