Wednesday in Whitewater will see scattered afternoon thundershowers with a high of 90. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:32 PM, for 15h 16m 35s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 0.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Park and Recreation Board meets at 5:30 PM.
On this day in 1973, Secretariat wins the Triple Crown.
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Wisconsin officials learned Tuesday they would take in a game-changing sum over three years — $4.4 billion more than previously projected — but they may not be able to agree on what to do with it.
The windfall would allow Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican lawmakers to cut taxes, slash borrowing, greatly increase funding for schools, boost spending on other programs or enact a combination of all those ideas.
To do that, they would need to cut a deal — something that has often eluded them. The governor and legislative leaders have rarely talked during the two years that they have shared power.
“The increase in general fund tax collections in 2021, particularly in the months of April and May, is unprecedented,” Bob Lang, the director of the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, wrote in a memo published Tuesday.
Rob Mentzer reports Assembly Representative Attacks Nonprofit Children’s Museum With Nazi Analogy:
On Friday, Rep. Shae Sortwell, of Two Rivers, shared a Facebook post by Stevens Point’s Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum about the museum’s mask policy. Like many national retail chains, the museum is asking people older than age 5 who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue to wear masks during their visits to the indoor space. The museum said masks would be optional for those with vaccination cards.
Museum director Cory Rusch said the policy was an attempt to protect the health and safety of the many vulnerable grandparents who visit the museum with their grandkids, and he stressed no one will be turned away from the museum based on their vaccination status. But Sortwell’s Facebook post, made Friday morning on his verified Assembly social media account, shared the museum’s post with his own words added: “The Gestapo wants to see your papers, please.”
The Gestapo were a Nazi police force, directly responsible for torturing and killing political opponents of the regime and coordinating the deportation of Jews to death camps.
Sortwell did not respond to a request for comment from WPR on whether his use of the analogy trivializes the systematic murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust.
Sortwell’s post was shared hundreds of times on Facebook, and as of Monday afternoon, the original post had more than 500 comments, many of which include misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine or the false claim that a business requesting to see proof of vaccination is violating a health information privacy law.
Reid J. Epstein and Lisa Lerer report Rejecting Biden’s Win, Rising Republicans Attack Legitimacy of Elections:
Across the country, a rising class of Republican challengers has embraced the fiction that the 2020 election was illegitimate, marred by fraud and inconsistencies. Aggressively pushing Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that he was robbed of re-election, these candidates represent the next generation of aspiring G.O.P. leaders, who would bring to Congress the real possibility that the party’s assault on the legitimacy of elections, a bedrock principle of American democracy, could continue through the 2024 contests.