The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel isn't impressed at all with the compromise farm bill that is nearing congressional approval this week. The paper editorializes that the bill ought to be "plowed under" because it is still filled with unneeded subsidies for big farmers and takes too much from food stamps.
The Racine Journal Times is concerned that the flap over the sex offender introduced by Gov. Scott Walker during his State of the State address last week has overshadowed the governor's message. The paper notes that Walker distanced himself from the worker, but notes the worker is successfully holding a job and shouldn't be made out to be an ogre.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram's editor, Don Huebscher, writes today that the Legislature needs to balance Gov. Walker's tax cut plan by using part of the money to pay down the state's debt instead. Giving all the money back could come to bite the state should the economy take a hit, which isn't all that unusual these days, he notes.
John Kaufman, who writes a blog called the Afternoon Journal, argues that the governor's proposed cuts will benefit mainly people who live in the suburbs throughout the state. Not only has the surplus come from cutting education funds, now the governor wants to give it back with property and income tax cuts that will benefit the more well-to-do, he insists.
Too many students are experimenting with e-cigarettes, complains the Green Bay Press-Gazette in an editorial. It urges school districts to take charge and ban them from school grounds because we don't know if they're actually safe, the paper contends.
In a blog posting on Forward Outlook, County Board member Al Matano outlines why the upcoming Dane County Board elections matter. Although there are only seven contests, Matano points out that all conservatives need is three or four seats to boost their number to 10 and give them the leverage to block spending initiatives.
WisOpinion today posts a story from the National Journal that interviews the openly gay members of Congress and what their lives are like in Washington politics. The story includes pieces by Wisconsin's two gay members, Rep. Mark Pocan and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
Feb. 11 is "Conservation Lobby Day," writes Anne Sayers of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters on the Wisconsin Gazette blog today. She urges Wisconsin citizens to visit their lawmakers and underscore the need to protect our air and water quality on that day.