Capital City Sunday: Sen. Jennifer Shilling, Tommy Thompson & Proff. Ryan Owens

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MADISON (WKOW) — Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) reacts to Governor Tony Evers first state budget. Evers wants to increase the gas tax by 8 cents/gallon by also repealing the minimum markup law.

Sen. Shilling called his idea a “start” but also said didn’t say if she supports scaling back minimum markup law on gasoline and rather talk to her caucus first.

“Legislation has not gone anywhere in the past, but we need Republicans to come to the table,” said Shilling.

Former governor Tommy Thompson and UW Political Science Professor Ryan Owens discuss an upcoming criminal justice reform conference in Madison on March 7th. Owens is hopeful this year the legislature will consider boosting job training skills in prisons to help inmates gain employment upon release. Evers budget did not address this in his two-year spending plan.

Thompson is supportive of Gov. Evers budget proposals surrounds criminal justice like raising the age from 17 to 18 for an offender to be considered adults for most crimes. Thompson won’t take a stance on Evers idea to legalize medical marijuana but is open to exploring his idea to decriminalize small amounts.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

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