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Trump moves to pull U.S. out of Asia trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charting a new American course
abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from
the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of
his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack
Obama’s attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.
For Trump, the move was a fulfillment of a central campaign
promise. He has repeatedly cast the 12-nation trade pact — which
was eagerly sought by U.S. allies in Asia — as detrimental to
‘‘Great thing for the American worker that we just did,’’ Trump
said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.
The Obama administration spent years negotiating the Pacific
Rim pact, though the mood in Washington on trade soured over
time. Obama never sent the accord to Congress for ratification,
making Trump’s actions Monday largely symbolic.
In addition to his executive action on TPP, Trump signed
memorandums freezing most federal government hiring — though he
noted an exception for the military — and reinstating a ban on
providing federal money to international groups that perform
abortions or provide information on the option.
For more on this story, see today’s Freeman.
Walker proposes new welfare work
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker released
plans for welfare reform with increased work requirements on
Walker’s proposal would also require adults with children
between age 6 and 18 to attend job training and search for work
five days a week. It was part of a package of welfare reforms
called ‘‘Wisconsin Works for Everyone’’ that Walker released
during a series of news conferences across the state.
Under current state law, only childless adults in the FoodShare
program have to meet the work requirement. They lose all food
stamp benefits after three months of non-compliance. Benefits
would be cut, but not eliminated, for families that could be
affected by the new proposal. Details on how much benefits could
be reduced, and how long parents would have to comply, will come
in the governor’s budget released next month.
Walker is also calling for a similar work requirement for
people receiving housing vouchers from the federal government.
Democrats and child advocates said the change it was
counterproductive and would hurt more families than it would
help. But Republican legislative leaders and the state chamber
of commerce praised the idea as giving incentives to put more
people back to work.
For more details, see today's Freeman.
Bill would limit influence of unions on public
MADISON (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers are
proposing that Wisconsin limit union influence on bids for
The proposal from Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Rob Hutton would
prohibit state and local governments from requiring contractors
bidding on their projects to use unionized workers or enter into
project labor agreements — collective bargaining agreements that
establish rules controlling work on a project upfront, such as
setting work hours or requiring workers to join a union. Few
places in Wisconsin require them.
Public hearings on the measure are set for Tuesday and
Wednesday. Hutton said the legislation would yield more
competitive bids and allow a wider range of companies to bid for
‘‘There are terrific firms out there that are both union and
anti-union,’’ Hutton said. ‘‘We don’t want to be in the business
of government determining which firm receives projects.’’
Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt said the proposal
would put lawmakers in exactly that position.
For more details, see today's Freeman.
agency highlights climate change, 2 others ignore
MADISON (AP) — While two Wisconsin state agencies
have scrubbed references to climate change from their web sites,
the Division of Emergency Management has released new
information on global warming and its effects on the state.
Wisconsin emergency management officials, in an
online post, describe how climate change could generate
flooding, drought and forest fires.
The information is a departure from how the
Department of Natural Resources and state Public Service
Commission have handled climate change on their websites. The
two agencies, which regulate coal-fired power plants, removed
references to global warming and human-generated greenhouse
lottery ticket expiring in 11 days
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin lottery officials say a
winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million is days away from
The ticket was purchased Aug. 6 at Aberg Avenue
Mobil on Madison’s east side. The location is also known as
Kelley’s Market. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but
missed the Powerball.
Winning ticket holders have 180 days to claim their
prize. The person who bought the winning ticket has 11 days left
to claim the prize at Wisconsin Lottery headquarters in Madison.
If not, the winnings are used for property tax relief.
The retailer who sold the ticket still receives 2
percent of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.