Local Things You Need To Know
Markets reel as world absorbs shock of UK vote
to leave EU
LONDON (AP) — Britain has jumped. Now it is wildly
searching for the parachute.
The U.K.’s unprecedented decision to leave the European Union
sent shockwaves through the country and around the world Friday,
rocking financial markets, toppling Prime Minister David Cameron
and even threatening the ties that bind the United Kingdom.
Britons absorbed the overwhelming realization that their
anti-establishment vote has pushed the British economy into
treacherous and uncertain territory and sparked a profound
crisis for a bloc founded to unify Europe after the devastation
of World War II.
‘‘Leave’’ campaigners hailed the result as a victory for
British democracy against the bureaucratic behemoth of the EU.
For more on this story, see Saturday’s Freeman.
restaurant operator arrested for
WAUKESHA — An Oconomowoc man who operated Buca
Eatery and Grill was arrested for his fourth operating while
intoxicated offense in five years and for possession of
amphetamine and cocaine on Tuesday.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman.
DA’s office seeks homicide charge against
alleged Sussex shooter
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County District Attorney’s
office filed a motion in Circuit Court Friday to amend charges
against a man accused of murdering a teenager in Sussex.
District Attorney Susan Opper filed a motion seeking to file
amended charges against 22-year-old London White, upgrading the
charge from attempted first-degree intentional homicide to
first-degree intentional homicide with use of dangerous weapon
following the death of 16-year-old George Erickson last week.
For more details, see Saturday’s Freeman.
Man fires gun outside home in Waukesha Friday
WAUKESHA — A man reportedly fired a handgun outside
his home on Newhall Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday
night, then fled toward South and Grand avenues.
Details as yet are not entirely clear. But witnesses at the
seen, and later Waukesha Police dispatchers, told Freeman staff
that the man, who has mental health issues, was apparently upset
about the fireworks being launched at St. Mary's Parish as part
of its Fun Fest. He responded by firing a “large-caliber
handgun,” although it wasn't clear if he was aiming at a
specific target or simply discharging the weapon. No one,
however, was injured.
Waukesha Police responded massively, closing Grand Avenue at
Wisconsin Avenue and West Avenue at Newhall Avenue as the search
for the suspect ensued. Scanner traffic indicated police had the
suspect in custody at approximately 11:02 p.m.
Further details will be posted as they become available.
House Speaker Ryan proposes simpler tax code
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans led by Speaker
Paul Ryan unveiled a plan for a simpler tax code, the sixth and
last installment of a GOP agenda designed to be a policy
counterpoint to the personality-driven campaign of Donald Trump.
Ryan and other Republicans announced the plan at a news
conference Friday morning. The proposal would lower tax rates
for both families and businesses, although it falls short of the
25 percent top rate for individuals that Ryan promised not long
Instead, the tax reform plan proposes a 33 percent top tax
bracket instead of the current top rate of 39.6 percent restored
by President Barack Obama in a 2013 victory over Republicans in
the wake of his re-election.
The Ryan plan also lacks the detail required to measure whether
it maintains the current distribution of the tax burden by
The plan won’t face a vote this year but, like other elements
of Ryan’s agenda, provides a template for potential action next
‘‘For families and individuals, the new tax system will simplify
and lower tax rates. It also will provide for reduced but
progressive tax rates on capital gains, dividends and interest
income,’ the proposal reads. ‘‘The approach reflected in this
blueprint will be simple enough to fit on a postcard for most
Individual filers would retain tax breaks for mortgage
interest, charitable giving and retirement savings in a decision
that reflects the sweeping popularity of such measures.
Wisconsin state workers face new hiring
MADISON (AP) — Wisconsin state employees will face
a new world when they show up for work July 1.
An overhaul of the state’s 111-year-old civil service system
takes effect take that day. It will leave 30,000 state workers
and an untold number of job applicants to face new hiring and
Mandatory pre-hiring examinations will be a thing of the past.
So will bumping rights, which protect senior employees from
Probation periods will be longer, just cause for disciplinary
actions will be clearly defined and layoff decisions will be
based on performance rather than seniority.
Supporters insist the changes enable state agencies to fill
retirees’ positions quickly and impose proper discipline.
Democrats and other critics say Republicans are trading a clean,
fair employment system for political patronage and cronyism.