The U.S. government announces it has filed a discrimination lawsuit against New Berlin for allegedly denying a low-income housing project last year because it would have attracted African American families. The city's plan commission had earlier recommended approving the development, but elected officials were bombarded with calls and emails opposed to it, some of which used racial epithets.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a $1.5 billion iron ore mine project in northern Wisconsin has been put on hold while the state contemplates a new set of mining rules.
Gov. Walker says he'll veto a budget provision that would have required the Presbyterian student center at UW-Madison to pay property taxes on its housing.
Walker moves the ceremonial signing location for the state budget because the original site, Badger Sheet Metal Works in Green Bay, is owned by Gregory DeCaster, who was convicted of eight felony counts of tax evasion in the '90s.
The Rev. Amy DeLong, 44, a gay Methodist pastor from western Wisconsin, tells the Associated Press she's pleased with a 20-day suspension for officiating at a same-sex marriage ceremony in 2009. DeLong, who could have been defrocked, says: "I feel like I've been sentenced to write and to teach, and that's what I dedicated my ministry to anyhow."
Gov. Scott Walker signs his first budget, a $66 billion plan that drastically cuts spending on education and human services. Walker vetoes a few provisions in the document, including a bill that would have allowed for-profit bail bondsmen to work in the state. He does not veto a proposal that will make it harder for microbrewers to distribute their product.
Madison Police arrest Bryon M. Reihms, 21, for allegedly sticking a sword through the wall of his apartment on the city's northeast side and startling his neighbor, who was making breakfast. Reihms reportedly tells police he was making a video and got a little carried away.
Sheriff Dave Mahoney says he's removed himself from the investigation of the alleged Supreme Court choking incident because he supported Justice David Prosser's opponent in the spring election. The case is now being overseen by the sheriff's chief deputy.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) threatens to slow down the Senate proceedings to protest the fact that the federal government hasn't produced a budget and that negotiations are going on behind closed doors. Johnson gripes on the Senate floor: "What kind of process is this? A few people talking behind closed doors, far from the view of the American public."
Gov. Walker's controversial budget-repair bill takes effect. The law strips most public employees of their right to collectively bargain on most issues and requires employee contributions to pension and health benefits, amounting to a roughly 8% pay cut.
Compiled (in part) from local media.