Madison Commons Media Digest, October 20, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Independent monitor among committee's recommendations for Madison Police Department, Howard Hardee, WSJ, Oct. 20; Madison City Council members seek more police, firefighters in 2020 budget, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Oct. 19;  Committee studying Madison Police Department issues years-in-the-making report, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 18; Madison Police and Fire Commission names Vic Wahl as acting chief, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 15.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 13, 2019

Top Story

An important special report from Dean Mosiman: Homelessness in Wisconsin: State at the Crossroads, Wisconsin State Journal, Oct. 13. Madison and Dane County

Explained: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's $40 vehicle registration proposal, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Oct. 10; Madison's proposed $40 wheel tax would be highest in state, but may be 'only way' to balance budget, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 9.

Questions Remain Unanswered Two Months After MGE Fires

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and local environmental advocates are calling for greater transparency nearly two months after fires at two Madison Gas & Electric substations in July, especially regarding PFAS, potentially harmful chemicals in the firefighting foam that have leaked into Madison's lakes.

Madison Commons Media Digest, October 6, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Chief Mike Koval's sudden retirement sets Police and Fire Commission process in motion, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 5; Out with a bang: Koval wanted to avoid the 'torture' of a budget fight, Dylan Brogan, Isthmus, Oct. 3;   Madison Police Chief Mike Koval announces retirement, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Sept. 30. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway proposes vehicle fee, independent police auditor in operating budget; Dane Co.

Mayor’s 2020 Budget Prioritizes Youth, Transit

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's budget proposal also includes a $40 local vehicle registration fee and no increase in staffing for Madison Police, which some say may have contributed to Police Chief Mike Koval's abrupt retirement Sunday.