Wisconsin Weekly: Solar turf war breaks out in Wisconsin

Solar company battles WI utility; Flight for Life bills top $10,000; Is gov’s veto pen too strong? UW loses records lawsuit; Fish die-offs slated to rise
Of note: This week we are proud to highlight our latest story, reported by Wisconsin Public Radio/Wisconsin Watch investigative fellow Sarah Whites-Koditschek. Sarah writes about the fight brewing between solar companies and public utilities in Wisconsin over who should be allowed to provide solar energy to customers. The battle is important as Wisconsin lags behind most of the country and its neighbors in the Upper Midwest in providing solar energy. The Badger State ranks 41st nationally — powering the equivalent of around 10,600 homes by the sun.

Wisconsin Weekly: Hard road ahead for Evers’ goal to cut prison population

Cutting Wisconsin’s prisoner rolls; high supervision leads to more incarceration; gerrymandering ruling setback for Dems; drug charges fill Washburn jail
Of note: This week we draw your attention to the two-story package by Wisconsin Watch reporter Izabela Zaluska examining Gov. Tony Evers’ goal to cut in half the number of people in Wisconsin’s prisons, which are overcrowded and understaffed. Zaluska found some things are in Evers’ control, such as boosting paroles and invoking a little-used early release program to lessen overcrowding. But other measures, including reducing sentences and increasing funding for treatment and diversion programs, require the cooperation of the Republican-run Legislature and judges. In a separate story, Zaluska examines the huge role that so-called crimeless revocations play in swelling Wisconsin’s prison population. Access to some stories listed in the Wisconsin Weekly roundup may be limited to subscribers of the news organizations that produced them.