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WTMJ Nights: Budenholzer, Child Care Counts, Stadium Freeway, Shared Revenue
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WTMJ Nights: Budenholzer, Child Care Counts, Stadium Freeway, Shared Revenue
Featuring guests Tricia Peterson and Renae Henning of Wisconsin Early Childhood Action Needed (WECAN), and County Supervisor Peter Burgelis.

The Recombobulation Area is a six-time TEN-TIME Milwaukee Press Club award-winning weekly opinion column and online publication written and published by veteran Milwaukee journalist Dan Shafer. Learn more about it here.

Last night on 620 WTMJ, I guest hosted WTMJ Nights!

We started the show talking about the Bucks firing head coach Mike Budenholzer — news that happened less than an hour before the show started!

Then, Tricia Peterson and Renae Henning of Wisconsin Early Childhood Action Needed (WECAN) joined to talk about the Child Care Counts program and why it’s so important that funding to extend the life of this program is in the state budget. So far, it has made it (even as more than 540 other items were cut), but its future remains uncertain.

Then, we talked about the Stadium Freeway. Next week in Milwaukee, the first public involvement meeting for reimagining State Highway 175 will be held at the Washington Park Senior Center on Thursday, May 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more about that meeting and WisDOT’s plans here. You can even go right to an interactive map to share comments on the project online.

And here’s what we wrote about this reimagining project when it was announced:

And here’s our (award-winning!) opinion column from 2021 on why we should tear down the Stadium Freeway.


As part of that conversation, we were joined in studio by County Supervisor Peter Burgelis, who represents the district.

Burgelis was also at yesterday’s public hearing in Madison on the shared revenue bill, where he testified in committee, so we discussed that news, too.

The full show is also available at 620 WTMJ here.


Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 17 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.

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