By Tim Kowols
Attempts at ethics reform at both the state and federal level have some groups on high alert. Less than a year after Wisconsin got rid of its Government Accountability Board in favor of the partisan-led Elections and Ethics Commissions, House Republicans led a similar effort to replace parts of its non-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics. The plan was scrapped after outcry from Democrats, government watchdog groups, and President-elect Donald Trump, but the USA Today says the debate on the topic is far from over. Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says that at all levels of government, ethics should be a non-partisan issue.
Members of the Wisconsin Legislature and the United States Congress were sworn in earlier this week. Governor Scott Walker will give his State of the State speech on January 10 while President-elect Trump will be inaugurated January 20.