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Wisconsin Rep. Doyle on how to regulate A.I., Trump’s trial, how to spend state’s $4 billion budget surplus



Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Steve Doyle in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on June 5, 2024.

Wisconsin Assembly Rep. Steve Doyle in the WIZM studio Wednesday for La Crosse Talk PM discussing Donald Trump’s guilty verdict, what the state should do about A.I. and how we haven’t used much of the $4 billion in budget surplus.

We also talked about plastic pollution, charging people in the Wisconsin false electors scheme, plus the half-hearted effort from Republicans in the Legislature on veto overrides that cost taxpayers. 

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

First big topic we got into (7:15) was Wisconsin Attorney General charging three Republicans in the false electors scheme to overturn the 2020 election in the state.

We merged that conversation into one about the the Trump trial (12:45). Doyle was asked whether he was surprised by the verdict. He also drew some comparisons to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 90s and whether this will help or hurt Trump politically. 

After that (16:30) we talked about A.I., as Doyle was on a committee in trying to determine how the state should handle things. Asked Doyle whether we should be regulating A.I. in terms of making art or creating news articles. Turned that conversation into one about plastics (25:15) and if the government should step in and try to regulate these things. 

Next we talked about the state’s $3.5-$4 billion budget surplus (29:45) the state has been sitting on for over two years. What could it be used on? That led to a conversation about (33:00) businesses getting millions for building an EV charging network and ended quickly on the Legislature’s veto override sessions where Republicans never even followed through, yet it cost taxpayers.

Began the show talking quick about Doyle’s new voting district and how he’s navigating a new voting base. Doyle, a Democrat, is running against Republican Ryan Huebsch in the 94th Assembly District.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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