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Do political views color perceptions of the economy? Washington Bureau Chief Craig Gilbert fills us in.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville.(Photo: Credit: Win McNamee)

WASHINGTON -- A proposed import tax at the heart of a broad GOP tax overhaul is dividing Republican lawmakers and conservative groups, making the issue as thorny politically for the party as health care — and maybe more so.

Look no further than Wisconsin.

Championing the idea is House Speaker Paul Ryan, who says it will make U.S. companies more competitive internationally and less likely to move jobs, factories and headquarters abroad.

“We want it to make sense to make things in America, keep your company in America, keep your workers in America,” Ryan said at a recent forum hosted by the website, WisPolitics.com.

Gov. Scott Walker talks about the plan to build the Brown County STEM Center. Walker announced a $5 million contribution to the $15 million project on Friday at C.A. Lawton Co. in De Pere.(Photo: Jim Matthews/USA TODAY NETWORK-W)

With his run for a third term seeming increasingly likely, Gov. Scott Walker made this declaration:

“Wisconsin’s economy is in the best shape it’s been since 2000.”

PolitiFact Wisconsin tackled his claim by examining six broad measures of the economy.

We found the picture isn't as rosy as the governor says.

The FBI released an enhanced image (right) of what Joseph Jakubowski (left) would look bald in the belief that the fugitive may have altered his appearance.(Photo: FBI)

Manhunt subject Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody early Friday in Vernon County, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Jakubowski was arrested just before 6 a.m. Friday after he was found camping on a farmer's property near Readstown. The farmer filed a suspicious complaint saying a man "matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

"Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt," the release said.

Jakubowski was about 125 miles northwest of Janesville, where he lived.

Tactical officers made contact with the man at the campsite, and he was "taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A.

The FBI released an enhanced image (right) of what Joseph Jakubowski (left) would look bald in the belief that the fugitive may have altered his appearance.(Photo: FBI)

Manhunt subject Joseph Jakubowski was taken into custody early Friday in Vernon County, according to reports by several Madison-area news organizations.

CAPTURED! Awesome work to the men and women who worked this case. Thanks for all of your patience with this case. - Sgt Flanagan pic.twitter.com/1vBQKN6fTK

— Beloit Police (@BeloitPolice1) April 14, 2017

This is a developing story. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Jeremy Krueger, plate room supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, holds an example of the state's new seven-digit license plates.(Photo: Wisconsin Department of Transpor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Wisconsin license plates will soon sport an additional character.

With the supply of six-character license plates rapidly dwindling, the state Department of Transportation expects to begin issuing seven-character plates later this month.

Department of Motor Vehicle offices and third-party vendors will continue issuing the six-character plates until their inventory is exhausted. The plates will still look the same — white with the farm/sailboat scene across the top and "America's Dairyland" across the bottom.

"We're currently in the Z's and we're about to run out in the next week," said Jeremy Krueger, Department of Motor Vehicles plate room supervisor. "By moving the letters back to the front of the plate and adding four numbers, it opens up a large range of license plates. They'll last us for a long time now.