As I See It

As I See It

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The numbers don't lie. Wisconsin lawmakers continue to fund voucher schools to the detriment of public schools. Even as Governor Walker pledges more money for public schools in his latest budget, it still doesn't keep pace with what lawmakers are handing out in free tuition to private schools. A report…

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It seems that no matter how many laws we may pass to try to hold our politicians accountable, our lawmakers inevitably find a way around them. For example, there are a number of laws which require those we elect to public office do the people's business in public. Meetings where…

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So, just what did we learn with the release of some of President Trump's tax returns this week? Apparently, that people have real issues with the use of the term “breaking news.” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow offered what she called breaking news Tuesday night, when she told viewers she was…

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Wednesday - March 15, 2017 10:25 am

Dozens voted illegally, but did nothing wrong

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Those who claim that our system of voting is ripe with fraud may be pointing to a new report which finds some people voted illegally in Wisconsin as proof of their claims. But once again, they would be wrong. A report the state Elections Commission will submit to the legislature…

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Like many communities, La Crosse has a problem with binge drinking. But a proposal to be debated by the La Crosse city council designed to prevent the problem is not a good solution. The council will debate putting an end to those all you can drink specials offered by some…

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Wisconsin's open meetings laws are pretty clear. Basically, they insist that the people's business be done in a public forum. But some of our elected representatives would rather you not know what they are doing. Members of the Assembly Corrections Committee plan a tour of Wisconsin's troubled yourth prison. They…

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Friday - March 10, 2017 8:59 am

Do politicians really create jobs?

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Politicians like to take credit for creating jobs. But how many jobs do they really create? Not nearly as many as they claim. There is little scientific evidence of how many jobs government actually create. Some economists suggest governors are only responsible for about five to ten percent of the…

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Wisconsin has taken a variety of approaches to the lottery. Lawmakers were reticent to legalize games of chance years ago, but have come to rely on the revenue generated for state government, and property tax relief. In fact, Governor Walker is proposing, as part of his state budget, an increase…

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Wednesday - March 8, 2017 10:30 am

Let farm to school program continue to grow

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It is a seed that has really started to germinate. The Farm to School program in Wisconsin has continued to grow since its inception. The program provides a partnership between local schools and area farmers, providing fresh fruits and vegetables for students to enjoy. Wisconsin has become a national leader…

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Governor Walker likes to boast that he is tough on crime. He famously refuses to issue pardons to inmates, no matter their circumstances. Now Walker wants to eliminate the Wisconsin Parole commission, which determines when inmates should be eligible for early release. Currently, the commission is comprised of eight members,…

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