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(AP) Dozens of people have jammed a hearing on a bill to jumpstart an iron mine in northwestern Wisconsin. Gogebic Taconite wants to mine just south of Lake Superior. Company officials want lawmakers to guarantee a stopping point in the state's open-ended permit process before they move forward, though. Assembly Republicans have passed a measure that would require a permitting decision within a year, eliminate contested case hearings and cap application fees at $2 million. It now goes to the state Senate. The Legislature's budget committee opened a public hearing on the measure Friday morning. Rep. Robin Vos, the committee's co-chairman, says he wants finish by 5 p.m. Sen. Pam Galloway is sponsoring the Assembly bill in the Senate. She told the committee the mine would be an economic boom.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker's campaign is set to argue in court for a two-week extension in the time it has to review an estimated 1 million signatures on recall petitions. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess scheduled a hearing for Friday. Walker's campaign says the ordering of any election would not be substantively delayed by its request. But Democrats say it is a ``virtual certainty'' that if approved any recall election would be delayed. Niess already has granted Walker 30 days to review the petitions. If Walker is given another two weeks, his deadline for filing challenges would be pushed from Feb. 27 to March 12. It takes 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall election. Petition circulators say they turned in about 1 million.
Senator Ron Johnson says he has stuck by Governor Scott Walker and his decision's from last year...and will continue to do so. He says if you look at the fiscal mess the state was in...he can fully relate with what the national budget looks like now.
Johnson says he wished sometimes it was as easy to do what Walker did with Wisconsin's budget.......compared to what it takes to agree on a national budget.
The City of La Crosse Park's and Rec Department installed 4 new boat landing payment boxes yesterday....people will pay $3 in they live in the city and $5 if they don't this year. So where are the honor boxes?
Jay Odegaard says all the monies collected will go into a seperate fund and will be used for building new docks...maintaining current docks.....placing garbage dumspters at the landings and re-striping some of the parking lots around the 4 landings.
The WIAA state basketball tournaments appear to be headed to Green Bay. The WIAA Board of Control has voted to accept a bid from PMI Entertainment, which manages the Resch Center, to hold the WIAA state tournaments there as early as next year.
WIAA executive director Dave Anderson confirmed the vote, but said that the Board also authorized him to clarify the understanding of the UW's most recent proposal regarding the availability of the Kohl Center in 2013 and 2014. The UW has said that it could not guarantee access to the facility due to conflicts with WCHA men's hockey in 2013 and a possible NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2014.
Anderson said the WIAA would not consider using the Dane County Coliseum or the UW Field House in either of those two years until the Kohl Center became available.