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Whether it's tax hikes......funding for education...funding for a new Vikings stadium or a voter ID bill.........both sides of the table have to come together in the Minnesota State Legislature. And to one Republican Senator...he likes it like that.
Miller says there are alot of hot topics coming up in the coming weeks........one of the hottest....the Minnesota Vikings plans for a new stadium.
If you thought last year was the height of the political spectrum in Wisconsin......one political professor says you have seen nothing yet.
UW-L Professor Joe Heim says yes alot of people got election fatigue last year.......he says be prepared because that fatigue may set in alot earlier then it did last year.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker said he's confident his integrity will remain intact after a secret investigation that has already resulted in charges against some former staffers while he was Milwaukee County executive. Two women on that staff were charged Thursday with engaging in political fundraising while at work. Two other former Walker associates were charged Jan. 5 with embezzling more than $60,000 from veterans and their families. Another man is charged with child enticement charges, evidence of which was allegedly discovered while investigating one of the others. At an appearance at a Milwaukee-area business Friday, Walker said he doesn't feel investigators are targeting him. He says he's always made it clear to his staff that they were prohibited from political activities while on the job.
(AP) State Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers is pressing the Assembly to pass a bill that would freeze school voucher expansion. The state budget Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed last summer laid out new qualifying criteria for vouchers based on a city's size, poverty levels and per-pupil spending. The new standards made districts across Milwaukee County as well as in the city of Racine eligible. Voucher opponents fear the language could qualify schools around the state. The state Senate passed a bill in October limiting voucher participation to schools in the program when the measure takes effect. Walker has said he supports the legislation. But a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, a Horicon Republican, says Fitzgerald doesn't know if he has enough votes to pass it.
(AP) University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says TCF Bank stadium would be ``quite adequate'' as a temporary home for the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings could use the university's football stadium for up to three years if the NFL team decides to renovate and continue using the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.
To host the Vikings, the Gophers would have to add seats and heat the outdoors field. University officials have said licensing and alcohol-usage policies would be negotiated, and Kaler says the university would have to work out other issues. Kaler says there would be traffic, public safety and parking concerns, but all of them would ``ultimately addressable.'' Kaler said it's still unclear how much it would cost for the university to host the Vikings.