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Twenty-six states, including Wisconsin, went to court to say individuals cannot be forced to have insurance, a product they may neither want nor need. And they argued that if that provision is unconstitutional, the entire law must go. Well the law stays for now according to the Surpreme Court, In Wisconins, Governor Scott Walker, has vowed not to implement it until after the November elections. The governor hopes the next president and Congress will repeal the law. Not good enough says Erpenbach.
Critics say the provision gives the government too much power over what they say should be a personal economic decision.
La Crosse state lawmaker, Jill Billings, has been chosen as an up-and-coming
leader by her peers to participate in a training program designed to
further develop leadership skills, and
Since 1995 more than 575 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute, including Senator Jennifer Shilling, who attended in 2001.
Wisconsin certainly did have job growth last year. It was just pretty anemic. That's the evaluation of the feds this week in revised job totals. Real numbers on job growth show the state adding 20 thousand jobs last year. One of the worst rates in the nation. High time for governor Walker to call a special jobs session for the legislature, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle.
Initial estimates had pegged Wisconsin with thirty thousand jobs losses until the feds revised those estimates sharply upward.
Throughout the Eric Koula murder trial in La Crosse, the defense argued that unknown professional killers might have shot Eric's parents two years ago.
Defense witnesses talked about suspicious people watching the neighborhood where Dennis and Merna Koula lived. Now that Eric Koula has been convicted of murdering his parents, La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson believes that the neighborhood may be a little more at ease. The sheriff realizes that those neighbors were quite worried in the weeks following the double murder.
Eric Koula was arrested eight weeks after the shootings, and was convicted in court this week. Helgeson describes the investigation leading to the arrest as 'remarkably quick.'