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People in Wisconsin tend to be more conservative with personal finances typically. A new report proves that once again, with the state having the lowest average credit card debt in the nation for the last year. At Consumer Credit Counseling Services in La Crosse, Kim Woggon says she's seeing signs of increasing consumer health locally as well
Wisconsin average credit card debt is just over five thousand dollars. At the other end of the spectrum: Alaska, with an average credit card load of nearly eight thousand dollars.
Figure you've got enough to worry about this spring? La Crosse mayor Matt Harter agrees with you. The mayor has vetoed city council approved advisory referendums that were to appear on the April ballot. Harter says in his veto message that a typical ballot has no more than one referendum. So adding advisory measures on top of a binding referendum on a city administrator would be overdoing it a bit. The advisory referendums sought to poll the city on whether electronic signs should be prohibited, whether numbers of billboards overall should be decreased and whether the city council should shrink by four members. To still have those measures on the spring ballot, the council would have to overturn the mayor's vetoes by Tuesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton says the state can help create jobs by issuing $775 milion in bonds for construction projects around the state. Dayton released his bonding wish-list Tuesday. It includes $78 million for University of Minnesota building projects, and another $63.5 million for MNSCU campuses. It also features money to build a Saint Paul Saints ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, civic center projects in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud, for construction and repair of bridges, and a down payment on design and construction of a light rail line to connect downtown Minneapolis with its southwestern suburbs. The Democratic governor's administration estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs. House and Senate Republican leaders say bonds should be used for core infrastructure needs only, such as road construction.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Supporters of an unprecedented effort to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office said they will turn in more than enough signatures Tuesday to force the Republican into a recall election barely a year into his first term. Walker, however, has no plans to be anywhere near the Capitol when recall organizers submit their petitions. The governor is scheduled to be fundraising in New York at the time organizers say they will unload 3,000 pounds of paperwork from a truck and haul it into the state election board's offices. The signature drive started two months ago, largely in reaction to a law pushed by the governor last year that ended nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Organizers say they have gathered far more than the 540,208 signatures required to force the election against both Walker and GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Democratic Party and union leaders say they're not concerned about not having someone actively running against Walker and trying to match his fundraising. In fact, they say it was part of their strategy. Other potential candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom Walker beat by 5 percentage points in 2010, retired Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, current U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and state Rep. Peter Barca.