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Now that the governor has declared a state of emergency for 42 Wisconsin counties dealing with drought conditions, what is the next step before the fed's would step in to help? We asked Donna Gilson with the state Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer protection that question.
The counties under the declaration inlcude La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon.
34 states and the District of Columbia have accepted $850 million in federal funds to build their own health exchanges, but Wisconsin hasn’t accepted a dime. The Governor plans to wait through November to see how the Presidential election turns out. Democrat, Jon Erpenbach, says that's not good enough.
Governor Walker says there is no mandate forcing them to make their own exchange. They say the federal government will likely offer their own system. This all comes after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Two people from Arcadia and one from Genoa are in jail and a 4th is wanted...all connection with a report of shots fired Sunday morning. Trempealeau County Sheriff Richard Anderson says 22 year old Armando Esparaza, 22 year old Ruben Palma and 34 year old Gina Garcia went into a mobile home Sunday morning around 4 and shot up the place as 3 people inside fled. Anderson says the shootings were directed at those people and no was else was targeted. Police are also looking for 28 year old Julio Espinosa of Tomah. All have been charged with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. The three are still jailed.
Don't get out your checkbook yet...
The La Crosse City Council backs away from a plan to spend 125-thousand dollars on a consultant to look at cost-cutting measures. Instead, the council is setting up a committee to decide whether a consultant is needed. Some members of the public portray the consultant idea as yet another council-driven attack on Mayor Matt Harter, who they argue was elected specifically to cut spending. Alderman Dick Swantz backs the consultant plan, and thinks the critics may not realize how complicated local government can be, claiming they view it as a 'Tinker-Toy set...simple stuff.'
The council voted unanimously to eliminate the funding proposal from the resolution, and approved the idea of a study committee with just one 'no' vote.
Is it a case of 'sour grapes'?
Not at all, says one of the men who brought an ethics complaint against La Crosse County administrator Steve O'Malley. Mike Tellier of the La Crosse Watchdog group says the state Government Accountability Board will be asked to weigh in on the accusations against O'Malley that were dismissed last week by the county ethics board.
O'Malley was criticized for using his county position to help La Crosse set up a city administrator's office. The idea was defeated in a spring referendum. Tellier expects the GAB request to be the last chapter of the O'Malley case.