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A surprise announcement in La Crosse city hall today from Mayor Matt Harter regarding the upcoming year's operating budget and the $630 thousand dollars in new fees that are a part of that spending plan.
Harter says, essentially, he's fine with fees. But he wants property taxes to decrease at the same rate fees increase. The city council will be in a bit of a rush. A budget has to be published prior to tax bills going out in December.
The Government Accountability Board says they figure they will need over $650 thousand to get upcoming recall elections set up. But the GAB's Reid Magney, says that won't be it money wise.
The GAB has not officially asked for the money but it did break down the expected costs for the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which would allocate the funding. The board said it would need 50 temporary workers, and office space for them to check the validity of up to one and a half million petition signatures.
Things to do if you're a deer hunter in the woods tomorrow and see a cougar reported to be prowling about in the woods in Western Wisconsin.
1. Take a picture. The DNR would love some more evidence of the big cats in the state. 2. Hope that it wanders off on its own or make some noise to scare it off; cougars are pretty wary of humans. 3. Be thankful that you don't look like a cougar treat dressed in blaze orange. Things not to do:
Ed Culhane, with the Wisconsin DNR. He insists there's very little danger for hunters because of a cougar in the woods.
Job numbers continue to shrink in Wisconsin. But so does the state's unemployment rate. New numbers from the state today shows that job numbers decreased in the state by nearly ten thousand from September to October on a seasonally adjusted basis. At the same time, the state's unemployment rate dipped just slightly to 7.7%. Down a tenth from September to October. The state's labor department says the decline in total jobs over the month reaffirms our exposure to challenges in the
Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout is finding support from both political sides with a bill she has introduced that would reverse an amendment to the state budget passed this summer. The amendment stops counties from working together unless the project involves roadwork in extending into an adjacent county. Bottom line she says....it's hurting counties all over the state financially.