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A couple of shockers in the new Lacrosse County Budget. The highlights......the total county tax levy will remain virtually the same for the third straight year at $30.8 million and a tough balance that hasn't been seen in a while.
Not a whole lot of arguments about a $74 million budget for the city of La Crosse next year. Tuesday night's budget hearing produced sparks primarily over the $634 thousand in new fees and fines that are part of the city's budget plan for 2012. City council member Jim Bloedorn, one of those adamantly opposed to the fees
If the city council is trying to keep the public safe, banning guns is the wrong way to do it.
La Crosse mayor Matt Harter's reasoning for vetoing an ordinance passed by the city council this month that would keep even those with licenses from carrying concealed weapons in city buildings. Harter says, since preventing those who would legally carry weapons from doing so would mean only criminals would have guns, the city would be preventing properly licensed gun toters from defending themselves and others. Look for a vote from the council to override the mayor's veto during meetings next month.
A newly appointed member of the UW board of regents is among those on a complaint filed by a watchdog group alleging campaign finance rules violations. Gary Roberts from Onalaska, big contributor to Scott Walker, was recently appointed by the governor to a term on the board of regents. According to a complaint filed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Roberts is one of 29 big donors in the state who violated the annual 10 thousand dollar limit for individual campaign donations. Also on the list of those breaking the contribution limit, according to the group, Vicky Kunz from La Crosse, listed as a Kwik Trip employee.
Besides talking voter id rules today.....a senate rules panel is discussing the Government Accountability Board's decision to let technical college students use their school I-D's at the polls. And Sheboygan Senator Joe Liebham was knee deep in the debate.