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Lee Nerison of Vernon County was among a handful of Republicans voting 'no' on the bill, which has been widely criticized for taking away some collective bargaining rights of state workers. Nerison cast one of 17 'no' votes, while 28 other lawmakers did not vote...including La Crosse Democrat Jennifer Shilling. The bill moves to the Senate, but no vote can be taken until 14 Democratic Senators return from Illinois.
March 17th on the Lacrosse school calendar was an off day for students and teachers. Not anymore.
The board voted last night to allow that day as the replacement day from 2 weeks ago when teachers called in mass to use a sick day.....which then shut the district down. The sick day was used so some teachers could head to Madison to protest Governor Scott Walkers budget repair bill that would squeeze collecting bargaining rights.
Superintendent Jerry Kember says they will be open for business.......though it is a non paid day for staff.
The vote passed 6-3
The Coulee Region Humane Society is using the flooding from 3 years ago as an example as to why they have been searching for funds to get an emergency plan in place.
Director Heath Schmid says better communcation and what do when the power goes out at the humane society are two critical areas of their emergency plan.........which will now be funded by a $3800 grant given to them by the Lacrosse Community Foundation this week.
Seven other agencies also received grants from the La Crosse Community Foundation.
The thousands of pounds of chlorine that goes into La Crosse's water supply every year isn't to decontaminate what comes out of the ground. That stuff's safe, says city water utility manager Mark Johnson. Contamination can occur once water gets out of the ground. And does in cities and towns without disinfected water. Could be a bunch more of those as a bill in Madison would overturn the state's mandate for disinfected water supplies. Johnson says he'd rather not go back to that point. He says not disinfecting could save money but puts the public at risk. For him, a pretty easy decision to make.
The vast majority of Wisconsin municipalities currently disinfect their water supplies
She's not coming back any time soon....and though rumors are swirling that some Wisconsin Democratic Senators may have slipped back to their homes....Kathleen Vinehout says they are all staying put in secret areas of Illinois.
Vinehout is one of 13 democratic senators to skip town last week to delay indefinitely the Senate's ability to take up the Governor's budget repair bill. They have vowed to stay away until Walker agrees to make a compromise, something he has been unwilling to do. She says they won't budge.
Vinehout told WIZM news from her hideout in Illinois that a power grab is a main focal point here.
The Alma Senator says the state patrol never visited her home today as was reported.......and her husband and children are holding down the fort til she gets home.....whenever that is.