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Minnesota's two year deficit problems are mountainous. Over six billion dollars in the red. A shortfall, one study found, that could be eliminated by simply getting rid of the state's various sales tax exemptions. But is there support for that? Maybe. First term Republican state senator Jeremy Miller from Winona says he may consider measures that would remove some targeted sales tax exemptions from certain services. But he would probably not agree to removing those sales tax exemptions for food or even clothing.
For the second time in two years, the administrator's seat is empty at the Holmen Village Hall.
Administrator Mary Willett was fired last night after only about a year on the job. She didn't show up at the village board meeting to defend herself. Other village leaders were unhappy about Willett's job performance, and about the apparent padding of her resume to show more administrative experience than she really had. Village president Nancy Proctor says it's sad that the situation came to this, because staffers at the village hall liked Willett. Proctor says no decision has been made yet on finding a new administrator...or on using the same employee search firm that recommended Willett for the Holmen job.
A Wisconsin newspaper has pasted a bullseye on Lacrosse Republican Senator Dan Kapanke's back.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal has stated that Kapanke along with Senators Alberta Darling and Randy Hopper– and Democrats Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch could all be the focus of recall attempts. Kapanke says he will face it if it comes but...he was elected and is paid to the job of the people and he will continue to do so. He says not every vote he has cast will be in favor of the public but he feels he votes what he thinks is right. Kapanke says he will vote for Governor Scott Walkers proposal to severely limit collective bargaining rights of state workers.
On Tuesday, A Utah-based group started the process to recall eight Wisconsin Democratic state senators from office. American Recall Coalition filed the paperwork with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.
An office manager at the Sparta Veterinary Clinic has been busted for stealing drugs and forgery. 36-year-old Kathryn Watters was arrested last Friday and now faces 16 felony counts.
Watters is accused of ordering a drug combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen, which the vet clinic does not use, over the course of several months. Watters is also accused of forging $4,500 in business checks for about 5,800 pill of the pills to support a drug habit.
Watters was released from jail on a $5,000 signature bond and will be back in court again next week.