City council will vote on change next week
Sometimes, when things are working well, you have to wonder why people want to change the way things work. Such is the case with lawmakers in Madison, who want to...
It's being called a win for Americans and President Obama. The Surpreme Court ruling today ruling upholding most of Obama's health care reforms. Outside the Supreme Court Chambers this morning...............................
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not proceed with implementing the federal health care overhaul despite the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the central part of the federal law.
In what's being called a dramatic victory for President Barack Obama, the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care law Thursday, preserving Obama’s landmark legislative achievement. Congressman, Ron Kind, says just because the Supreme Court made a ruling doesn't mean that democrats and republicans can't work together to make the law work.
The decision Thursday virtually guarantees the health care law will remain at the forefront of the 2012 campaign.
Twenty-six states, including Wisconsin, went to court to say individuals cannot be forced to have insurance, a product they may neither want nor need. And they argued that if that provision is unconstitutional, the entire law must go. Well the law stays for now according to the Surpreme Court, In Wisconins, Governor Scott Walker, has vowed not to implement it until after the November elections. The governor hopes the next president and Congress will repeal the law. Not good enough says Erpenbach.
Critics say the provision gives the government too much power over what they say should be a personal economic decision.
La Crosse state lawmaker, Jill Billings, has been chosen as an up-and-coming
leader by her peers to participate in a training program designed to
further develop leadership skills, and
analyze a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, economic development and corrections. Billings says not a lot of people are selected for the training.
Since 1995 more than 575 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute, including Senator Jennifer Shilling, who attended in 2001.
Wisconsin certainly did have job growth last year. It was just pretty anemic. That's the evaluation of the feds this week in revised job totals. Real numbers on job growth show the state adding 20 thousand jobs last year. One of the worst rates in the nation. High time for governor Walker to call a special jobs session for the legislature, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle.
Initial estimates had pegged Wisconsin with thirty thousand jobs losses until the feds revised those estimates sharply upward.
Throughout the Eric Koula murder trial in La Crosse, the defense argued that unknown professional killers might have shot Eric's parents two years ago.
Defense witnesses talked about suspicious people watching the neighborhood where Dennis and Merna Koula lived. Now that Eric Koula has been convicted of murdering his parents, La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson believes that the neighborhood may be a little more at ease. The sheriff realizes that those neighbors were quite worried in the weeks following the double murder.
Eric Koula was arrested eight weeks after the shootings, and was convicted in court this week. Helgeson describes the investigation leading to the arrest as 'remarkably quick.'
You could start paying for some parking spaces in La Crosse's downtown ramps before the end of the year.
The city's Parking Utility Board is still studying gate systems, that would require drivers to pay 50 cents an hour to park in reserved sections of the ramps. Bob Haines with the city Public Works department is looking at how other cities the size of La Crosse charge for parking in ramps:
Haines says his department is now working on connecting all the ramps to City Hall through fiber optic cable...to provide security video, and to remotely operate those traffic gates.
(AP) Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing will soon be headed for Afghanistan. The Minnesota Air National Guard says about 300 unit members will deploy to Kandahar Air Field in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August. It's the first time the unit will deploy with the Block 50 F-16 aircraft, the newest F-16 in the U.S. Air Force fleet. The unit is expected to be deployed for two months.