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...
Wisconsin's tax code is out of whack and it's something that's been brewing for awhile now says Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. About 10 years now.
Berry just released a report that shows there are major tax discrepencies in the areas of overwithholding, unlegislated tax hikes the marriage penalty and low income vs. middle income. The report has been submitted to the state revenue secretary.
Charges for La Crosse's new stormwater utility have yet to appear on water bills. But you can start applying for water saving credits to lower your bill now. Any activity that cleans or retains storm runoff is eligible for credits. Bernie Lenz, in the city's engineering department, says some quick applications have been created to cover things like rain barrels and rain gardens. A longer process would apply if you the credit was for a mitigation procedure that was unusual. Get enough credits, he says, you can knock eighty percent off your stormwater bill. So far, Lenz has yet to receive any stormwater credit applications.
There might be two guys running for the Republican nomination for the third district Wisconsin congressional seat. But the party only wants one of them. The third district republican caucus has picked former Fort McCoy commander Ray Boland as the guy they want to represent them in the November election against Ron Kind. Boland officially announced his campaign for congress months ago. Late last month, fellow retired army veteran Edward Martin from Chippewa Falls announced he, too, would run for congress as a Republican.
They were ready to get rid of it last year...
Members of the La Crosse Parking Utility Board voted last summer to stop an experiment of sending out alerts to move cars in the winter only on nights when there was new snow to plow. The city council was persuaded to give the project one more chance. However, most of the time, the alerts were ignored...partly because of the lack of snow this winter. Once again, the parking board is calling for the 'test area' to be abolished. That means the entire city would be subject to normal alternate side parking rules five months of the year.
A 20-year-old from La Crosse will be tried for resisting arrest, following a fight with a policeman last month...
Eli Callaway is charged with trying to beat up a policeman who was questioning him outside a north-side bar. An officer grabbed Callaway by his sweatshirt as he tried to run away. Callaway was tasered twice before being arrested, and police found a baggie of marijuana in his pocket.
One of the two men charged last week in a jailhouse beating in La Crosse is now headed to trial...
A county jailer testified today that he saw Andre Chamblis hitting fellow prisoner Jessop Maas from behind, while a third man also threw punches at Maas. Chamblis was already in jail on a drunk driving charge, and now he's accused of battery by a prisoner. The other alleged attacker, Kenneth Jackson, has been unable to find a lawyer for the case.
La Crosse will be the host city this year for the Statewide Jaycees Indoor Olympics that began in 2008. The event Saturday, is a charitable fundraiser that brings in teams from across Wisconsin as well as other parts of the United States. The La Crosse event will draw 50 teams in competition.
Heather Suby says he theme this year for all teams is to represent “Olympic Games That Never Were”. The event organizers recognize the importance of being responsible in beverage service and actions.
(AP) The state Department of Public Instruction is reporting that the number of teachers and other staff working in Wisconsin schools dropped 2.3 percent this school year. The data released today comes in the middle of an ongoing political fight with Gov. Scott Walker over the impact of cuts he made to public school funding last year and changes to collective bargaining rights that he says helped districts make up for the losses in aid. State Superintendent Tony Evers says in a statement there must be a bipartisan investment in public education because losses in school staff erode the public education system. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says that districts could have cut positions and saved money.