Wisconsin Owns Lowest Average Credit Card Debt
Compared to the rest of the nation, people in Wisconsin are pretty miserly when it comes to credit card spending. A new report finds that Wisconsin has the lowest average credit card debt in the nation. At just over five thousand per credit card holder, Wisconsin is significantly lower than the highest credit card debtor state, Alaska, which boasts an average credit card debt of nearly eight thousand dollars. Credit card debt nationwide has dropped eleven percent in the last year and average debt loads decreased in every state.
Recall Efforts Underway
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Supporters of an unprecedented effort to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office said they will turn in more than enough signatures Tuesday to force the Republican into a recall election barely a year into his first term. Walker, however, has no plans to be anywhere near the Capitol when recall organizers submit their petitions. The governor is scheduled to be fundraising in New York at the time organizers say they will unload 3,000 pounds of paperwork from a truck and haul it into the state election board's offices. The signature drive started two months ago, largely in reaction to a law pushed by the governor last year that ended nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Organizers say they have gathered far more than the 540,208 signatures required to force the election against both Walker and GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Democratic Party and union leaders say they're not concerned about not having someone actively running against Walker and trying to match his fundraising. In fact, they say it was part of their strategy. Other potential candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom Walker beat by 5 percentage points in 2010, retired Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, current U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and state Rep. Peter Barca.
Politics To Really Heat Up Now
Democrats and union supporters will submit an estimated one and a half million recall signatures today. The state Government Accountability Board will then start reviewing the signatures, to see if there are enough to order recall elections against Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four G-O-P state senators. La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan, said at a recent gathering that it's time for Republicans to step it up.
Meanwhile, Democrats say they're against the GAB's effort to hold all recall votes on the same day. State law requires those elections to be held six weeks after petitions are verified and petitions for the smaller Senate recalls are expected to be reviewed a lot quicker than the statewide petitions for governor.
Dayton Wants To Build Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton says the state can help create jobs by issuing $775 milion in bonds for construction projects around the state. Dayton released his bonding wish-list Tuesday. It includes $78 million for University of Minnesota building projects, and another $63.5 million for MNSCU campuses. It also features money to build a Saint Paul Saints ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, civic center projects in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud, for construction and repair of bridges, and a down payment on design and construction of a light rail line to connect downtown Minneapolis with its southwestern suburbs. The Democratic governor's administration estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs. House and Senate Republican leaders say bonds should be used for core infrastructure needs only, such as road construction.
Grandad Bluff Park Reopening Scheduled
A little later than originally planned, but La Crosse's Grandad Bluff Park apparently will open almost as soon as spring arrives. A reopening plan for the park will be presented to the city's parks board this week. Good to have the park among the city's attractions again, says Mayor Matt Harter
Grandad Bluff park closed last May for a big renovation. The $1.7 million project was to be completed last fall but some delays with materials delayed the reopening until spring.