Final Vote Expected Thursday On Study Of City Hall Consultant
After an overwhelming vote on Tuesday night, it appears the La Crosse City Council will easily authorize a committee study of a budget consultant plan at its meeting on Thursday.
The Committee of the Whole amended the resolution, to remove language committing 125-thousand dollars for a consultant search. Council president Audrey Kader will be on the study committee. She defends much of the spending that city government must do every year.
Critics of the consultant plan have speculated that such an expert might be a substitute for the city administrator rejected in an April referendum...or that a consultant would recommend firing Mayor Matt Harter.
Democrat Kind Opposes Repeal Of Obamacare, One More Time
Thirty-third time's the charm?
House Republicans have voted for the 33rd time to defeat the 'Obamacare' law since President Obama signed the health care bill over two years ago. Five Democrats joined with the Republicans to oppose Obamacare...but La Crosse's Ron Kind was not one of them. Kind has supported the Obama bill on every one of those House votes, but says some changes could be made.
Kind argues that many individual parts of the health care law have gotten broad bi-partisan support.
Local Drought Continues
Now that the governor has declared a state of emergency for 42 Wisconsin counties dealing with drought conditions, what is the next step before the fed's would step in to help? We asked Donna Gilson with the state Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer protection that question.
The counties under the declaration inlcude La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon.
Erpenbach Says State Needs Health Exchange
34 states and the District of Columbia have accepted $850 million in federal funds to build their own health exchanges, but Wisconsin hasn’t accepted a dime. The Governor plans to wait through November to see how the Presidential election turns out. Democrat, Jon Erpenbach, says that's not good enough.
Governor Walker says there is no mandate forcing them to make their own exchange. They say the federal government will likely offer their own system. This all comes after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.
Enjoy The Quiet.......For Now
So who will spend the most money on the next batch of elections? Joe Heim, Political Professor at UW-La Crosse, says expect advertisements from a major statewide race to come first.
He says there will be some quiet time between August and October but with the presidential race right around the corner from that span.......get used to seeing and hearing them again.