Wisconsin Wages Losing Ground Against Nation
Got that feeling that everyone is earning more money than you? If you're in Wisconsin, comparing yourself to other wage earners around the nation, you could be right. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the average wage in Wisconsin is nearly 14% less than the national average and lower than thirty other states. The state is losing ground, as well; the Alliance says forty years ago, Wisconsin wages were ranked at 22nd in the nation. Pay is lower in almost every industry but especially finance, information, and real estate.
Petition Drive Against Administrator Begins
A referendum petition drive begins today in La Crosse. Citizens for Responsible Government and the local Tea Party are banding together to circulate a petition that would keep the city from adding a City Administrator position
Dave Drewes is with CRG. He hopes to collect 35 hundred signatures on the anti-city administrator petition. Meanwhile, the city council as a whole votes on the issue tomorrow.
Osseo-Fairchild Changes School Nickname
The Chieftains are out..........the Thunder is in. Osseo-Fairchild High School has a new nickname now after the state ordered them to drop the indian nickname. Superintendent, Dennis Geissler (GEES-LER) says the process of getting a new name was open to the public. And many suggestions came in.
A state law adopted last year allows those offended by Indian team names to complain to the state Department of Public Instruction and if the DPI finds that the name is discriminatory, the affected school district has a year to come up with something else. Osseo-Fairchild was the first in the state ordered to chainge thier nickname.
County Mulls Over Billboard Ordinance
Lacrosse County Supervisor, Bill Feehan, is disagreeing with a sign ordinance currently being drafted by his counterparts. At issue..........if the ordinance passes it will become an economic nightmare.
Part of the ordinance would not allow existing billboards to be converted to digital ones, would keep electronic signs at least 500 feet from a residential district, have to hold a message for one hour, and digital signs would turn off from midnight until 6 a.m., unless the business is still open. Topics that will be up for discussion at a public hearing Monday night. It's being held at the Onalaska Omni Center at 6pm.
Warming Center About To Heat Up
La Crosse's winter warming center is located in the basement of the First Baptist Church on West Main Street. It can accomodate around 15 people. And with overnight temp's in the single digits forecasted this week.......the center wil probably have to turn people away. Not something Karen Becker with Catholic Charities wants to see happen. And the stories of what people do when they have no place to stay....she says can be heartbreaking.
The project is a collaboration of congregations, social services and community members to offer homeless adults who don't qualify for shelters a warm, safe place to stay during the cold winter nights. It's open until March 31st.