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.
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.
WTC Seeks $80 Million Referendum
$80 million. That's the amount of a referendum Western Technical College hopes that voters will pass in November. Western President, Lee Rasch, says most of the approved monies would go towards the La Crosse campus.
In 1992, voters passed a referendum to generate funds for upgrading campuses in Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua. As part of the 2020 strategic plan, more then 1000 additional students will attend the tech college by the year 2020.
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.
Badger State Number One In Tourism
Another honor bestowed upon the state of Wisconsin. After the region's river road was deemed the country's number one scenic drive - Wisconsin was voted the best vacation state by the Triple-A. La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Dave Clements says that's because the state, and particularly the La Crosse area, has a lot to offer vacationers. According to Clements, it's this variety that has lent itself to increased tourism spending, in the La Crosse area, in recent years.