Right To Work Brings Out Demonstrators
(AP) Many hundreds of union members are demonstrating outside a state Capitol hearing room as a Senate committee weighs making Minnesota a ``right to work'' state. Supporters of the Republican-sponsored measure want an amendment on November's statewide ballot. It would ask voters whether Minnesota's Constitution should be amended to make private and public union membership voluntary.
Demonstrators surrounded the hearing room and filled overflow areas Monday morning. They loudly chanted while amendment backers testified. Under current law, employees in union-represented workplaces not in the union still pay a ``fair share'' fee of up to 85 percent of normal dues. Amendment backers say that's not fair. They say the amendment would improve Minnesota's business climate. But union backers say those workers still benefit from the wages, benefits and conditions bargained by unions.
Minnesota Budget Works
(AP) Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll try to pare back an overseas corporate tax break to finance a tax credit he wants for Minnesota companies that hire veterans, students or the currently unemployed. The tax break-for-tax break swap is the cornerstone of a supplemental budget he released Monday. It contains roughly $60 million in changes to a multibillion-dollar budget. Other features include reversing some health program cuts made a year ago. Lawmakers set the state's two-year budget last year and technically don't have to adjust it. Dayton's proposal hinges on the reduction of a tax preference for Minnesota businesses with overseas operations or subsidiaries. The change would generate $40 million if enacted this year. Republicans have long resisted the corporate tax change, arguing it would be a hardship on businesses.
One Million Dollar Bond Ordered In Murder Case
Bond set at one million dollars for a La Crosse murder suspect. Brad Williams was at the courthouse.
No One Hurt In Monroe County Train Accident
Somehow, a car train accident in Monroe County resulted in no injuries. Monroe County dispatch received a call from the Canadian Pacific Rail road a little after 7 last night, advising that they had hit a car at a private crossing between Cty Hwy M and Cty Hwy ET in the town of LaGrange. When officers and EMS arrived on scene they found a vehicle on the north side of the tracks. The driver, 24 year old Gabriel Hedke of Tomah, was out of the vehicle and appeared to be unhurt. Hedke told police that he did not see the train until just before he hit it. Hedke was arrested for OWI. There were no injuries to any train personnel and no damage to the train.
Onalaska Tourney Tickets Being Sold Monday
The last time they went to the state basketball tournament, they returned home with a gold ball...20 years ago. The Onalaska Hilltoppers are getting ready for their first game at state since that 1992 championship. Onalaska will play against Milwaukee Pius on Friday afternoon at the Kohl Center. Tickets for that semi-final game will be sold to the public today, between 5 and 7 p-m at the Onalaska High School commons. Two tickets per buyer, at 10 dollars each. Students can buy one ticket each starting this morning at the high school activities office. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau will also play at state this week. The Red Hawks will face Marshall on Friday morning.