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.
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.
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.
Monroe County Pastor Faces Life
A former pastor could face a life sentence in Wisconsin if he is found guilty of sexual assault of a child as a persistent repeater in Monroe County. 64 yer old Michael Delaney of Tomah, was arrested January 2th7 for repeatedly sexually assaulting a child. Prosecutors says Delaney targeted the same victim over an extended period while he was employed as a pastor and over the road trucker. The allegations were brought to the Tomah Police Department back in December. Delaney is allged to have sexually assaulteda 13 year old boy in 2008. The teen said on various occasions Delaney would ask to see and touch his genitals. Delaney also forced the teen to perform oral sex and watch pornography and threatened to tell people the teen was gay if he reported the abuse. Delaney most recently served as a pastor at the Church of God of Prophecy in Necedah. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse in Arizona in 1983 and was sentenced to prison.