New State Report On Teachers Is Out
(AP) The state Department of Public Instruction is reporting that the number of teachers and other staff working in Wisconsin schools dropped 2.3 percent this school year. The data released today comes in the middle of an ongoing political fight with Gov. Scott Walker over the impact of cuts he made to public school funding last year and changes to collective bargaining rights that he says helped districts make up for the losses in aid. State Superintendent Tony Evers says in a statement there must be a bipartisan investment in public education because losses in school staff erode the public education system. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says that districts could have cut positions and saved money.
Walker Invites Illinois Businesses To Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came to Springfield, Illinois Tuesday
morning, to compare himself favorably to two Illinois politicians: Pat Quinn and
Drake Hall Fire To Be Featured In Documentary
The fire this winter at a U-W-La Crosse dorm is being highlighted in a documentary on fire safety that's now in production...
Members of two nationwide groups are in La Crosse today to talk with people who were connected to the Drake Hall fire in January. Ed Comeau founded 'Campus Firewatch,' and he says the local fire is a rare case where an entire residence hall has been disabled for a full semester.
But Comeau also points out that the Drake fire resulted in no deaths and no major injuries...showing that the university has done well in preparing students for the chance of fire.
Shilling Launches Campaign For Full Senate Term
Last year, voters in La Crosse County elected a new state Senator and two new members of the Assembly in special races.
Now, all three of those lawmakers are up for re-election this year...and Senator Jennifer Shilling is officially launching her campaign this week. Shilling says she wants to keep serving in the Senate to help working families and improve employment. She had served in the Assembly for 10 years before unseating Dan Kapanke in a recall election last August. Just one challenger to Shilling has come forward so far...local Republican Bill Feehan.
Vikings Proposal Shot Down
(AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is already looking ahead to next year on a new Vikings stadium after his preferred proposal hit a critical setback in the Legislature. Dayton says it's up to lawmakers to revive the public financing package for the $975 million stadium before they head home for the year. But Dayton was pessimistic Tuesday after a committee defeat of the plan the night before.
The Democratic governor has made the stadium a priority this year, arguing it would result in construction jobs and keep a professional team without a lease from leaving the state. Dayton says he has ``no doubt'' it will prevail in 2013. Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers blamed Democrats, who put up only one ``yes'' vote in the 9-6 defeat.