E-File Big In Wisconsin
(AP) Wisconsin revenue officials say about 80 percent of state taxpayers file electronically. A decade ago that was just 25 percent. Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler says e-filing has eliminated a big crunch of returns at the filing deadline. Chandler says the state expects about 3 million returns. And, the average refund is $680.
About half of Wisconsin taxpayers have filed state returns with about a month to go before the April 17th deadline, which falls on a Tuesday this year. The 15th is on a Sunday and the 16th is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. The Department of Revenue offers a free e-file program at revenue.wi.gov.
Presidential Candidates Coming To Badger State
(AP) Presidential race campaigning is heating up in Wisconsin before the April 3 primary. On Saturday, front-runner Mitt Romney, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are all scheduled to speak at an event organized by the Wisconsin Faith and Freedom Coalition in Waukesha. Gingrich and his wife Callista are scheduled to be at a Marquette University rally on Thursday night. On Friday afternoon they are slated to be at Kroll's West restaurant in Green Bay. Candidate Ron Paul has scheduled a town hall meeting Thursday night on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Santorum was the first of the candidates to travel to Wisconsin, spending all weekend in the state. He has more events planned Tuesday in Beaver Dam and Janesville.
Oktoberfest Board Considers Latest from City at Meeting Today
You may have already seen your last Maple Leaf parade in La Crosse. The Oktoberfest board meets today to consider the future of its parades after city hall refused to negotiate last week on new parade fees. Losing the giant Maple Leaf parade would hurt, says Oktoberfest executive director Tina Severson. But maybe more the city than the Oktoberfest organization itself
The city wants 18 thousand dollars in new fees from Oktoberfest to run its parade this year. Severson expects that amount to balloon to over forty thousand dollars next year.
More Candidates For Lt. Governor
(AP) Bruce Berman of Marinette is planning to run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat. At least two other Democrats have said they want to take on Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in a recall election. If a Democratic primary is necessary, it will be on May 8 with the general election on June 5. The 47-year-old Berman is a contract driver and has never run for statewide office before. He ran for state Assembly in 2004 and lost to then-Assembly Speaker John Gard. Berman says he wanted to run for lieutenant governor in part because other candidates were from the Madison or Milwaukee areas. Other Democrats running are Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, and Milwaukee private investigator Ira Robins.
Marsh Transfer Could Involve Extensive Title Searches
This idea about transferring city marshland to the DNR has gotten complicated. La Crosse will apparently work towards fulfilling a promise that's more than a decade old to transfer the city's marsh to the state agency. But that involves studying the deeds for 87 individual parcels of land. Some of which might not get transferred at all, says city engineer Randy Turtenwald
The city's public works board today will vote on whether to ask the city council for thousands of dollars to research the title history for the plots of land in the marsh.