Vikings Stadium Plans Stall
(AP) The plan to help finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium has at least temporarily stalled at the Capitol, and Gov. Mark Dayton is pressuring key GOP leaders to help keep it moving.
The Senate Local Government and Elections Committee tabled the stadium bill Wednesday even though a vote had been promised. The bill's Senate sponsor says concern about a proposed gambling expansion in the bill had put its passage in question.
The delay is important because Friday is a legislative deadline. If the bill does not pass at least one statehouse committee by then, lawmakers will have to waive that deadline. House Speaker Kurt Zellers would not commit to doing so Wednesday.
Dayton said ``underhanded tactics'' were behind the bill's delay but would not call out culprits by name.
Hearing on Brian Stanley's Commitment Coming Within A Month
Bryan Stanley's future could be decided in the next 30 days...
And that future could mean that Stanley becomes a permanent resident of the Mendota hospital. Stanley...who killed three men at an Onalaska church in 1985...was jailed this week after reporting that he's been feeling anxiety. The district attorney's office has little involvement in the process to decide whether Stanley is recommitted, but D-A Tim Gruenke says he would participate in Stanley's upcoming hearing. Stanley was released from Mendota three years ago...angering families of his victims, because they were not told ahead of time that he would be freed.
Lawmaker Questions Legislative Agenda in Light of Jobs Report
Wisconsin is among a very small group. At least when it comes to total job numbers for last year. Revised totals from the feds say Wisconsin lost over 12 thousand jobs in 2011. One of only five states to lose jobs for the year. Which makes it all the more frustrating, says Onalaska state rep Steve Doyle, that more is not being done at the close of the current legislative session to create more jobs in the state
Wisconsin lost a total of 12 thousand non-farm jobs last year. The biggest loser of jobs in the nation. The state with the next largest number of job losses was Missouri, with four thousand.
Complaints Filed Against Charities Said to be Campaigning
A step too far for tax exempt charities in Wisconsin. Mike McCabe, with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, has filed IRS complaints against three organizations for getting involved in political campaigns in the state. An action that violates the IRS code that grants them tax exempt status
Americans for Prosperity, the MacIver Institute and the Heartland Institute are targets for the complaints. McCabe says, in all cases, the groups have openly campaigned for Governor Scott Walker as he faces a recall election.
New Phone Scam Out There
Phone scammers are back and they bring a whole new bag baby. This time acting like debt collectors and some armed with your bank account numbers. Quite a few complaints coming in George Althoff of the department of financial institutions.
If contacted.......tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you get a written validation notice through the U.S. mail. The notice must include the amount of the alleged debt, the name of the collection agency, the name of the creditor you allegedly owe, and your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.