Recall Efforts Underway
Dayton Wants To Build Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton says the state can help create jobs by issuing $775 milion in bonds for construction projects around the state. Dayton released his bonding wish-list Tuesday. It includes $78 million for University of Minnesota building projects, and another $63.5 million for MNSCU campuses. It also features money to build a Saint Paul Saints ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, civic center projects in Rochester, Mankato and St. Cloud, for construction and repair of bridges, and a down payment on design and construction of a light rail line to connect downtown Minneapolis with its southwestern suburbs. The Democratic governor's administration estimates the bill would create up to 21,700 new jobs. House and Senate Republican leaders say bonds should be used for core infrastructure needs only, such as road construction.
Grandad Bluff Park Reopening Scheduled
A little later than originally planned, but La Crosse's Grandad Bluff Park apparently will open almost as soon as spring arrives. A reopening plan for the park will be presented to the city's parks board this week. Good to have the park among the city's attractions again, says Mayor Matt Harter
Grandad Bluff park closed last May for a big renovation. The $1.7 million project was to be completed last fall but some delays with materials delayed the reopening until spring.
Politics To Really Heat Up Now
Democrats and union supporters will submit an estimated one and a half million recall signatures today. The state Government Accountability Board will then start reviewing the signatures, to see if there are enough to order recall elections against Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four G-O-P state senators. La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan, said at a recent gathering that it's time for Republicans to step it up.
Meanwhile, Democrats say they're against the GAB's effort to hold all recall votes on the same day. State law requires those elections to be held six weeks after petitions are verified and petitions for the smaller Senate recalls are expected to be reviewed a lot quicker than the statewide petitions for governor.
City Likely to Close Intersections to Head Off Horns
It's going to get loud on the southside of La Crosse if something doesn't change. The city has until June of next year to improve intersections along the Burlington Northern rail spur that runs to City Brewery. Otherwise train horns will start blowing.
City councilman Fran Formanek's district is one of those through which the rail spur runs. He says the city will likely close several intersections that cross the spur to limit the cost of the needed improvements.