City Radios Might Have Been a Homeland Purchase in Recent Past
It's possible that bad timing will cost La Crosse taxpayers millions of dollars. Ten years ago, Homeland Security grants could have paid for some, if not all, of the cost to replace the radio system for city of La Crosse workers. Now, the city will have to pay up to an estimated four million dollars to upgrade an aging system
County emergency management boss, Keith Butler. He says the current La Crosse city radio system for police, fire, streets crews and everybody else doesn't communicate with the rest of the radio systems in the county.
Committee Approves Cutting Mayor Salary
How many times do you hear stories about somebody in elected office getting a pay cut? Could happen in La Crosse if voters approve hiring a city administrator in the spring. A city council committee has approved slicing the mayor's salary by half if that happens
Karl Wiggert spoke in front of the committee about the change. If approved by the entire council next week and depending on the outcome of the referendum vote in April, the next mayor's salary would shrink to about 38 thousand dollars.
Thompson Speaks At Marquette
(AP) Former Gov. Tommy Thompson will be speaking at Marquette University this week. He's running for U.S. Senate and is expected to talk about what is driving his decision to run and the current political climate in Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Thompson was elected governor of Wisconsin four times. He was also health and human services secretary in the administration of President George Bush. He'll be speaking Thursday afternoon in Eckstein Hall.
Cullen To Announce Gubernatorial Plans At 2pm
(AP) Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen plans to make an announcement Wednesday afternoon about his plans for the governor's race. Cullen has been saying for months that he will run as a Democrat to challenge Gov. Scott Walker if a recall election is called. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has also announced that she is running. Cullen is a moderate Democrat from Janesville who has been in the Senate since 2010. The 67-year-old previously served in the Senate from 1974 to 1986 before he left to become secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services under Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson. He later worked for nearly 20 years as an insurance company executive.
Telemarketing Tops Complaint List
(AP) Telemarketing tops the list of consumer complaints to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Nearly 1,700 written complaints about telemarketing were sent to the department in 2011. Many of them were from people irritated by ``robo calls.'' That's an automated call to solicit business or personal information. Department administrator Sandy Chalmers says the agency gets about a dozen calls a day from consumers who want the practice to end. But, often they are difficult to stop because they're coming from overseas. Identity theft made the top 10 list for the first time. Complaints about telecom and Internet providers are also in the top 10.