Number 12 Has His Own Day.......Soon
Building A Dock May Have Gotten Easier
The state Senate has passed a Republican bill that would make it easier for people to build piers and docks on state waters. Right now, the Department of Natural Resources issues either general or individual permits authorizing such an activity. General permits apply statewide to anyone engaging in the activity the permit allows. Individual permits are geared to specific projects in specific areas. The bill would grant the agency the authority to issue general permits for any activity that currently requires an individual permit. The Senate passed the measure 20-13 with no debate. It goes next to the state Assembly.
Oktoberfest Might Skip Parades This Year
Citing new fees required by La Crosse city hall, the Oktoberfest board of directors says it has suspended plans for its three parades in the city for the fall of 2012. As part of a fee structure passed by the city council in the fall, parades, fun runs and other similar events have new fees and permits to pay to the city in order to offset things like police service. The bill for Oktoberfest for this year: $18,000. The board says its losses last year exceeded $40,000 without the fees and the organization isn't certain how it will be able to hold the parades with the new expense. Mayor Matt Harter, meanwhile, says he has yet to meet with anyone from Oktoberfest but believes some arrangement will be reached in order to keep the parades rolling this year.
Attorney General Will Appeal Judge's Ruling On ID
Wisconsin's attorney general says he will appeal a judge's ruling to stop the state's new voter identification law. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will move quickly to bring the ruling before an appellate court. He says he is confident the law will be upheld. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the temporary injunction Tuesday. It stops the contentious law from being in effect for the state's April 3 presidential primary election. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has also filed a formal complaint with the state's Judicial Commission to investigate Flanagan for signing a petition in November to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker. They say Flanagan failed to maintain impartiality.
Governor Announces Tech College And Employer Program
Today Governor Scott Walker, while in La Crosse, announced a three-year, $4 million pilot program to boost skills training for jobs that are available now.
The program, Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant is designed to foster partnerships between the Wisconsin Technical College System and businesses with advanced manufacturing employment needs. The Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Grant, created by the non-profit Wisconsin Covenant Foundation, seeks to strengthen the ties between technical colleges, employers and job seekers.