Sheriff: DNA Collection at Arrest No Problem
Usually, state mandates come with a little frustration from the locals that have to enact those mandates. But La Crosse sheriff Steve Helgeson says, if the state decided to start collecting DNA during certain arrests, he wouldn't have a problem with it. He says swabbing the inside of a cheek for DNA isn't much different from taking fingerprints, which jailers do for every person booked into the jail. Helgeson says the DNA samples would have to handled differently, but he thinks the jailers wouldn't have a problem dealing with that.
The benefit to collecting the samples, says Helgeson, is that those DNA collections would provide a quicker reference when investigating crimes. Governor Walker has proposed collecting DNA at arrest for certain crimes.
Vikings Could be Going
Looking a little bleak for Minnesota Vikings fans this week. Cory Merrifield can tell you that for sure. The founder of the website, SavetheVikes.org, was upset when a legislative committee put a plan for a new Vikings stadium on life support. Worst case scenario now, says Merrifield: Vikings pack their bags after the coming season and leave the state. The best case scenario, he says, is legislators understand that the team's owners aren't bluffing and they really will leave or sell the team if no deal is reached this year. You can't blame owners, he says; they've done everything asked of them in trying to reach a deal with the state.
Questions about funding have derailed plans for a $975 million stadium. But Merrifield also believes some lawmakers are worried about voting for a stadium during an election year.
Credits to Lower Storm Water Bills Available in La Crosse
Charges for La Crosse's new stormwater utility have yet to appear on water bills. But you can start applying for water saving credits to lower your bill now. Any activity that cleans or retains storm runoff is eligible for credits. Bernie Lenz, in the city's engineering department, says some quick applications have been created to cover things like rain barrels and rain gardens. A longer process would apply if you the credit was for a mitigation procedure that was unusual. Get enough credits, he says, you can knock eighty percent off your stormwater bill. So far, Lenz has yet to receive any stormwater credit applications.
Boland Gets Endorsement from 3rd District GOP
There might be two guys running for the Republican nomination for the third district Wisconsin congressional seat. But the party only wants one of them. The third district republican caucus has picked former Fort McCoy commander Ray Boland as the guy they want to represent them in the November election against Ron Kind. Boland officially announced his campaign for congress months ago. Late last month, fellow retired army veteran Edward Martin from Chippewa Falls announced he, too, would run for congress as a Republican.
State Tax Code Out Of Whack
Wisconsin's tax code is out of whack and it's something that's been brewing for awhile now says Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. About 10 years now.
Berry just released a report that shows there are major tax discrepencies in the areas of overwithholding, unlegislated tax hikes the marriage penalty and low income vs. middle income. The report has been submitted to the state revenue secretary.