Where Does The Money Go
(AP) The state of Wisconsin is warning people that not all money raised by professional law enforcement and firefighting associations goes to local agencies. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises people to make sure they know where their donation is going before agreeing to give the money. Agency official Sandy Chalmers says the money raised by the campaigns is legitimate, but it can be confusing to people who think they are helping out their local departments. The Consumer Protection Bureau says if anyone has questions about where their money is going, they should simply ask. Solicitors are required by law to give out that information. The bureau says to be suspicious of any caller unable or unwilling to disclose that basic information.
Electric Cut Off Time
(AP) We Energies says it has started disconnecting Wisconsin and Michigan residential customers who are behind on their energy bills. A state-imposed moratorium on disconnecting customers ended Monday. Commercial and industrial customers are exempt from the Nov. 1 to April 15th moratorium and can be disconnected for nonpayment anytime throughout the year. The Milwaukee utility company is urging customers to keep their accounts current by making payment arrangements if they're behind. We Energies says it can offer payment plans, including a minimum payment option.
Walker Invites Illinois Businesses To Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came to Springfield, Illinois Tuesday
morning, to compare himself favorably to two Illinois politicians: Pat Quinn and
New State Report On Teachers Is Out
(AP) The state Department of Public Instruction is reporting that the number of teachers and other staff working in Wisconsin schools dropped 2.3 percent this school year. The data released today comes in the middle of an ongoing political fight with Gov. Scott Walker over the impact of cuts he made to public school funding last year and changes to collective bargaining rights that he says helped districts make up for the losses in aid. State Superintendent Tony Evers says in a statement there must be a bipartisan investment in public education because losses in school staff erode the public education system. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says that districts could have cut positions and saved money.
Shilling Launches Campaign For Full Senate Term
Last year, voters in La Crosse County elected a new state Senator and two new members of the Assembly in special races.
Now, all three of those lawmakers are up for re-election this year...and Senator Jennifer Shilling is officially launching her campaign this week. Shilling says she wants to keep serving in the Senate to help working families and improve employment. She had served in the Assembly for 10 years before unseating Dan Kapanke in a recall election last August. Just one challenger to Shilling has come forward so far...local Republican Bill Feehan.