La Crosse Home Sales Down for Year but Finish Well
Restore Joins Free Electronic Waste Recycling Movement
For awhile, getting rid of your old electronic gear meant paying someone to take it. That has changed just recently around La Crosse. The county is now accepting e-waste free of charge. And Habitat for Humanity's Re-store just started doing the same thing
Cory Skolaski heads Habitat for Humanity and the Restore in La Crosse. She says they made the move to free e-waste recycling in part to make it easier for people on the southside of La Crosse to recycle rather than illlegally throwing away their old electronics.
Minnesota Lawmakers Go Back To Work
(AP) Minnesota lawmakers are returning to St. Paul for the 2012 legislative session. The state House and Senate both convene at noon Tuesday. The sessions are expected to be short and mostly ceremonial. Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting lawmakers and their families at a reception in his office. This year's session is expected to run into sometime in April. Lawmakers will debate Dayton's proposal to boost job creation with a $775 million bonding bill. Several Republican-backed constitutional amendment proposals will get a look including a requirement for a photo ID to vote and for a legislative supermajority to raise taxes. The Minnesota Vikings' push for a public subsidy to build a new football stadium is also likely to draw the attention of lawmakers.
Governors Money Coming From Out Of State
(AP) More than 60 percent of the donations Gov. Scott Walker has received from individuals since Dec. 11 came from outside Wisconsin. An analysis of Walker's latest campaign finance reports submitted Monday done by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that 61 percent of his money came from out of state. That includes $1 million he got from three Missouri donors and one from Texas over a single week earlier in January. The Democracy Campaign says roughly half of the $4.5 million Walker raised over the past five weeks came from 33 individual donors. Walker has raised $12.1 million since last year, the most-ever by a candidate for governor in Wisconsin beating his previous $10 million record set in 2010.
Home Sales Up And Down
(AP) Home sales in Wisconsin rose slightly last year. But, prices for those homes dropped about 6.5 percent. Real estate experts say the sale of distressed properties are weighing on the price of existing homes, and probably will continue to do so in the near future. Real estate agents sold about 51,500 houses last year in Wisconsin up about 120 homes from the previous year.
The median price was $132,000 down from $141,000 the year before. Wisconsin Realtors Association president Mike Theo says it continues to be a buyer's market with a large inventory of homes for sale.