Dems Stretch The Session
(AP) Minority Democrats in the state Assembly won't let one of the roughest legislative sessions in Wisconsin history end. Thursday was the last scheduled day for floor debate in the Senate and Assembly before lawmakers leave Madison for the campaign trail. The Senate finished its work in less than an hour Thursday afternoon. The Assembly came to the floor Thursday morning and worked until 11 p.m. or so before the Democrats broke for strategy meetings. They returned to the floor around 3 a.m. Friday and started trying to pull their favorite bills up for votes, forcing majority Republicans to vote the attempts down one by one and prolonging the session. The body still had more than 30 bills on its regular calendar as dawn approached.
Walker Blames Senators For Mining Flop
Governor Scott Walker is blaming 17 state senators for putting politics before putting people back to work; costing our state thousands of jobs. In his weekly radio address, Walker said those actions led a mining company to pull out of the state, taking with them $1.5 billion and 2300 jobs. He says mining is what this state is all about.
Walker says it's a shame that 17 Senators refused to compromise and prevented thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of investment. He also said he will call a special session if and when 17 state Senators are ready to set aside politics and pass a bill that ultimately leads to more Wisconsin jobs.
Study Finds Highway Alternatives Costly
A restructuring of La Crosse's northside would be costly, but it could create some valuable returns as well. The essence of a nearly-completed study done on options for re-doing interstate exit three, the highlights of which were delivered in a presentation by the city last night. The DOT wants to rebuild exit 3 and some in city and county government believe that could be an opportunity to shift highways 35 and 53 and simultaneously open more land by the Black River for development and park area. Two alternatives in the study would channel traffic down George street, shutting down Rose, and displacing dozens of homes and businesses, costing the city thirty million dollars and creating a park by the river. The benefit? The road shift could triple property value in the area.
Holmen School Aide Pleads Guilty To Growing Pot
A Holmen school district employee enters a diversion agreement on charges of growing marijuana at his house...
Dustin Wood pleads guilty to two criminal counts, while three other counts are dropped. All the charges will be dismissed if Wood obeys terms of the agreement for the next two years. Otherwise, he could get more than 10 years in prison. Wood is on unpaid administrative leave from his post as a special education aide for the Holmen schools.
Clean Government Group Says Lawmakers Leaving Work Undone
There's always somebody left a little unhappy at the end of a legislative session in Madison. No exception for the current one. Wisconsin lawmakers end their session today with many things they could have done, says Jay Heck from Wisconsin Common Cause, like creating disclosure rules for campaign spending and improving the redistricting process. Although, Heck says, he's not all that surprised they never got to those issues
Heck says the largest part of the failure of lawmakers to get traction on many issues is how divided the capitol remains.