Dayton, Republicans No Closer to Agreement
Gov. Mark Dayton says a Republican offer to drop $200 million in tax cuts they wanted and spend it on his priorities is a ``non-proposal'' that gets the two sides no closer to a budget deal that would avert a government shutdown in two weeks.
Republicans made the offer to the Democratic governor Thursday. They say it's a tough move for Republican lawmakers across the board, but Dayton points out it still doesn't move them above a $34 billion cap for the next two years of state spending they say they won't exceed. Dayton wants another $1.8 billion to avoid some spending cuts and reductions.
Dayton says he was expecting a more substantive offer and is the most disappointed he's been after months of budget talks with Republicans.
Voucher Expansion Added to Budget
Opponents of school vouchers fear Gov. Scott Walker could use his expansive veto powers to expand the program statewide under language added to the state budget early on Thursday morning by Assembly Republicans.
3 Soldiers Coming To Lacrosse
A replica of one of the sculptures at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will be unveiled at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A smaller version of “Three Soldiers” will stand on a black pedestal in front of a wall mural of an Associated Press Vietnam combat photo in the Hall of Honor at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The bronze replica, poured and cast in a New York foundry, will be unveiled at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 18th, in the Hall of Honor during Freedom Fest. The dedication is open to those attending the Freedom Fest concert. The sculpture was funded by the Don and Roxanne Weber Family through the UW-La Crosse Foundation. The Webers have been key supporters of the stadium and the Hall of Honor.
Frederick Elliott Hart created the sculpture. In 1980, the American master sculptor submitted a proposal to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial but came in third among 1,421 entries. After completion of the wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund commissioned Hart to create a sculpture in 1982. The life-like bronze sculpture located in a grove of trees depicts three servicemen, a Caucasian, Mexican-American and African-American, in Vietnam era uniforms carrying infantry weapons.
Dedicated by President Reagan in 1984, Three Soldiers is part of one of the most visited monuments in Washington, D.C. Hart received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for Three Soldiers in 1988.
Protestors Lock to Railings at Capitol, Get Arrested
Two protesters at the state Capitol have been arrested after they used rigid bike locks to chain themselves to railings in the Senate chamber.
Lacrosse Catbirds Reunion Coming
They are coming back to Lacrosse to celebrate 25 years later. The La Crosse Catbirds, often referred to as the model franchise of the Continental Basketball Association, have scheduled a reunion on July 3rd in honor of the 25th anniversary of its first championship series.
Former Coach, Mike Mashak, says all players and staff have been invited.
All players and team personnel associated with the Catbirds throughout their run in La Crosse are invited to the July 3rd event being held in Riverside park as a part of Riverfest. Mashak says if you had anything to do with the Catbirds....then your invited, too.