Cities Want Collective Bargaining Law Changes
Potential Cuts Means Setting Priorities for Bus Service
The La Crosse bus service has a strong possibility of becoming a victim of budget cuts. Local budget cuts, state budget cuts, federal budget cuts. MTU board member and city councilman, Dick Swantz says that's a situation that calls for setting priorities. He says the board has directed transit management to focus on delivering services to the disabled, elderly and low income families should the service face significant cuts.
Swantz says the threat of losing massive amounts of federal funding for the bus system has largely passed, thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement with city transit workers.
Big Time Basketball Coming
The La Crosse Central Basketball Association will be hosting the 7th Grade Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament to be held here in La Crosse on Saturday and Sunday. With over 95 teams coming to La Crosse, this tournament will draw over 5000 fans and family members to the community each day. Over 700 hotel rooms have been reserved by team members and their families.
The tournament brings the very best 7th grade teams from all around the state who have participated in the Great Northwest Basketball League. The league organizes weekly tournaments in local communities from December - March culminating in this by invitation only tournament.
The La Crosse Central Basketball Association has been chosen from among several communities to host this tournament each of the last 5 years in part because of their ability to host multiple sites and the cooperation they receive from the La Crosse School District, Viterbo, UWL, and the Boys and Girls Club. 17 courts and 6 different sites will be utilized almost non stop on Saturday and Sunday.
Water Rate Hike Could be Larger
After nine years of no water rate increase in the city of La Crosse, you'd almost expect a big rate hike to be coming.
And the city's not disappointing that expectation. The city council will vote on a rate boost next month that would increase the average home user's water bill by 32%. That's a bunch, agrees public works director Dale Hexom but the state's Public Service Commission would actually prefer a larger rate increase. He says the PSC wants water utilities to have enough cash flow so that extensive borrowing isn't required to keep water systems in good working order.
Gundersen Lutheran named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for 4th consecutive year
Gundersen Lutheran’s high-quality performance has been recognized by one of the nation’s premier ratings systems. For the fourth year in a row and the fifth time overall, Gundersen Lutheran was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals.
Among hospitals this year who have received the award at least five times, Gundersen Lutheran is one of only 13 hospitals in the nation to achieve this distinction four consecutive years. CEO Jeff Thompson says being in the top 100 is a great honor........being number 1......that's the goal.
The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.