Kind Exhorts Super Committe to Consider Health Care Change
Second meeting this week for the special committee of lawmakers in Washington tasked with cutting over a trillion dollars from the federal budget. La Crosse congressman Ron Kind is watching the work of the debt supercommittee from the outside but says they can't get from here to there without dealing with soaring increases in health care spending. Kind says the key is for the federal government to change how it reimburses for health care. From paying for quantity of care to paying for quality. Fix that and get people back to work, Kind says, and the supercommittee's task becomes a lot less difficult.
If the supercommittee can't agree on at least $1.2 trillion in cuts by Thanksgiving, automatic across-the-board cuts will kick in.
Councilman Wants Police to Reconsider Crossing Guard Assignments
Time for another look at crossing guard numbers in La Crosse, perhaps. Police have cut the numbers of guarded intersections in the city down to five for the current school year. But that plan is based on out of date measurements, says city council member Bob Seaquist. He wants another look at a couple of Losey boulevard intersections. Seaquist says there's more kids now living to the east of Losey who could use a crossing guard and the traffic is heavier than when police measured. Police cited tight budgets for the most recent crossing guard cuts.
Ethanol Study Shows Wisconsinites on the Fence About Fuel
If you like ethanol, who are you? A new study by the University of Wisconsin has an answer for that question. The study uses a large poll to determine that support for ethanol in the state is highest among people who were younger, more educated, Democrats and those living in a county where an active biofuels plant was located. The study also finds Wisconsinites in general have mixed emotions about the fuel, with more than half having doubts about the economic benefits of using ethanol. And the majority suggesting their support is dependent on how much the fuel either decreases mileage or increases engine wear.
Police: Public Help Brought in Cemetery Vandals
The public's assistance has helped La Crosse police solve a crime from earlier this month. Cops had been looking for two thugs they suspected had broken up a big chunk of mausoleum marble in the Catholic cemetery. Behind the marble plate: the cremated remains of three people. The two were caught on a trail camera video strolling through the cemetery carrying tallboys of Keystone Ice at about the time the damage occurred. Police say numerous tips that came from the release of the video helped them track down the two young men.
2 More Could Go Down In Meth Bust
Two more drug makers involved in a meth making operation at the Sylvan Glen Supper Club in Stoddard will face trial.
34 year old Wade McLees of Richland Center and 24 year old Cody DeLao of Lacrosse have both been indicted on charges related to the September 2010 meth making operation. Both are accused of making and selling meth with Cody Polus, Angela Davis, Travis Johnson and Amber Johnson in the supper club. Those 4 are already serving prison sentences.
The pair face more then 20 years in prison and will go on trial in January.