CAP-X 2020 Studies Delayed
Tom Hillstrom of CAP-X 2020 says delays have their good and bad points though. He says he is glad they are taking their time and going through the reports with a fine toothed comb. It makes it easier for some groundbreaking possibly in 2012.
The Minnesota report will spell out options for locating lines under the proposed 450-million-dollar transmission project. The study will consider possible options for crossing the Mississippi River.The Minnesota report is due out in late March while the reports from Wisconsin and the Federal Government are due out in May.
Groundhogs Agree: Spring Around the Corner
Take heart, you winter weary Wisconsinites. Because Jimmy the Groundhog says so, according to Ann Manning with the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy's the much less famous Wisconsin groundhog cousin to Punxsatawny Phil. Phil also did not see his shadow, so both groundhogs are predicting an early spring. The difference, says Manning in Sun Prairie, is that Jimmy usually gets it right.
Committee Recommendation: No Punishment for Mayor
When La Crosse's ethics board cast judgment on the city's mayor, they did so with mercy. Although the board agreed that Matt Harter had crossed ethical lines in meetings with the county solid waste director last year, board members said the mayor should not receive punishment. Instead the recommendation to Harter: Reflect. Repent. Go to ethics classes. During a city council committee meeting last night, council member Bob Seaquist agreed with those changes and urged his colleagues to go forward with that, saying, "it's time to move on." Sure enough, his council committee has recommended to the full council no punishment should be levied against the mayor. Final decision on that should come next week.
Medicaid Could be on Governor's Chopping Block
Critics of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's first State of the State of the address last night largely seem to share a common complaint: No specifics. The governor mentioned sacrifice but not necessarily where cuts in government will be made. But, while in La Crosse yesterday, the governor did seem to hint that cuts in Medicaid spending are inevitable. Although, Walker says, there's a place for programs like Badgercare among "the neediest of the needy" and those who need a safety net of healthcare.But, as Walker has repeated since his campaign for governor, he doesn't think state-provided health care should be a permanent state entitlement and recipients need to be transitioned into privately-provided health insurance eventually.
Get Out Of Jail Free Card? NOT!
Part of being jailed is to rehabilitate and get back into society. Someone forgot to tell that to 56 year old Christopher Lehner of Winona. The Winona County Jail inmate is now wanted after he failed to return to the jail after a brief furlough.
Seems as though jail staff let Lehner go to a class at the Winona County Workforce Center a couple of weeks ago....problem is he never returned and now no one knows where he is. That brought about a charge of escape.
He was doing a year in jail for bouncing checks and forgery..........he'll do a lot more when he goes back home........to jail. 5 years for felony escape.