Vinehout Pushes New Notification Bill
Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says she just learned that currently only a ten day notice is required by Medicaid for families to be dropped off the program. She says that is not enough time to find alternative health insurance. She hopes a new bill she is pushing through will give those families at least a 60 day notice first.
The bill responds to citizens concerned about deep cuts
Kind Among Congressmen Disappointed
La Crosse's congressman among those disappointed about the failure of his peers this week.
Democrat Ron Kind says his fellow lawmakers missed an opportunity to take bites out of the nation's debt by not reaching an agreement in the deficit super committee. He says congress should still try to make bold cuts in spending. Especially in big dollar areas like defense
But Kind also points to excessive federal medical reimbursements as an area that requires cutting. But, he says, big money debt cuts also don't come without more taxes.
Democratic Party Chair Takes Petition Shredding Seriously
The official reports on recall petition shredding are pretty sparse so far in the drive to recall governor Walker.
La Crosse democratic party chair Andrew Londre says that doesn't minimize how big of a deal it is to destroy recall petitions
That's why he urges volunteers to circulate petitions among friends and family and get them back to the office. One liberal group in the state has offered a ten thousand dollar reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who destroys signed recall petitions.
Sign Committee Has Information to Move Forward
So far, a La Crosse city council committee working on new electronic sign regulations has been in the information gathering phase. Council member Bob Seaquist is on that committee. Says he's heard plenty about how distracting and dangerous electronic billboards can be for drivers
La Crosse has a year-long moratorium on electronic signs while the committee works on the rules. Onalaska and the county are also developing sign regulations.
Concrete Streets Face More Years Without Repairs in La Crosse
Had some rough travels around La Crosse?
No surprise when you think about the age of some of the concrete streets in the city
City public works director Dale Hexom says concrete streets are much harder to keep in good repair than asphalt streets even though they last a lot longer. Some bumpy concrete areas, like Lang drive and South avenue, are state highways and repairs on those aren't scheduled for at least the next five years.