Kind Says No To Republican Budget Bill
U.S. Representative Ron Kind opposed a Republican
budget reconciliation bill last week that he says will hurt children and seniors. Kind says now, with their feet to the fire, the Republicans, who authored the original bill, are changing the rules and doing everything they can to protect the defense budget, tax breaks for the wealthy, and subsidies for big oil by gouging programs for women, children and seniors. He says this is unacceptable.
The senate gets it's first look at the bill this week after it barely passed the house last week.
Family Care Deadline Today
The state received $897 million from the federal government to operate Family Care in Fiscal Year 2011, and if the state doesn't respond to the fed's by today about the program, State Senator, Jennifer Shilling of the state's finance committee, says those dollars could be gone.
Last summer, Governot Scott Walker and legislative Republicans capped Family
Care enrollment without permission from the federal government. The
Miller Likes Vikings Bill
READ AFTER NOON!
A new Minnesota Vikings Stadium bill was signed at noon today....and Winona Republican Senator, Jeremy MIller, was asked who will all benefit from the building of a new stadium.
Also, the Minneapolis City Council still needs to vote to approve its share of the stadium financing. The city's contribution is expected to be $150 million for construction and another $189 million for operating costs over the life of the deal, not including interest payments. Governor Mark Dayton's signature on the bill kickstarts a 30 day timeline for the council to give its approval.
GOP Convention Wraps Up
As the Republican State Convention ended yesterday in Green Bay, Senate Candidate, Bill Feehan, said the GOP walked away with a sence of urgency to get people to the polls. We asked him if the recall eelction of Governor Scott Walker was Barret vs. Walker or the State of Wisconsin versus Walker.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan told the Green Bay convention on Saturday night that apathy will lose those contests against Governor Scott Walker and five other officials. The election is set for June 5th.
Christiansen Named As 2012 Commodore For Riverfest
He thought he was going to a meeting about Freedom Honor Flights...
But Steve Christiansen learned a few months ago that an important job was waiting for him...Commodore of La Crosse's Riverfest.
Christiansen is the C-E-O of Merchants Bank in La Crosse and Onalaska, and moved to La Crosse from Caledonia less than 10 years ago. He and his wife Pat were introduced as the newest presiding couple of Riverfest today...about a month-and-a-half before the July 3rd start of the yearly festival at La Crosse's Riverside Park.