Union Accuses Governor Of 'Attack' On State Workers
That's how La Crosse Democrat Jennifer Shilling describes Governor Walker's bill to reform negotiations with state employees. Republican Walker has cancelled the extensions on five contracts that expired two years ago. State Rep Shilling says the Walker bill will wreck decades of negotiations between the state and its workers. Former state labor negotiator Joe Wineke says state workers also may find it harder to settle grievances. Wineke says a typical state employee making 50-thousand dollars a year would lose nearly three thousand dollars in income, through Walker's plan.
Loggers Bash Brings in $70K
The UW-L baseball program is breathing a bit easier today after it was announced that the Lacrosse Loggers winter BBQ raised just over $70 thousand for the college program. Loggers GM Chris Goodell said the response was above his expectations.
The event drew just over one thousand fans and was highlighted by Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Paul Molitor as well as former Milwaukee Brewer teammates Jim Gantner and Jerry Augustine, who played baseball at UW-L. Sponsors include Kwik Trip and the Friends of Baseball at UW-L Committee.
For more information on the UW-L baseball program, go to www.saveuwlbaseball.com
Appeals Court Rules Against Men Hurt In Speedway Crash
If you get hurt in a racetrack accident at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, it's not the Speedway's fault.
That's what a state appeals court says in a ruling today. The court is upholding a La Crosse County court decision supporting the Speedway in a lawsuit filed by two men hurt eight years ago by a racecar that entered the infield. Charles Beer and Darin Toot tried to sue the Speedway for damages, claiming the liability waiver was void, and contrary to public policy. But the circuit court and appeals court both ruled that the release form is valid.
La Crosse Mayor Not Punished by Council for Ethics Violations
No censure, no reprimand, not even a fine for La Crosse mayor Matt Harter. A sharply divided city council voted to follow the city's ethics board and not punish the mayor for his ethical malfeasance in meetings with the county solid waste director last year. Not the outcome wanted by just less than half of the city council who voted to censure the mayor. A punishment sought by Jai Johnson who said it was the least that the council should pursue in rebuke of the mayor's actions.
Although no punishment for the mayor from the city council, he has agreed to pursue an ethics certification from Viterbo.
Those voting for censure, proposed by 4th district city council member, Jai Johnson(failed on 8-7 vote): Johnson, Andrea Richmond, Chris Olson, Eric Schmidt, Bob Seaquist, Marilyn Wigdahl and Dick Swantz.
Voting to uphold the recommendations of the Ethics Board and the Judiciary and Administration committee(passed on 8-7 vote): Al Wagner, John Satory, Bob Seaquist, Doug Farmer, Bruce Ranis, Bernie Maney, Tom Sweeney, Lorraine Decker
Primary Ballot Sees Bounty of Council Seats in La Crosse
It's been awhile since there's been this many primary elections in La Crosse city council races. At least ten years since there were as many as the five primaries on Tuesday's ballot. That's half of the total number of council seats on the ballot in April and two of those are uncontested. City council members Doug Farmer in district 10, Bruce Ranis in district 12, And Lorraine Decker in district 15 all face two challengers on Tuesday. In district 7, three are running to fill a seat left vacant when Mike Larsen quit in the fall. District 13 has three looking to replace Bernie Maney who just recently announced he was done with a fifty year run on the council.