Monroe County Back At It
County board supervisors are going back to the drawing board, in hopes of finding a new option for a justice center that Monroe county residents will approve of. In the new plans being proposed, the justice center would be added on to the current court house instead of abandoning the building like in the old plan.
Monroe County Chair, Rick Irwin, says the proposal comes with some sticker shock. The cost.....24 million to 27 million dollars.... similar to the cost of the already defeated project. Monroe county plans to implement alternative justice programs like OWI court and electronic monitoring. According to this new information the county would see a savings of around 350 thousand dollars annually by housing inmates in the county.
Watch for the walkers
Watch out for kids Wednesday morning...they are walking to school!
It's the international Walk to School Day event. The day is designed to educate children about pedestrian safety as well as to promote physical activity. The School District of La Crosse, in partnership with the La Crosse County Safe Routes to School Program and Gundersen Lutheran will have organized walks for Hamilton/ SOTA I, Franklin, Roosevelt, and Coulee Montessori, and Logan Middle School.
Balance Sheet Healthy for State Health Program
No bells and whistles in this state health insurance program. Wisconsin's Badger Care Plus Basic program. $130 a month. A limited number of doctor visits. Generic drugs only. But is there a market for that kind of thing? Appears to be, says Rachel Currans-Sheehan with the state's Wisconsin health department, because the plan now covers about 35 hundred people. A new report says the three month old Plus Basic plan is in good shape; covering those 35 hundred on small premiums without tax dollars and still remaining financially sound.
Heim: Feingold Behind But Not Out
One month out from election day, Senator Russ Feingold has some ground to make up if he wants to keep his US senate seat. The Wisconsin democrat appears behind Republican challenger Ron Johnson in a few polls. UWL political analyst Joe Heim says the lead is not surprising considering the amount of money Johnson has dumped into campaign advertising. He says Johnson's polling lead now could diminish as Feingold's campaign puts more money into the race during the last few weeks.
WEST SALEM SCHOOLS GET MONEY
West Salem gets some dough from the feds. 7 other Wisconsin cities and one county will have safer schools thanks a federal grant from the Secure-Our-Schools program in the U-S Justice Department.
West Salem is tabbed to get over $20 thousand dollars....something West Salem High School Principal Mark Carlson says came as a suprise.
The funding will help cover the costs of surveillance systems, metal detectors, locks, fences, and lighting among other things.