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A new Milwaukee Bucks arena might make fiscal sense for the state of Wisconsin in the long run, but some are saying the arena could also hurt governor Walker's presidential ambitions in short run. La Crosse county republican party chair Bill Feehan says, with everything that's happened in Wisconsin during Walker's tenure, a Bucks arena deal won't mean much to national voters. Walker argues the tax revenue that comes from the Bucks more than offsets the small public investment in a new arena. Feehan agrees with that argument.
A rail company already isn't getting what it wanted in a new set of tracks scheduled to get built on La Crosse's northside. In a petition filed with the state, Canadian Pacific had hoped to add a little more than three-fourths of a mile of tracks near the Amtrak station without having a hearing on the project. But the state has scheduled a hearing anyway for Thursday afternoon in city hall. The hearing will deal with the crossings that will be affected: at Liberty and St Cloud streets and Avon and Hagar streets. The company has already agreed to reimburse the city for the changes to those crossings to make way for the third set of tracks. Canadian says the new tracks will add to the company's overall network capacity.
They have one graduate, so far. One former La Crosse County jail inmate has gone from taking classes in jail to earning a degree from Western Technical College. Willa MacKenzie from Western helps local prisoners study for their GED, and perhaps move on to classes at the tech school. Even though prisoners don't have many things to distract them from studies while in jail, MacKenzie says the average jail stay for an inmate is only about two weeks. MacKenzie says a grant for funding for the jail education project would guarantee that the classes continue for the next three years.
Discussions about building another downtown performing center in La Crosse are bringing together several local organizations, including U-W-L and the Downtown Mainstreet group. DMI director Robin Moses has heard the La Crosse Center talk about developing a hall for shows that might not fill the civic center's arena. Moses says that businesses downtown support the idea of having more entertainment attractions available in the central part of the city.
Heavy investment back into the company is nothing new to La Crosse's Inland Labels company, which has internally invested over $30 million since 2008. Now, a 50 thousand square addition to the Airport Road location is coming. Got to grow says Inland's Audra Monroe. One new press could be up and running at the location by July as well. And to run the new equipment, Inland is looking for 50 new employees.