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After an overwhelming vote on Tuesday night, it appears the La Crosse City Council will easily authorize a committee study of a budget consultant plan at its meeting on Thursday.
The Committee of the Whole amended the resolution, to remove language committing 125-thousand dollars for a consultant search. Council president Audrey Kader will be on the study committee. She defends much of the spending that city government must do every year.
Critics of the consultant plan have speculated that such an expert might be a substitute for the city administrator rejected in an April referendum...or that a consultant would recommend firing Mayor Matt Harter.
Thirty-third time's the charm?
House Republicans have voted for the 33rd time to defeat the 'Obamacare' law since President Obama signed the health care bill over two years ago. Five Democrats joined with the Republicans to oppose Obamacare...but La Crosse's Ron Kind was not one of them. Kind has supported the Obama bill on every one of those House votes, but says some changes could be made.
Kind argues that many individual parts of the health care law have gotten broad bi-partisan support.
Another honor bestowed upon the state of Wisconsin. After the region's river road was deemed the country's number one scenic drive - Wisconsin was voted the best vacation state by the Triple-A. La Crosse Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Dave Clements says that's because the state, and particularly the La Crosse area, has a lot to offer vacationers. According to Clements, it's this variety that has lent itself to increased tourism spending, in the La Crosse area, in recent years.
$80 million. That's the amount of a referendum Western Technical College hopes that voters will pass in November. Western President, Lee Rasch, says most of the approved monies would go towards the La Crosse campus.
In 1992, voters passed a referendum to generate funds for upgrading campuses in Independence, Mauston, Tomah, and Viroqua. As part of the 2020 strategic plan, more then 1000 additional students will attend the tech college by the year 2020.
So who will spend the most money on the next batch of elections? Joe Heim, Political Professor at UW-La Crosse, says expect advertisements from a major statewide race to come first.
He says there will be some quiet time between August and October but with the presidential race right around the corner from that span.......get used to seeing and hearing them again.