Long union contract extensions in front of the La Crosse city council Thursday. A response to a new law governing collective bargaining for public workers in the state. City council member Marilyn Wigdahl says the extensions are the right thing to do. It will be her committee that's the first to vote on the contracts followed shortly after by the entire city council. Votes today are on revisions to a transit workers contract extension that's already been agreed on and a new two year contract extension for the city's largest union over which talks began last week.
You can probably put those ark building plans on hold. At least for now. The National Weather Service is backing off its worst case scenario flooding forecasts for the Mississippi River at La Crosse for the time being. Flood stage at La Crosse is 12 feet. The weather service is predicting a crest of somewhere 13 and 14.5 feet in the first week of April. The almost near certainty of some sort of flooding keeps the Mississippi as well as the Black and Kickapoo Rivers in a flood warning.
Will more signs get drivers to use the parking ramps in La Crosse?
The idea is being discussed, following a survey showing there are hundreds of empty spaces in the downtown ramps on the average weekday. Downtown Mainstreet director Tim Kabat says the city might need to consider putting electronic signs inside the ramps, to tell drivers how many open spaces are available at any given time. City leaders are talking about ways to get more people who work downtown to park in the ramps instead of on the street.
It's not a good day to be traveling, in many parts of Wisconsin...and because of that, Herb Kohl's staff has cancelled the Senator's scheduled stops in La Crosse and other cities today.
Kohl was supposed to visit the Harry Olson Senior Center this afternoon, to talk about the future of the Senior Care program in the state. The Democratic Senator opposes attempts to reduce or eliminate federal funding for that prescription drug program.
In Wisconsin, you won't find long lists of people who have run for office with the intention of getting rid of that office. But that's what Kurt Schuller promised as he campaigned for the office of State Treasurer. And that's what he intends to do. Schuller's drafted a constitutional amendment that will cut his office and that of the Secretary of State. The constitutional amendment process will require two consecutive legislatures to agree before it heads to a statewide ballot. Schuller's confident the measure will pass because the time has passed since either office has duties that justify having constitutional officer status. Current Secretary of State Doug LaFollette is not as enthused about the proposal as Schuller.