But it might be a little less than necessary when it comes to cleaning up the Great Lakes. $350 million is how much president Obama's new budget has in it for lake clean-up. Actually, a 25 percent cut from funding last year. The group, Clean Wisconsin, is pushing for congress to approve at least $300 million for Great Lakes clean-up. Ezra Meyer, with the environmental group, says those hundreds of millions are really just a portion of the billions that is needed to do clean up of generations of industry, toxicity and invasive species in the lakes.
Currently, network connections for the La Crosse county library system are a bit of a snarled mess of copper wires.
County library director Chris McCardle Rojo says she's connected to the La Crosse city library which is trunked through city hall before heading to county buildings and then to Holmen and then to the rest of the county library branches. She says planned fiber optic updates would have cleaned up the nest a little and saved money on internet service besides. Which explains why she's disappointed that Wisconsin this week refused a $23 million fed grant that would have paid for those fiber optic updates. McCardle Rojo says it limits the future potential for the internet at library branches but the average user probably won't notice much different in speeds.
The protests are both far and wide today.
This morning at 9:15 am students at Holmen High School staged a walk-out activity to show support for their teachers in light of the potential action on the Budget Repair Bill by the State Legislature. They are walking from Holmen High School to the Village Hall and will return to school. Police and emergency personnel were notified that this action was taking place.
It is expected that students will return to school immediately following their assembly at the Holmen Village Hall. School personnel are assuring a safe transition back into the school day for students.
Governor Scott Walker wants to break with tradition in releasing his biennial state budget. But he also may be breaking from state statute a little bit as well. That seems to be the indication of a memo from the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Council. The Council's attorneys were asked whether the governor can release his budget away from the capitol as he plans to do on the 22nd of this month at a private business. The council says current law requires the governor to deliver the budget in front of a joint session of the legislature and, barring an emergency, the place to convene that session is at the capitol and not at a place call Vita-Plus, an ag business at which Walker had planned to release his budget to highlight its jobs component.
Another chance tonight to get involved in riverfront planning in La Crosse. The Joint Board of Harbor commissioners is holding a community meeting at the Black River beach Neighborhood Center on Rose Street this evening to work on future harbor plans for the La Crosse with an eye to providing community access to the riverfront. It's the second of three meetings on the riverfront plan and runs from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Black River Beach center.