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(AP) Gov. Scott Walker's administration says property taxes dropped slightly last year. The administration issued a statement Monday morning saying taxes on a median value home dipped 0.4 percent, the first time in 12 years they've decreased. The statement credited the governor's move to strip public workers of their union rights. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau had estimated last year that property taxes on a median value home would increase by nearly a full percentage point in 2011. The governor's statement didn't offer any evidence backing up the numbers. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said he expected a memo from the state budget office later Monday that would detail the decrease. Democrats angry over the union changes have forced Walker and five other Republicans into recall elections later this spring.
(AP) An attorney challenging Wisconsin's law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls calls that an ``onerous and unreasonable burden'' during opening statements. A trial began Monday in the lawsuit challenging the law brought by the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants' rights group. NAACP attorney Richard Saks says testimony will show there are hundreds of thousands of voters who don't have the required ID necessary to vote. But Assistant Attorney General Carrie Benedon says the number is far less and the burden placed on voters isn't nearly as large or widespread as alleged. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan last month issued a temporary injunction blocking the law from taking effect pending the trial.
(AP) The Milwaukee Brewers on Monday eclipsed the 2 million mark for the number of tickets sold this season. The ball club says it's the earliest date for the benchmark in franchise history. The previous record was on April 19 of 2001, the first year the Brewers played at Miller Park. Last year, the 2 million mark was reached on April 27. The Brewers set an all-time franchise attendance record in 2011 when more than 3 million people passed through the Miller Park turnstiles.
A third round of public meetings will begin this week, being held by the company that wants to build high voltage transmission lines from just north of La Crosse to Dan County. Sara Justice of American Transmission Company, says they have recieved quite a bit of public comment already.
The first meeting is at 1pm Tuesday at Stoney Creek in Onalaska. Justice says they will have representatives from transmission planning, engineering, real estate and enviromental and construction on hand to answer questions.
Winona Republican Senator Jeremy Miller says state lawmakers need a new plan when trying to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Miller announced last week that he is sponsoring a bill enabling the state to partner with northwestern Minnesota's White Earth Nation to build a casino. As part of the deal, the tribe is willing to pay $400 million up front to fund the state’s share of the cost of a Vikings stadium. Lawmakers are back in sesion today.