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Madison doesn't shut down when the Legislature ends its session for the year...
State administration secretary Mike Huebsch is busy trying to assemble a budget for the years 2014 and '15. Huebsch says that in just over a year in charge, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans have changed the process for making spending fit the money that's available.
Speaking on WIZM's La Crosse Talk, the former West Salem lawmaker says the recall campaign against Walker will have no immediate impact on his agency's work. Huebsch says his office will have to oversee the budget process, no matter who is elected governor.
Since 2002, Monroe County has paid about a quarter of the total cost of a new jail and courthouse to house prisoners out of county. The numbers stun Sheriff Pete Quirin.
Voters will take those numbers to the polls tomorrow when they vote on where a new facility will go. The 2 locations are downtown Sparta and a 40 acre site off of Highway 71. The ultimate decision will come down to the county board.
Is the 32 mile Sparta-Elroy trail being sold to Disney? Seems as though that was the story around western Wisconsin last week. And it turns out, it was all a practical joke. But to some, it wasn't too funny. A local newspaper, The County Line in Ontario, followed their annual tradition of posting odd April Fool's stories...but this one got all the way to the capitol. A story Friday stated that Disney was buying the trail used by thousands every year as a walking and biking trail. After several concerned residents called their area lawmakers and the Department of Natural Resources, spokesman Bill Cosh, said that the sale was a joke and was never planned. And Disney could not just buy it anyway as the trail would first have to be identified to the public as no longer needed for conservation, and would need approval by the state Natural Resources Board and governor.
March was a record-smashing month for weather all over the Midwest...
Dozens of communities just in the three-state area had their warmest March ever, including La Crosse. The daily average of 50 degrees in the city beats the previous record of 47, dating back to the 1870's. Other towns with even warmer averages included Trempealeau, Genoa, Decorah, and Prairie du Chien. La Crosse set record highs on nine days in March, including five days in a row between the 14th and 18th. And the 83 degree high on St. Patrick's Day marks the earliest day in the year that La Crosse has had weather that warm.
If every person who supports Rick Santorum gets 10 other people to vote for him in Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, then Santorum believes he'll win the Badger State.
Santorum spoke about that strategy when he campaigned in the La Crosse area last week. He's the only Republican candidate to visit La Crosse in the month before the primary. The Pennsylvanian was predicting a close outcome a few days ago, during a speech in Onalaska. Santorum says Wisconsin voters showed they would support conservatives two years ago, when they elected Scott Walker as governor and Ron Johnson as U-S Senator.