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The Pre-K program within the Lacrosse School District is one that you don't have to attend. It's voluntary. But Superintendent Jerry Kember says for those that choose the program........they see results. So he doesn't know why Senator Glen Grothman would want the program dumped.
The Lacrosse School District was one of the first in the state to offer pre-k schooling. So when a state senator says he wants to scrap the program, Kember says look elsewhere.
Senator Grothman said the state shouldn't encourage new 4K programs because taxpayers can't afford them. Kember counters that pre-k is in 85 percent of the state's school districts and with three times as many students as a decade ago.
Strengthening the ability of community banks to lend to Wisconsin’s agriculture community is a topic to be addressed at a public hearing held by the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues. Individuals who are concerned about the over-reaching effects of federal regulations on small community banks are welcome to attend and listen to invited speakers from the financial industry. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Lunda Center on the campus of Western Technical College.
As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a member of the Financial Institutions and Rural Issues Committee, State Senator Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) is concerned about the growing problem of community banks being able to lend to local farmers and agriculture businesses. An example is Citizens First Bank in Viola where Vice President Eric Nottestad indicated that the current banking regulations paint the mega banks with the same brush as the small town community bank and bankers.Senator Kapanke looks forward to a vigorous discussion on this issue – “Getting people back to work begins by opening up the lending process for small businesses and farmers in Wisconsin.”
A solution in search of a problem? That's not exactly how West Salem administrator and clerk Theresa Schnitzler would describe a proposal in Madison to mandate voters have a picture ID at the polls. To her, it's more like a problematic idea that would create even bigger problems at the polls. Besides a possibility of disenfranchising those voters who don't have a state issued ID, Schnitzler also worries about the extra paperwork with provisional ballots, and how the process for absentee ballots will change if a picture ID is needed to vote that way.
Key words this week: Equality, diversity, tolerance. Thomas Harris is a guy well-versed in the use of those words as organizer of yesterday's Martin Luther King observance. We talked to Harris about the seeming lack of diversity among La Crosse city hall employees. Harris says he actually sees progress in that area. Some progress. Baby steps, he calls them. Harris says credentialed people of color need to begin to recognize the value of living and working in La Crosse. At that point, maybe they'll start applying for jobs in city hall. We found just 17 racial minorities working in city hall at the end of 2010. None of those are black.