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Tom Barrett's people call it a 'political stunt'...
They're responding to a letter from Republican leaders, calling on Barrett to reveal his own economic plan for Wisconsin before the recall election against Governor Walker in June. Assemblyman Robin Vos claims he's only heard one specific idea so far from Barrett, to increase wind energy. Vos says the media should demand answers from Barrett, so the Milwaukee mayor doesn't campaign on 'lies' and accusations against Walker.
Following the decision made by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission today to move forward with plans on the CapX2020 high voltage transmission line, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind expressed his disappointment in the process and is encouraging people who may potentially be impacted by Badger Coulee line to make their voices heard.
One ruling is in for the CAPX 2020 project. The three commissioners of the public service commission this morning decided the 345 thousand volt project is needed to meet local demand in the La Crosse area as well as to provide regional benefits including the abiity to transfer more electricity on the bulk power system. The big question was where should the lines go. Chairman, Phil Montgomery.
The commission selected a path for the line from Alma to Galesville, but amended the route slightly in the area of the community of Holmen to reduce the number of properties that would have to be crossed. The project is expected to cost at least $202.7 million, though the final cost will be updated after the utilities take into account the route modifications chosen by the commission.
Patti Jo Severson of La Crosse has another position to add to her resume. She currently serves as a nutrition and health educator at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center and serves as Co Chair of the Mental Health Coalition of the Greater La Crosse Area. She now also sits on a Governor's Criminal Justice statewide panel.
Severson will join police chief's and judges also on the panel...to improve the criminal justice system policy...and the Council will meet at least four times per year and report to the Governor and other relevant state agencies annually on its progress.
Bryan Stanley will be back at Mendota for a while...
La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez has revoked the conditional release of the man who killed three persons at a Catholic Church in Onalaska in 1985. The state ordered Stanley to be released in 2009, but he admitted recently that he had experienced 'anxiety.' During a court hearing on Wednesday, witnesses testified that Stanley had violent thoughts about others, including his sister-in-law. Gonzalez ruled that Stanley violated terms of his release by not telling doctors about those thoughts as soon as they happened.