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Huge utility rate hikes could be in the near future. At least that's the warning from many critics regarding the Clean Energy Jobs Act that the assembly is scheduled to vote on today in Madison. Ridiculous fears, says Charlie Higley, head of the state's Citizen Utility Board. He says projections through 2025 show just the opposite to be true. He says making investments in alternative and renewable energy actually decreases costs in the next 15 years.
The Clean Energy legislation has recently been revamped to take out controversial requirements for low carbon fuels, among other things.
One month later, ethics questions regarding the mayor of La Crosse are still unanswered.
The city attorney's office tells us that an opinion has yet to come from an outside law firm on mayor Matt Harter's ethics issues. City council member Dick Swantz had requested an opinion from the city's own legal department regarding meetings mayor Matt Harter attended with his father and the county's solid waste director. The city attorney deferred, saying an outside opinion was necessary to remove any bias. That all happened about a month ago. No opinion yet and neither has the city's ethics committee met to weigh in on the mayor's actions.
ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN LA CROSSE HAVE DONE THEIR CENSUS DUTY FOR 2010.
THE OTHER 20 PER CENT SHOULD EXPECT A KNOCK ON THE DOOR FAIRLY SOON. HOWEVER, WE'VE GOTTEN WORD OF SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITING HOMES IN LA CROSSE, SAYING THEY'RE FROM THE CENSUS. LA CROSSE 'COMPLETE COUNT' COMMITTEE CHAIR TIM ACKLIN SAYS THOSE PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY CONFIRMING INFORMATION ALREADY SENT TO THE CENSUS. BUT HE SAYS YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE IF THE VISITOR IS LEGIT BY ASKING FOR I-D.
ACKLIN SAYS 78 PER CENT OF LA CROSSE RESIDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE CENSUS. THE LOWEST COMPLIANCE RATE IN TOWN IS REPORTED IN COLLEGE NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE WEST OF WEST AVENUE.
One down and two to go for Jeff Wood...
The Wisconsin lawmaker arrested three times for O-W-I in the last two years is ordered to serve just over a month in the Columbia County jail, after reaching a plea agreement. Wood was arrested there in late 2008 after crashing his car into a sign, and then urinating along the road. A judge in Portage is taking away Wood's license for almost two years. Wood also was pulled over for O-W-I near the Tomah Wal-Mart last fall. His case in Monroe County Court comes up again on May 24th.