WI VOICES 2011 Interview Summary
(first published on wivoices.org)
Hundreds of thousands of protestors have descended on the Capitol in Madison, WI in the last year. Tens of thousands of volunteers have mobilized petition drives, me... Posted on 1/17/12 at 4:07 PM
Gov. Scott Walker’s budget calls for no increase in state aid, but Republican legislators, especially in rural areas with declining enrollments, have heard from school administrators who say they need an increase in aid to avoid drastic cuts for their schools.
The Census Bureau found that 79% of black Wisconsin adults went to the polls in last fall’s presidential election, compared to 75% of non-Hispanic whites. There was a 10% margin of error in the Wisconsin survey due to the state’s relatively small numbers of black voters. According to numbers released by federal health officials, it pays to shop around before having common medical procedures.
The state Assembly has voted to make Wisconsin the first state to force food stamp recipients to spend most of their benefits on healthy food. Marathon County sheriff’s official Gary Schneck said heroin use in the Wausau area has jumped rapidly in the last three years, and it started when drug-makers added time-release coatings to painkillers like OxyContin to cut down on their abuse.
State Assemblyman Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced that he will hold three listening sessions in the 30th Assembly District. A member of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, Knudson said he looks forward to hearing his constituents’ concerns and ideas regarding the many issues facing Wisconsin.
It will cost hundreds of millions to implement harsher laws to combat state’s high rate of drunken driving, say agencies. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates drivers in Wisconsin will consume 276 million fewer gallons of gas and diesel fuel during the next two-year budget period than the Walker administration has projected.
The news of a River Falls Bar Crawl -- about to happen for the fourth year in a row -- climbed to a higher profile as people mentioned in recent public meetings that neither the city nor the chamber host, organize or sanction the event.
The event happens noon-7 p.m. Saturday, April 13, along Main Street. It involves about 15 downtown businesses including 12 bars.
Randy Kusilek and David Reese were knocked off the River Falls City Council in Tuesday’s spring election. Katie Chaffee, former mayor of River Falls, edged Reese for the District 3 council spot, with 232 votes to Reese’s 186. Kusilek was beaten by Diane Odeen for council at-large, 688-532.
Positions on the Tuesday, April 2, ballot include a St. Croix County judgeship, a seat on the District 3 Court of Appeals, Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction and a seat on the state Supreme Court.
Over 6,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena be added to a national memorial for fallen officers. Almost 50 Wisconsin school districts are getting less in revenues than they did 10 years ago and two-thirds of those school systems are in Republican Senate districts. That could explain why a number of GOP senators have come out against their governor’s plan to freeze state school aid in the next budget.
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