A MINNESOTAN IN CHINA Approachably Abrasive
Have you been to a protest lately? Tea Party? Occupy? Vietnam?
We've all heard how protests are handled in China. Throughout my time there, I had heard from the locals and expats bits and pieces ab... Posted on 4/28/12 at 9:20 AM
OH, LOOK A SHINY THING! Property Taxes: Whose Money Is in the Bucket?
I've had a few questions about several stories I've written about property taxes, and I would like to share with you my bucket analogy, which simplifies some of the complex things that determine a per... Posted on 4/5/12 at 2:52 PM
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
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.
Dock walls are being built to accommodate the construction equipment that will help install the foundations for the new bridge over the St. Croix River. The long winter has Wisconsin farmers off to their slowest spring planting start on record.
Today is the first day of spring. But Wisconsinites are still chattering their teeth and shivering in their coats as wind chills plunged into the minus-teens overnight. About one of every six homes with active mortgages in Wisconsin is underwater – and that number is rising.
Officials say there were no high levels of toxic or hazardous chemicals in 25 barrels of old military waste pulled from Lake Superior, but 22 barrels had thousands of tiny explosive devices and were thrown back into the lake. After four years of negotiations, Minnesota and Wisconsin tax officials say they are within $6 million of a new reciprocal tax agreement.
Funeral services were quickly arranged for two Minneapolis men who died when their semi-truck plunged into a river from a snowy I-94 in near Menomonie. A 14-month-old boy died after he was attacked by two pit bulls near Walworth in far southeast Wisconsin.
If forecasts hold true, a climatologist says we probably will have dug ourselves out of the drought that has plagued the state since last summer. Wisconsin lawmakers have taken their first steps toward training workers for increasingly complex jobs that are going unfilled. A woman who claimed to steal one of the costumes of the Milwaukee Brewers’ famous racing sausages has given all the greasy details to a news service.
Wisconsin senators voted 17 to 16 last night to adopt a bill that would clear the way for a proposed iron ore mine in far northern Wisconsin. State Republicans keep saying that job creation is No. 1, but at least one Democrat accuses the GOP of picking winners and losers in that pursuit.
Snow has closed schools in the Green Bay and Fox Valley regions. Green Bay schools are shut down – along with those in Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Manitowoc plus many smaller districts. Democrats are livid after learning that Gogebic Taconite would get out of paying $171 million a year in fees for environmental protection programs under the GOP’s mining incentive bill.
Gov. Scott Walker highlighted his desire to cut taxes when he spoke to lawmakers last night about his proposed two-year state budget. The biennial package would increase UW funding by $180 million, and interim Madison Chancellor David Ward calls it the best budget in years for the university.
Gov. Scott Walker was in Hudson Tuesday afternoon to announce new law enforcement initiatives aimed at the protection of children and sexual assault victims as well as funds to collect DNA upon arrest.
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