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A non-partisan analysis of net property taxes in Wisconsin shows property owners are paying slightly higher rates, but the growth is the smallest it's been in almost ten years. The average Wisconsin homeowner paid two-point-two percent more in property taxes this year than last. That's the conclusion of an analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Association.
The teenager accused along with his uncle Steven Avery in the rape and murder of a 25-year old photographer may soon have to get a new lawyer. The state public defenders office has de-certified attorney Leonard Kachinsky for not being present last May while police interviewed his client, 16-year old Brendan Dassey. Deborah Smith of the public defender's office says she took the action after Steven Avery's attorney, Dean Strang, alerted her office that Kachinsky had violated a cardinal rule for defense attorneys: always be present during a police interview.
New state laws aimed at reducing the number of illegal methamphetamine labs seem to be working, but they haven't put much of a dent in the sale and use of the highly-addictive drug. New figures on the number of meth labs in the state show a significant drop in the past year.
Democratic Congressman Ron Kind was in River Falls Aug. 15 to launch his reelection campaign and unveil "A New Direction for America" agenda. His plan focuses on the war in Iraq, the economy, access to higher education, energy independence, health care and pension reform. "Elections are always about tomorrow -- where we're going in the future," Kind said.
When it comes to ACT scores the two states are one and two in the nation with just .1 of a point difference. This year Minnesota students posted a higher average composite score on the college placement test than did their Wisconsin counterparts. The composite score for Minnesota students was 22.3 while Wisconsin was at 22.2. The scores were released yesterday by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction and by ACT which is an independent, non-profit organization which conducts the annual test.
Laura Emerson, 35, of San Francisco, CA and formerly of New Richmond, WI died Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at her home. A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26 at the First Lutheran Church of New Richmond, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Beebe Mortuary of New Richmond is assisting the family with arrangements.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a budget Thursday that would increase tuition by an average of 2.5 percent in each of the next two years. The plan aims to grow enrollment throughout the University of Wisconsin System by about 2,000 students. The budget would rely on about 120 million dollars more from taxpayers. Kevin Reilly, UW-System president says the goal is to award more bachelors degrees and hopefully entice graduates to stay here.
Saying it's time for a no-nonsense plan for airport security reform, Woodville's Paul Nelson says that plan should include thorough searches of all Muslim males in addition to random searches of the general population. "The war on terror cannot be won by a group of politically correct politicians who are afraid to face the facts and deal with the situation appropriately," said Nelson. He added that the nation must buckle down with determination to actually win the war on terror. Nelson is running for the Third Congressional seat as a Republican. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep.
Instead of creating health care savings accounts Gov. Jim Doyle is proposing creating state tax exemptions for health care premiums. "Middle class families are getting squeezed by the high price of health care, and this is one way to give them some relief," said Doyle said. Doyle plans on including the proposal in his next biennial budget which is due early next year. The plan would provide a new tax deduction for any post-tax premium payments made to employer sponsored health plans.
More than 600 soldiers from a Wisconsin National Guard infantry battalion will be returning from Iraq this week. State National Guard officials say that the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, is expected to begin arriving at Volk Field near Camp Douglas on Thursday. That group of about 300 soldiers is scheduled to arrive at approximately 9:00 p.m. A second aircraft carrying the remaining soldiers is expected to arrive early Saturday afternoon. The battalion lost three soldiers in Iraq. Spc. Michael Wendling, 20, Mayville, and Sgt.