Government

Campaigning in Northwoods
5:17 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Richards Questions A.G.'s Office Work in Milw. Co. Probe

Jon Richards(D-Milwaukee)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  A Democrat running for Attorney General says he would have been more aggressive in pursuing investigations into what went on in the Milwaukee County Executive's office when Scott Walker was in charge. Jon Richards of Milwaukee is a legislator and lawyer. He stopped in Rhinelander recently on a campaign swing. Richards says  Republican Attorney General  J.B.

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Discussion at Nicolet College
5:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Property Tax or Sales Tax To Fund Schools?

Revenue Sec. Rick Chandler in front of Nicolet College image
Credit WXPR

Two Walker administration officials have been touring the state getting feedback on what residents would like to see  to improve the business climate and lower taxes. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler talked with Northwoods residents Friday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Kleefisch says property taxes paying for schools is dealt with in different ways in other states....  

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Roundtable at Nicolet College
4:42 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kleefisch, Chandler Talk Tax Reform In Rhinelander

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Revenue Sec. Chandler at Nicolet College
Credit WXPR

Two top state officials met face-to-face with local residents to talk about ways the state can lower the tax burden. A fact-finding event, both officials said that input would be part of a report they will file. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler met with business, non-profit, education and economic development representatives, among others. Chandler said Wisconsin has fallen to the tenth highest taxed state in the nation. He says the Republican administration would like tax reform to be a main component when building a better business climate...  

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Fewer Officers, Higher Spending
4:49 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Wisconsin Spends More on Local Policing

Per capita in Wisconsin, municipal spending on policing is increasing.
Credit Edward Kimmel

Wisconsin municipalities spend more than the national average on policing, a new report finds.  The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance finds communities spent an average of $288 dollars per person in 2011 – the 12th highest rate in the nation. 

Stephanie Rubin, policy research analyst for the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, says that spending went up more than 18 percent between 2007 and 2011. 

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Asking for back pay to 2007
3:42 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Rhinelander School Administrator Sues School Distict

 The Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent has sued the school district saying he was not compensated properly following a 2007 settlement agreement. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court.  David Wall is saying the district did not abide by the terms of the agreement by not giving him annual wage and benefits increases of 3.8 percent. The 2007 agreement with administrative members included performance increases, though the floor was set at 3.8 percent. Wall was given a new, three year contract in 2012.

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Warmer weather would help
3:35 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Winter's Intensity Causing Shortage of Road Salt

Less salt
Credit en.wikipedia.org

The state Department of Transportation would like the local counties to cut back on the use of road salt as supplies are running low. Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett says the counties are contracted by the state to keep the roads clear. Wednesday, DOT officials said the long, hard winter has taken a toll on salt supplies. Bennett says they will be adjusting how much salt is applied on certain roads....  

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Senate Education Committee Hearing
3:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Changes to Education Standards

State lawmakers are expected to hear testimony Thursday on a bill that could spell changes for Common Core education standards. 

State Superintendent Tony Evers is appealing to parents and educators to speak out against the legislation, which would put standards in the hands of a legislative committee. 

In a video message Evers called this a Waterloo moment in Wisconsin education. 

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Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, Sec. Chandler
2:59 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Tax Reform Roundtable In Rhinelander Friday

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Credit Wisconsin.gov

  Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and state Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler will be in Rhinelander Friday to talk about tax reform. KIeefisch says the roundtable is designed to get input on state taxes...  

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Fund joint position
1:56 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

LDF-Vilas Co. Collaboration

Vilas Co. Board Chair Steve Favorite(far left), District Attorney Al Moustakis and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chair Tom Maulson hold a $25,000 check to fund an administrative position with Vilas county District Attorney's office
Credit ldftribe.com

A growing backlog of cases in the Vilas County District Attorney's office has led the Lac du Flambeau tribe to offer $25,000 to help fund a part-time Administrative Secretary position.

The tribe presented the money this week to Vilas county officials. The money is matched by Vilas county contribution over three years.

Many of the cases in waiting are from Lac du Flambeau.

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Features "Airplane" cast
4:41 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Tourism Ad Aimed At Other State's Travelers

Minocqua's downtown.
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Though a new Department of Tourism ad doesn't feature much of northern Wisconsin, a Northwoods tourism leader says it will do good things for this region and the state.

The ad revealed this week, shows a remake of the former "Airplane" movie scene with Robert Hays and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in a cockpit touring the state by air.

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