Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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Once the dust has settled, even the protesters in the street outside will realize the budget-repair bill he signed into law Friday is a good thing, said Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday. State government, he said, is doing what families all across Wisconsin have had to do recently: Make choices, hunker down and pay bills. His visit was announced only a few hours earlier, but by the time Walker arrived half an hour early for a 2 p.m.
It's early in the process and analyses of Gov. Walker's 2011-2013 budget aren't complete, but local Republican lawmakers say the budget bill and its predecessor, the repair bill, are a good start. Questions were e-mailed to the office of Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who represents part of Pierce County and is one of 14 Democratic senators who crossed into Illinois to avoid a vote on the budget-repair bill.
A petition drive to force a recall election for State Sen.
Despite intense opposition, adoption of the budget-repair bill is necessary to help Wisconsin take control of its budget and local governments handle theirs as state aids are cut, said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Harsdorf, a Republican member of the Joint Committee on Finance which approved the bill on a party-line 12-4 vote, spoke by phone from her rural River Falls home Monday afternoon.
Perhaps the lesson to be learned from a Roberts woman's experience is if a deputy offers you a ride, check to make sure there's no dog in the back seat. Or maybe ride up front. Denise Carroll, rural Roberts, has filed suit against the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company asking for compensation for injuries she suffered the afternoon of July 2, 2010. According to the lawsuit, Carroll was offered a courtesy ride by a St. Croix County deputy. As she opened the back door to enter the squad car, his police dog attacked her.
Proposed legislation to require citizens to show photo identification each time they vote is either a good idea or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say local poll workers. The bill, introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature last week, mirrors Indiana's voter ID law which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said co-sponsor Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls. This isn't intended to be a process to discourage or prevent people from voting, it's an attempt to make sure a voter is who he says he is, said Harsdorf.
During a telephone conference with outstate reporters four days before his inauguration as Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker talked about his plans for leading the state to economic growth. "To me, if it's not about jobs and the economy, it's not a priority," said Walker during the Dec. 30 noontime press conference. The changes Wisconsin will make and the changes Minnesota expects can mean opportunities for Wisconsin border communities like Hudson and River Falls, said the new governor. Walker predicted the policies of Minnesota Gov.
Kitty Rhoades, who represented western Wisconsin's 30th District in the Assembly for 12 years, will be the new deputy secretary of the state's Department of Health Services, according to an announcement made Thursday afternoon. During a noontime press conference with out-state reporters, Scott Walker, who will take office as Wisconsin governor next Monday, announced his cabinet nominees as well as others who will take leading roles in his administration. Walker named Dennis Smith to lead the Department of Health Services. Smith has headed the U.S.
In a decision released Nov. 16 a Wisconsin appeals court upheld the conviction of a man accused of raping another inmate in the St. Croix County Jail six years ago. "This is a classic case of zero plus zero equals zero," concluded the District III Court of Appeals in denying Ronald H. Wagner's request that his conviction be reversed. The court ruled that none of Wagner's arguments have substance and adding them together still equals nothing. In January 2005, a jury found Wagner, now 45, guilty of second-degree sexual assault/sex organ injury.