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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With a state Senate recall election, a recall primary and a Supreme Court recount, local election clerks are seeing their 2011 budgets fall apart. While it's difficult to plan for these unprecedented elections, St. Croix and Pierce county clerks figure the unbudgeted expenses will total about $25,000 for each county. Those projections don't include the amounts each city, village and town will pay for poll workers and their own miscellaneous expenses. When she prepared her 2011 budget last fall, St.
Shelly Moore didn't violate campaign rules by using her Ellsworth High School account to send emails, claims a Democratic Party spokesperson.
An Elmwood businessman who ran as a Republican in earlier elections has collected enough signatures to run as a Democrat and force a primary in the 10th Senate District recall race. According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's website, 741 valid nomination signatures were submitted last week on behalf of Isaac Weix, Menomonie.
MADISON - Shelly Moore didn't violate campaign rules by using her Ellsworth school account to send emails, claims a Democratic Party spokesperson.
Last Thursday after 13 hours of debate in the Assembly followed by nine hours of debate in the Senate, the Wisconsin Legislature adopted a $66 billion, two-year budget bill. The budget, awaiting Gov. Scott Walker's signature, takes effect July 1. Identical bills passed the Assembly on a 60-38 vote and the Senate on a 19-14 vote. No Republicans voted against the bill.
A plan to close two of Wisconsin's juvenile corrections facilities will have little or no effect on Pierce and St. Croix counties because they have rarely used any of the three. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance has voted to close the Ethan Allen Boys' School in Wales and the Southern Oaks Girls' School in Union Grove.
A man who has run in other elections as a Republican may be entering the 10th District Senate recall race as a Democrat in an attempt to force a primary and delay the actual recall election. Isaac Weix, Menomonie, is circulating nomination papers to become a "protest candidate," according to the chairmen of the Pierce and St. Croix county Republican parties. Last week Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board certified that enough signatures have been collected to force a recall election for Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), who has been the 10th District senator since 2000.
St. Croix County Board members voted unanimously last week to renegotiate wages and fringe benefits with Health Center workers in an effort to cut costs. Board Chairman Daryl Standafer warned supervisors to be careful their comments didn't step into the area of negotiations, and the resolution was adopted without discussion May 3. "Be advised this is not a bargaining session," said Standafer. "Bargaining must be done in closed session." A recent review by LarsonAllen Accounting Firm shows that average wages and benefits at the St.
St. Croix County residents are invited to comment on a proposed redistricting plan when the St. Croix County Board holds a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Government Center in Hudson. The board's Administration Committee reviewed six draft plans and chose one that meets all the guidelines, said Senior Planner Ellen Denzer, speaking to supervisors at their May 3 meeting. The tentative redistricting plan, which sets up the 19 supervisory districts in the wake of the 2010 Census, aims for an ideal district population of 4,439. Only District 14 meets that goal exactly.
The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance has held its hearings and begun the job of rewriting Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget proposal, said Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). Harsdorf, who is serving on the committee for the fourth time in her legislative career, said the 16-member panel began budget work April 26 and will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday until it finishes. Most of the Legislature's work on the budget is done in Joint Finance.