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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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.
Organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election against state Senator Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, say they expect to have no problem collecting more than the 15,744 signatures needed by May 2. A report filed Friday with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board shows the Committee to Recall Harsdorf has received $67,695 in donations and spent $67,156.
For 20 years a parcel in the town of Somerset was in the Managed Forest Land Program and the owner paid reduced property taxes.
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.