- Member for
- 4 years 2 months
"Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society," Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said 90 years ago. Taxes pay for much of the goods and services we take for granted, such as roads, fire and police protection, consumer protections, schools, parks, and our social safety net. Taxes make up the largest part of the revenue in our state budget.
To accommodate heavy traffic volumes expected over the Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is asking contractors to temporarily halt construction work on many highway improvement projects across the state.
The final inmate was apprehended Friday afternoon, May 26, after a transport van carrying nine prisoners was taken over.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — It's been a boom year for home renovations. The housing market is way up. People are remodeling like crazy. For Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Interior Design & Homecrafting in Stockholm, these national trends translate into increased demand for his design services. Clients from all over the Midwest have been coming to him with new projects. He realized that he needed to add staff. But what were the odds that he'd find designers to hire in Stockholm, population 66?
Come Memorial Day, a few aging but tough World War II veterans will find the fortitude to attend ceremonies at local cemeteries, riverfronts and community memorials. Some veterans will stand on their own two feet, some will use canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All will stand in pride and sorrow as the names of those who died since Memorial Day 2016 are read. America's "Greatest Generation" is disappearing.
Do you have a very special friend or relative who is over 60 years old? He or she could be one of Pierce County's most admired senior citizens. No matter what your age, you can nominate your favorite Pierce County senior citizen. Fill out an entry form as completely as you can, then have that special friend or relative sign the statement at the end of the entry.
The U.S. House has passed its American Health Care Act of 2017, but the U.S. Senate is writing its own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. That buys time for careful, thoughtful change.
While construction work is beginning on the new Red Wing Bridge project this month, people can now watch what the finished product is expected to look like. An updated visualization from the Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments gives viewers the driver's seat perspective of the new bridge and new approach roadways. The video includes the button-hook ramp and jughandle intersection, as well as the bridge's artistic and design features. The Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, barring any emergency closures.
Wisconsin families work too hard to let the government waste their money on flashy buildings and unnecessary projects. In the spirit of the great, late Sen. Bill Proxmire, I am continuing his work shedding light on government agencies and projects that waste your hard-earned tax dollars.
"Can anything be done to force the largest corporations in the state to pay something for the roads, ports, airports, fire and police services, educated workforce, etc., that they are using in our state?" Linea recently wrote to me. "This implies the smaller businesses are paying far more than their fair share." About the time Linea's question came to me, so did a new memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau examining the drop in money coming to the state from corporations. I wondered, just how have business tax credits changed and how might they change in the new budget?