A federal judge in Florida says the federal health care reform law approved by Congress last spring is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson on Monday ruled that lawmakers exceeded their authority to regulate commerce, with a provision in the law that requires everyone over the age of 18 to purchase health insurance. [Read more…]
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Governor Scott Walker has signed two more special session bills. Companies which relocate to Wisconsin would get a two year break on paying state income taxes. The governor compared that to rental property owners offering the first couple of months rent free. “That’s essentially what we’re doing here,” the governor said of the bill calculated to attract businesses from neighboring Illinois. “We’re saying, ‘give us a look, give us a chance.'”
Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller doesn’t think much of the bill – or Walker’s special session. “We need to have a very targeted program, that actually get’s jobs created,” said Miller. Walker also signed a bill which increases the state’s economic development fund by another 25 million dollars – although the fund currently has 75 million in unallocated tax credits. Democrats say both bills add to the state’s fiscal deficit. “The Democrat are in the boat of, shall we vote for an ineffective tex credit program, or should we try to be fiscally responsible,” said Miller.
Rock County Sheriff’s investigators are trying to figure out how a body came to rest near a ditch line southwest of Ofordville. Sheriff Robert Spoden said investigators spent hours Monday afternoon collecting evidence in anticipation the predicted blizzard would obliterate what could be a crime scene. “We treat it as crime scene until we have evidence that indicates otherwise,” Spoden said.
A property owner walking on his land discovered the body. The sheriff’s department does not know of anyone reported missing in the area, and Spoden said the location of the body and the time it may have been exposed to the elements complicated evidence collection.
Beth Wheelock, WCLO
Hundreds of Green Bay Packers’ fans showed up at Lambeau Field to see
their team off shortly before noon today.
The players loaded up on four coach buses for the 5 to 10 minute drive to the airport where they were to board their charter flight to Dallas.
The Packers are scheduled to arrive in Dallas around 3:30 this afternoon.
With major snowstorms hitting parts of the state, it might be a good time to think about how to keep safe during severe winter weather.
While the heaviest snow will likely be in the southeastern part of the state around Milwaukee, significant accumulations are still expected across southern Wisconsin. That could leave roads a mess and make it easy for motorists to get stranded. [Read more…]
A double dose of winter weather is hitting Wisconsin. Meteorologist Ashley Sears with the National Weather Service in Sullivan says the first wave is beginning today. The southern areas can expect 5-to-7 inches of snow, the northern areas one-to-three inches, with a little heavier around Lake Superior. Anywhere near Lake Michigan will be heavier snow compared to inland.
The Green Bay Packers say they will cover the salaries of their twenty assistant coaches if the league decides to lock out its players.
The league year officially ends March 3, and without a new labor deal, the expectation is that management will lock out the players until a settlement is reached.
That would mean no free agency and no off-season workout program.
Rickie Weeks says he wants to continue talking with the Milwaukee Brewers about a long-term contract extension, but only until spring training begins. The second baseman said yesterday that he’ll tell his agent to stop negotiating a new contract once he reports for spring training to focus on baseball and the upcoming season.
Bush to Texas
Former Brewers’ pitcher Dave Bush has agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers with an invite to spring training. Bush went 8-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 32 games for the Brewers last season.
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team finished the game on a 20-5 run to pull out a 62-50 win over the Northwestern Wildcats. The win allowed the Badgers moved into a first place tie for the Big Ten lead with Penn State
Lin Zastrow and Alyssa Karel both scored 17 points to lead the way for the Badgers, who shot 50% from 3-point range (10-of-20).
Green Bay (12-11, 6-5 HL) knocked down a season high 11 three-pointers (11 of 20). Fletcher hit 3 of 4, while freshman Kam Cerroni (Sussex, Wis.) hit 3 of his 5 from long range. Green Bay hit just 2 of 18 from long range in the first meeting with the Titans.
In Milwaukee, Anthony Hill scored 22 points to lead the UWM-Panthers to a 54-53 win over Wright State.
Tone Boyle added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (12-11, 7-5 HL), who have beaten the Raiders 13 straight times in Milwaukee.