Loading

24°F

20°F

21°F

25°F

24°F

26°F

23°F

25°F

25°F

23°F

26°F
NEWS STORIES

No deal reached: Wisconsin lawmakers discuss Sequester cutsSubmitted: 02/28/2013
Story By Lane Kimble


WASHINGTON, D.C. - We hoped Congress could compromise, but hopes to avoid the Sequester seem to be all but gone Thursday night.

It looks like billions of dollars in mandatory federal cuts will happen starting Friday.

The Senate voted on two bills aimed at avoiding the sequester Thursday.

One was GOP backed and one Democratic, but both failed to get the necessary votes to pass.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin was hoping to cut, what she calls, outdated tax loopholes and deals that ship jobs overseas.

"Both of these are just common sense, have mass support throughout the United States and ought to be part of our plan, in a balanced, responsible and credible way, reduce our defecit," Senator Baldwin said.

But that didn't happen.

Meanwhile, the House went home for the weekend without a vote. They're not scheduled to be back on the floor until Monday.

Wisconsin Representative Sean Duffy thinks cuts can be made to "non essential services", but the choice is ultimately up to the President.

"Our government spends $3.5, $3.6 trillion a year," Rep. Duffy said. "This is two percent of that. We can easily continue with our essential services. But if the president wants to cut the meat of those services, he'll have the discretion to do it and he can make it painful."

The President will meet with lawmakers late Thursday night, but it's not likely a deal will be reached.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 03/02/2015

- Sheriff's Offices here in the Northwoods sometimes struggle to find qualified applicants to become sheriff's deputies. And they're not alone. It's a growing trend across the country. Find out why fewer people are getting into law enforcement and why fewer are qualified, tonight.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

MADISON - Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin's voucher program next fall.

The state Department of Public Instruction reported Monday that 98 schools applied by the deadline to be in the program where taxpayer-funded subsidies pay for students to attend private schools. That is up from 68 schools that applied for this year.

+ Read More
3 injured in crashSubmitted: 03/02/2015

MINOCQUA - A Park Falls man will likely face charges for a crash that left three people injured.

It happened Sunday night near the intersection of Blue Lake Road and Strasburg Road in Minocqua.

+ Read More

MADISON - Round two of the right-to-work fight is set to begin at the Wisconsin Capitol.

The state Assembly labor committee is set to hold a 10-hour hearing Monday about the right-to-work bill that rapidly passed in the Senate last week. Assembly Republicans planned to start the day with a news conference and then convene the hearing.

+ Read More
2 hurt in 3-car accidentSubmitted: 03/02/2015

PORTAGE CO. - A 3-car crash in Portage county hurt two people Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened on County Highway W near Wisconsin Rapids.

+ Read More

ESCANABA MI - Three Upper Peninsula school bus drivers say in a gender discrimination lawsuit that their buses showed signs of tampering.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports (http://bit.ly/1GbBGlp ) Sandy Wanic, Jody Bergeon, and Sharon Curtin say tampering was discovered during a pre-trip inspection.

+ Read More

BAYFIELD - Plenty of people made the trip to see the ice caves along Lake Superior over the weekend.

According to the National Park Service, the caves near the Apostle Islands attracted more than 7,000 people when they opened Saturday.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here