WISCONSIN - Republicans and Democrats agreeing on something? Yes.
It's happening on something big in the Wisconsin Assembly.
Representatives from the two parties are coming together in support of more school aid.
Many Assembly Republicans say GOP Governor Scott Walker wants to give too little money to public schools in his budget proposal.
A rare ally, Assembly Democrats, are pleased to have GOP representatives come closer to their side.
"They realize when they go back to their districts, they are being told repeatedly that schools will not be able to survive with the budget they have. I think more and more people are realizing it, and I applaud the ones who want to see change," says Stevens Point Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland.
Last week, the state's Department of Revenue said they expected to take in half a billion dollars more than originally projected between now and 2015.
Now, many Republicans want a big part of that money to go to schools.
"I think that's absolutely what we should be looking at. I've seen some movement, potentially, out of the Governor's office that he might agree with a portion of that money being allocated to K-12 funding," says Rhinelander Republican Rep. Rob Swearingen.
Walker's last budget cut school aid by millions of dollars.
This year's proposal only restores part of that.
Next up in the process - the budget committee will review the Governor's proposal.
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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