TOMAHAWK - People in the Northwoods want jobs, but a sluggish economy can hurt growth.
Helping to promote more jobs is one reason Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation formed in 2004.
They try and bring together economic groups to accomplish that goal.
Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue Rick Chandler spoke to the group Friday in Tomahawk.
He hopes changes in taxes attract more business and therefore more jobs.
"That involves reducing individual income taxes, creating new business with tax incentives and other things that make our tax structure more competitive," Chandler said.
Chandler is an appointee of Governor Scott Walker. We wanted to know if Walker could still reach his 250,0000 jobs promise in his first term.
"We're making progress in that area and we may not get all the way to 250,000," Chandler said. "I think it's good as an ambitious goal to reach for and everything we can do to get closer to that goal will help."
That's similar to Walker's statement on August 28th, to the Business Journal.
"By any measure — whether it's 100,000, 150,000, 149,000 or 249,000 or whatever it might be — we went from losing jobs to gaining jobs," Walker said.
Walker spoke to a conservative group in Seattle Thursday night with 300 protesters outside.
As the 2014 election gets closer, he can probably expect to answer that jobs question a few more times.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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