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Wis. court erases order to honor health care plansSubmitted: 10/16/2013
Wis. court erases order to honor health care plans
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MADISON - A state appeals court has erased an order forcing the city of Green Bay and Brown County to honor their police's existing health care plans.

Unions representing Green Bay police and Brown County deputies filed a lawsuit in 2011 seeking to clarify whether state law bars municipalities from negotiating police's health care plans.

A judge ruled such negotiations are prohibited but ordered the city and county to continue using their existing health plans until they implement new ones.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals nixed the order Tuesday, saying the unions didn't show how they'd be harmed if the municipalities didn't honor the plans.

The unions' attorney said it's unclear what the municipalities might do now.

The city's attorney couldn't be reached. The county's attorney didn't immediately return a message.

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Wednesday, the school board voted in favor of a four-year referendum for $2.5 million dollars

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It has used savings to keep the school running for the last few years.

The priorities of the referendum will be enhancing the school's fab lab, addressing maintenance issues, and attracting and retaining high quality teachers and administration.

Wednesday the school board also reviewed budget options if the referendum does not pass.

The referendum question will be on the April ballot. 


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