MILWAUKEE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is calling Republican Gov. Scott Walker's tax cut plan irresponsible.
Walker has proposed using about $500 million of the state's projected $977 million on income and property tax cuts. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on his plan Tuesday.
But Burke says it's too soon to be spending a projected surplus. She says last year was a good year for the stock market, but the first few weeks of this year haven't been as good. She says the stock market influences income tax collections and spending, which affects sales tax revenues.
Burke says that she would devote half of any projected surplus to paying down debt. Then she would divide the remainder between property tax credits and job training.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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