EAGLE RIVER - Tourism means big business in the Northwoods.
That's one of the reasons why Wisconsin K-12 schools can't legally start until September first or after.
Many school age kids work summer jobs that serve tourists into the late summer, but that later start day could hurt some schools.
Northland Pines wants to start earlier.
It says the Eagle River area doesn't see as many tourists in late August.
"We are seeing some people come here, but not necessarily families with kids. Many of our tourists are from Illinois. There's no start date in Illinois. And they start school that second week in August. So they're back home, they're back in school," says Dr. Mike Richie, Northland Pines District Administrator.
There are events that happen during the school year that bring a lot of tourists to Eagle River.
Northland Pines says it could help with events like the snowmobile derby or Cranberry Fest if they could start earlier.
"We could schedule a recess day on those days. And a number of our staff already volunteer throughout the weekend on those activities. Now we could actually help on the Friday or Thursday of those events when they really need the help. It's a big impact to our community and we have to have those volunteers," says Richie.
This year Northland Pines didn't start until September third.
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ANTIGO - A new grant program could bring new businesses to downtown Antigo. The area has had trouble filling empty buildings for the past few years, but county and city leaders say Downtown Antigo is making a comeback.
Now, business owners who open a store downtown can get some money back.
VILAS COUNTY - Earlier this month, legislators put a proposal into the state budget that would take away a county's ability to make its own shoreline zoning regulations. Here in the Northwoods, two counties have come out against that proposal.
If the state budget went through as it's written right now, individual counties and lake associations could lose their power to set zoning regulations. That's a big issue for many in the Northwoods. Vilas County alone has 1,300 lakes. The proposal has caused great concerns.
"The concern was that the proposal had the potential for doing great damage to the environment, had the potential for causing a severe problem as far as assessment procedures, and generally was opposed by the citizens-the residents-of this county," said Chuck Hayes, a Vilas County supervisor.
Vilas and Oneida counties both held board meetings last week. Both counties voted to ask for removal of zoning changes from the budget. They argue the issue of shoreline zoning was never given any time to be discussed.
"At the very least, I think the public should have had a chance to weigh in on this issue that affects the environment," said Hayes. "The counties, the municipalities and individual residents, their opinion wasn't sought on this. It was simply put in."
MADISON - The Legislature may vote on a financing deal for a Milwaukee Bucks arena as well as proposed changes to the prevailing wage law in a special session, the Legislature's budget committee co-chair said Tuesday.
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