Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Joint Finance Committee considers where public workers can live and workSubmitted: 05/09/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Joint Finance Committee considers where public workers can live and work
MADISON - Republicans often brand themselves as the party fighting for local control.

But Governor Walker proposed taking away some of the control for cities and towns.

And now, some Republicans are pushing back.

In February, the governor released his budget proposal.

Part of it proposed taking away residency requirements for government workers.

But many cities require police and firefighters to live close to town so they can get to emergencies faster.

The move to take away that right has Democrats and even some fellow Republicans upset.

"We do need responders. We need responders to live within a district or an area that they can respond timely. That's my biggest concern," says Marshfield Republican Rep. John Spiros.

"I think it's a bad idea. I think it infringes on local control, and I think we should leave it up to our local communities to assess the needs of their community and address them as they see fit," says Wausau Democratic Rep. Mandy Wright.

Just about every city in the Northwoods has some type of residency requirement.

Some only apply to emergency workers, while others are for a broader range of city employees.

Thursday, the state's Joint Finance Committee approved Walker's proposal, but with a twist.

It also passed an amendment by Representative John Nygren which would still allow counties, cities and towns to require emergency workers, like police and firefighters, to live within 15 miles of the borders.

The proposal now would still need to go before the state Senate, assembly and back to the Governor before it becomes law.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

PORTAGE COUNTY - A crash in Portage County this summer tore apart a family. On July 8, a repeat drunk driver crossed the centerline and hit a motorcycle in the Town of Alban.

Now, a memorial on Highway 49 stands in memory of 48-year-old Robert Korhonen.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander facility helps people shake drug addictions, counsels families, and assists others in getting their lives back together after issues such as arrests for drunk driving.

The Human Service Center has seen a 36 percent increase in the number of people it's helped this year.

But financial changes could dramatically impact those services.

+ Read More

Play Video

PHILLIPS - A good apple pie makes any Thanksgiving dinner better. So when people from the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home decided they wanted to give back to the community, making apple pies seemed like a great way to do that. With the help of students from Phillips High School, they peeled, sliced, and sugared their way to a team effort.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER -
You can check out thousands of books from the Rhinelander District Library, but you do need to return them.  Now, the library hopes you stop by to take and keep one of the most important documents in our nation's history.

The library is giving out free pocket copies of the Constitution this week.  Director Virginia Roberts started the program last year and ordered 100 more copies this year for Constitution Week, which started Sept. 17.

+ Read More

MADISON - Republican legislators are circulating a bill aimed at ending the federal requirement to use reformulated gas in six southeastern Wisconsin counties.

The legislation asks President Donald Trump's administration to grant a reprieve from use of the specially formulated gas that reduces ozone pollution. The requirement was implemented in 1995 in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties. Supporters say the gas is no longer needed because of advancements in emission control equipment.

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is signing the nearly three-month late state budget into law, a move that will allow him to transition into re-election mode.

Walker planned to sign the budget Thursday afternoon at an elementary school in Neenah.

On Wednesday, he made public nearly 100 items he was striking from the $76 billion, two-year spending plan.

+ Read More

WASHINGTON - An inscrutable provision in the Republican health care bill would apparently steer extra cash to Wisconsin. That's the home state of GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, a co-sponsor of the bill.

One health care consultant says the language could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for Wisconsin, though others say it's hard to tell how much money is at stake. Several analysts said they weren't aware the provision would apply to any states but Wisconsin.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here