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.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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