The Wisconsin Claims Board is denying a $160,000 claim from Wisconsin & Southern railroad company. It says it began preparing its tracks for a high-speed rail extension in 2010 - without a contract, because former Gov. Jim Doyle wanted to move ahead quickly with the project. When Scott Walker became Governor in 2011, he rejected the money the federal government had awarded Wisconsin to expand high-speed rail, killing the plans.
The claims board has decided the state is not liable for reimbursing the railroad firm for the work it performed, because no contract existed.
We travel to central Wisconsin to learn about the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair. Then, Milwaukee Magazine surveys all the national lists Milwaukee shows up in, and finds some contradictions. A local music shop prepares to celebrate National Music Day by letting you try any instrument you want, and the 5th annual Okka Fest celebrates free jazz.
The state Assembly quickly finished its work Wednesday, on Wisconsin's proposed 2013-15 state budget, after Democrats decided not to offer amendments.
The plan totals $70 billion and, among other provisions, would:
-- cut income taxes by $650 million
-- expand the school voucher program statewide
-- concur with Gov. Walker to reject federal money to expand the state Medicaid program to all households living at up to 130% of the federal poverty level. Instead, the state will cover those with incomes at or below 100% of the poverty line
Gogebic Taconite wants to excavate five sites in northern Wisconsin, in order to assess the quality and quantity of the area's buried iron ore. The company estimates removing, at most, 10,000 tons of material from each half-acre location.