Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night at 6:30 on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 with a repeat on Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – State of State.
As expected, Doyle paints a pretty gloomy picture of state finances in the midst of a struggling international economy. He will propose his budget next month, but in his annual State of the State, he gave a few indications of what lies ahead. He didn’t say he wouldn’t propose any new taxes, or new tax increases, so most expect that is right around the corner. The deficit will be larger than expected, but will that be paid for at least in part by federal bailout money? He doesn’t propose any new programs, but you wonder if maybe he shouldn’t have created or expanded things like BadgerCare and the Wisconsin Covenant in years past? Who is going to get hurt, and who will escape the budget knife?
2 – Digital TV.
Congress is still debating whether to push the switch from analogue to digital TV back a few months so the folks who haven’t been able to get their converter boxes have more time. The great majority of folks are prepared for the switch, so does it make any sense to delay it any longer? Why is Obama even concerned with this issue? Doesn’t he have a great many more important things to worry about, like war and the economy? If the few million aren’t ready now, will they be ready a few months from now? Should we feel bad for those who still don’t have cable, satellite, a new digital television, or at least a converter box? If Obama can’t get enough Republican support for this (not to mention his bailout bill) is it an indication that there won’t even be a honeymoon for the new president?
3 -- Bucks.
It was hoped this would be a big year for the Milwaukee Bucks. But, with the loss because of injury of Michael Redd (their biggest scorer) it makes some wonder if the Bucks days in Milwaukee are numbered. Some say Sen. Kohl loses money on the team year after year. But, will he recoup all his losses once he sells the team? He has promised to sell the team only to an interest that would keep it local. Is that still possible? Is it possible to make this team profitable without a new arena? Would Milwaukee contribute to the construction of a new arena? Is this the time to ask taxpayers to contribute anything?
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