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This Just In ...

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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Great news for Wisconsin parents and their children


Another weapon against the bad guys.

Lower gas prices are bad: CBS


You can't make this stuff up.

Announcer whispers softly: "The password is....quota"


While filling in for Charlie Sykes in the 90’s when I was working at WTMJ, the topic was tickets issued by law enforcement.

A caller identifying himself as a sheriff’s deputy from an unnamed jurisdiction was adamant that officers had no quota system and that any such suggestion was ridiculous. A later caller who also identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy couldn’t contain his laughter, ridiculing the previous officer and asserting that, of course there are quota systems with deputies out on the roadways given clear instructions not to return without X amount of tickets issued.

One would expect any self-respecting chief or sheriff to deny quotas exist, even if the claim is met with side-busting guffaws. Monona Mayor Robb Kahl isn’t about to hide anything. He WANTS to add an additional police officer to go out and ticket, and ticket, and ticket, and ticket some more, with the extra officer paid for by the volume of additional speeding tickets,

Remember, times are tight. Responsible locla units of government may wnat to hold back on tax increases. So revenue has to come from somewhere.

This is a horrible misuse of manpower. Hizzoner ought to be ashamed of himself for his brazen attitude. And Monona motorists, please slow down. Make the mayor and the city budget appropriately.

From the state of WI to Franklin schools


The Legislative Fiscal Bureau is reporting that the Franklin Public School District will receive $17, 821,509 in general school aid from the state for 2008-09. According to numbers I could find, that’s about 2.6% increase from last year and amounts to just under $4600/student, and that’s not counting funding from city of Franklin taxpayers.

The increase in aid comes at a time when the state is not just broke, it’s in deep debt.

Still, there will be those in the public school intelligentsia who will whine and gnash their teeth that this isn’t good enough. And you know what? For them, it never will be.

How bad can it get in Tax Hell, USA?


In some communities, the value of homes went down, but property taxes went UP.

We are messed up.

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