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AMKE: The List 10-28-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

A recent report shows that the U.S Economy grew nearly twice as fast this past summer after being at a stand still during the six months before that. The economy was sparked by stronger consumer spending and greater business investment.

Milwaukee County might start helping residents out who need a copy of their birth certificate in order to meet the state’s new photo I.D. law. In 2012, Wisconsin voters must show a government-issued photo ID at the polls, but to get a state ID for voting, you need your birth certificate. Now if approved by the full board and county exec, roughly 500 free birth certificates would be issued.

A recent stat shows that the use of bike racks on county buses doubled in 2011. By the end of the year, it’s estimated that roughly 100,000 bikes will have been used. Milwaukee County Transit System Officials say with bikes on buses, it gives customers a public transportation option that provides a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle, especially when they can leave their car at home.

The State Department of Transportation announced approval yesterday for Milwaukee County to get $19.1 million for express bus routes. County Executive Chris Abele said that it’s great news for Milwaukee County Transit riders, but the funding might only last two years and that a long-term transit funding solution still needs to be solved.

Milwaukee County endorsed a $2 million jobs program called “Ready to Work” and its plan is to train high school grads for work in building trades and private sector firms. The first year would train about 500 participants. If the project gets final county approval, it will free up some private sector money to get the training program running.

Today and tomorrow Pitchfork’s music festival is going international and Wisconsin’s very own Bon Iver will be headlining the event. In Paris’s largest public, cultural park, more than 20 bands and loads of D.J’s will be filling the space with musical talent.