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AMKE: The List 11-16-11

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County Exec Chris Abele kept his promise by vetoing the entire county tax levy increase. He erased all of the $6.25 million increase added to his 2012 Budget by the County Board. Abele said “keeping a lid on the tax levy in a bad economy was his main priority.”

There’s growing interest for a Milwaukee Energy-Efficiency program called Me2, and it’s designed to help consumers pay for energy-saving home improvements.  The goal is to get over 4,500 buildings retrofitted with insulation, more efficient furnaces and other green improvements over the next two years. The number of homeowners interested jumped 78% since the end of august.

Delta Dental of Wisconsin just donated $2 million toward Marquette’s Dental School’s expansion. The gift is the first of a planned campaign to raise $8 million to help expand the school. The goal of the expansion is to add clinical, lab and classroom space and for the school to accept 20 additional students a year.

Columbia St. Mary’s opened the first neo-natal intensive care unit in southeastern Wisconsin. It has all private rooms and the point of this is to make the first weeks and months for parents of premature infants a bit less stressful. This new unit is part of St. Mary’s five-year plan to renovate its women’s hospital.

Planners recently rejected seven other possible routes for the Milwaukee Streetcar, and a hearing is set tonight for the $64 million project. The public is welcome to come to the Frontier Airlines Center at 5:30 to hear about the environmental assessment, funding and officials will open the floor for public comments after a presentation.  

Great news for Milwaukee Succeeds…it recently secured a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Helen Bader Foundation. The group launched this fall by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and it’s a public/private partnership focused on improving education from pre-school through college.