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AMKE: The List 9-13-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

After the 9/11 ceremonies over the past few days, Washington is now returning back to the topic dominating political debate…jobs. President Obama sent the $447 billion jobs bill to Congress yesterday. Obama will be visiting Ohio today and North Carolina tomorrow where he’ll push his message that Congress should pass his plan immediately.

The new voter-ID law goes into effect next year, which requires voters to show photo ids in order to vote…and only very limited types of student ID’s are allowed. But a policy was adopted yesterday that would let colleges issue stickers for ID’s which students could then use to vote with. The stickers would basically provide expiration dates and a signature. This could save schools money and all them to issue ID cards in faster time than usual.

The head of Environmental Protection Agency will be in Milwaukee next week. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is set to give a keynote address for the fifth annual Water Summit Conference on Tuesday at Discovery World. Policymakers, industry leaders, experts, and practioners from across the world will be in our great city talking water technology and sustainable water solutions.

Bank of America just announced their plan to cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 million per year. The job cuts will come through reducing and eliminating unfilled positions. The company also said it plans to cut roughly $73 billion dollars in annual expenses.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is the first major candidate to drop out of the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination. Pawlenty endorsed his one-time rival Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Romney and the others in the race debated last night during the GOP contenders debate in Florida.

Today a bill is expected to come before the State Assembly regarding Wisconsin’s Presidential Primary getting pushed back from February 28th to April 3rd. The bill is a response to a national rule change that prohibits most states from holding their presidential primaries before the first Tuesday in March.