July 13 2012
In a new Wisconsin survey, President Obama is leading Republican rival Mitt Romney 50% to 44% – that’s according a public policy poll taken from July 5th through the 8th. That’s consistent with a poll done last month by Marquette Law School. In the survey, 51% approved Governor Scott Walker, while 46% disapproved, then Wisconsin voters were almost evenly split over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the new health care law, with 46% supporting the ruling and 44% opposing it.
The UW-Extension is offering its expertise to those throughout Southern Wisconsin dealing with severe drought conditions. Farmers are concerned about crops, urban residents are wondering what to do about lawns, gardens and trees, and according to the extension service, everyone is concerned about heat exhaustion. The extension service said, “There are choices to be made about capturing as much gain as possible from drought-affected acres, making decisions about herd management and knowing how to avoid heat stress.” Answers to many drought-related questions can be found online at the UW-Extension website.
Tomorrow Super Steel Inc. will host a job fair to fill up to 75 manufacturing jobs. The metal fabrication company says it’s looking for welders, laser operators, setup brake operators and electro-mechanical assemblers. The wage for welders and setup brake operators is up to $24 an hour, plus a signing bonus of up to $1,000. The job fair will take place from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at its plant at 7900 West Tower Avenue.
With the Wisconsin State Fair coming up – fair officials plan to take many steps to keep fairgoers safe and prevent violent incidents like the ones that happened last year. Some steps include the installation of more security cameras and continuing the youth admission policy, which states anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them after 5 p.m. The security cameras will be monitored from a law enforcement command post that will be staffed around the clock. And the fair has also hired 100 additional security personnel. The state fair runs from August 2nd through the 12th.
The Packers recently announced record-setting profits from this past year. For the fiscal year ending March 31st, the Packers reported a net income of $42.7 million, which is a jump of $25 million from the previous year. The franchise set financial records for net income, profit from operations, total revenue and local revenue. Team President and CEO, Mark Murphy said, “The profits have been very positive and we are really excited about it because we are investing those profits in the stadium and we are improving the fan experience through our renovation.”
The Common Council’s Public Works Committee recently approved a resolution for a bike-sharing program in Milwaukee. Aldermen Robert Bauman, Nik Kovac, Michael Murphy and Tony Zielinski are promoting the bike-sharing plan. Basically the plan would direct city departments to work with business and community organizations to not only set up a bike-sharing program, but also provide bike-sharing installations in the city. The program would be focused on the Downtown and Eastside area. Assuming it meets full council approval, the program could be in place as soon as next spring.