June 6 2012
Yesterday marked Wisconsin’s historic Gubernatorial Recall Election and Republican Governor Scott Walker became the first governor in the country’s history to survive a recall election. Walker beat Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett 61% to 39%, which is a larger margin than he did in the 2010 gubernatorial election. During Walker’s campaign party, he said “Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make tough decisions.” |As for Barrett, he told his supporters, “Never, ever stop doing what you think is right. That’s what makes this such a great country.” Tuesday’s election was the second round of recalls in Wisconsin in less than a year.
If you were hoping to become a new Packers ticket holder by this fall, it will cost you a bit more than usual. According to Lambeau Field’s landlord, the Stadium District Board has decided to raise the seat license fee for new ticket holders. The “Green” package of seven games goes up $700 to $2,100. Then the “Gold” or three game package will go up $300 to $900. The change in user fees also affects the seats created by the expansion of the field. The Packers are adding roughly 6,700 seats in the south end zone, so seat user fees could generate up to $20 million.
A 100 room hotel is being proposed across from State Fair Park in West Allis. Waterpark Ventures Management Services LLC is a group affiliated with the operators of Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, and they would develop the hotel. The four-story hotel would include an 8,000 square-foot banquet facility, swimming pool, fitness room and business center. The $13 million project would be built on the southwest corner of South 82nd Street and West Greenfield Avenue. Construction will start this fall and the hotel will open in the spring of 2014.
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee received a $300,000 grant to fund homeless prevention programs for families with school-aged children. The grant was awarded from the Siemer Institute for Family Stability. The initiative will support Greater Milwaukee in creating a coordinated and collaborative effort to target and prevent homelessness for families with children and to help reduce student mobility. United Way will invest an additional $300,000 in this project over the next three years.
A Milwaukee business recently won first-place in Startup Wisconsin’s competition for emerging young companies. The local business is called “The Good Jobs” and it plans to start an employment website this summer. The Good Jobs won $1,000 during a fast pitch competition at a launch party for Startup Wisconsin. The goal of Startup Wisconsin is to be a “point of entry” for entrepreneurs with high growth business models.