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Pols to lawmakers: Get a move on

The Wisconsin Legislature is now nearly two months late with its budget. With Senate Democrats and Assembly Republicans still $10 billion apart in spending and taxes, some lawmakers are speculating it could be November before the wrangling is done. That prospect irks Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. >More
 Drinking and riding

Kevin Hinckley stood on Capitol Square last week, collecting signatures. The east-side Madison resident has started a petition asking the city to stop accepting alcohol and gambling advertising on Metro buses. "I think it's inappropriate," says Hinckley. "It's as bad as promoting cigarettes." >More
 'Job ready' but out of work

Susan Hamm has been looking for a job -- any kind of office job -- for more than four months. The Madison woman, who has three children and suffers health problems from a car accident, was classified as "job ready" by W-2, Wisconsin's welfare program. As a result, she was denied $673 in monthly benefits. >More
 Mayor may retool child-care agency

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz may not replace Dorothy Conniff as head of the city's Community Services Office. Conniff is retiring, after 30 years with the city, on Sept. 4. Her job has not been advertised, and the mayor is considering folding Community Services into the Community Development Block Grant Office, both part of the city's planning department. >More
 A crackdown on cheap booze

But last week, the Madison Common Council passed several new restrictions on the liquor licenses of Madison Bazaar and West Badger Liquor. Both stores, owned by brothers Shariff and Nadeem Syed, can no longer sell single cans of beer or fermented malt beverages. The stores are also forbidden to sell 40-ounce bottles of beer, or bottles of liquor smaller than 750 milliliters. >More
 Health option for poor shutting down

Last summer, for the first time in 15 years, Marti Umhoefer was able to go to the dentist. The 60-year-old Madison resident, who is disabled with arthritis and other health problems, was also finally able to see a physician instead of going to the emergency room for treatment. >More
 New sheriff seeks to diversify

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney was talking to a friend recently about the trouble he's having recruiting minority candidates. Fewer than 5% of sheriff's deputies - and only 6% of the office's support staff, including booking clerks and aides - are racial minorities. >More
 Job pick stirs controversy

Former Mayor Paul Soglin is also troubled, saying Hoffman's hiring "creates a lack of trust" in the process. He sees this and Cieslewicz's move a few years ago to shorten manager contracts as signaling "the politicization" of city government. >More
 Streetcars vs. commuter rail

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has long promoted streetcars as a way to spur new development, particularly along East Washington Avenue and the south end of Park Street. But last week a consultant recommended the city build its first streetcar line downtown - near the already well-developed Capitol Square, down State Street and up Park Street to Meriter Hospital (see map), for $58 million. >More
 Making Allied unaffordable

Carousel Andrea Bayrd feels duped. The Dane County supervisor, who has been serving on the Allied Area Task Force, says the city of Madison has broken its word about how much affordable housing it will build in the troubled neighborhood. "I feel misled," fumes Bayrd. "It's just infuriating." >More
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