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What The Press Is Saying About "A Roadmap for Government Transformation"

Since the LGI announced the release of "A Roadmap for Government Transformation" at a press conference in the Capitol on March 16, 2010, people are taking notice.  Articles that have appeared in the media are attached below.  An hour-long call-in talk show hosted by Ben Merens on Wisconson Public Radio featuring an interview on the report with our own Bill Mielke can be accessed by clicking here.
Other reports:
Milwaukee Fox6 March 16, 2010
Milwaukee WTAQ March 17, 2010

Press Release - A Roadmap for Government Transformation

Transform Government by Consolidating and Delivering Services More Efficiently for Taxpayers - LGI Issues Report - Download Here
Comprehensive Report Released Today by Group Representing Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages

Energy Independence Workshop - August 4, 2010

Wednesday August 4, 2010
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
1000 Islands Environmental Center
1000 Beaulieu Court
Kaukauna, WI
Host: City of Kaukauna and Kaukauna Utilities
Meeting Agenda:
8:00 - 9:00 am - Check-In, Coffee, Continental-Style Breakfast, Conversation
9:00 - 9:30 am - Introductions and Welcome

  • Mayor of Kaukauna, Gene Rosin
  • Kaukauna City Council President, Lee Meyerhofer (Invited)
  • WI Representative, Tom Nelson
  • WI Senator, Rob Cowles
  • 2010 EI Pilot Communities
  • 2009 EI Pilot Communities

9:30 - 11:00 am - Energy Sustainability and Economic Development

Energy Independence Workshop - April 7, 2010

Energy Independence Workshop
April 7, 2010
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire, WI
Meeting Agenda:

9:00-9:30 Introductions and Welcome

  • Eau Claire County Chair, Gregg Moore
  • City Manager of Eau Claire, Mike Huggins
  • Office Of Energy Independence Director, Judy Ziewacz (invited)
  • 2010 EI Pilot Communities (11 EI Team Leaders)
  • 2009 EI Pilot Communities (EI Team Leaders)

9:30-10:45 Local Financing Opportunities for Retrofits – PACE, On-bill, other

2010 Presentations Posted From Energy Independent Communities 4th Quarter Meeting

The presentations made at the 4th quarter Energy Independent Communities meeting held at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay on December 17th are now posted in the "Projects" section of the LGI website.  They and the other presentations from the 2009 Pilot Communities can be accessed here:

Proposal to Allow Municipal Consolidation Districts

The Village of Pewaukee and the City of Pewaukee are exploring the possibility of consolidating the Village and the City into one community.  Prior studies have shown that overall cost savings would result from consolidation.  However, these studies have also shown that the cost savings would not be evenly shared by City and Village residents.  In fact, if the City's and Village's current assets, liabilities and expenses are consolidated, the studies have shown that the City's tax rate would increase

2009 Perspectives On Local Government Budgets

Source: Wisconsin Eye
Three local government leaders who just finished their 2010 budgets discussed the funding crisis their communities face, if future governors and legislators can’t agree on a comprehensive reworking of how to pay for state and local services. Appleton Mayor Tim Hannah, Dane County Supervisor Dennis O’Laughlin and Jerry Derr, who for 31 years has been chair of the 3,500-resident Town of Bristol in Dane County, also discussed their expectations of candidates for governor next year.
Mayor Hannah and Supervisor O'Laughlin are LGI Board members.
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2009 Wisconsin Improves Its Tax Ranking

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Share of income steady as other states worsen; observers divided

By Dave Umhoefer of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Nov. 27, 2009
Dented by income tax cuts and a marked spending slowdown on education, Wisconsin's national status as a tax hell is fading.
Hell has not frozen over.
But in comparison to other states, Wisconsin's total tax bite on incomes plummeted to just above the national average in newly released figures.

Attempt to Consolidate the City and Town of Verona

The City and Town of Verona made a significant attempt to consolidate.  Discussions and negotiations from 2005 to 2007 culminated in a referendum in the spring of 2008 in which City voters overwhelmingly approved the consolidation but Town voters rejected the move.  Jon Hockhammer, the Mayor of Verona and City Attorney Richard Nordeng gave a presentation summarizing the consolidation effort at the October 2009 League of Wisconsin Municipalities Conference in Appleton.  They have graciously allowed LGI to post the presentation here.
Click here to view the presentation.

4th Quarter Meeting December 17, 2009

Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
December 17th, 2009

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