On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:
Executive Director of Rock County Historical Society Mike Reuter speaking about the new Tallman Technologies tour starting at the Tallman House, as well as other upcoming opportunities, offered by RCHS, to experience and learn about history of Rock County.
State Senator Tim Cullen spoke about his experience serving the public, his thoughts on Act 10, and ways to reverse it. Senator Cullen spoke about leaving the state with the other Democratic State Senators in 2011 and explained his reasons for doing so. Senator also shared his opinion on the prospects of legalizing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana in Wisconsin.
Speaking about the August 12th Democratic primary, Senator Cullen criticized two of the candidates running for State Senate. Senator levied particularly harsh criticisms against Mike Sheridan whom he accused of not accurately explaining the process of reapportionment to the public, and not being ready to be Speaker of Assembly when elected to the post in 2008, following a short time in the Assembly. At the same time, Senator Cullen offered a strong endorsement of his former aid Austin Scieszinski and predicted Mary Burke’s victory in November’s race for Governor of Wisconsin.
Senator shared his opinion on the news that Democratic State Representative Fred Kessler is financing ads out of his own pocket, opposing his one-time colleague in the Assembly, Mike Sheridan. Senator also made clear his concerns about the other candidate in the State Senate race, current Assembly Representative Janis Ringhand who the Senator said, stated on Wisconsin Eye her continued support for the voucher program in Milwaukee.
Dr. Tom Eckert, President of Blackhawk Technical College came to Janesville Community Radio studio with Sean Knott and Kendra Story, co-chairs of Friends of BTC group. Dr. Eckert explained that passing the referendum on August 12th, is the only way for BTC to raise its budget, and that due to Act 145 when one time state money came to replace local taxes, this year taxpayers will actually see a decrease on their property taxes for its BTC part. Dr. Eckert made it clear that the $4 million increase sought in the referendum is a permanent raise to the base, meaning that money will be collected on property taxes year after year. Dr. Eckert also explained the benefits of the money that would be generated through the referendum, where the money will be spent, and how it will benefit the community.
Sean Knott and Kendra Story, co-chair the Friends of BTC, echoed Dr. Eckert’s point that referendum is the only way for BTC to increase its budget in order to provide the needed services as well as the overall value of BTC to the region.
For the last 20 minutes of the program, 3 of the more than a hundred Chinese students – Bryan, Andrew and Chris – spending the summer in Janesville, discussed being in Janesville and going to Craig High School. Students shared their experiences of living in Janesville, in particular going to the fair, seeing a rock band at a church, and the overall difference in speed between Chinese and American popular music (American music is faster).
This program was sponsored by “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” by Ronald Ragotzy, MD. Learn more by going to www.RaisingAbelTheBook.com and on Facebook, go to Raising Abel by Ronald Ragotzy, MD.
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