Apply to Serve on TID/TIF Joint Review Board

Posted January 1st, 2017 @ 3:36 PM by

The City of Madison has an opening for the public member of the Tax Incremental Finance Joint Review Board (JRB).  The Board is comprised of representatives of taxing authorities (the City, the County, MMSD, and Madison College) and one public member, selected by those representatives.  All new tax incremental finance districts, and amendments to existing […]

MMSD Board of Education is Looking for Members of an Ad Hoc Committee on Police in Schools

Posted December 30th, 2016 @ 6:20 PM by

The full notice may be found here, with Spanish, Hmoob, and Arabic versions linked. Here is the English text: Help Improve the Use of Education Resource Officers in Madison High Schools The Madison Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education is creating an Ad Hoc Committee to review and improve the use of Education Resource Officers […]

School Board Forums – The Isthmus, Sustain Dane and Ex-Mayor Dave Redefine “Fairness”

Posted February 29th, 2012 @ 7:50 PM by

It is Board of Education candidate forum season and everyone is getting into the act (full list at the bottom).  That includes Sustain Dane and the Isthmus, who are co-sponsoring a forum.  All good, except they have chosen Dave Cieslewicz as one of the moderators and today our ex-Mayor endorsed two of the candidates.  Nice […]

Why the Choice for County Clerk Matters

Posted April 13th, 2011 @ 2:40 PM by

I believe that the appointment of the next Dane County Clerk will have a significant impact on the future direction of our State, our County, the City of Madison and maybe even the nation.  This is why I am supporting Kyle Richmond for the position.  If after reading this you agree, please take the time […]

MMSD No Vote on Edgewater TIF Recommended

Posted September 24th, 2010 @ 3:57 PM by

This isn’t a surprise, but the agenda for Monday’s Board of Education meeting includes a recommendation from the administration to instruct their rep on the TIF Joint Review Board to vote no on the extension of TID 32 to fund the Edgewater project.  The memo says the TID will have a “significant negative effect…upon our […]

Racial Disparities Implementation Team Work

Posted July 27th, 2010 @ 4:22 PM by

I’d kept half an eye on the Dame County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, but my interest and hope has markedly increased with the beginnings of the Implementation Team work.  When the Task Force Report came out I was impressed with the thorough documentation of the issues along with the […]

When “welfare” isn’t welfare

Posted June 14th, 2010 @ 11:13 AM by

The short answer apparently is when the recipients are white and middle class. At least that’s what I get from Chuck Lacasse of DePere in this story: On June 4, Lacasse lost his job as advertising director for a company that makes nutritional supplements. He’ll soon have to pay the entire $1,500 monthly premium to […]