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Local News Briefs Tuesday 12-23-14

Creating
Jobs And Lowering Taxes Continue To Be A Priority

 

State
Senator Rick Gudex says creating more jobs and lowering taxes will continue to
be a priority in the next legislative session. He says some great strides were
made during the last session, but the only way to continue to strengthen the
economy is to create more employment and allow people to keep more of their
money to spend. He says that’s something they will work towards. He says they
also have to be fair to the taxpayer. The state’s unemployment rate for
November was 5.2 percent the lowest rate since September of 2008.

 

Christmas
Dinners Orders For Shut Ins Need To Be Placed By Today

 

Those
who don’t have plans for Christmas Dinner are invited to attend the free
Community Christmas Dinner in Fond du
Lac
Christmas Day. It will be held at Trakel Hall at St. Paul’s Cathedral on West Division Street
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a traditional Christmas meal and holiday
music and entertainment. Organizer Mike Turk tells us free transportation is
available for those who need it and there will be delivery to shut-ins. He says
last year they served nearly 400 people. Those who would like to have a meal
delivered have to call their order in today. You can do that by phoning (920)
924-0850. Calls must be placed by 7 p.m.

 

Opportunity Center Closed For The Holidays

 

While
the Fond du Lac Public Library will be open for
some of the next week between the holidays the Opportunity Center
on its second floor won’t be. Community Information Coordinator Terri Fleming
says the center is a computer lab is a resource for people looking for work.
It’s manned by volunteers who can help them. She says the center will be closed
beginning Christmas Eve and will be closed through New Year’s Day because it is
staffed by volunteers. The library itself will be closed on Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day and will close at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and remain closed on
New Year’s Day.

 

Taxes

 

(WRN)
State and federal taxes claim just over 31-percent of personal income in Wisconsin. That’s the
finding of a report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Researcher Dale
Knapp says the total tax burden rose seven-tenths of a percent during 2014. He
says state and local taxes actually fell by two-tenths of a percent, so the
increase is from the federal government. The state and federal governments took
in 27-point-6 billion dollars in taxes this year from Wisconsinites.