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Billings talks with La Crosse council about state work on local concerns

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Is state government in Wisconsin paying enough attention to homelessness?  La Crosse representative Jill Billings wants to see greater regional and state involvement in helping those without shelter. 

Billings spoke to La Crosse city council members Tuesday night, and said the city is heavily involved because homeless people seek services available here. 

Democrat Billings says Republicans in Madison have been helpful, but they recently had an assistance plan that no communities were applying for.

“They realized that they had, I think it was a $50,000 match, and a lot of communities said, we can’t come up with that match right now,” said Billings. “They had zero people who applied for those grants.” But Billings says lawmakers responded by lowering the matching level to $10,000.

Billings claims she lives in the best legislative district in the state, and says other people agree.  She became the 95th District rep 10 years ago this fall in a special election, and she tells the city council that she’s not interested in trading in that seat for higher office.

Democrat Billings says Governor Tony Evers asked her if she was going to run for the 3rd District House seat being vacated by Cong. Ron Kind.

“And I said heck no, governor! I don’t want to live in Washington, D.C. half the time. I love La Crosse and this is where I want to be,” says Billings, claiming the governor responded “It’s true, you do have a great district.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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