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Pro-police referendum being requested for fall election in La Crosse County

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Two, possibly three advisory referendums could be on the November ballot in La Crosse County.

This week, the county board could decide whether to ask residents whether they support the funding of local law enforcement agencies. It would be a “yes” or “no” question.

The proposal, requested by supervisor Kevin Hoyer, has been placed on the board’s agenda for Thursday night.

The resolution states that crime in the county increased by 15 percent between 2019 and 2021, with a 72 percent increase in murders statewide during that same period.

The ballot question is in response to some public calls to “defund the police” in recent years, mainly since the 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody.

The county board has also been asked to have advisory ballot questions on the right to abortion and the legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin.

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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  1. Marc Miller

    August 15, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I support the police. Do republicans anymore?
    Where was the support for the Capitol police before and after January 6th? Where is there support for the FBI after a by the book search?
    Kevin Hoyer’s attempt is laughable after is poo ast and present support of former president Trump.

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