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LA CROSSE TALK PM: Wisconsin state Rep. Steve Doyle on referendums, school funding, budget surplus

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Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Steve Doyle in the WIZM studio on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2022, for La Crosse Talk PM.

Wisconsin state Assembly Rep. Steve Doyle in the WIZM studio last week.


La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:07 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.


Doyle is up for re-election with voting ending Nov. 8. The incumbent Democrat is going up against Republican Ryan Huebsch.

Along with representing the 94th District, Doyle is also a La Crosse County Board member.

Part of the La Crosse Talk PM discussion Tuesday was county referendums going — or not going — on the November ballot, which led to talk about Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers special session on the state having binding referendum. Republicans who control the state Legislature gaveled in and out of that session — and 10 others during Evers’ past four years — in a matter of seconds.

We also discussed the state’s predicted $5 billion budget surplus — news later in the week said it was $4.3 billion through June — and school referendums, with La Crosse, Holmen and Onalaska all asking for over a combined $340 million ($194 from La Crosse voters, $75 million each from both Onalaska and Holmen voters).

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse