Fortunes UP: Students at Allis, Falk, Lake View, Leopold, Mendota, Sherman and Wright
The Madison school district announces that all students at these seven schools will receive free meals this year, eliminating the paperwork (and the stigma) poor families face to get the food.
Fortunes DOWN: The tony village of Maple Bluff says it needs a tax incremental financing district to address blight. Plan details:
$8.7 million: Tax dollars shifted to combat blight.
$4.5 million: Portion of those tax dollars shifted from public schools.
$3.0 million: Amount for developer to clean up said blight.
$8.7 bazillion: Average revenue at blight-stricken Vic Pierce liquor store from 9 pm to midnight on any given Saturday.