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Mayor not in favor of Gov.’s call to end residency requirements

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Gov. Scott Walker is proposing an end to residency requirements that require city employees to live in the city where they work.

The current law in La Crosse states city employees, who are not department heads, must live in La Crosse for three years. Then they can move to wherever they want, according to La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter.

Harter doesn't agree with the governor's proposal.

He said residency requirements should be chosen by local municipalities, not the state government.

"The average income for a municipal employee is higher than the average income for a resident in the city of La Crosse. That will help us diversify the income group of residents here in La Crosse and in the long run, help lift up neighborhoods that we are working on," said Harter.

Along with building up La Crosse neighborhoods, Harter said local residency requirements keep law enforcement officers local, so their response time is faster, and puts snow plow on the street more immediately.

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