Investing in Priorities This will be my last Rodriguez Recap this session. But before I go, I wanted to share with you one last update highlighting a few of our accomplishments from this legislative session.
Raising Awareness to Reduce Distracted Driving Most people are always looking at their cell phones and with summer right around the corner orange cones will begin lining the streets and freeways as road crews prepare for construction season. Now is the time to focus on safe driving.
Investing in Higher Education Wisconsin has some of the best colleges in the country. From our four-year universities to two-year tech colleges, each one provides Wisconsin residents with unique opportunities to find a career that fits their interest.
Reducing the Tax Burden and Strengthening the Economy This legislative session my colleagues and I continued our efforts to lower the tax burden in Wisconsin by reforming state government.
Broadening our Workforce Through Education Earlier this month, the Lt. Gov. and I invited local business leaders to join us at MATC in Oak Creek for a roundtable discussion about economic development and job opportunities in our region.
Advancing Options for Affordable Healthcare In February, the Assembly approved several legislative proposals that improve access to health care in Wisconsin.
Providing Tools for Economic Development Last week, when the Assembly was on the floor we approved a proposal that increases the historic rehabilitation tax credit.
Improving Resources for Alzheimer's and Veteran's Care This week the Assembly was on the floor three days in a row voting on a variety of bills aimed at improving access to healthcare in our state.
Creating Equity in Education Funding This week, the Assembly was on the floor Tuesday and Thursday to vote on several bills relating to foster care and education.
Guiding Patients to Effective Care This week, I testified on a bill I authored to create a pilot program for intensive care coordination programs across the state.
Return of the Rodriguez Recap Welcome back to the Rodriguez Recap!
Continuing Forward This week, Gov. Walker delivered his annual State of the State Address.
Expanding Treatment Options This legislation creates the infrastructure for an alternative drug rehabilitation program that focuses on developing sober households.
Improving Foster Care One Step at a Time The Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care completed its final hearing and unveiled a list of legislative recommendations.
The Spring Session Has Arrived Now that the holidays have passed, the Assembly is ready to get back to work.
Happy New Year! With the end of another year upon us, now is the perfect time to reflect on what a great year 2017 has been.
Merry Christmas As the holidays are quickly approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas.
Christmas at the Capitol Last week, Governor Walker was joined by students and residents from across the state for the annual lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care Unveils Foster Forward Over the last several months, the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care traveled to communities throughout the state to learn more about issues affecting the foster care system and identify ways to improve foster care in Wisconsin.
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, I wanted to share with you a few things I’m thankful for this holiday.
Streamlining Custody and Placement Laws This week, the Assembly Committee on Children and Families met to hold a hearing on several bills including two that I authored that will clarify and streamline laws for separated parents.
Honoring Our Veterans November 11 holds great significance for the women and men serving in our Armed Forces.
Assembly Approves Legislation Honoring Rick Grobschmidt On Thursday evening, my colleagues and I unanimously approved Senate Bill 99, legislation that will name the bridge on the Hank Aaron State Trail after former state representative and senator, Richard Grobschmidt.
Construction on Ryan Road Set to Begin This week, you may have noticed orange barrels going up along Ryan Road as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation began reconstruction of the Ryan Road interchange on I-94 in Oak Creek.
Foster Care Task Force Visits Milwaukee This week the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care picked up again, this time traveling to southeastern Wisconsin to discuss foster care with local organizations and advocates.
Creating a Path to Sobriety and Reunifying Families This week, I had the opportunity to testify on Assembly Bill 481, legislation that will allow counties to develop a Family Drug Treatment Court program.
Foster Care Task Force Travels to La Crosse This week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care traveled to La Crosse for its fourth hearing on issues impacting foster care in Wisconsin.
Assembly Approves Two-Year Spending Plan Crafting the 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget began back in early February when the governor unveiled his proposal before a joint session of the legislature.
Joint Finance Completes the Budget This week, the Joint finance Committee completed the final pieces of the biennial budget.
Honoring Senator Richard Grobschmidt This week, I had the pleasure of testifying on my bill, Senate Bill 99 before the Assembly Transportation Committee.
Speaker's Task Force Convenes in Wausau This week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care met for its second hearing in Wausau.
Foxconn Moves Forward This week the Assembly hit the floor to take up legislation that will allow Foxconn Technology Group to move forward with plans to invest more than $10 billion in a plant to be located in southeastern Wisconsin.
Getting it Right Next week, the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy will vote on special session legislation, which would allow Foxconn Technology Group to build a 1.58 square mile manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin; a $10 billion investment, expected to employ thousands of workers.
Foxconn Chooses Wisconsin for Billion Dollar Investment On Thursday evening, before a packed crowd at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin received great news; Foxconn Technology Group has chosen southeastern Wisconsin to build a state-of-the-art technology campus, the first of its kind in North America.
Solving Homelessness One Step at a Time On Monday morning, several of my colleagues and I traveled to Milwaukee for an in-depth tour of homeless facilities and to meet with people that help homeless individuals on a daily basis.
Fighting for Small Businesses Small businesses are the backbone of our community.
Tackling Foster Care Issues This week the Speaker unveiled his sixth task force: the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. The bipartisan group, chaired by my colleague, Rep. Snyder (R-Wausau), will investigate foster care issues in Wisconsin.
Protecting Consumers, Prosecuting Dealers The Assembly capped off a 12 hour floor session shortly after 1 am on Wednesday morning addressing important issues that aim to protect consumers and prosecute drug dealers.
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Building the Budget On Friday, my colleagues and I gave a brief presentation to area businesses on the budget and some of the great things we are doing to continue moving Wisconsin Forward.
Raising Awareness for Foster Youth This week, I was honored to join First Lady Tonette Walker, Secretary Eloise Anderson and others to speak at an event at the Capitol in honor of Foster Care Awareness month in May.
The First Rodriguez Recap This week, my e-update includes the first Rodriguez Recap; a series of videos that I will be sharing with you to discuss important issues taking place in Madison and back in our district.
Reforming Wisconsin Shares Assembly Bill 241, legislation I authored with Sen. Darling, passed the Assembly unanimously on Wednesday evening.
Ending Homelessness Through Work This week we passed Assembly Bill 237, a bill I authored that is part of a broader package of bills focused on tackling homelessness in Wisconsin.
Growing Our Economy Thursday morning I returned home from a two-day trip to Washington D.C. after meeting with congressional members from the Wisconsin delegation.
Mitigating the Child Care Cliff This week I had the opportunity to testify on a bill I authored, Assembly Bill 241.
Taking the Lead on Homelessness At a Capitol press conference this week, my GOP colleagues and I introduced a package of bills aimed at combating homelessness in Wisconsin.
Special Session Bills Combat an Epidemic This week the Assembly had a packed calendar, approving nine bills aimed at battling drug abuse and addiction, an epidemic that spans the country and has impacted nearly every corner of the state.
Budget-Writing Committee Holds Agency Briefings The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held agency briefings this week as the committee began to delve deeper into Governor Walker’s budget recommendations.
Commitment to the Community This week, I continued an initiative I began at the start of session; to tour local companies that have a direct impact on our economy.
Innovation and Expansion Continues in Oak Creek Master Lock, a long-time staple of the Oak Creek community, is moving its headquarters this year to a remodeled facility formerly occupied by Caterpillar.
Celebrating International Friendship On Tuesday, the Assembly welcomed Mexican Consul Julian Adem to the Capitol to meet with lawmakers for the first time since the consulate office opened last summer.
Advocating for Safety Throughout the legislative session, hundreds of students, citizens, and people from Wisconsin and different parts of the country visit our state Capitol for a variety of reasons.
Looking to the Future Last week, I went on a tour of the Caterpillar (CAT) plant in South Milwaukee.
The Budget Begins This week, Gov. Walker unveiled his recommendations for the 2017-19 biennial budget.
We're Just Getting Started In less than a week, Gov. Walker will unveil his 2017-18 biennial budget and the Legislature will begin to review the two-year spending plan.
Our Work Begins Since inauguration just a few short weeks ago, the Assembly has wasted no time getting to work.
Ringing in the New Session On Tuesday, the 2017-18 legislative session commenced with the inauguration of 99 Assembly Representatives from every corner of the state, with 11 new members.