Forward Agenda Progress: Worker Training Grants Since 2011, our priorities have included reducing the tax and regulatory burden, creating an environment that encourages job creation, and workforce development. The 2017-19 budget includes additional funding for Fast Forward grants.
Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable day with friends and family. It is a great day to reflect on the blessing we have as a state and a nation.
Forward Agenda Progress: Cutting Government Red-Tape Over the last 7 years, we've been working to reduce the size and scope of government here in Wisconsin.
Forward Agenda Progress: Broadband Expansion Since 2013, we have been working to expand access to underserved areas of the state. The last three state budgets have put $20m in state dollars towards this goal. The 2017-19 state budget also puts an additional $22.5m into the Technology for Educational Achievement program.
Forward Agenda Progress: Next Generation 911 The 2017-19 State Budget takes significant steps to update the 911 emergency system here in Wisconsin and provides nearly $7m in funding to accomplish that goal. These changes will create a safer, faster, and more efficient system.
Forward Agenda Progress: Homelessness Prevention Package The Assembly recently passed a package of legislation to provide resources to combat homelessness across the state.
Forward Agenda Progress: Right to Try & CBD Oil Reforms Earlier this session, the Assembly overwhelmingly passed an important bill that gives hope to those battling terminal illness.
Forward Agenda Progress As the Wisconsin Assembly moves ahead in the legislative session, there are three goals that Republican members want to accomplish, which are easily summed up in the Forward Agenda: 1) improve the Wisconsin economy with job growth and government reform, 2) expand opportunities in education and workforce development, and 3) build strong families and safe communities through health and public safety measures.
Passing of Rep. Gannon I was shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of my neighboring Assembly district colleague, Bob Gannon. He passed away last Tuesday evening in West Bend.
Blue Books Are Here Wisconsin’s 2017-2018 Blue Books are now available! If you would like your own free copy, please contact my office either by email at Rep.Knodl@legis.wisconsin.gov or calling 608-237-9124 and leaving your name and address.
Capitol 100th Anniversary Ornament The newly released ornament features the Capitol building as it stands today, as well as when it was constructed from 1906 through 1917. In addition, the ornament commemorates Lew Porter, who was the supervisor of day-to-day operations during Capitol construction.
Tax Relief and Educational Opportunity I was proud to vote in favor of a budget that keeps more dollars in the pockets of hard-working individuals, families, and small businesses in our communities. It also makes an historic investment in K-12 education by providing a $639M state funding increase.
Budget Heads to the Floor On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Joint Finance Committee finished up its work on AB 64 and SB 30, the state budget bill. It now heads to the Assembly floor next week.
This Week in State Affairs On Wednesday, the Assembly Committee on State Affairs held a public hearing on two bills, AB 426 and AB 450. We heard from bill authors and constituents and had a good discussion.
Foxconn Update Assembly Committee on Jobs & the Economy held a public hearing on the Foxconn project. The hearing lasted about 10 hours, and individuals from all sides of the issue voiced their opinions.
Foxconn Chooses Wisconsin Earlier this week during a press-conference at the White House, Foxconn announced they will build a display panel manufacturing plant in Wisconsin.
Charter School Pilot Program for Teens Battling Addiction Governor Walker signed a package of bills into law this week to continue the fight against opioid and heroin addiction in the state. One of the bills is a pilot program that establishes a public charter school for teens battling addiction.
UI Reforms Produce Results On Thursday, the Department of Workforce Development released some new numbers showing the level of tax savings to Wisconsin job creators.
Providing Relief to Fix Wells Last month, the Assembly passed AB 226, a bill from Rep. Kitchens that will help communities address the issue of well contamination.
REINing in Over-Regulation In an effort to make sure the public and the representatives they elect continue to have oversight over unelected bureaucrats, the Legislature passed the REINS Act (AB 42) earlier this month and the Governor signed it into law.