Meet Mr. Roy Pirrung, our very own
Hometown Hero! Roy, in the center of the photo, is quite a
guy. He has run 150 marathons; 206 ultra-marathons (apparently
somebody thought regular marathons weren't hard enough and invented a
more difficult kind); and owns three Guinness World Records. He's
a combat veteran, having served our country with distinction. He
has raised many thousands of dollars for charities such as the American
Cancer Society. Roy and his family live in Plymouth and volunteer
all over Sheboygan County -- at the food bank, at the Special Olympics,
at the YMCA and at Meals on Wheels. This week, Assembly Speaker
Robin Vos, Representative Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) and I had the
honor of presenting Roy with the Assembly Hometown Hero Award. His
achievements and his service are a tremendous inspiration and a
wonderful asset in our communities. Well done, Roy!
Don't forget to come visit me at public
listening sessions that we're hosting in
several locations on Monday! I'll be at UW-Sheboygan at 1:30
PM and then at Adell Village Hall at 3:00 PM. Come let us know in
person what's on your mind!
As always, I encourage you to follow
my updates on
social media or contact
my office directly with your questions. Best wishes on your
State of Our State? Never Better!
Walker delivered his annual State of the State Address this week. I
couldn't agree more with his assessment: Wisconsin is historically strong!
No matter how you try to spin it, more actual dollars are invested in our
K-12 schools this year than ever before, and even more new support is on its
way for low-spending school districts such as those in Sheboygan County.
University of Wisconsin tuition remains frozen, keeping college affordable.
There is no state-level property tax at all anymore. And the most important
economic development project our state has ever seen is underway. It's
been a great year -- and we have an ambitious agenda for 2018 and beyond to
keep up the momentum!
here to watch the video or read the transcript of the Governor's speech;
click here to read my full statement; and click on the photo (below) to
watch my immediate reaction to the highlights!
Consumer Alert: Data Privacy Day
Sunday, January 28th is officially
Data Privacy Day in Wisconsin. Maybe you laughed at first (I did
too), but it may not be a bad idea to think purposefully about your online
"footprint" and take steps every so often to protect yourself and protect
your data. Here are a few ideas suggested by the Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection:
Go through your social media accounts and
your devices. Consider deleting apps that you no longer use;
review privacy settings for the ones you do want to keep. You
might be surprised at how many of these apps are able to use your
device's camera, its GPS, its cellular and Bluetooth capabilities, etc.
Update your passwords! Do it
frequently! The best passwords are "long and strong," using a
combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special
symbols. Try not to use the same password for multiple sensitive