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Hello everyone,

I am sad to say this will be the last issue of the Rob Report for quite some time.  My position is a 2-year term and we are in the second year of this term.  So since this is an election year, certain laws come into effect to make sure taxpayer's dollars are not used for campaign purposes. I agree with that. So to abide by State Statute  11.1205 (1) (a) “no person elected to state or local office who becomes a candidate for national, state, or local office may use public funds for the cost of materials or distribution for 50 or more pieces of substantially identical material distributed after: 1. In the case of a candidate who is nominated by nomination papers, the first day authorized by law for circulation of nomination papers as a candidate.  (for this election, April 15, 2018). So basically, because the Rob Report is distributed to more than 50 people I can not use it to update you on issues I will be working on during those election months.  As always, you can contact my office through email, phone or mail anytime you have a question or have an issue you want to discuss.

 I have decided to make this a bit of a comprehensive report on some of the things I have been doing and worked on this session.  It is a little longer than normal, and a bit less detailed perhaps on each portion than I normally do, but I did want to make sure you are up to speed on things.

I am always available to expand on anything you see here. And remember, just because the newsletter stops coming, does not mean I stop working for you!

Thanks,

Rob

 Rep. Stafsholt Got Important Bills Passed This Session!

I am very proud of the work that I was able to accomplish for our wonderful families, students, and businesses back home across the 29th District. I want the best for this great state as a whole, but my focus is always our area and our specific issues and concerns. I am particularly proud of my bills I authored that do just that, accomplish the best for US back HOME!

Bills I Authored:

Apprenticeship Bill (AB 734): This bill gives an income tax deduction for the money paid into the classroom portion of an apprenticeship program.  It basically gives the same tax advantage to those tuition dollars as the ones paid to two and four year college programs. The intention is to be an incentive and help folks enter into these wonderful, family-supporting careers that are so needed in our communities.

Physical Therapist License Compact Bill (AB 942): As you know many people in our area work in Minnesota, or both sides of the river. This bill would allow Physical Therapists to work across state borders without the hassle and extra cost of getting a separate license for each state.  It also allows WI physical therapy businesses to attract people from MN to work for them without additional licensing. This will improve patient care and ease the burden for our working professionals that live close to the state border. It mirrors the bill I co-sponsored, the Nurse License Compact, which does the same thing for our nurses.

Eminent Domain Reform: I authored a bill that got incorporated and passed in the State Budget, which better protects our fundamental right to own property by not allowing the government to force you to sell a portion of your land for recreational trails.  It does not affect eminent domain use for, or the funding of our roads and highways.

Prized Linked Savings For Kids Bill (AB 283): One of my core missions is increased financial literacy in our kids and young adults so they can make better decisions with their money. This law now allows financial institutions to provide incentives to kids to start saving earlier and learn about the positive ways compounding interest can work for them, instead of just against them in things like loan payments. Education is the first step in long-term success for our kids!

These three bills work to promote and ensure our long-standing outdoor heritage into the future for generations.  Mentored Hunting (AB 455): giving parents the choice on the appropriate age for their kids to be in a Mentored Hunting Program (does not change minimum hunting age outside the mentored program), Mentored Trapping Program (AB 605) creates a mentored trapping program in WI. Dog Tag Bill (AB 711) standardizes paperwork requirements on K-9 companions for all hunters using a dog in the field.

 

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Menomonie Middle School Choir sang beautifully in the Rotunda in the Capitol Building in Madison!  The sound echoed through the massive halls and pillars in remarkable tune.  Let me know if you or a group plans on visiting the Capitol and I will help in anyway I can.

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Virginia Drath, who I have met with on several occasions in my district, came down to Madison for the Farmer's Union Lobby day so we could discuss how important clean water is for all of us! Always nice to see you Ginny.

CommunityHerosEvent.jpgHorneKnudson.jpgI am so happy to support and attend events like Collin's Community Hero Day that celebrate the men and women that keep our families and communities safe, and give help during the most trying times in our lives.  These events also help generate trust and relationships between these groups and our kids.  Local events like this give me a chance to talk with other county and municipal elected officials including Mayor Horne and Sheriff Knudson.  Mayor Horne must want to make sure everything is on time with that watch!

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I attended a great event, the Menomonie Madcity Event, put on by these folks and others at Menomonie High School that teaches students real life financial decisions and consequences of those decisions. One of my goals is increased financial literacy in our young people.

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 It was great to work in bipartisan fashion with our new Senator, Patty Schachtner, as well as Sheriff Knudson on the Top Secret Project to bring knowledge and awareness to parents. Keeping kids safe is everyone's goal.

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One of my first bills that I Co-Authored with Rep. Felskowski and Sen. Tiffany solidified aquaculture farming as a part of Wisconsin's agriculture family, was signed into law here in my district at the Star Prairie Trout Farm. They have a gorgeous and pristine fish farming facility.

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I have met with many of our businesses, large and small, to discuss things like workforce needs and their conservation efforts for our community's environment and recreation. 3M in Menomonie is an example of a company that devotes thought and dollars to things outside their production walls.

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After doing a little showmanship judging in the cattle building (with expertise and guidance from Lance Kamm) at the St. Croix County Fair, I was happy to be a proponent of an increase in funding sent to support our county fairs in our State Budget.

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As I sit on the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, I work on issues on our campuses all across Wisconsin...but one of my favorite events I attended was celebrating the completion of the remodel at the WITC Campus in New Richmond, where my mom used to teach. Some of the ladies she used to work with were there too. I was honored to be able to talk with them about changes in the institution and education from back then to now.

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We finally saw the St. Croix River Crossing bridge opened with a huge ribbon cutting attended by both Gov. Walker, and Gov. Dayton. I believe this will spur growth in our area, but more importantly, help commuters get home to their families faster each day.

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I have worked hard and been successful in establishing and building true, working relationships between various agency administrators and you, the public. I like the one shown in this meeting in particular, between top officials at the DNR and this farm family that are trying to navigate through overwhelming regulations while trying to rebuild their barn after a fire. Common sense and open discussion works!

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I was honored to speak at the American Legion on Veteran's Day and discuss the great importance of teaching our children about the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made and continue to make everyday for our country. We need to make sure they understand the magnitude of these acts by our military men and women so they can value our veterans and give them the earnest respect they deserve from all of us.

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I have been working on an ongoing basis with officials in the Village of Wilson and staff from the DNR to find common sense solutions that this small village has the ability to achieve.

RobHearing.jpgI have been honored to sit on four important Assembly Committees: 1) Colleges and Universities, 2) Financial Institutions, 3)Insurance and 4) Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. I take these roles very seriously and I am privileged to listen to testimony on important bills from folks that care from all over this great State. We have gotten a lot of truly impactful bills passed and we have plenty more work to do! Public Hearings in these committees are very important so I can get all the information from both sides of an issue.

RobVosPressConference.jpgI was part of several press conferences including this one for my bill on mentored hunting which gives decisions about kids back to their parents.

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Broadband expansion has been a top priority for me in our area. I believe that utilizing TV Whitespace technology could be one tool in that effort and I have done work to try to add that tool to our tool chest.

 

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Listening to people's testimony, in all four of my committees, on the effects of proposed legislation  and the impacts it may have on their own lives, is crucial in making decisions and improving bills through the process.  This photo is me listening to comments in a recent Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage public hearing.

 

 

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I authored a Prized Linked Savings Bill which gives financial institutions another avenue to promote financial literacy, especially in our young people.  A special thank you to Marie Gremore, Tammy Jackson, and Sarah Wainscott of WESTconsin Credit Union, who came down to Madison to testify in favor of this legislation.

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It is always great when the Governor signs your bill into law and people from hours away feel it impacts their family so much that they pack up the kids and travel hours to be a part of the ceremony. Thank you to everyone who attended the signing into law of my mentored hunting changes.

 

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 St. Croix Central AP Government Class came to observe a day on the Assembly Floor during Session!

   

 

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I have a lot of groups come to meet with me at the Capitol and discuss their issues and concerns and just generally give me their input so I can represent them to the best of my ability. One of those groups that came to the Capitol recently was these great folks with the Greater St. Croix Valley Lobby Day.

 

 

 Upcoming Events in District 29!

Little Bit of Everything Craft & Vendor Show: Saturday, April 14th: 9AM-3PM: Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum: 1820 Wakanda St NW, Menomonie

Spring Craft & Vendor Show: April 14th & 15th: Hudson House Grand Hotel, Hudson

Winter Market of Menomonie: Saturdays in April: 9AM-1PM: Raw Deal 603 S. Broadway St., Menomonie

Aqua Yoga: Monday, April 16th: 5:10PM: Western Wisconsin Health Fitness Center: 730 10th Avenue, Baldwin: source: wwhealth.org

Paint Saturdays: Saturday, April 21st: 12:30PM-1:30PM: K-5 Students are invited to learn art basics taught by UW-Stout Pre-Service Teachers: 2nd Floor of UW-Stout Library 315 10th Ave E, Menomonie: FREE

Fishing Fundamentals Clinic: Sunday, April 22nd: 1PM-3:30PM: Menomonie Public Library 600 Wolske Bay Rd, Menomonie

Third Annual Spring Craft Fair: Sunday, April 22nd: 10AM-4PM: Riverfront Athletic Club 109 2nd St, Hudson: FREE

Girls Night Out: Thursday, April 26th: 5PM-8PM: Through the Hudson Independant Business Association: Visit Participating businesses and win prizes!: Historic Downtown Hudson: Contact: (715)386-8411: FREE

Run for Water 5K: Saturday, April 28th: 8AM-11AM: Red Cedar State Trail 921 Brickyard Road, Menomonie: Family-Friendly: $20/ea or $60/Family 

Everwood Artist Series: Saturdays May-October: E580 County Road X, Glenwood City: Contact Chris Everette (612)508-3191: Website: http://www.everwoodfarmstead.com 

PRCA Rodeo: 2nd Friday and Saturday of June: 210 Fair Grounds Road, Glenwood City: Phone (715)565-3419: Website: stcroixcofair/com/rodeo

 

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