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Getting Things Done on the Floor!

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    As my first Legislative Session comes to an end, I reflect on all we've accomplished this Session and I am not only proud but very excited for the future. There are many bills that I am proud of because of how they directly help our area at home, as well as many rural areas in Wisconsin. One is Assembly Bill 734 which is my Apprenticeship Bill. This bill creates a tax deduction for tuition paid for an apprenticeship school as what is currently done for tech school and college tuition. The idea is to get more people entering the trades-much needed jobs, good paying careers! This bill works for both union and non-union programs too.

Another bill I authored that I am proud of and matters here in our district is known as the Physical Therapist Compact Bill, or Assembly Bill 942. This bill allows licensed Physical Therapists to cross state lines and provide physical therapy services in other participating compact states without the extra cost, time, and hassle of getting a separate license for every state. It creates a licensing compact so that our Physical Therapists can work in WI or MN with the same license. Many businesses that operate on both sides of the border would be able to hire our residents to work in multiple offices. It also allows our local businesses to make sure they have the staff to service our community's needs. This is similar to the Nurse Licensure Compact that I co-sponsored.

Working to Keep UW-Stout Great!

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    I was pleased to meet with Scott Vrieze, our University Library Director at UW-Stout. We had a wonderful discussion about building project plans and I will soon be going for a full library tour!

Greater St. Croix Valley Lobby Day at the Capitol!

 

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 I was also able to meet with the Greater St. Croix Valley Lobby group, including Doug Mell, our Executive Director of University Communications at Stout. We had some wonderful talks about things like the Youth Mentorship Program that I support, positive effects from my Apprenticeship Tuition bill,  and how we are working together towards broadband expansion in Dunn and St. Croix Counties!

   Stout's CTE program Breaks the Mold!
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 Group advocacy legislative days are a wonderful way for groups to come to the Capitol and discuss an array of issues, concerns and successes with me one on one.  I met with wonderful group from Stout's Career and Technical Education program, including program directors, Deanna Schultz and Urs Haltinner. They focus on k-12 up through Ed.D. and they are truly leading the charge on these programs in the state of Wisconsin.

Rep. Stafsholt Was Asked to be a Guest on Resistance Radio! Bringing Our Rural Needs and Lifestyle to Urban Discussions!

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 I was happy to be a guest on The Joel and JoCasta Show on 1510 a.m. WRRD. Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa is a Democrat Representative from the 8th Assembly district and Rep. Joel Kleefisch is a Republican Representative from the 38th Assembly District. Both of their districts are dramatically different from my northwestern rural district so it was great to bring the perspective from our area to an urban radio discussion.

 

Public meeting for WIS 85 bridge in Dunn County

Meeting will provide project information and encourage community feedback.

 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are conducting a public involvement meeting to discuss the bridge replacement, dam removal, and Rock Falls Park property located at Rock Creek on WIS 85 in Rock Falls, Dunn County. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Town of Rock Creek Town Hall, N995 County Road H, Rock Falls, WI 54755.

 

The objective of this meeting is to familiarize the public with the purpose and need for the project and to present preliminary planned improvements. The meeting will follow an open-house format. Project representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

 

This project includes:

  • Replacement of the existing WIS 85 bridge structure over Rock Creek
  • Removal of the underlying waterway dam
  • Reconstruction of bridge approaches

 

This project is currently in its design phase with construction scheduled as early as 2020.

 

 For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s northwest region:

 

 

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