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February 1, 2019

E-Update

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Farm Tractor Rollover Protection

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I'm coauthoring a bill with Senators Testin and Bernier, and Rep. Kulp, to help farmers afford a lifesaving rollover protection structure on older model tractors.

Farm Tractor Rollover Protection

As a farmer and a survivor of a tractor rollover when I was just 13 years old, I'm co-authoring a bill with Senators Pat Testin and Kathy Bernier, as well as Rep. Bob Kulp, to support a public/private partnership with the National Farm Medicine Center located in Marshfield, WI, to provide grants for reimbursement of rollover protective structure installation on tractors.

Good Budget News

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As a state, we're coming into the next budget on sound fiscal ground thanks to good money management over the past eight years.  I've loaded some graphs here for you to review.  One notable area shows that income and franchise taxes have been cut by $3.86 billion since 2011, and income and franchise tax collections have grown 24%.

News You Can Use
My Inbox

It was a light week for messages, and I'm guessing that's because the snow followed by the polar vortex had everyone busy just trying to clear snow and stay warm.

I did hear from school administrators regarding 4K funding, and the effect of extreme weather (flooding, snow, extreme cold) on school calendars and budgets.

A lobbyist for the School Nutrition Association spoke with me about funding for school breakfast and lunch.  There is a high level of participation in the school breakfast program in all school districts in the 50th Assembly District.

We'll be looking at all this and other area issues as we head into the process of building a budget.

Fun in the 50th

Here are some events taking place around the 50th Assembly District:

  • Wild Arts @ the Necedah Wildlife Refuge 2/3 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Free Pickleball @ Olson Middle School, Mauston 2/3 5-6:30 p.m.