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Rohrkaste with my latest e-update of the 2015-16 legislative session. As
always, these updates will continue to be posted throughout the
legislative session and are available for viewing in my bi-weekly
e-updates, and on my legislative website.
Recently, Speaker Robin Vos has announced a series of legislative work
groups, which focus on several important issues for Wisconsin. The group
I have been assigned to will study shared services best practices, to
find ways for Wisconsin municipalities in close proximity to jointly
deliver the same quality services, but at a more efficient cost to
taxpayers. I plan to use my private sector experience in this area to
find viable solutions.
Representative Vos has also announced the formation of three new Task
Forces: workforce readiness, urban education, and Alzheimers and
Dementia which I am honored to have been
named the chairperson. I look forward to working with my colleagues,
including vice-chair Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, to find real solutions to the
problems these diseases can cause. Alzheimer’s and Dementia negatively
impact thousands of people every single day and that is why this
bi-partisan task force of legislators is so important.
If you have any suggestions in either of these areas, I would encourage
you to contact my office, or attend some of the public information
forums that will be announced soon. Once again, thank you for taking the
time to view this video and have a great Wisconsin weekend.
Rohrkaste to Chair Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia
I am honored
to be the chair of such an important task force. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
have a profoundly negative impact on those who suffer from these diseases,
as well as the people around them. I am glad that the Speaker is committed
to raising awareness about these disorders and also to finding new ways to
help those suffering from them.
The Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia was created to
study and make recommendations on policy initiatives that would improve the
care of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In addition to
myself, the other Representatives on this taskforce will be Vice-Chair
Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), John Jagler (R-Watertown), Terry Katsma
(R-Oostburg), Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), Mary Czaja (R-Irma), Paul Tittl
(R-Manitowoc), Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield), and Jonathon Brostoff
of Workforce Development (DWD) has reported that Wisconsin is among the top
ten in the nation for monthly job growing, as well as being second in the
Midwest. In my last e-update, I mentioned that our state added 8,200
private sector jobs in the month of July, which were largely fueled by an
increase in manufacturing jobs. Our unemployment rate for July was 4.6
percent, which is significantly below the national rate of 5.3 percent.
Also, all counties have seen a decline in unemployment when compared with
the same time last year.
revenue tax collections are up $71 million, which is a 4.3 percent increase
in fiscal year 2015. Also worth mentioning, Wisconsin has the second
highest ACT test scores in the nation, tying with Iowa with an average
composite score of 22.2.
Congratulations to Oshkosh Corporation
the United States Army awarded Oshkosh Defense a $6.7 billion contract to
replace the Humvee with Oshkosh's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).
This contract is set to bring billions to the economy of northeastern
Wisconsin and could have a huge positive impact on the Fox Cities. If
you would like to learn more, follow the link below: