September 11th, 2015

We Shall Never Forget

Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.’

– President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001

Thousands of Job Openings in Wisconsin

This week, the Job Center of Wisconsin has more than 86,000 job listings, and on Wednesday the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced a record level of job openings in the U.S.  According to their report, the U.S. had 5.8 million job openings at the end of July.  Many of these jobs are in high demand sectors like IT, healthcare, and skilled work.  There are many employers in our own state that are having trouble finding qualified applicants to fill positions.  We need to continue to work toward getting Wisconsinites the skills they need to find and keep a job, which will help to close the growing skills gap in our state.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Task Force

Next week, the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia will be holding its first meeting.  I am honored to have been named the chair of this task force and look forward to beginning our work.  See below for meeting information:

Speaker's Taskforce on Alzheimer's and Dementia

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
12:00 PM
412 East

The Committee will hear invited testimony from the following organizations:

Alzheimer's Association
Tom Hlavacek - Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin

Department of Health Services
Carrie Molke - Director of the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources & Jon Hoelter - Legislative Advisor

Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
Paul Rusk - Executive Director & Rob Gundermann - Public Policy Director


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