March 10, 2017

A Note from Rep. Rohrkaste

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Hi, Mike Rohrkaste here with this week’s video e-update. It’s been busy lately in Madison and in the 55th, and I’d like to fill you in on what has been going on.

First, I would like to thank the over 75 constituents who attended my three budget listening sessions last week. The meetings were very helpful, and I would like to thank everyone for being well prepared and very engaged in the budget process. Your feedback on transportation, education, and the DNR were particularly beneficial. I will be holding more listening sessions in the future and encourage anyone who is able to attend.

Second, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch visited the 55th Assembly District on Monday, and we were able to tour both STEP Industries and Pierce Manufacturing during her visit. STEP is instrumental in helping those with various addictions successfully reenter the workforce, and Pierce is the largest maker of fire trucks in the US. Both help to make our communities such a great place to live and work.

Lastly, it was a very busy week at the State Capitol. The Assembly was in session on Tuesday and Thursday, passing legislation that will positively impact thousands of Wisconsinites. On Tuesday, we passed Right-to-Try legislation, which helps people suffering from a terminal illness get access to new lifesaving treatments. Over 33 states have already approved this bipartisan legislation, and I am proud to have voted in favor of it. We also passed legislation allowing patients with medical conditions to possess CBD oil with a doctor’s approval. CBD oil has been shown to help those who suffer from seizure disorders, and the bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

On Thursday, we passed legislation which neither requires nor prohibits the use of project labor agreements as a condition to win a bid for a public construction project. Requiring these agreements can discourage many contractors from participating in bidding for public construction projects. This legislation will help to open up the bidding process to allow more competition, as well as allow government to better assess different quality and costs, and ultimately lead to the best value for taxpayers.

As always, thank you for listening, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office in the future with any questions or concerns.

Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch Visits the 55th!

Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and me on a tour of Pierce Manufacturing.

I would like to thank STEP Industries and Pierce Manufacturing for hosting Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and me during her trip to the 55th Assembly District. The Fox Cities have a lot to be proud of and I am glad we could showcase such outstanding local businesses and people.

Thanks for Visiting!

L-R: Cadet Chief Master Isaiah Bastian, me, and Second Lieutenant Lisa Bastian

On Wednesday, members of the Fox Cities Composite Squadron of the Wisconsin Wing of the Civil Air Patrol stopped by my office. The Civil Air Patrol is a great non-profit, volunteer organization that serves as the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force. It is focused on emergency services, aerospace education for youth and the general public, and cadet programs for teenage youth. The Fox Cities Composite Squadron has been serving the Fox Cities area for nearly 40 years, and I am always glad to have them visit the Capitol.

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