April 6, 2017

In-District Budget Listening Sessions

Today, I announced three additional in-district listening sessions focusing on the state’s 2017-19 biennial budget. I will be holding the listening sessions to hear from residents of the 55th Assembly District regarding Governor Walker’s budget proposal.

My first three listening sessions had a great turnout, and I received very productive feedback. Because of the increased interest of many constituents, I will be holding three additional budget listening sessions to gain more feedback on the governor’s budget proposal. If constituents are unable to attend the listening sessions they are always welcome to contact me via phone, email, or by mail.

I will be available to meet with constituents at the locations and times listed below:

Fox Valley Technical College Listening Session
Where: Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170, 1825 North Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI 54914.
When: Thursday, April 13th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Please use Entrance 16 off of the North parking lot. Directions, maps, and floor plans may be found at www.fvtc.edu/appleton.

Town of Clayton Listening Session
Where: Clayton Town Hall, Council Meeting Room, 8348 County Road T, Larsen, WI 54947
When: Monday, April 24th from 4:00PM – 5:30 PM
Please use the double glass doors in the southeast corner of the Town Hall to access the meeting room.

City of Neenah Listening Session
Where: Neenah Public Library, Shattuck Room, 240 East Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah, WI 54956
When: Friday, April 28th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

REMINDER: Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings

This week, the Joint Committee on Finance started traveling around the state to host six public hearings with the goal of seeking input from Wisconsin residents on the Governor's budget recommendations. So far, we have received feedback from constituents in the Platteville area and in the Milwaukee area. Tomorrow, the committee will be holding the nearest public hearing to the 55th Assembly District, in Berlin. The nearest public hearing after that will be in Marinette on Friday, April 21st. For a complete list of the upcoming hearings, please see below:

Friday, April 7 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Berlin High School (Auditorium)

222 Memorial Drive
Berlin, WI 54923

Tuesday, April 18 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Spooner High School (Auditorium)
801 County Highway A
Spooner, WI 54801

Wednesday, April 19 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Ellsworth High School (Gymnasium)
323 West Hillcrest Street
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Friday, April 21 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Marinette High School (Auditorium)
2135 Pierce Avenue
Marinette, WI 54143

2017 Spring Budget Survey

This week, many constituents will be receiving my 2017 Spring Budget Survey in their mailbox. I highly encourage any constituent that receives the survey to fill it out and send it back. I will be using results from the survey to help me better understand constituent opinions on Governor Walker's budget proposal. If you do not receive the survey in the mail, you are able to fill it out on my legislative website. Please click on the following link to do so: http://asm55-rohrkaste.cms.legis.wisconsin.gov/spring-budget-survey/.

Joint Finance Committee Agency Briefings

Last week was very busy at the Capitol. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the Joint Finance Committee held agency briefings with various departments to discuss the governor's budget proposals. These briefings mark the beginning of the Finance Committee’s budget process. The hearings are an opportunity to hear from the secretary of each department and to listen to their opinions on the governor's budget proposals and the needs of their respective departments. We held briefings this week with the following government agencies:

Tuesday, March 28
Department of Administration
• Department of Employee Trust Funds
• Elections Commission
Supreme Court
• Department of Corrections
Department of Safety and Professional Services

Wednesday, March 29
• Department of Justice
• Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Health Services
Department of Children and Families
Department of Revenue
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Department of Transportation

Thursday, March 30
• Public Service Commission
Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Technical College System
University of Wisconsin System
• Department of Public Instruction
Historical Society
Department of Workforce Development
• Labor and Industry Review Commission

To listen to the agency briefings, click here.

Legislative Website

If you are interested in learning more about bills that I have authored, co-sponsored, or voted on please click here.  This link will take you directly to my Wisconsin State Legislative page.  Also, if you are interested in viewing my office website, click here.


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Email: Rep.Rohrkaste@legis.wisconsin.gov