July 27, 2015

Working for you!


A Conversation with Regent Tim Higgins

I'll be using my e-updates to highlight constituents of the 56th District and give you the opportunity to learn about some of the dedicated public servants we have in our own community.

For the first video, I had a conversation with Regent Tim Higgins from the UW Board of Regents who is also a constituent of the 56th District. We talked about the the work that Tim does as a Regent, the UW budget, and the relationship between the UW and the legislature, among other topics. This will be the first video in a series with Tim.

Click the photo to watch the video. (approx. 11 minutes)

***Note: The video was filmed before the budget was completed.***

Update on the Bucks Arena

In the last e-update, I included a column about my concerns with the Bucks arena proposal. Here's an update:

The Senate passed a deal on the Bucks arena on a bipartisan 21-10 vote on July 15th. They made several changes, the most notable being a $2 ticket surcharge and reducing state aid to Milwaukee County by $4 million per year to cover the county's portion instead of relying on debt collections. Click here to read a memo by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau that explains the changes the Senate adopted.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the Bucks bill tomorrow, July 28th. I am pushing for some amendments that I think will better protect taxpayers, and I am working to gain support among my colleagues. If the Assembly adopts any amendments, then the Senate would have to vote on the bill again. Each house must pass identical legislation before it can be signed by the governor.

I encourage you to contact me with your feedback on the Bucks arena before I have to cast my vote. I appreciate everyone who has already let me know their opinion.

EAA AirVenture

This weekend my wife, Lynn, and I went to Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture. If you haven't had the chance to go, I encourage you to go next year. We are so fortunate to have the best aviation show in the world right here in Wisconsin! Click here to learn more about the EAA.

Every year they build an aircraft at the EAA Airventure show, and I had the opportunity to put a rivet in the wing.



I live in Greenville, but have an office at the State Capitol in Madison. If you are in downtown Madison, please feel free to stop by and say hello! Just go to the information desk in the rotunda, and they can direct you on how to find my office, 318 North. At the bottom of each e-update, you'll see my office contact information.

If your school or group plans to tour the Capitol building, please let me know in advance. I'd love to visit with you for a few minutes and take a group photo.

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