May 8, 2015

Working for you!



Let's take time this week to thank our dedicated teachers all over the country, and especially here in Wisconsin. During Teacher Appreciation Week, I like to think back to some of the wonderful teachers I have known. Someone that always comes to mind is Mrs. Ethel Beyer. I didn't have Mrs. Beyer as a teacher, but she lived down the road from us on Mayflower Drive. I went to school with her children. Years later, when Mrs. Beyer taught in Neenah, my children were her students and we all respected her and benefited from her terrific work. Her dedication, hard work and positive spirit were evident in all she did and I've always admired her. Thank you!   

K-12 Is Top Budget Priority for Assembly Republicans

Completing the budget is always hard work, but that work is paying off. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in making the K-12 portion of the budget fully funded. We are committed to K-12 education, and this is our top priority. Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) announced that once again, our state graduation rate has risen. This is good news and I give a lot of credit to our teachers and school administrators. A high school diploma is critical to future work and academic success, and I applaud our educators and students for their commitment to the future.

Annual UW Posters in the Rotunda Event

The annual UW Posters in the Rotunda event was held in the Capitol rotunda. I always enjoy learning about research that students are working on, and I usually visit all the displays from students throughout the state, beginning with my constituents. Well done, everyone!

Later in the afternoon, the students visited my office and we discussed issues of importance to them. It was great to meet all of you!

Tour of Tri-County Single Stream Recycling Center in Appleton

Rep. Rohrkaste, Sen. Gudex, Rep. Stuck and I enjoyed our tour of the Recycling Center a week ago.


Wishing all our moms a lovely Mother's Day this Sunday. Thank you for what you have done and continue to do for us. I'm remembering and missing my mom, who passed away in March. I couldn't have had a better life guide than Beatrice Murphy, and I'm thankful every day that I have the privilege of being her son. Thanks, Mom.


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-news, 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.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

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