December 2014

Working for you!

Merry December!

Happy Holidays, everyone! The E-News has returned, after a long hiatus due to campaign laws. (State Statute 11.33 prohibits elected officials running for re-election or seeking another office from distributing 50 or more pieces of identical material starting April 15th.) Beginning in January, I'll send a regular E-News to keep you posted on legislative activity in Madison and events in our district.

I wish you health and happiness during this season and in the coming year. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Committee Chairs for the 2015-16 Legislative Session

Speaker Robin Vos announced the standing committees and committee chairs for the next legislative session. I will be chairing the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities and serving as the Assembly co-chair of the Joint Survey Committee on Retirement.

Last session, I was the vice-chair of Colleges and Universities. Wisconsin's higher education institutions play a key role in spurring economic activity, producing cutting-edge research, and training a skilled workforce. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the legislature and college and university leaders across the state on higher education matters.

The Joint Survey Committee meets when the needs of the system require legislative action. I'm interested to learn more about our retirement system. We have a high performing system, and I want to ensure it remains one of the best in the country.

In addition to chairing the above committees, I will also be a member of the following Assembly committees: Education (K-12), Financial Institutions, Housing and Real Estate, and Workforce Development.

Upcoming Budget

Last week, Representative-Elect Mike Rohrkaste (Neenah) and I had a productive budget discussion with Governor Walker. When I talk with those of you in my district, I understand that you feel strongly that the property tax burden is too high. We worked hard on this last session, and as a result many Wisconsinites recently received decreased property tax bills. I want to continue that trend into next session. We also talked about workforce development to address the skills gap. We need to create reliable pathways, like Dual Enrollment, from K-12 to our technical colleges and universities so students can earn credits at a reduced cost and graduate sooner. We also need to look at all facets of job creation and retention, including funding transportation projects like Highway 41.

The state agencies have submitted their requests to the Governor. Once Governor Walker announces his proposed budget in January, the legislature will begin processing the all areas of the budget requests. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts on the budget, as we will work on it for several months.

Eagle Scout John David Arteman

I had the privilege of attending the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for John David Arteman of Greenville in December. Achieving this rank is a truly impressive feat. Thank you for all you do for our community, and best wishes for continued success in your future endeavors!


Honor Flight

My good friend, Dave Olmstead, is a Vietnam Era veteran who was able to participate in Honor Flight this year. I'm so happy for him, and I am always proud of the service he rendered to our country. Thank you, many times over, for enabling us to enjoy the freedoms we cherish today, Dave!


Congratulations to the 8th grade girls who achieved Girl Scout Silver awards! Thank you for inviting me to learn about your wonderful accomplishments. We got together at Lord of the Lakes in Winneconne, and I saw how hard working and dedicated these scouts have been throughout their scouting careers. Well done, ladies!

Big congratulations to Baylee Watson, Hayley Morgan, Gwendolyn Hanke, Samantha Lasee, Isabella Hanke, Roree Taff, Britney Adolf, Rae Shaw and Lilianna Fox! Keep up the great work!



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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