Friday, August 7 2015

Curbing DOT Waste

Have you ever been driving down the highway and wondered, "what are those railroad crossing arms doing at this on-ramp?"

Or, "why all the digital message boards?" Well, I'm here to tell you that they are nothing more than a product of government bureaucrats wasting your tax dollars.


Yesterday I circulated a bill that would end this type of wasteful spending in three areas: highway on-ramp gates, digital message boards (DMS) and traffic cameras (CCTV). Click here to read more.


While I understand that these items may have their time and place, I contend that the size and scope of the DOT's multi-year plan for installing these unnecessary items statewide is excessive and wasteful. Even more frustrating is that despite the current, dismal state of our transportation fund, DOT officials continue to opt for more expensive options despite the availability of more cost-effective alternatives.


It's time our agencies start to tighten their belts and cut the frills, just like you and I and families around this state have to do. I trust my colleagues will support my efforts to do just that with this bill.



  • DMS (side mount) - $80-90,000 each

  • DMS (overhead) - $180-190,000 each

  • CCTV - $55,000 each

  • Gates - $12-15,000 each

*source (chart and cost info) - WI DOT

Kewaskum National Night Out


Thank you to St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church for hosting this year's National Night Out in Kewaskum. This year's event was another great opportunity to strengthen the bonds between community residents and our law enforcement officers. Thank you to all who were able to make it!

Upcoming District Events

Here are some local events happening around the district this week! Click the links to find out more information on each event.

Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9

1860's Jams and Jellies, Wade House
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23 in Greenbush

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, experience
the historic recreation of a 19th century recipes for flavorful jams and jellies. Mid-August is exactly the time of year that the Wade House household staff would have been busy preserving in-season fruits. The inn's historic cook will be making jams and jellies from raspberries picked on the Wade House grounds.

Sunday, August 9

Historic Baseball Sunday, Wade House
Come cheer on the Wade House Red Jackets historic base ball team in their final game of the season as they defend their home turf, playing by the rules of 1860. Game time is 1:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to join team members for some interactive play.

Monday, August 10

Civil War Lecture, Campbellsport Public Library
220 North Helena Street, Campbellsport

David Wege, principal at Waucousta Lutheran Grade School in Eden, will be presenting on Civil War history at the Campbellsport Public Library on August 10 at
6:30 p.m. This is his first Civil War talk at the library, but he hopes it will be one of many. Mr. Wege has been an educator for the past 30 years and has always made Civil War history a part of his classroom instruction.

Thursday, August 13

Main Street Mania, Campbellsport
From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, downtown Campbellsport will host Main Street Mania. Don't miss the farmer's market, food, fun and entertainment happening this week!

Saturday, August 15

Sporting Day of Traditional Driving, Wade House
Discover the carriage-driving style of bygone days, when drivers and their horse-drawn vehicles of all types compete in a turnout inspection, country drive and cones course.


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