News from Nancy

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to send you all of my best for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For me, and I’m sure many of you, the end of the year brings thoughts of reflection on the year gone by, and thoughts of anticipation for the new year to come.
Personally, I experienced a few significant changes in 2017. Namely, the loss of my mother, Millie. I know many of you have also lost loved ones close to you in 2017, and I hope and pray that during your holiday season this year, you’re able to remember cherished memories of years gone by with your loved ones. Thank you again to everyone that contacted me and Dave to show your support. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, we are absolutely blessed to have the outstanding individuals that we do in our communities. There’s no better place to live in Wisconsin!
As I reflect on the legislative side of things, I think of all of the individuals who contacted me and my office for help with issues they had with different state agencies. It’s not really something that you regularly hear about because it usually doesn’t make for an overly appealing media headline or soundbite, but being responsive and helpful to all of you when you’re having trouble getting information you need or maybe obtaining assistance with something you’re working on with someone from a state agency is an absolute priority for me and it’s something I stress the importance of with my staff team members in Madison. This year we were able to assist individuals with a variety of things, ranging from filing consumer complaints with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, to helping a constituent get a new BadgerCare card for his daughter with the Department of Health Services, to assisting local village and town leaders with large scale infrastructure projects involving the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation.
In addition, I’m proud to have advocated for and supported a number of initiatives that were included in this year’s biennial budget. They include: a substantial increase in K-12 education funding, increased pay for personal care service workers, the most funding ever provided to local governments for local road aids (including combined increases in general transportation aids, local road improvement program payments, and state funded local bridge improvement assistance program payments), an increase of $34.5 million for broadband funding, an increase in the Medical Assistance reimbursement rate for personal care services by 2% in each year of the biennium, new grants to attract and retain allied health professionals and advanced practice clinicians in rural areas, mental health aid and collaboration grants for K-12 schools, ensuring the Department of Revenue is able to conduct an adequate audit while protecting small businesses from onerous, costly audits, restoration of funds for the Wisconsin Institute of Sustainable Technology (WIST) at UW-Stevens Point, and last but surely not least, reducing the bureaucratic burden on our farmers and the agricultural community by instilling a modernized fee and license structure for pesticides, fertilizers, soil or plant additive and inspections, while still ensuring funding to protect our environment.
On top of that, the Governor signed a bill I authored with Senator Howard Marklein (Spring Green) last week in Platteville. I’ve included a picture from the bill signing in this message. Here’s a link to a press release I put out about the legislation being signed:, here’s a link to a release the Wisconsin Hospital Association put out recently with more information (click here). Thanks again to all of you for making your voices heard and your support of the legislation!
There are plenty of accomplishments from this year to reflect on. That said, there’s plenty more to do and I eagerly look forward to continuing our work together in 2018!
Please continue to utilize my legislative website,
and follow Rep. Nancy VanderMeer on Facebook to communicate with me and receive up to date information and communication.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Nancy VanderMeer
70th Assembly District Representative
A reminder that the 2017-2018 Blue Books are still available! If you’d like one, please contact me or my office to make sure we can get it to you! Click here or the graphic above to request a copy!

Ho, Ho, Hold Onto Your Receipts and Other Return Tips

Gift shopping is a gamble. Despite all of your best efforts, your "perfect gift" may end up back on the store shelf hours after the package is unwrapped.

Given that even the best presents sometimes get returned or exchanged (think issues with size, color, style, etc.), planning ahead can be a great help to a gift recipient.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks shoppers to pay close attention to the different stores' policies while they shop, to ask for gift receipts at the register and to keep all sales documentation organized and accessible throughout the holiday season.

"Every business has its own return and exchange policy, and a business may even have different policies to cover the different types of products it sells," said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. "To make a potential return or exchange easier for a gift recipient, ask about the business's policy before you make the purchase, request a gift receipt and keep the original sales receipt on hand throughout the return period."

Before you wrap the item, pack the gift receipt in the box or tape it to the front or side of the box to ensure it isn't overlooked. Some stores will not honor a return or refund request without a receipt.

Additional return tips include:

  • Stores are required by law to honor the return guidelines they represent to consumers. If the store's policy is not posted, ask a salesperson or manager about the terms before making a purchase.

  • Pay attention to the time frame allotted by the retailer for returns. Find out if the countdown to the last day for returns begins on the date of original purchase of the item or if there are extended holiday return deadlines.

  • As you wrap gifts, leave the price tags and UPC codes intact and keep the original packaging. Some stores charge a restocking fee for opened items or those without their packaging – especially electronics.

  • Review the conditions that apply when you buy items on sale or clearance. Some stores may not allow you to return these items.

  • If you are shopping by phone or online, find out who pays return shipping fees if you have a problem with the product. Does the retailer pay those fees or does the consumer? Are return shipping fees deducted from the refund amount?

  • Gift cards may not be returnable, so check the store's policy before you purchase one.

If you believe a retailer is not honoring its posted return policy, file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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December & January Events in the 70th
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Sparta VFW Post 2112 (121 S. Rusk Ave.)
Saturday, December 23: 2:00-4:00pm

Winter Break Craft Day
Monroe County Local History Room & Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum
Thursday, December 28: 10:00am-1:00pm

River Cities Jazz

Sky Club, Plover (2202 Post Rd)
Friday, December 22: 8:00-10:00pm
Free Christmas Meal (turkey, ham & all the extras)
Sparta American Legion (Hwy 21 East)
Monday, December 25: 11:00am-2:00pm (reservations appreciated: 608-269-4411; carryout & transportation available)

New Years at Noon

Central Wisconsin Children's Museum
Sunday, December 31: 10:00am-2:00pm
Open Skate
Sparta Youth Hockey Rink ()
Saturday, January 6: 11:00am-1:00pm

Snowshoe 5K

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area, Fort McCoy (off Hwy 21 Bldg. 8061)
Saturday, January 6: 11:00am (must be registered by 10:50am)
Our mailing address is:
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Wisconsin State Capitol
Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 237-9170

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