2020 Resolutions from Your Representative

I love this time of year. The holidays bring with it a spirit of giving, love and charity. Even three feet of snow on the ground doesn’t chase away the joy of spending time with loved ones.

Once the turkey has been eaten and presents have been opened, I like to take the time to reflect on the year and plan for the future. As we welcome the New Year, I want to share with all of you my resolutions for 2020 and how I plan to serve you as your representative:

  1. Continue to work on good bipartisan legislation.

I am so proud of the legislation I’ve worked on with support from folks from both sides of the aisle. There have been great ideas that have been signed into law, like a bill I cosponsored that protects spousal and family benefits of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty.

The Assembly has passed several bills from the Suicide Task Force that I served on this year. According to the state Department of Health Services, more than 900 Wisconsin residents died by suicide in 2017, up from roughly 600 statewide suicide deaths in 2007. We are working together in the legislature to prevent more tragedies by getting resources to those who need it most.

While I’m happy with the work I’ve done, it’s not nearly enough. I will continue to support and author legislation I feel will make the lives of all Wisconsinites better, and I implore all my fellow legislators to do the same.

  1. Engage and discuss issues with constituents across Northern Wisconsin.

Listening to everyone, no matter what their politics or where they live in the district, is the most important part of my job. I’m fortunate to have so many engaged and active constituents who gladly approach me, and I hope that never changes.

Earlier this year, I held over a dozen listening sessions throughout the 74th Assembly District. I’ve learned time and time again that more unites us than divides us. Everyone in Northern Wisconsin wants access to affordable health care, good schools, reliable roads and a better future for the next generation. I love hearing from people on what they think and their ideas to make a better home for all of us.

In the coming year, I plan to do more listening. If you ever have any questions, concerns or ideas you’d like to run by me, you can always contact me at 888-534-0074 or Rep.Meyers@legis.wisconsin.gov.

  1. Advocate for people who are overlooked and need a voice in Madison.

One of the things that drove me to elected office was speaking up for all Wisconsinites, especially the most vulnerable.

For example, Indigenous women and girls face violence at a far higher rate, up to 10 times the national average. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women. This session, I was the coauthor of a bipartisan bill to create a task force in the Department of Justice to examine and address the widespread issue of violence against female tribal members.  I hope to see it go forward.

There are many more overlooked people in Northern Wisconsin who could use help. More and more, elderly and disabled people have difficulty getting access to the medical care they need, both because of distance and skyrocketing costs. Our state can do more, such as tackling rising prescription prices, investing more in healthcare, expanding reliable high-speed internet and making it easier for Wisconsinites to receive care at home. 

When the Legislature reconvenes in January, I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle commit to addressing the issues facing Wisconsin in a bipartisan, commonsense manner that seeks to lift up the people of our state.

There is still so much we need to do to move Wisconsin forward. With your help and input, I will continue to be your voice in Madison. Wishing you a joyful and prosperous 2020!