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Contents

  • Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
  • Committee Thursday
  • Thanks for Visiting
  • Collin's Law
  • Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
  • 2017/18 Blue Books
Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding

On Friday, we had the second meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding. We traveled to the James Madison Academy campus in Milwaukee to hear presentations from Milwaukee Public Schools, the Southeast Wisconsin Schools Alliance, and School Choice Wisconsin. 

It was great to hear what the urban districts see as their biggest challenges and advantages with the current school funding formula. 

Charter schools, choice schools, and public schools are all important parts of Milwaukee's educational options. Being able to understand the perspectives and issues from all of these schools is valuable as we start to plan how to improve the current funding formula.

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The prior week I also had the opportunity to discuss school funding with some superintendents just south of our district. The Blue Ribbon Commission is tasked with finding solutions to ensure that Wisconsin students, regardless of their zip code, get a quality education.  I'm excited to be appointed a member of this commission and am looking forward to my travels across the rest of the state as we listen to stakeholders.

Committee Thursday

Last week Thursday was very busy with three of the committees I am a member of holding hearings and voting on bills. Here is a recap:

Regulatory Licensing Committee:

  • AB 670: Authored by Rep. Kooyenga, this bill provides exceptions for continuing education requirements for certain professionals
  • AB 834: Authored by Rep. Kooyenga, this bill changes the score required to successfully complete chiropractic examinations
  • AB 733: Authored by Rep. Novak, this bill deals with fee waivers for some occupational credentials
  • AB 483Authored by Rep. Jagler, this bill eliminates the Building Inspector Review Board and the Contractor Certification Council and requires the Uniform Dwelling Code Council to review building inspection complaints
  • AB 584: A bill I authored which lets the governor waive certain fees, for example re-issuing drivers licenses, in a declared state of emergency
  • AB 837Authored by Rep. VanderMeer, this bill modifies the law with funeral director apprenticeships
  • AB 829Authored by Rep. Petryk, this bill deals with discrimination based on arrest or conviction record under the fair employment law
  • AB 547: Authored by Reps. Steineke and Stafsholt, this bill deals with the permits and mitigation required for nonfederal and artificial wetlands

Colleges and Universities Committee

  • AB 777Authored by Rep. Novak, this bill deals with tuition grants for foster care and other out-of-home placement students
  • AB 805Authored by Rep. Kooyenga, this bill excludes certain college credit in high school programs from the Early College Credit Program
  • AB 808Authored by Rep. Jacque, this bill provides grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses

Education Committee:

  • AB 569: Authored by Rep. Kitchens, this bill deals with the publication of school and school district accountability reports
  • AB 803: Authored by Rep. Kooyenga, this bill deals with excluding costs funded by referenda from shared costs for determining general equalization aids for school districts
  • AB 780: Authored by Rep. Rodriguez, this bill makes changes to the requirements for schools related to permanency hearings, foster care, and transfer of pupil records
  • AB 835: Authored by Rep. Nygren, this bill deals with sparsity aid and the revenue limit ceiling for school districts
Thanks for Visiting

Last week we had a few visitors from the district come down to talk about the issues they see important. Thank you to the managers from 3M's Cumberland plant and JT Koser from Rice Lake for visiting. It's always great to see people from home in Madison! 

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Collin's Law

I just wanted to provide you all with an update on SB 415, Collin's Law. This bill idea came from Collin and Buffi Mitchell of Rice Lake. The bill allows those with invisible disabilities to identify this on their identification cards and/or vehicle registrations. The bill had its hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs on Tuesday. It's great to see this bill moving forward. Click on the photo below to watch a video about the bill.

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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

Farmers, groups, and businesses involved in Wisconsin's food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for grants now available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program.

Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $9.4 million in new local food sales. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions.

Proposals must be received at DATCP by 4 p.m. March 9, 2018. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and three-page project description. The necessary documents can be found online.

Recipients will be announced in May, 2018.

A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget.
Qualified applicants include individuals, groups or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.

Anyone with questions about the application process can contact DATCP’s Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or Kietra.Olson@Wisconsin.gov.

Want a Blue Book?

We have lots of Blue Books and road maps in my office - would you like one? Blue Books are full of great information about state government: biographies of legislators, information on state agencies, and more! I'm happy to drop one off with you personally. To request either a Blue Book or map, please call my office phone toll-free at (888) 534-0075 or email rep.quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov.

 

Thank you to all who have written or called to voice their opinions or ask questions. My office is always open, and your feedback truly helps guide my thinking.

State Capitol Room 323 North - PO Box 8953, Madison, WI 53703

(888) 534-0075

Email: Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov