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Contents

  • RWI Workforce Bills
  • TV Whitespace Press Conference
  • Workforce Barriers: Childcare
  • Industrial Hemp 101
  • 2017/18 Blue Books

RWI Workforce Bill Hearings

The Rural Wisconsin Initiative released a package of bills dedicated to helping the workforce late last year. I'm happy to say that as of this week, all of the bills have received hearings and will hopefully have executive sessions soon. The bills included are:

  • AB 745: Participation in an apprenticeship program by a high school senior.
  • AB 734: Income and franchise tax deductions for tuition paid for apprenticeship programs.
  • AB 729: Revenue limit adjustment for school district workforce development improvements.
  • AB 730: Student loan reimbursements for individuals in rural counties.

Last week Wednesday I testified on my bill, AB 745, in the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development. You can watch my testimony below. I'm also happy to say that this bill was voted out of committee unanimously on Tuesday along with AB 734.

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TV Whitespace Press Conference

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You may have been hearing a little about TV white spaces in the news lately as a way to bring internet access to rural  areas. Last week Wednesday, Rep. Felzkowski, along with other members of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, held a press conference discussing the benefits of TV white space for our rural communities and announcing our joint resolution in support of TV white space technology. Click on the photo above to watch the press conference.

Wisconsin has been selected by Microsoft to pilot their new Rural Airband Initiative. The company will be partnering with telecommunications companies in the state to expand broadband coverage through TV white space. However, they have requested some help from the federal government as well to make sure that there are three channels below 700MHz that are available for use.

Some benefits of using TV white space include the ability to deliver internet at speeds four times faster and at distances 16 times farther than current Wi-Fi. Because it uses TV frequencies, it can also travel through hills and trees which basic internet has difficulties with. It also has the advantage of being more cost effective than wired internet. 

Workforce Barriers: Childcare

The cost of quality childcare has the potential to keep people, especially women, out of the workforce. The Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy program helps by subsidizing a portion of the cost of childcare for low-income working families. This budget cycle we eliminated the "benefits cliff," which is something we hear about quite often. Families should not have to turn down a promotion or an extra shift at work in fear of losing their state help. With our changes, the subsidy will decrease as families increase their take home pay.

Eligibility requirements: low-income (185% of the Federal Poverty Level), working families with children under 13 or 19 if the child has special needs; parents must be working or participating in an approved activity to receive the subsidy.

 

Here is the contact information for our district:

Barron County: Candi Gillett, Barron County DSS, 715.537.6304 or candi.gillett@co.barron.wi.us

Burnett County: Karla Brunberg, Burnett County DHHS, 715.349.7600 x 1227 or kbrunberg@burnettcounty.org

Dunn County: Jessica Lindstrom, Dunn County Community Services, 715.231.2807 or jlindstrom@co.dunn.wi.us

Polk County: Diana Peterson, Polk County DSS, 715.485.8478 or dianap@co.polk.wi.us

St. Croix County: Ronda Brown, St. Croix County DHHS, 715.246.8337 or ronda.brown@co.saint-croix.wi.us

Washburn CountyKarla Brunberg, Washburn County DSS, 715.468.4762 or kbrunberg@co.washburn.wi.us

WI Farm Bureau Industrial Hemp Seminar

What: Wisconsin Hemp 101: Educational Seminar, hosted by the WI Farm Bureau Federation

When: January 30, 2018; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Business Education Center, Room 103A/B, 620 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701

Agenda: 

  • Brief synopsis of hemp legislation
  • DATCP's role in the hemp pilot program and licensing
  • Panel of experts:
    • Bill Barker, Associate Dean for Research, UW-Madison CALS
    • Brian Kuhn, Director of Plant Industry, DATCP
    • Patrick Robinson, Associate Dean, UW-Cooperative Extension
    • Ken Anderson, Founder/President of Legacy Hemp, LLC
    • Neil Reiten, Co-Owner/Production Manager of Legacy Hemp, LLC
    • Dennis Klockenga, Crop Management Consultant, CCA
  • Q&A from audience

This seminar is open to the public and free to attend. In case of bad weather, or if the college is closed, the event will be cancelled. Watch the local weather channels or check cvtc.edu to see if the college is open. For more information call Wisconsin Farm Bureau at 608.836.5575. 

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