QuinnEupdateGraphic17.png

Contents

  • State of the State
  • Assembly Floor
  • Thanks for Visiting
  • 2017/18 Blue Books
State of the State 

 State of the State

On Wednesday, Governor Walker delivered his State of the State address. I’m proud of the things we’ve done this session, and I’m looking forward to the path the Governor laid out.

To review, the list of reforms we’ve accomplished this session is long:

  • Unemployment hasn't been this low since I was nine years old.
  • The Retirement Fund has posted strong gains, giving our retirees peace of mind that their money will be there.
  • The non-partisan Fiscal Bureau is projecting even larger surpluses than it had originally expected, meaning that we have room to do even more good for the people of Wisconsin, and give you some of your money back.
  • We’ve invested record amounts in schools and broadband expansion.

Now Governor Walker has laid out our agenda for the rest of this session, and it will have lasting positive impacts for all Wisconsinites.

Governor Walker has called on the Senate to pass the health care reforms that the Assembly already accomplished. Ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care is crucial, and the Assembly has ensured that those with pre-existing conditions will not be denied coverage. We’re going to permanently preserve Senior Care, making sure our elderly don’t have to worry about losing their benefits. But we also have to make sure that those who have been hurt by the Affordable Care Act are taken care of. For far too many people on the exchanges, rates have skyrocketed. Governor Walker announced a re-insurance plan to help make sure they are not punished because of a bad law passed by Washington.

The Governor also took a page from the Rural Wisconsin Initiative’s playbook, announcing a $50 million Rural Economic Development Fund. According to Governor Walker, this fund will “support the development of new businesses and the expansion of small businesses in rural areas. And it can assist in training more people to fill the positions being created by employers in rural areas.”

That ties in to the work I’ve been doing this year to address rural workforce needs. I’ve introduced bills to expand student access to job training and apprenticeship programs, and introduced a bill that will help the Town of Cable redevelop the Telemark Lodge, so that it can once again become a premier destination year-round. I’m glad to see the Governor address the urgent needs we see in our district.

I posted a longer reaction video on my Facebook page – I’d love to hear your thoughts there. 

Assembly Floor Session

This week, the Assembly was in for a Floor Session on Tuesday. We had 44 bills on the calendar for the day, so I will just highlight a few here. You can find the full list of bills that were voted on here.

Some of the highlights from session include:

  • AJR 97: Authored by Rep. Murphy, this resolution congratulates the 2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team on their impressive accomplishments for this season
  • AB 688Authored by Rep. Mursau, this bill establishes a Wisconsin Conservation Corps program
  • AB 769Authored by Rep. Duchow, this bill deals with requirements for colleges when service member students are called into active duty
  • SB 407Authored by Rep. Kitchens, this bill deals with transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils
  • AB 600: A bill I authored, allows the Town of Cable to create a TIF district which will assist in redeveloping the Telemark Lodge

Also, if you feel so inclined, you can watch the full five hours of floor session here.

Thanks for Visiting

Thank you to all who made the long trip down to Madison this week. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit and discuss the issues that are impacting your organizations. This week we had district members from ABATE, the Historical Society, Royal Credit Union, WESTconsin Credit Union, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and Farm Bureau in Madison. I enjoyed seeing you! 

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