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Bringing Home the Budget

This week, both the Senate and Assembly met to vote on passing the budget, as well as Special Session Amendment 1 related to Foxconn. 

I voted to pass the Assembly's budget plan. Governor Walker put forward many great ideas for how to move the state forward, and the Assembly improved on those to deliver a final budget that will work for all Wisconsinites.

Whether it is a household budget that you create every month, or a state budget that we create every two years, budgets are about priorities. However, budgets are about people; for me, the people of the 75th Assembly District.

Since January, I've been meeting with groups across the district in large listening sessions, small group gatherings, and one-on-one meetings or phone calls with constituents. Every one of these meetings gave me ideas on how to make sure the budget responds to our needs and our goals.

This budget has many pieces that do great things for the whole state: investing $639 million into K-12 education, including significant aid to low spending districts; increasing funding for local road aids; protecting our most vulnerable; and holding the line on property taxes.

But I'd like to focus on some of the budget items that will directly impact our area.

We're investing in rural health care by creating matching grants for training programs for Advanced Practice Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals. In rural areas, vacancy rates for Advanced Practice Clinicians can hit 18%, putting a huge strain on the staff. We also know that if students pursue their medical education in Wisconsin, they're far more likely to stay here.

 

 

Made In WI

Speaking of voting, this week Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce narrowed the field down to the 16 coolest things made in Wisconsin. Be sure to vote in the bracket for what you see as the Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin. The first round of voting takes place September 18-25. The final 16 are:

  • Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe: Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle
  • Generac Power Systems: Generac XC Generator
  • Exciting Events/FX in Motion: The Destroyer Cart
  • Trane: Trane CenTraVac Water Cooled Chiller
  • Oshkosh Corporation: Joint Light Tactical Vehicle
  • Briess Malt & Ingredients: Specialty Malts
  • Bradley Corporation: Verge® with WashBar™ Technology
  • Ariens Company: Ariens Sno-Thro
  • Waupaca Foundry: Iron castings for agricultural equipment
  • Kraft Heinz Company: Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Sargento: Balanced Breaks
  • Taylor Dynamometer: Towing Dynamometer
  • Caged Crow Fabrication: Custom Food Trucks
  • Mercury Marine: Joystick Piloting System
  • J.W. Speaker: 8790 Adaptive Headlight
  • Bassett Mechanical: Saturation Diving Pressure Vessels
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We're expanding Dementia Care Specialists, allowing more counties to take advantage of this support. The program was on the chopping block this year, but thanks to the passion of our Barron County specialist and others, I was able to help convince my colleagues to save it.

We're expanding funding for the Broadband Expansion Grant program that has done amazing things in our District, as well as across the state. $11 million more will go into the program this year alone, with locked-in funding for future years, so we don't have to worry about getting a line item in the next budget.

We're preserving county conservation officers and expanding funding for Wisconsin's Aquatic Invasive Species Education and Control Grants. Enjoying our outdoors is a tradition in our district, and we need to keep our environment healthy.

No budget is perfect, and I'll continue to fight for lower bonding on transportation projects and increased funding for local road aids, among other things, but we should all be proud of the budget the Assembly passed. It makes sure to protect all of our priorities.

To listen to my speech on the floor as to why I voted for the budget click the photo above.

Hunting Season

Saturday, September 16th is the start of Wisconsin's 2017 archery and crossbow season as well as the fall turkey season.

The ruffed grouse season begins in Zone A on September 16th and in Zone B on October 14th. The woodcock season will begin on September 23rd. 

Mobile App Update

You may have noticed some technical difficulties and inaccurate information coming from the Pocket Ranger mobile apps. Due to these problems the DNR has terminated its relationship with the developer and encourages you to discontinue use. The apps in question are the Wisconsin Fishing Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger and the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger. They are currently looking into finding a replacement for these apps. In the meantime you can visit the DNR website for information.

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 53708

(888) 534-0075

Email: Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov

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