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Capitol.jpgSince my last update I've been busy around the district and in committee meetings, listening and advocating for your values. There have been some interesting things happening in the State Legislature and I hope you'll follow along with me.

Constitutional Convention

This week the State Assembly will take up a proposal for an Article V Convention. This is a dangerous package of bills, because if 34 states approve a convention it would open up the U.S. Constitution to unlimited changes in a brief amount of time. Many constituents have contacted my office in opposition to this proposal and I can assure you I will fight against this irresponsible power grab. If approved, Wisconsin will be the 30th state to sign off on a convention.

A convention like this was only done one other time in United States history when our nation was founded in 1787. If politicians want to add a balanced budget amendment they should do it through the normal process, instead of looking to a Constitutional Convention for cover so they don't have to offer up what programs they would cut to balance the budget. If our Constitution were opened up for complete revision, corporate interests and politicians would have unlimited access to change anything they want in the Constitution including voting rights for women, minorities, and younger citizens. 

If the majority party was really concerned about a balance budget, they have unilateral control of our state and national government and should pass a balanced budget now giving citizens input they are entitled to.

If you're concerned like I am, contact Senator Fitzgerald (608) 266-5660 and Speaker Vos (608) 266-9171 and tell them not to allow this proposal to get through the legislature.

Deforest Teachers.jpgThroughout the past two weeks I've been traveling to the schools around the 79th District to thank and recognize retiring educators and staff. We are incredibly lucky to have so many fantastic public school employees.

Job report.pngOn June 7th the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which shows Wisconsin once again lagged behind the national average in private sector job growth. Read my press release and column about the impact is has had on our state.

Natural Resources.jpgLast week, I had meetings for the Committee on Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage and the Committee on Veterans & Military Affairs.

Grand opening.jpgThis past Friday, I stopped by the new Chocolaterian in Middleton on University Ave. What a great new addition to our community!

You're Invited to my Upcoming Listening Sessions:

Town of Middleton

Monday, June 19

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. 

7555 West Old Sauk Rd, Verona

Pope Farm Conservancy

Tuesday, June 27

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

7440 West Old Sauk Rd, Verona

State Budget Update

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) met on May 31st to discuss a vote on a verity of department budgets. Here are some highlights provided by our Assembly JFC Members:

Governor Walker proposed eliminating the Parole Commission completely and give all statutory authority to the Director of Parole.  Democrats on the committee provided a motion to delete the proposal and maintain current law, which failed on party lines. The Committee passed a motion on party lines from Rep. Loudenbeck and Sen. Harsdorf which would maintain the Parole Commission but reduce the number of Commissioners from 8 to 4, and reduce administrative staff by 3.

The Committee voted to restore the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine, which Governor Walker had slated for elimination. However, the Republican motion cuts one magazine staff position and reduces the frequency at which the magazine will be published from six issues per year to four issues per year.   

Republicans approved the Governor’s recommendation to raise daily park admission fees by up to $5 and raise nightly camping fees by up to $10, while maintaining annual park admission fees at current levels. The Republican motion also specifically raises the nightly fee for electric campsites at five parks (Devil’s Lake, High Cliff, Kohler-Andrae, Peninsula, and Willow River) from $10 to $15.

Democrats offered a motion to restore state park fees, staffing levels, and funding to pre-2015 levels, which was promptly rejected by Republicans.


What Can We Do?

Stay informed. Follow public officials on social media. This is a great way to stay active in local, state and national issues. Things move quickly, especially in the budget session, so staying engaged and speaking up when you agree or disagree with a proposal helps keep legislators informed. One resource you can use is our weekly Capitol updates you can sign up for at WisconsinDems.com.

Of course, stay in touch with me about state issues or if you need assistance navigating a state agency. I look forward to hearing from you.


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State Representative 

79th Assembly District

June 13, 2017

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Capitol Tours:

Capitol Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. There will be an additional tour time on weekdays at 4:00 p.m. from May 30th until September 1st.


Travel Wisconsin:

We have the most recent Travel Wisconsin Event Guide, for the spring and summer of 2017, and Art and Craft Fair Directory. Email or call my office if you want one or both and we will send them your way!



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Contact Info

P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708




Legislative Update 

Moving Forward:

- Last week, my colleagues circulated a letter to Governor Walker calling on him to join other states to honor the Paris Climate Accord after the President withdrew the United States. This is a real opportunity to Governor Walker to show leadership.


Other Proposals:

- Many people from the 79th Assembly District and all across the state reach out to my office to express their opposition to Assembly Bill 323. This bill would create a year round hunting season for woodchucks. I voted against this bill due to the strong opposition I heard from Wisconsinites and how completely unnecessary and dangerous to the environment it is to have a year long hunting season on these animals.


- This week the State Assembly will take up Assembly Bill 42 also known as the REINS Act. This bill might seem beneficial to governing, however, it further complicates the rule-making process for state agencies. Should this bill pass, outside influences and politicians will have more power in determining the regulations related to safety and health in our state.  


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