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Joan Klang.jpgI started a busy two weeks with a Foster Care Award Recipient, Joan Klang. I listened to her story of passionately changing the lives of the many children that came into her care. We are so grateful to have you as a part of our community, Joan.

Westport.jpgGetting out around the 79th Assembly District is important to me. I recently held a listening session in the Town of Westport where we spoke about many issues including transportation funding and economic development. You can find additional listening sessions around the district below.

LHS Wall of Honor.jpgIt was wonderful to attend La Follette High School's Wall of Honor Ceremony. A special thank you to the Ho-Chunk Nation for recognizing Annie Whitehorse!

Penni.jpgCongratulations to Penni Klein on her retirement and many thanks for her service to our community as Director of Public Lands for the City of Middleton.

Aging Advocates.jpgThanks to Tom, Anna and Jean for stopping by during Aging Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

Interior Designers.jpgGreat to talk with a group of Interior Designers from my district last week. They were in the Capitol to discuss licensing and regulation of their growing profession in Wisconsin.  

You're Invited to my Upcoming Listening Sessions:

Town of Verona 

Tuesday, June 6

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

7669 County Highway PD, Verona

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

Governor Walker and legislative Republicans made $500 million in cuts to the UW System over the last three budgets, totaling a $795 million loss in state aid. Combined with multiple unfunded tuition freezes, these cuts have severely compromised educational quality and long-term affordability for UW students. State support for the UW System today is the lowest in state history when adjusted for inflation.

To reinvest in the UW and make higher education more affordable, Joint Finance Committee (JFC) Democrats introduced a motion to:

- Restore the $500 million cuts to the UW System

- Provide free tuition at all two-year UW Colleges

- Invest $8 million to expand nursing programs at four UW campuses

- Restore the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) and Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST), which were eliminated in the 2015-17 budget

Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that, when accounting for inflation, the unfunded tuition freeze will cost the UW System $50 million over the biennium. The Republican proposal therefore actually amounts to a $19 million cut, since their proposal only provides an increase of $31 million for classroom instruction. Other minor funding increases are earmarked for specific centers and programs, not the classroom.

The JFC also voted to provide additional funding to the Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program, and the UW Carbone Cancer Center; restore tribal gaming revenue to UW-Green Bay; expand eligibility for tuition and fee remissions for the children and spouses of deceased and disabled veterans; provide a tuition exemption for non-resident members of the National Guard or U.S. Army Reserves; authorize the creation of a new engineering school at UW-Green Bay; and adopt the provisions in 2015 Assembly Bill 182 (which I authored) relating to transfer credits based on military experience. 


In addition, the JFC also voted to provide additional funding to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center related to 2015 Assembly Bill 784 which I authored last session. This recommendation would provide $50,000 General Purpose Revenue annually for the center at UW-Madison.

What Can We Do?

Constituents have been asking me, "what can we do to stay engaged and make a difference?" I want to start a section here, in my e-update, to make suggestions. The first and most important thing is making sure your state and federal representatives are aware of your opinions on the issues currently being debated in the State Legislature and Congress. While I am your state representative that many of you have contacted, I am including the contact information for our federal delegation. Congressman Pocan and Senators Baldwin and Johnson are voting on many issues that will make an impact on our daily lives like: healthcare, tax reform, transportation, education and much more. Even if you agree with them, and especially if you disagree, it is good to contact your federal representatives and make sure they know you're engaged in these issues.

Congressman Mark Pocan - (608) 258-9800

Senator Tammy Baldwin - (608) 264-5338

Senator Ron Johnson - (414) 276-7282

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

May 30, 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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P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708




Legislative Update 

Moving Forward:

- The future of healthcare in the United States remains unclear as Congress wrestles with a proposal that would strip away coverage from millions of Americans. In response, Wisconsin Democrats unveiled the Healthcare Protection Package, which would effectively protect Wisconsinites from some of the disastrous pieces of the House GOP plan the President is promoting and our Governor is endorsing. 


- My colleagues recently introduced the Marriage Equality Legislative Package. These proposals would update our state statutes to account for marriage equality following Obergefell v. Hodges


Other Proposals:

- Members of the majority party recently circulated LRB-2593 which deals with the expiration of administrative rules. If this proposal should become law all administrative rules will expire even those related to environmental protect and safety. For example, if there is an administrative rule preventing ground water contamination that rule would expire under this proposal, leaving our environment in danger. 


- The proposal to eliminate permits to carry a weapon is currently in the Assembly Committee on State Affairs. Assembly Bill 247 would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin. Many constituents have contacted my office in opposition and I look forward to bringing their concerns to the committee.


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