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Today we remember the lives that were lost sixteen years ago. We will never forget.

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Foxconn Update: After our floor session on the large corporate giveaway that is the Foxconn incentive package, the State Senate sent the bill to the Joint Finance Committee for a hearing the Racine. The Senate has yet to take up the legislation so I encourage you to keep making your concerns on this legislation heard.

empty jfc room.jpgThe Joint Finance Committee resumed meetings on the state budget after months of GOP in-fighting. What should have been top priorities in this state budget are now well overdue. Schools already started in Wisconsin and the legislature still has not passed a budget. With over six years of total control over state government the majority party has shown they do not have the leadership to get the job done. In addition, the JFC voted on the GOP transportation package. Below are the policy items they hid in their 19-page motion passed at 10:00 at night:

• Eliminate 200 DOT staff positions over the next two years
• Create a new $75 fee for hybrid vehicles and a $100 fee for electric vehicles
• Fund a DOT study on the impacts of tolling
• Restrict the City of Milwaukee’s ability to spend money on the downtown streetcar project
• Reduce new funding for the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) by $4 million
• Reduce new funding for the State Highway Rehabilitation Program by 4.8%
• Reduce new funding for the Major Highway Development Program by 15.8%
• Prohibit DOT from funding the north leg of the Zoo Interchange project
• Repeal the prevailing wage
• Change the composition and duties of the Transportation Projects Commission (TPC)
• Authorize DOT to share personal information, including social security numbers, for the purpose of maintaining interstate voting records
• Prohibit local governments from enforcing any ordinance that “defeats the purpose” or “violates the spirit” of a state law
• Limit local authority to regulate blasting, water quality and quantity, and air quality relating to quarry operations

Adam and Brianna.jpgThanks to Adam from Waunakee and Brianna from Cross Plains for interning in my office this summer. Adam and Brianna were a helpful part of our team serving the 79th Assembly District! We wish them luck with school this fall.

Alex and Dianne.jpgThis week a constituent from the Middleton will be honored as a Hometown Hero! Alex Haunty will receive the award on Thursday morning around 10am. If you would like to watch the presentation you can visit wiseye.org.

coffee house.jpgI traveled to Dodgeville to listen to Wisconsinites about the direction of our state. Residents had many concerns about protecting public lands, supporting farms and workers, and many other issues.

The 100th Anniversary State Capitol Commemorative Commission is sponsoring an art and essay contest to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of our beautiful and historic building. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit either a piece of art or an essay which details or symbolizes the importance of the Capitol building and what it means to Wisconsin.

Rules: Essays should be no longer than one page and either typed or legibly written. Art pieces should be two-dimensional, made out of non-breakable material, and no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches. Art pieces must be mountable to a board or on a canvas that is already attached to a wooden frame for display on an easel.

The Commission will select one art piece and one essay from each grade. Selected art and essay pieces will be displayed on the first floor of the State Capitol building this fall from November 9th through November 30th. Winning entries will be recognized by the Governor and retained by the Wisconsin Historical Society. All entries will receive a certificate acknowledging the submitted work and those not retained by the Historical Society will be returned upon request.

Contest entries will be accepted from September 1st through October 13th, 2017. Please include: the participant’s name and grade, name of participant’s teacher and/or school, and contact information for the school.

Send submissions to:

Wisconsin State Senate
c/o Dr. Tammy Wehrle
PO Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

For more information about the State Capitol Commemorative Commission and the Wisconsin State Capitol building, please visit: https://capitol100th.wisconsin.gov/

Happening in September

  • The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations that provide training for veterans in order to improve employment outcomes. The deadline to submit grant applications is Friday, September 29, 2017. To qualify, non-profit organizations must be registered in the state and in good standing with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

  • Suicide in Wisconsin's Veteran population is at an all-time high. The VVA Wisconsin State Council will be hosting a Veteran Suicide Prevention Program at no cost on September 22, 2017, from Noon to 5:00 P.M. at the Ramada Waupaca. Register now for this limited enrollment opportunity. Your participation may help save a life from suicide. Find more information here: www.vvawi.org.

  • The 2017 fall turkey hunting permit drawing has been completed. Hunters can check to see if they were successful in drawing a permit by logging onto their Go Wild accounts. Leftover permits will go on sale August 26th. Turkey hunting season opens September 16th. The hook-and-line season for Lake Sturgeon runs from September 2nd through September 30th on several major stretches of river around the state. All anglers fishing for Lake Sturgeon should have a valid hook-and-line fishing license, and anglers that intend to keep any Sturgeon also need to purchase a harvest tag.      

Stay in Touch!

Your voice is important, and I encourage you to communicate with me. I am honored to serve as your State Representative, and will continue to speak your views and vote your values within the Wisconsin State Assembly.


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State Representative 

79th Assembly District

September 11, 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.


Centennial Pins:

In celebration of the Centennial of the Capitol a limited number of 100th Anniversary Commemorative Pins are now available for sale at the Rotunda Information Desk. 



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Madison, WI 53708




Legislative Update 

- Senator Fred Risser introduced LRB-3641 relating to a study on alternatives to the solitary confinement of inmates. The time is well overdue for the state to look seriously into alternatives to solitary confinement and direct the Department of Corrections to seek out ways to eventually eliminate the practice.

- Representatives John Spiros, Cody Horlacher, Melissa Sargent, and Jimmy Anderson reintroduced Erin's Law which requires that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. This bill requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop model policy for an educational program for grades K through 6 that teaches students age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.


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