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091417 Assembly Session #239.jpgCongratulations to Alex Haunty for accepting the Hometown Hero Award from the Wisconsin State Assembly. It was an honor to nominate you! Click here to view Alex receiving the award.

091417 Assembly Session #176.jpgAfter over two months of stalling the majority party finally brought the state budget to the Assembly Floor for a debate. While the budget did pass, it was a missed opportunity for the people of Wisconsin. Instead of funding our roads and investing in our communities, this budget was clearly rigged for the rich. That's why many of my constituents urged me to oppose countless items in the budget and why I eventually voted 'no'.

Farm Photo.jpgDuring the our listening sessions around Wisconsin, we stopped in Wisconsin Rapids where we visited a farm, the airport, and small businesses around the community.

State Affairs.jpgLast Wednesday, I had a State Affairs Committee meeting. There was a public hearing portion on Assembly Bill 494 related to: allowing local public officials to receive anything of value that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation or the Department of Tourism is authorized to provide.

Testify 92717 - 2.jpgI was happy to testify on behalf of a bill I authored related to the Benefit Corporation. AB 354 aims to bring Wisconsin into the company of a growing number of over 32 states – including Minnesota and Illinois – that have found it a good idea to create a new category of business incorporation called the Benefit Corporation and six including Wisconsin are working on creating one. The Benefit Corporation is a for-profit corporation with one important difference. The difference is that it has as its stated purpose the creation of a “general public benefit.” This sets it apart from corporations that believe they must pursue maximum profit at all costs or face possible shareholder lawsuits. The Benefit Corporation is free from these worries.

state of education.jpgLast Thursday, I attended the State of Education address given by State Superintendent Tony Evers. It was great to hear about the positive things our teachers are doing for kids across Wisconsin.

The 2017 Youth Deer Hunt is slated for October 7th-8th. The youth hunt is an opportunity for kids, ages 10-15, to hunt prior to the regular firearm seasons. The hunt is open to all resident and non-resident youth hunters with a gun-deer license and appropriate tags.
Deaf legislation press conference.jpg Thanks to Representative Brostoff's leadership, LRB-4250 was introduced updating licensing requirements for deaf interpreters. This is a much needed change and you can watch the full press conference here.

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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 28, 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.


2017-18 Blue Books:

2017-18 Blue Books are here! Blue Books contain up-to-date information about the Wisconsin State Government. If you would like me to send you one, please e-mail or call my office with your name and mailing address.



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P.O. Box 8952

Madison, WI 53708




Legislative Update 

Governor Walker signed the state budget into law last Thursday after vetoing 99 provisions. Unfortunately, Governor Walker missed many opportunities to take poor policies out of the budget like hybrid fees, UW micromanaging, corrections reduction in staffing, and private airports for campaign donors.


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