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  • Budget Update
  • Opioid Deaths Decline


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State Budget Delivered to Governor Evers

Earlier this week, Republicans in the legislature passed the Wisconsin budget. Through months of public input and discussions we arrived at a product that reflects all of Wisconsin. I am proud to report that this budget includes several significant priorities targeted towards the 89th assembly district. These resources will have a profound impact on our community.

Over the last few months, I have helped direct over $29 million directly to the economic powerhouse of Wisconsin, Marinette Marine. This funding will be used for dredging, construction, and capital equipment associated with Fincantieri Marinette Marine's facilities improvements related to the company's application for a federal shipbuilding contract to construct new frigates (a highly maneuverable, armed naval ship). Additionally, I helped guide through the Joint Committee on Finance $2 million in workforce training grants for Marinette Marine. 

On the heels of historic investments in K-12 education in the last budget, Republicans in the legislature led the way in providing millions for the school districts of the 89th Assembly district. These targeted dollars will flow directly into the classroom, making sure that every child receives the high-quality education they deserve.  Every district in our community will see a significant increase in resources:

Howard Suamico School District: $4.1 million

Pulaski School District: $2.8 million

Marinette School District: $1.7 million

Oconto Falls School District: $1.3 million

Peshtigo School District: $800,000

Coleman School District: $500,000

Oconto School District: $870,000

Lena School District: $313,000

I also worked hard to ensure that the taxpayers of the 89th Assembly district continue to keep more of their money. Income tax rates will be reduced by $500 million over the next two tax years. At the same time, property taxes will be lower than under Governor Evers’ proposed budget. Allowing the working families of Wisconsin to keep more of their money is the right thing to do. Over the last 8 years, Republicans have cut taxes by over $8 billion, saving families thousands on their property and income taxes. 

This budget will result in significant investments for our communities. However, this isn’t a guarantee. The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration. A full veto of the Wisconsin budget will eliminate all of these important investments, tax cuts, and reforms. I encourage you to contact Governor Evers at (608)-266-1212 to tell him how important these initiatives are.

Click here to watch a video of my opening speech on the floor of the Assembly during the budget debate.

For more information, please visit The Wisconsin Budget website!

Opioid Deaths Decline

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drug-overdose deaths in the U.S. are on the verge of declining to numbers not seen since 1990.

In a story published by the Wall Street Journal, it was reported that  “authorities are still counting fatalities around the U.S. from 2018, but provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pointing lower. Those data predict there were nearly 69,100 drug deaths in the 12-month period ending last November, down from almost 72,300 predicted deaths for 12 months ending November 2017.

If the trend holds through December, annual drug deaths will fall for the first time since 1990, when overdoses killed about 8,400 people. December’s data will likely be available next month.

While this is great news, we should not become complacent. Wisconsin has been a national leader on this issue through the bipartisan HOPE Agenda which I have championed since 2013.

The HOPE Agenda consists of 30 bipartisan bills aimed at combating our states opioid epidemic and has resulted in significant results for Wisconsin.

Here is an example of our successes, largely attributed to the HOPE Agenda:

This map shows controlled substance prescription drug doses dispensed per capita in quarter 4 of 2014.

  • The darker the shade, the higher the doses per capita.
  • Marinette County represented one of the highest, at 32.3 doses per capita. 

This map shows controlled substance prescription drug doses dispensed per capita in quarter 1 of 2019.

  • As you can see, the shade of almost all of Wisconsin is a lighter blue.
  • Marinette County, while still too high, sits at 19.1 doses per capita, over 13 doses per capita decrease.

This fall, I will be continuing my work on the HOPE Agenda in hopes to further the successes we have seen thus far and save more lives. Please contact my office with any questions!

As always, it is a distinct honor to serve as your representative. Please contact my office with any questions, comments, or concerns. 

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