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Contents

  • Southern Border Tour
  • Mental Health Panel
  • Marinette County Fair

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Southern Border Tour

On Monday, I had the privilege to tour our nation's southern border with elected officials from around the country. The tour, hosted by the State of Texas and the Department of Defense and organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council, was an opportunity for me to learn about the state of the southern border and what happens there on a daily basis.

The southern border presents a critical challenge for every state in our nation. Drugs and other illegal substances flowing through the Mexican border are ultimately distributed nationwide, placing citizens in Wisconsin at risk.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations “remains the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States.” In 2016, heroin from Mexico accounted for 86 percent of the heroin by weight analyzed through the Heroin Signature Program. The DEA reports that the southwestern border remains the primary entry point for heroin into the United States and shows no sign of slowing down.

From the same DEA report: “The annual United States Government estimate of Mexican Poppy Cultivation and Heroin Production report found poppy cultivation reached a record high in 2017. Potential pure heroin production increased by 37 percent, from 81 metric tons in 2016 to 111 metric tons in 2017.

The numbers don’t lie, this isn’t politics, this is a crisis. As Congress and the President work to tackle this ever-important issue, I remain supportive of comprehensive immigration reform while at the same time strengthening our southern border. Our nation is facing a crisis and it is imperative that we find a way to stop it without hindering legal immigration into our great nation.

Here are some photos from the tour:

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Mental Health America Legislative Panel

I had the honor to speak at the Mental Health America Regional Policy Council Meeting. I was honored to be recognized as the 2017 Legislative Champion for being a strong advocate for expanding mental healthcare services.

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 The Regional Policy Council (RPC) is a signature program of Mental Health America (MHA) –the only national mental health advocacy organization to align its policy meetings with the convenings of major state executive and legislative membership groups. 

Mental health continues to be a growing issue in every corner of our nation and impacts all walks of life. In Wisconsin, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.  I am proud of the investments we have made over the last few years to increase access to crucial mental health services. 

One of the best things we can do as a state is to reform how treatment is delivered to our most vulnerable populations. That’s why Governor Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse recommended implementing a Hub-and-Spoke treatment delivery system. I was disappointed that Governor Ever’s vetoed the funding for this program in the state budget, but I am hopeful the Department of Health Services will work diligently with experts on this issue to implement the Task Force’s recommendations.

Over seven years, Wisconsin Republicans have made strategic investments and reforms in mental health aimed at getting help and support to those who need it. This work includes over $50 million in state support and over 15 individual pieces of legislation.

Most recently, Speaker Robin Vos created the bipartisan Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention. The Task Force has been traveling the state hearing from survivors, experts, advocates, and families who have been impacted. I look forward to seeing what recommendations this bipartisan task force presents to the legislature.

Here is a photo from when I won the award in 2017:

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Marinette County Fair

Next week, the Marinette County Fair will be happening! From August 22nd to August 25th, the county fair will be held in Wausaukee.

Every day there are events for everyone in the family. For more information please visit here.

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