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College Affordability Package Moves onto the Senate
As I reported in the last few months, the Governor
and the Legislature unveiled a package of legislation aimed at
making higher education not only more affordable but also more
transparent. In today’s technologically advanced and highly skilled
job climate, most young people are deciding to attend some form of
higher education, either a four-year university or a two-year tech
college. To help keep our future skilled workforce developing and
available to our state’s employers, we must do all that we can to
encourage students to gain a higher education. With this package of
legislation, I think we can do just that!
“WI Cares” Legislation: Improving Access to Mental Health Care and Dementia Resources
During the final days of the Assembly session, my
colleagues and I supported and passed a package of bills to provide
better access to mental health care and another that expands
Alzheimer’s and dementia services in communities across Wisconsin.
As we all know, both mental illness and Alzheimer’s and dementia
have a significant impact not only on the person with the condition
but on the family caring for those who suffer from these terrible
illnesses. This comprehensive legislation will help not only those
who have been diagnosed with these illness but also their
2016 Boy Scouts of America – Report to the State
On Wednesday, representatives from the Boy Scouts of America provided their “Report to the State” in front of various legislators from both the Assembly and Senate. I was honored to provide opening remarks at the event. Those remarks included a piece that I like to share at many Boy Scout events that I attend entitled, “One Hundred Scouts”:
As an Eagle Scout myself, I know the importance of this yearly event for the young men who stood before us and also for the Legislators to learn about the tremendous good that Scouting does not only for these young men but also for their communities.
My thanks to all the Scouts who attended the event as well as their parents and volunteers who traveled with them to the state capitol. I know that each one of these Scouts will go on to become tremendous assets to their communities and to the professions that they choose. Meeting such bright, talented, and disciplined young men such as these new Eagle Scouts gives me great optimism that the future of Wisconsin will be in very good hands.
Representative Petryk addressing the group at the 2016 Boy Scouts of America Report to the State.
From left to right: Speaker Vos, Representative Sargent, Brett Otto (Potawatomi Area Council, BSA), Representative Goyke, Dylan Antczak (Three Harbors Council, BSA), Representative Vorpagel, Abe Morrick (Glacier’s Edge Council, BSA), Representative Petryk, Daniel Ivankovic (Chippewa Valley Council, BSA), Senator Vinehout, Michael Laes (Bay Lakes Council, BSA), Representative Shankland, Tyler Fugina (Samoset Council, BSA), Representative Weatherston, and Justin Holten (Gateway Area Council, BSA).
National FFA Week
Happy National FFA Week! The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Organization Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington's birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. It is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and supporters of agriculture to advocate for agricultural education and FFA.
Thank you to all of our young leaders for their dedication to the future of this great industry. In the words of E.M. Tiffany and the FFA Creed, "I believe in the future of agriculture."
Representative Petryk with Daniel Ivankovic, Eagle Scout from Eau Claire, and Senator Vinehout at the 2016 Boy Scouts of America Report to the State.
Joyce and Emily Anderson stopped by the office while visiting the State Capitol.
Bekah Weitz with the Humane Society of the United States, met with Representative Petryk during their Legislative Day at the capitol.
Events Around the 93rd Assembly District
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