Latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report
From the Wisconsin Department of Workforce
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data
showing that average weekly private-sector wages increased by 3.6
percent in the third quarter of 2015 over the same quarter in 2014,
representing the 5th highest rate of growth in the nation, tied with
"Today's BLS release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
data shows that Wisconsin is tied for the 5th highest percentage in
average weekly private-sector wage growth in the nation, which is
great news for working families across our state," Secretary Allen
said. "Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin has made important
investments in worker training programs designed to help
Wisconsinites develop the skills needed to fill the quality jobs in
our growing economy. We will continue our efforts to ensure that
everyone who wants a good-paying job has the skills needed for these
opportunities as employers create new jobs today and in the years to
Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin's
The average weekly Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims for
2015 dropped to the lowest level since 1989, and average weekly
continued UI claims are at their lowest levels since 1999. Monthly
estimates note more people were working in Wisconsin in December
2015 than at any other point in Wisconsin history. Department of
Financial Institutions new business formation: The number of new
business entities formed in Wisconsin in 2015 grew by 3.6% percent
compared to 2014. As of December 31, 2015, new business filings
totaled 40,827, compared to 39,395 in 2014. Chief Executive Magazine
ranked Wisconsin the "12th Best State for Business" in its annual
survey of CEO's in 2015.
Today's BLS report of QCEW data is available
Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness
Week, April 11-15, 2016
From the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs,
Division of Emergency Management:
To give families a chance to test their
emergency plans, a statewide tornado drill will be held during the
evening of April 14, 2016. The drill is part of the annual spring
severe weather campaign to encourage people in Wisconsin to get
ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
Governor Walker has declared April 11-15, 2016 as Wisconsin’s
Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency
Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin
Broadcasters Association (WBA) have once again teamed up to sponsor
the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14.
For the first time, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55
p.m. on Thursday, April 14 to give families and businesses a chance
to test their emergency severe weather plans. Earlier in the day, a
mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. and a mock tornado
warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations
across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition,
mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many
communities will sound their tornado sirens.
According to the NWS, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last
year, there were 17 tornado touchdowns in the state. All of the
tornadoes were either an EF0 or EF1. On August 19, 2015, two
tornadoes touched down near Lake Geneva and Big Bend causing damage
to area business. No one was injured.
The statewide tornado drill is a great opportunity for schools,
businesses and families to test their emergency plans about what to
do and where to go when severe weather strikes. The tornado drill
will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy. If
actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April
14, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 15 with
the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drills will
Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the
ReadyWisconsin website at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov. Updates will
also be posted on Facebook (
Twitter ( www.twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin ) and Instagram (
For full news release please go to:
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Alliance Host Annual
Madison - On Thursday, March 17th, the Girl Scouts of
Wisconsin Alliance will be holding their annual Wisconsin Troop 1912
Investiture Ceremony at the State Capitol. Wisconsin Troop 1912 was
created five years ago by the Girl Scouts Alliance of Wisconsin to
honor those who have been elected to serve in the Legislative and
Executive branches of state government.
The event will bring members of the Wisconsin State legislature
together with the Girl Scouts Alliance in order to promote the
organization and the girl’s contributions to their communities.
Attendees will hear from the Alliance CEOs on the impact of Girl
Scouts in the state as well as their current initiatives, including;
alignment with core curriculum standards, financial literacy, and
STEM. The event will conclude with a brief ceremony honoring current
This year’s event will be hosted by Rep. Kerkman (R - Salem) and Rep. Hesselbein (D-Middleton) in the North Hearing Room at the Wisconsin
State Capitol. The presentation will begin at 10am and will last for
an hour. The event is open to the general public.
The Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization for girls ages 5 to
17 in Wisconsin. Established in 1912, they provide a premier
leadership development experience for their members and extensive
alumni base. The Girl Scouts offer programs to help develop the
skills young girls will need to succeed in our ever changing world.
Emphasizing on volunteering and creating a connection to their
communities, girls create a lifelong connection with the Girl Scout
organization and ultimately, though their experiences, aspire to
make the world a better place.
National Ag Day
On Wednesday of this week, we observed National Ag
Day. Wisconsin farms and agricultural businesses generate more than
$88.3 billion in economic activity and 413,500 jobs. Did you know
Wisconsin leads the United States in cheese, cranberries, mink, snap
beans, carrots, milk goats, ginseng production, and the number of
total farms? Thank you to
all of our wonderful agricultural friends and workers in the 93rd
will be holding in-district listening sessions on Monday, April 4th,
2016 at four locations in the 93rd Assembly District.
These listening sessions are an opportunity for constituents of the
93rd Assembly District to come and speak directly to me about issues of importance. Individual constituent meetings
will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
The following are the times and locations for the April 4th
Prescott City Hall
800 Borner Street North
Prescott, WI 54021
Spring Valley Village Office
E121 South 2nd Street
Spring Valley, WI 54767
Dunn Town Hall
E4583 County Road C
Downsville, WI 54735
Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall
S10414 Cty HH/I
Eleva, WI 54738
Last Sunday afternoon, I was present at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Daniel Ivankovich
of the 93rd District. This outstanding young man was
recognized by his leaders and peers and the entire
community as a shining example of a person who
exemplifies living out the tenets of the Scout Oath and
Law. As Dan took his Pledge as a new Eagle Scout, he was
surrounded by the largest "flock" of Eagles I had ever
witnessed in 50 years of Scouting! The photo shows 19
men of many differing ages behind Daniel as we witnessed
his wonderful accomplishment. My many thanks to Dan's
parents, Slavco and Beth Ivankovich, for allowing me to
present Dan with a Legislative Citation recognizing his
milestone and also allowing me the privilege to read
"100 Scouts" to the large number of family, friends, and
Scout Leaders present that day. Congratulations to Dan
and His entire Family! My optimism and hope are
strengthened and help my strong belief in a very bright
future for Western Wisconsin when I meet remarkable
young leaders such as Eagle Dan Ivanovich!
On Monday, March 14th, Pepin County community leaders, law
enforcement personnel, and community members held and event at Durand High School called “Drug Trends In West Central Wisconsin."
I was honored to have the privilege of speaking to the group.
Drug Recognition Specialist, Officer Peter Pillman of the Pepin
County Sheriff's Department, spoke first with a remarkable knowledge
of the many substances abused by people seeking to fill voids
existing in their lives. This young man is a wonderful and valuable
resource for helping us understanding the complex and often dark
world of drug abuse and its devastating effects on individuals and
our entire West Central Wisconsin communities.
My portion of the presentation focused on our Legislative efforts
regarding our latest proactive policy initiatives to assist our law
enforcement, medical and health service professionals help save
lives when affected by drug abuse and overdose. Our H.O.P.E. Agenda
(Heroin and Opiate Prevention and Education) is leading the nation
in positive reforms that are already saving and changing lives. The
17 bills we worked on and passed from the last two Legislative
sessions are only the beginning of great things to come next session
in helping us deal with the emerging epidemic of opiate and other
drug abuse. I was very proud to support my colleague, Rep. John
Nygren, and work closely with him to pass these groundbreaking
pieces of Legislation. My thanks to Heidi Stewart, Pepin County
Health Officer, for organizing the Durand event and Officer Peter
Pillman for sharing his expertise with us.
Drug Recognition Officer Peter
Pillman and Heidi Stewart with Rep.Petryk in Durand on Monday
On Thursday, March 17th, Governor Walker
signed two parts of the H.O.P.E. Agenda into law at Mayo Health
System in Eau Claire. Assembly Bill 365 states that when law
enforcement encounters an inappropriate use or an infraction of the
law concerning scheduled drugs, they upload that information into
the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and have the PDMP
notify the physician. There are exceptions for on-going
investigations. Assembly Bill 364 changes the requirement for
those who dispense certain prescription drugs to submit information
to the PDMP from 7 days to 24 hours. It will also require a
practitioner to review a patient’s record when initially prescribing
a monitored prescription drug (for example, a Schedule II drug).
Events Around the 93rd Assembly
Thank you all for letting us
know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District. It is my
pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter. If you
have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff
and I will do our best to share in our e-update.
Eau Claire History: Reading & Discussion
March 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Local Store @ Volume One World, Eau Claire
Supervisor Training: Dealing With Conflict
March 17-18, 2016
Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire
Eau Claire Children’s Theatre Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play”
March 18 and 19, 2016
The Oxford, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Sport Show
March 18-20, 2016
Menards Conference Center at Old Mill Plaza, Eau Claire
French Toast Breakfast
March 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $4.00 (Children) $7.00 (Adults)
Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek
Funster’s Annual Egg Hunt
March 19, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pierce County Fairground, Ellsworth
Book Making for Adults with Kay Fritz
March 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ellsworth Public Library
Film Screening: Our Town Eau Claire
March 19, 2016, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Local Store @ Volume One World, Eau Claire
WHY’S Radio 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 19, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Acoustic Café, Eau Claire
Pancake and French Toast Breakfast
March 20, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5.50 (adults) *children and university students eat free
Lake Street United Methodist Church, Eau Claire
Hancock Lodge Pancake Breakfast
March 20, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Masonic Center, Ellsworth
Plum City American Legion Fish Dinner
March 25, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Plum City Legion Hall, Plum City
93rd Assembly District Local Resources
Representative Petryk Online