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Latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report

From the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development:

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 Tennessee:

"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 come."

Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin's economy include:

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 online.



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 be cancelled.

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 ( www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin ), Twitter ( www.twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin ) and Instagram ( www.instagram.com/ReadyWisconsin ).

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Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Alliance Host Annual Investiture Ceremony

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 lawmakers.

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 Assembly District!



In-District Listening Sessions

I 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 listening sessions:

Prescott City Hall
800 Borner Street North
Prescott, WI 54021
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Spring Valley Village Office
E121 South 2nd Street
Spring Valley, WI 54767
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Dunn Town Hall
E4583 County Road C
Downsville, WI 54735
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Town of Pleasant Valley Town Hall
S10414 Cty HH/I
Eleva, WI 54738
2:30-3:30 p.m.


Constituent Corner

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 evening.


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 District

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

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce:

City of Eau Claire:

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:

Village of Ellsworth:

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

City of Prescott:

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:

City of Menomonie:

Village of Spring Valley:


The Village of Pepin:

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