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Please allow me to take this opportunity to express a very heartfelt
thank you to all of you subscribers to our newsletter who take the
time to read each week and stay informed. I also appreciate when
many of you take time to thank me personally when we see each other
for assembling and distributing the E-News Update to you. My staff
have and deserve my sincere personal thanks for organizing and
providing valuable input and organization for the many things we are
involved with in Madison and especially in our 93rd Assembly
We have made many great and positive strides this year in Wisconsin,
most notably working toward building an ever-stronger and more
robust workforce and economy for our state. As the Chairman of the
Assembly Committee on Workforce Development, I have dedicated this
term to ensuring Wisconsin is doing everything possible to put
people to work and ensuring they have the necessary skills and
training for the work that is in highest demand.
Other notable legislation passed this session include:
H.O.P.E. – The Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education agenda
was first introduced in 2007 by my colleague Representative Nygren.
This agenda is focused on dealing with Wisconsin’s growing heroin
epidemic. To date, the HOPE agenda includes 17 bills with 8 bills
being signed into Wisconsin state law. For more information on the
HOPE agenda, please visit the website at
“Wisconsin Cares”: Improving Access to Mental Health Care and
Dementia Resources – The Speaker’s Taskforce on Alzheimer’s and
Dementia crafted and introduced ten bills aimed at improving the
lives of those suffering from these diseases as well as the lives of
their caretakers. The Alzheimer’s bills in the Wisconsin Cares
package work to better educate caretakers and community members
about the disease and provide funding for community resources. The
legislation allocates money to a program that allows for virtual
dementia tours as well as establishes grants for mobile crisis
teams, additional research funding, and respite care services. The
mental health bills work to make sure citizens, no matter where they
live in Wisconsin, have access to a psychiatrist or other medical
professional. For more information on the legislation, please visit
College Affordability Legislative Package – The Governor and
the Legislature unveiled a package of legislation that is aimed at
making higher education not only more affordable but also more
transparent. I am proud to be a primary author of one of the bills
included in this package. The following is a description of the
bills that were passed and signed into law (some of the legislation
failed to pass in the Senate):
- Increasing Wisconsin Grants for Technical
Colleges – (2015 Wisconsin Act 281) this state law increases
needs-based Wisconsin Grants by $1 million for technical college
students in the biennium or $500,000 annually. This would
benefit over 1,000 students throughout the state.
- Creating Grants for Students in Emergency
Financial Need – (2015 Wisconsin Act 282) this state law
provides $130,000 to UW System colleges and $320,000 to
technical colleges to provide emergency grants to students.
- Increasing Internships – (2015 Wisconsin Act
283) this state law funds two positions within the Office of
Skills Development at the Department of Workforce Development.
These new positions work with employers and institutions
throughout the state to build and grow relationships between
higher education institutions and employers, so students can
gain the necessary job skills to secure employment in Wisconsin.
- Helping Students and Families to Make
Informed Decisions – (2015 Wisconsin Act 284) this state law now
requires all state institutions of higher education to provide
financial literacy to their students within the first semester
of their instruction. It would also require all institutions of
higher education offering an associate’s degree or higher to
annually mail cost, loan, and other financial information to
The Rural Wisconsin Initiative Legislative Package – This initiative
includes seven pieces of legislation that are intended to start
conversation regarding opportunities available in rural communities
across the great state of Wisconsin. In total, this package of
legislation is an investment in our rural communities of
approximately $13 to $15 million. Included is legislation that will
increase available resources for youth apprenticeship grants and
tuition reimbursement grants for apprenticeships, create rural
opportunity zones, expand a student loan repayment program for rural
teachers, encourages STEM education in rural school districts,
bolster funding for Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance
Program, and increase broadband expansion. For more information,
Stay tuned for my newsletter to return to your email again this
winter. In the meantime, if you need any assistance navigating
through state government, please do not hesitate to contact my
office and my staff and I are always ready and able to help. Thank
you again for the incredible and humbling privilege of continuing to
serve the great people of the beautiful 93rd Wisconsin Assembly
It was my honor to have a wonderful visit with Ary Arneson in Spring
Valley last week and he shared some of the amazing stories of his
experiences as a World War II bombardier on board a B-29 flying out
of England in 1944. Flying 35 missions with the Mighty 8th Airforce, he dropped
thousands of pounds of ordnance on German targets and also
thousands of pounds of relief supplies to the French Resistance
fighters. For his heroism, Ary was recently awarded the Medal as a
Knight of the French Legion of Honor (see photo). An amazing and
humble member of the Greatest Generation, we are honored to have him
in Spring Valley! Thank you so much, Sir, for your selfless service
to our nation and state!
With new Eagle Scout, Xavier Daniel
Motley, Mom Amy and Dad Eric at Sunday's Eagle Scout
Court of Honor in Ellsworth at the Legion Hall.
Representative Petryk stopped by to visit at a
couple tables of volunteers (L to R: Shirley Klein, Rep. Petryk, and Cita
Pichler) at the Plum City Care Center Volunteer Appreciation Lunch.
Representative Petryk, along with a bi-partisan
group of legislators, at the Ducks Unlimited “Flock to the Capitol”
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.
DIY Dabble Painted Planters
April 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
Telling Memories and Writing Our Lives
April 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
UW-Eau Claire Campus, Eau Claire
Genealogy Open Lab
April 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
7th Annual “Purses with Purpose” Fundraiser
April 14, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Wild Ridge Golf Course, Eau Claire
Downton Abbey Tea and Trivia
April 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Plum City Public Library, Plum City
Parent’s Night Out
Cost: $12/children ages 4-12
April 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Delong Middle School, Eau Claire
Jeanne Richie Memorial Puddle Jump 5K
April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Phoenix Park, Eau Claire
Spring Tasting Event
April 16, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth
Hancock Lodge Pancake Breakfast
April 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Masonic Center, Ellsworth
Phenology Hike for Elder Explorers
April 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Beaver Creek Reserve Wise Nature Center, Fall Creek
15th Annual Children’s Legacy Luncheon
April 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Florian Gardens, Eau Claire
Red Cross Blood Drive
Hosted by the Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Youth Ambassadors
June 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Held at Action City, Eau Claire
District Local Resources
Representative Petryk Online