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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 District.

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 http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/hope.

“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 http://legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/committees/assembly/ad/.

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 students.

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, please visit http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/republicans/ruralwisconsininitiative.

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 District!

Constituent Corner

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” event.
 

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.  

 

DIY Dabble Painted Planters
April 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

Telling Memories and Writing Our Lives
*Registration Fee
April 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
UW-Eau Claire Campus, Eau Claire
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

Genealogy Open Lab
April 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

7th Annual “Purses with Purpose” Fundraiser
Tickets: $40.00/Person
April 14, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Wild Ridge Golf Course, Eau Claire
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

Downton Abbey Tea and Trivia
April 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Plum City Public Library, Plum City
http://plumcitypages.com/calendar-of-events

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
http://www.eauclairewi.gov/Home

Jeanne Richie Memorial Puddle Jump 5K
April 16, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Phoenix Park, Eau Claire
http://www.eauclairewi.gov/Home

Spring Tasting Event
April 16, 2016, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth
http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/events

Hancock Lodge Pancake Breakfast
April 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Masonic Center, Ellsworth
http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/events

Phenology Hike for Elder Explorers
April 21, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Beaver Creek Reserve Wise Nature Center, Fall Creek
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

15th Annual Children’s Legacy Luncheon
April 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Florian Gardens, Eau Claire
http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events

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

 

 


93rd Assembly District Local Resources

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.eauclairechamber.org/

City of Eau Claire:
http://www.eauclairewi.gov

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/

Village of Ellsworth:
http://www.villageofellsworth.org/

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.prescottwi.com/

City of Prescott:
http://www.prescottwi.org/

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.menomoniechamber.org/

City of Menomonie:
http://www.menomonie-wi.gov/

Village of Spring Valley:
http://springvalleywi.com/

http://www.springvalleywisconsin.org/index.html

The Village of Pepin:
http://pepinwisconsin.com/

Representative Petryk Online
http://petryk.assembly.wisconsin.gov

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