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Coffee With Scott Part 2: Last night, Wednesday, May 17th, Representative Allen joined Senator Kapenga and Representative Duchow for a public...

Wisconsin's Heroes: Every year on the last Monday of May we celebrate Memorial Day where we honor the military men and women who have died...

Survey Results Part 2: Last week in my E-Update I shared with you part one of the results of the Budget Survey I sent out in March to the citizens of the...

Coffee With Scott Part 2

 Genesee Town Hall.jpgRep. Allen Listening to constituents the Genesee Town Hall

Last night, Wednesday, May 17th, Representative Allen joined Senator Kapenga and Representative Duchow for a public listening session at the Genesee Town Hall. “Listening is one of the most important aspects of my job,” said Rep Allen.

Coffee with Scott Part 2 will take place on Tuesday, May 30th, from 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. at The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main Street, in downtown Waukesha. Like the first Coffee with Scott, these will be pre-scheduled, one-on-one, ten-minute meetings with constituents. Rep. Allen created Coffee with Scott to provide a more comfortable atmosphere for personal conversations with constituents, about their concerns.

Constituents interested in talking with Rep. Allen about their legislative priorities are asked to schedule a 10-minute time slot by contacting his office. Appointments will be made on a first-scheduled, first served basis. To schedule a meeting, call 608-266-8581, email Rep.Allen@legis.wi.gov, or sign up on Facebook!

 Steaming Cup.jpgThe Steaming Cup Coffee Shop in Waukesha

Wisconsin's Heroes

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Every year on the last Monday of May we celebrate Memorial Day where we honor the military men and women who have died while serving and defending the United States of America! Wisconsin does more than just honor our men and women who have fallen, we look after surviving veterans.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has earned a distinguished reputation nationally for taking care of the state’s veterans. It helps reintegrate our nation’s heroes into civilian society through programs that help provide housing, education, health care and meaningful jobs.

● The Music and Memory program helps individuals with dementia reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

● More than 800 volunteers share their time with veterans at these Wisconsin Veterans Homes, supporting their needs as well as sharing in recreational activities

● The WDVA Claims Office helps Wisconsin veterans obtain federal benefits and services such as disability compensation, pension and health care. In fiscal year 2015, Wisconsin veterans received $413 million in economic benefit.

● Through various WDVA programs, Wisconsin saw a 22% decrease in veteran homelessness between 2015 and 2016. More can and must be done, but this is encouraging news for the future.

For more information about the WDVA please visit their site WisconsinDVA or call them at 608-266-1311.

 Thank you to all veterans who have served and continue to serve our nation! You are truly heroes in our communities!

Survey Results Part 2

Last week in my E-Update I shared with you part one of the results of the Budget Survey I sent out in March to the citizens of the 97th Assembly district. The purpose of this survey was to gain valuable input on the state budget. Thank you to those who participated, the budget survey plays an important part in performing my most important function—serving you!

I Asked:

Assuming that Wisconsin has a “reform dividend”
(budget surplus) what should happen to the excess revenue?

You Said:

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Update:

In the area of Reform, earlier this week, Tuesday, May 16th, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed a budget motion I introduced that would require departments to report fees they charge and collect along with their Biennial Budget Request. Last session I requested information from the Legislative Reference Bureau regarding when certain fees were put into state statute and discovered that there was no mandatory reporting mechanism. The motion I submitted passed with unanimous bipartisan support, 16-0, and is now part of the state budget.  

Next week on Tuesday, May 23rd, JFC will be voting on the Department of Children and Families portion of the state budget, which includes early childhood education, a question that over 21% of respondents supported as a funding priority.

I Asked:

Studies have shown that current UW Tuition is competitive with
other universities in similar categories or peer groups. When it comes to
setting tuition in this upcoming budget cycle, what do you support?

You Said:

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Update:

Also on Tuesday, May 23rd, JFC will be taking up and voting on the UW System budget. One of the key provisions in the proposed UW budget is a 5% tuition reduction, a proposal that 13% of respondents to the survey supported. You can watch the JFC vote on the state budget live starting at 11AM on wiseye.org.