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Letter to WIAA
I am disappointed by the recent actions taken by the WIAA targeting decades’ old fan chants and comments.
Vukmir, Kooyenga unveil bill to ban investments with Iran
(Madison, WI) - State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Wauwatosa, and State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R–Brookfield, unveiled legislation Thursday...
Legislators Unveil Bipartisan Plan to Fairly Compensate Exonerees
(MADISON) – A bipartisan coalition of legislators today announced their plan to introduce new legislation to overhaul Wisconsin’s exoneree compensation law.
Quick solution unlikely for Total Wine liquor license in Brookfield
City of Brookfield - One week later and things aren't looking any better for Total Wine & More's likelihood of obtaining the liquor license of their preference in the near future.
First shunted to Illinois by state, brewery now plans Milwaukee site
Like Minds Brewing Co., the brewery that a state official urged move to Illinois last fall because the owners didn't qualify for a brewing permit here, will open in Milwaukee after all.
Like Minds brewery and restaurant now coming to Milwaukee
News broke today that both befits National Beer Day and represents a step in the right direction for the "Tied House" law,...
Wisconsin State Legislature
Happy Veterans Day
The 2016 election is thankfully now over and I am very grateful to represent you in Madison for another term. I am also pleased to again be able to connect with you through my e-updates.
Summer Reading List
This will be my last E-Update until after the November general election.
Good News for Wisconsin!
In this week's E-Update, let's take a look on a micro and macro level at the progress being made in our community as a direct result of our hard work and thoughtful policies.
State Policies Role in National Defense
Last week’s terror attacks in Brussels offer another reminder that the hatred and violence associated with radical Islamist groups such as Daesh continue to be increasingly difficult to contain.
FamilyCare and IRIS 2.0
Information regarding the proposed changes to FamilyCare and IRIS including the concept paper may be found using this website: FamilyCare/IRIS 2.0.
The statistics are overwhelming and the stories of personal loss are compelling.
Opportunity Schools Partnership Program
There has been significant misinformation and political opportunism associated with the Milwaukee Opportunity Schools Partnership Program (OSPP).
Alzheimer's and Demetia
If you do not already know someone struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is only a matter of time before you will.
UW System and Take Your Legislator to Work Day
The Legislature continues to be very busy as the final days of session draw near.
The War on Poverty Series VIII
If you are waiting for Madison or Washington D.C. to solve your problems, you are going to be waiting for a long time.
The War on Poverty Series VII
My recent E-updates have discussed alternative solutions to combating poverty which include education reform and reducing barriers to work.
The War on Poverty Series VI
The Capitol has been extremely busy with numerous public hearings, committee executive sessions and floor sessions for both the Assembly and Senate this month.
Letter to WIAA
I will continue my series on poverty next week and instead this week I am sharing the letter I wrote to the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association)...
The War on Poverty Series V
I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season.
The War on Poverty Series Part IV
In this e-update I will discuss the role of meaningful relationships.
The War on Poverty Series Part III
In my first E-Update on poverty, I discussed how after spending a significant amount of money and time on fighting poverty, the war has produced little or no impact on the overall rate of poverty in our country.
The War on Poverty Series Part II
My first E-Update on poverty highlighted that after 52 years and over $22 trillion, the percentage of Americans living in poverty has remained unchanged.
Last week I attended a number of events in recognition of the USS Milwaukee.
The War on Poverty Series
Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in an income inequality summit at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Sanctions Against Iran
This Wednesday was Veterans Day and I traveled around the district attending several events to honor our service men and women.
Public Benefit Reform and Reading to Students
The Assembly on Tuesday passed a package of legislation that takes steps to combat fraud, waste and abuse in Wisconsin's public benefit programs.
Civil Service and Licensure Reform
Happy Halloween to you and your families.
GAB, Campaign Finance and John Doe
This was a busy week in the State Capitol with both the Senate and Assembly in session.
Justice for Children
This week several of my colleagues introduced a series of bills called the "Justice for Children Package" which was developed with the assistance of Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Wrongful Conviction Legislation
In the context of time and place, our country and the state of Wisconsin has one of the best criminal justice systems in the world.
MATC Promise Program
My parents work hard. My father still drives a garbage truck and my mother is a floor nurse working with kids who have cancer.
There is an assassin roaming the streets of our cities, suburbs and rural communities.
Recently, I was speaking to a class of college students when something occurred to me in the midst of answering a question regarding how I ended up running for public office.
AB 233 Legislator Sick Days
The pace is picking up as the legislature is headed into the fall session.
Good News for Wisconsin
Last week I had the opportunity to join volunteers who were working on the Ice Age Trail.
Goyke Kooyenga Reading Challenge
Summer is coming to end and the start of school is nearly upon us. One of the many activities the Kooyenga family enjoys is reading.
This week our family had a great visit to the Wisconsin State Fair. I also had the pleasure of attending a celebration lunch for high school students
Helping families with ABLE accounts
I hope you are enjoying your summer. The Kooyenga family has been fitting in a number of day trips enjoying all there is to do in Wisconsin.
Assembly Approves Milwaukee Bucks Arena Legislation
The Legislature consistently hears residents saying that they want to see Republicans and Democrats work together.
Thank you to everyone who filled out my 2015-2017 budget survey.
Tax Relief in the budget
The 2015-2017 budget passed the legislature last week and was signed into law by Governor Walker on Sunday.
Passage of 2015-2017 Budget
The 2015-2017 state budget passed the Assembly on a vote of 52 to 46 yesterday.
Transportation and Independence Day
The Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Majority Leader have announced that the budget bills will be taken up for final passage next week.
Supreme Court Rulings and Veterans
Historic rulings have been issued by the United States Supreme Court over the last several days that have significant implications on public policy in Wisconsin.
Update on the Budget Process and K12 FAQ
There are four significant items still being negotiated before the budget is completed in committee.
DNR and UW System
Last week the Joint Finance Committee wrapped up our work budget issues covering the Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin System.
Joint Finance Committee Action on Education
The process of amending the Governor's budget is coming to an end.
Family Care and IRIS Announcement and JFC Highlights
I am happy to report to you that the Joint Finance Committee has announced the removal from the budget of the proposed changes to the Family Care and IRIS programs.
The Capitol is bustling this week with action on the budget and other legislative items.
This week was much slower for the Joint Finance Committee.
JFC Voting and Assembly Floor Session
The Assembly met for a Floor Session last Tuesday and the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began their Executive Sessions on Wednesday, April 15th and Friday, April 17th.
2015 Budget Survey, Speed Limit Bill and Town Hall Meetings
The Joint Finance Committee is holding the second listening session on the state budget today at Alverno College in Milwaukee.
JFC Agency Briefings and Road Show Dates
This morning the Assembly passed the right to work bill on a vote of 62 to 35.
Right to Work and Stewardship
A week ago from today a bill (Assembly Bill 61/Senate Bill 44) was introduced by a number of my colleagues that will make Wisconsin a “right-to-work” state.
Budget Pros and Cons
Governor Walker introduced the 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget a week ago.
New Opportunities for Milwaukee and Wauwatosa West High School Wins State We The People Competition
More news came out of the Governor's office this week regarding the two-year state budget. Details include:
Assembly Joint Resolution 1, Assembly Bill 8, Tours and Visits
The Assembly is back in session and progress is being made on a number of fronts.
Inauguration Day and Start of a Third Term in the Wisconsin State Assembly
It is an honor to represent the 14th Assembly District for my third term.
Merry Christmas from the Kooyenga Family!
End of the 2013-14 Session
The legislature has officially completed the 2013-2014 session.
Bipartisan Efforts in the Legislature
The impression of the general public is that Democrats and Republicans fight like cats and dogs and nothing is ever accomplished.
Addressing Wisconsin's Structural Deficit
The concern about the structural deficit is one of the primary concerns for those in opposition to the Governor’s Blue Print for Prosperity.
2014 State of the State Address
Tonight Governor Walker addressed the Joint Legislature and the residents of Wisconsin in the State of the State Address.
New Revenue Numbers, Shot Spotter and H.O.P.E. Legislation
Last week brought remarkable news.
Charter Schools, CAFR and Tax Foundation Award
Happy New Year. The State Assembly is back in session and our office is busy.
Merry Christmas and Charter School Legislation
The Christmas tree is up in the Capital and everyone is anxious to take some time off.
Affordable Care Act and Milwaukee's War on Milwaukee
I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving.
Veterans Day, Legislation, Reforms, and Breaking News
This week I had the honor of celebrating Veterans Day at several events throughout the Milwaukee area.
Wisconsin Tax Rankings, Property Tax Relief, Jobs Legislation, and A New Addition to the Kooyenga Family
We’ve come a long way since January 2011.
Federal Government Shutdown, Property Taxes and Economic Outlook
The State Legislature was busy this week with dozens of public hearings.
New Health Insurance Rates, Blue Books, Capitol Visits, and Cell Phones for Soldiers Drive
I had the pleasure of attending the Milwaukee County 9-11 Memorial ceremony this past Wednesday.
Survey Results and New Legislation
It has been a busy summer attending events in the district and meeting with constituents.
Governor Signs 2013-15 Budget and 4th of July Events
"The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army." General George Washington July 2, 1776
Assembly Passage of the State Budget
I always enjoy books about the history of America and our founding fathers.
Joint Finance Committee Wrap Up
The hard work is paying off.
Wisconsin residents are no longer surprised to hear that Wisconsin is ranked among the top ten states in overall tax burden.
JFC Budget Executive Sessions
It has been an effective two weeks in the capitol and we are moving the ball down the field.
Governor Walker Budget Highlight - Education
This week the Joint Finance Committee met and made progress on a number of transportation and veteran related issues.
UW System Discovery
This week the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began the process of amending the budget introduced by Governor Walker.
Upcoming Town Hall and Milwaukee County Referendum Public Hearing
I would like to begin this week's newsletter by extending my sympathy and prayers for all of those affected by this week's tragedies in Boston and Texas.
Town Hall Meetings
The Assembly is back in session today to vote on two joint resolutions (AJR 7, AJR 14) and two Assembly bills (AB39, AB 58).
Health Care and Medicaid
Yesterday the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held the first public hearing on the budget (AB40) at Greendale High School.
Joint Finance Committee Agency Briefings
Today we completed our state agency briefings.
Mining, Tax Reform, and Education
The mining bill passed the Assembly yesterday on a vote of 58-39. The bill is now headed to Governor Walker and will be signed into law on Monday.
The 2013-14 Budget Process
Governor Walker delivered his budget address to the Joint Legislature this past Wednesday.
Legislative Initiatives and the Upcoming Budget
Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Assembly adjourned for the 3rd time this year. The Legislature passed six resolutions and two bills.
Mining Reform and Righting the Rules
Last week my colleagues and I introduced legislation that will allow the mining industry to return to Wisconsin.
Thank You For Letting Me Serve You For A 2nd Term!
My family was able to join me for the start of 101st Legislature. Grant (4), Taylor (3) and Quin (10 months) are a big reason why I am focused on making sure our great state is financially secure...
Final E-Update of the Legislative Session
I regret to announce that our office will be unable to send out anymore E-Updates until after the election in November. State law (s. 11.33) says a Representative who becomes a candidate for office...
End of Legislative Session
The 2011-2012 legislative session closed at 7PM on Friday (note: we started our floor period at 10AM on Thursday morning). It has been a historic session with...
On Tuesday, with a bipartisan vote of 69-25, AJR 100 passed the Assembly. AJR 100 is a constitutional amendment that will require generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)...
Several weeks ago my colleagues and I took action in the State Assembly to pass a bill to reintroduce mining in Wisconsin. The Senate Committee on mining drafted their own mining bill...
State of the State Address
After a long holiday the halls of the Capitol are once again bustling with activity. It is unfortunate that the distractions by the recall efforts are affecting important policy decisions...
Christmas and New Year's Message
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It has been a remarkable year in Wisconsin. I feel truly blessed to serve the 14th Assembly District and I am proud of all our accomplishments in this historic year...
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I, like many of you, am thankful for a loving family, good health, and the distinction of living in the greatest country in the world...
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all our veterans and their families for their dedication to this great country! This week I had the pleasure to meet a 14th District local entrepreneur...
Safe Families Bill and Introduction of Milwaukee County Comptroller
On Tuesday, the State Senate passed AB 30, the "Safe Families Bill" with a vote of 33-0. I authored the bill after becoming acquainted with the Safe Families organization...
Passage of the State Budget
The Assembly and Senate passed Wisconsin's 2011-2013 biannual budget and it is now awaiting the signature of the Governor. All Republicans, and one independent, made an historic vote to bring common sense, honest accounting...
State Biennium Budget
Greetings everyone. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather. It feels like the temperature is also rising rapidly here in Madison as we make difficult decisions necessary to jump start our economy and deal with the budget mess...
I want to wish everyone a pleasant Memorial Day weekend. This Monday we should all take a moment to reflect on those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect, defend and promote liberty, freedom and justice...
This Week in the Legislature
This week in the legislature the Assembly moved forward on several fronts...
We are certainly witness to historic times here in Wisconsin. There has been considerable attention given to the recent Supreme Court race and the continuing court drama surrounding the budget repair bill...
Statement on the Passage of the Budget Repair Bill
We saved 1,500 middle-class jobs yesterday by moving forward with the budget repair bill. The state will now be able to realize $30 million in savings and allows 1,500 state employees to keep their jobs...
Rep. Kooyenga's Statement on the Budget Repair Bill
We’re broke. After decades of reckless spending and politics as usual, true leadership was on display today in Madison. Wisconsin voters sent a clear message in November – solve our budget issues without raising taxes...