April 6, 2012
Rep. Tranel Tours Northern Grant County
Madison - Yesterday, Representative Travis Tranel had four constituent meetings in northern Grant County. He visited with members of the Boscobel Area Health Care’s administration, clinicians, and staff to discuss rural health care issues and listen to their ideas about how to better serve the citizens of rural Wisconsin.
“Boscobel Area Health Care is a truly exceptional health care facility that is focused on providing the people of northern Grant County with first class local service and care,” said Tranel. “I was extremely impressed with how they described the healthcare benefits and needs of the community. They are strong advocates for access to rural healthcare.”
Rep. Tranel also spent time Thursday morning visiting several Boscobel main street businesses talking with employees about how their business was doing in these challenging economic times.
Then Rep. Tranel headed to Mt. Hope for a meeting with members of the committee to save the Mt. Hope Post Office. Last year, members of this committee contacted Rep. Tranel to ask for his help in keeping the Mt. Hope Post Office open.
Rep. Tranel was able to distribute to members of the committee a letter sent to him last week that he requested from the U.S. Post Office updating him on the status of the Mt. Hope Post Office. Currently, the U.S. Post Office is not planning to close the Mt. Hope office.
“I want to thank all of the committee members that worked diligently to help persuade the U.S. Post Office administrators about the importance of keeping the Mt. Hope Post Office open and servicing the community,” said Tranel.
Finally, Rep. Tranel traveled to Tranel’s Canal Street Restaurant in Bloomington to meet with Dr. Jeff Davis and Bloomington area farmers. The group discussed the following issues: programs to help transition farms to the younger generation of farmers, the importance of keeping farm property taxes low due to increased production costs such as fuel, and the need to limit government regulations on farmers’ privately owned lands.
“It was great to have a chance to listen and talk with fellow farmers about the next generation of farming in Southwest Wisconsin. Relieving the burden of state government regulations and taxes has been a focus this session,” said Tranel. “Agriculture is a 56 billion dollar industry in Wisconsin and plays and extremely important role in our local economy.”
Rep. Tranel also informed the group that Governor Walker would be signing one of his Ag bills into law today. Act 237 allows dairy cooperative members to claim up to 10% of the amount paid by the cooperative to modernize or expand its dairy manufacturing operation in the taxable year following the year in which the investment is made.