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Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to represent you in the state capitol. Below, you will find updates from the capitol and around western Wisconsin. Please feel free to reach out to me with your legislative and state agency concerns. 

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- Sen. Patty Schachtner

State Treasurer Highlights Investments in Burnett County Communities

Last Thursday, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and I were in Wood River and Webster to highlight recent state investments in both communities. The Town of Wood River received financial assistance to help build a new town hall and truck shop building through the State Trust Fund Loan Program while Webster Elementary School received funding through the Common School Fund. Treasurer Godlewski serves on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) and conducts oversight over both the State Trust Fund Loan Program and Common School Fund. I’m excited about Treasurer Godlewski’s commitment to investing in communities across Wisconsin. I look forward to continuing to work with Treasurer Godlewski, my legislative colleagues, and local partners on expanding opportunity in Northwest Wisconsin.

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Patrolman Lee Murphy Honored at Law Enforcement Memorial  

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson and I attended a candlelight vigil recognizing fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week. This year, the names of 371 officers were dedicated to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in D.C. including St. Croix County Patrolman Lee Murphy. Patrolman Murphy was shot during a traffic stop and high-speed pursuit in June 1953. He died in 1955 from complications related to the injury.

As the St. Croix County medical examiner, I work closely with law enforcement officers and see their compassion and dedication to our community all the time. That’s why I made it a priority to get Patrolman Murphy’s name included on the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial. I’m grateful to have worked with Sheriff Scott Knudson and those in law enforcement to honor the legacy and life of Patrolman Lee Murphy.

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Schachtner Votes to Close Two Tax Loopholes 

I voted to close two tax loopholes last week on the Senate floor. Under current law, a business could deduct from its tax liability all expenses paid for moving, even if the business moves out of the state or country. At a time when local communities are struggling, it makes no sense to subsidize companies moving jobs and resources out of the state. I’m proud to have co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to end this practice and to have voted for it on the Senate floor. I look forward to Governor Tony Evers signing the bill into law.

Last week, Senate Democrats also tried to take up a proposal to end the “Dark Store” tax loophole. However, the move was blocked unanimously by Senate Republicans. Under the loophole, big-box, corporate retailers sue municipalities to have their property value assessed as if the stores were vacant or abandoned, pushing their tax liability onto homeowners and small businesses. Governor Tony Evers’ budget included a provision to end the “Dark Store” tax loophole. However, the provision was removed from budget consideration on May 9 along with 130 other proposals including Medicaid expansion. 



Governor Evers’ Education Investments to be considered by Budget Committee

The Joint Committee on Finance will vote on education investments proposed by Governor Tony Evers this Thursday. In his budget, the governor makes historic investments in public education, student mental health, and special education. Under his plan, the state would re-commit to funding two-thirds of public education while ensuring no public schools lose state aid. Local schools will also receive over $600 million in special education funding to ensure students with special needs can get a quality education regardless of their zip code. 

I hope the committee will consider adopting the governor’s education plan. This past year, a bipartisan commission on school funding supported additional resources for public education. The commission's recommendation comes after repeated findings that K-12 education spending today is lower than it was in 2010, after adjusting for inflation. The commission also noted that state funding for special education has not increased in the past decade despite increasing costs and demand.

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District Events


Webster Arts & Crafts Extravaganza

Saturday, May 25; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Webster Elementary School

7364 Alder St E

Webster, WI 54893


One of northwest Wisconsin's largest arts and crafts shows featuring more than 150 vendors showcasing and selling handmade products and gourmet foods including cabin/garden decor, furniture, wildlife photography, oil/watercolor/acrylic paintings, sculpture, textiles, woodworking, ceramics/pottery, jewelry, and more. Brats, burgers, soda, coffee and baked goods for sale.


Siren Music in the Park

Thursday, June 6; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


Crooked Lake Park

24258 Hwy 35 70

Siren, WI 54872


Relax and enjoy a summer concert at the Crooked Lake Park Band Shell (Siren School, if rain). A variety of performers are scheduled for your listening enjoyment - from patriotic, country, & gospel to blues, rock'n'roll, & Celtic! Refreshments are available by local non-profit organizations.




Downtown Menomonie Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, May 29; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Wilson Park

800 Wilson Ave

Menomonie, WI 54751


The Menomonie Farmers’ Market features local farmers, producers, artists, musicians, authors and is one of the best markets in the area! In addition to fresh local produce, crispy right-from-the-oven breads, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs and handmade cheese, visitors can also enjoy hot lunches, fresh pop corn and fair trade coffee while listening to the performances of local musicians.


2019 Chippewa Valley Nature Festival

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2


UW-Stout Memorial Student Center

302 10th East Ave

Menomonie, WI 54751


The Nature Festival kicks off with National Eagle Center from Wabasha followed by the presentation “Emerging Right of Nature”. Saturday presents numerous opportunities to learn about and experience the natural world around us. There are both indoor presentations and several field opportunities by foot or canoe/kayak. There is a special Kid’s Track and children attend free with a paid adult. Test your knowledge with “Bird Bowl” on Saturday evening. The festival concludes on Sunday with an antique open-air train ride through the Tiffany Bottoms Wildlife Area.




Chill on the Hill – Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, June 4; 7 p.m.


Melvin Wall Amphitheater

678 S. Third St.

River Falls, WI 54022


Free outdoor concert series at the Melvin Wall Amphitheater on Tuesdays featuring regional artists.  Grilled food, beverages and ice cream available for purchase.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and lawn chairs.


Music in the Park

Friday, June 21; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Veterans Park

1 N Main St.

River Falls, WI 54022


This annual summertime series features a diverse range of wonderful live entertainment for all ages in beautiful Veteran's Park, centrally located in the heart of downtown River Falls. Friday & Saturday nights.




Written Off Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 6; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Unity Performing Arts Center

1908 150th St. Hwy 46 N.

Balsam Lake, WI 54810


Please join me at a free screening of Written Off, a documentary film about Matt Edwards' battle with addiction. Following the screening, we will have a panel and community discussion regarding addiction and mental health in our region. Trailer.


Spring Plant Sale & Local Food Fair

Friday, May 24 – Saturday, May 25; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Cafe Wren
2596 State Road 35

Luck, WI 54853


Celebrating our annual garden sale! Bedding plants and vegetable plants, and much more. Local food vendors. Fun for everyone!



St. Croix

Prairie Day

Saturday, June 1; 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Willow River State Park
1034 County Road A

Hudson, WI 54016


Join the St. Croix Prairie Enthusiasts and other local organizations as you learn about the beauty and importance of prairie ecosystems. There will be hikes, exhibits, movies, and more!


June Bug Days

Thursday, June 6 – Saturday, June 8


Mill Pond Park

Maple St.

Baldwin, WI 54002


Annual community event celebrating the start of summer! Live music, community dinner, softball tournament, pony rides, mini-rod pull, garage sale, car show, parade and Miss Baldwin Coronation!  Don't miss the fun!!