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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. 

In addition to this newsletter, you may follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns. 

 

Sincerely, 
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- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Schachtner Co-hosts Roundtable on CNA Shortage

I co-hosted a roundtable on Wisconsin’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) shortage with Department of Workforce Development Secretary Caleb Frostman yesterday. During the New Richmond roundtable, CNAs and nursing home directors from western Wisconsin shared their concerns about Wisconsin’s capacity to provide long-term care services to our seniors. Key challenges that were brought up included low Medicaid reimbursement rates, low CNA pay, and increasing demand for long-term care services.

To address these concerns, Secretary Frostman and I advocated for Medicaid expansion, which would increase access to health care while reducing state taxpayer costs. Expanding Medicaid, as proposed by Governor Evers, would also attract $1.6 billion in new federal funds that can help address our growing long-term care needs. Senate District 10 counties (Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix) would see $60 million in additional investments under the governor’s proposal.

I have also co-sponsored four proposals to help address the shortage and retention issue. These include:

Senate Bill 222 – which provides $1,000,000 for nurse aide training in areas with nurse aide shortages through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Senate Bill 223 – which creates a $1,500 refundable tax credit for costs incurred for becoming a CNA.

Senate Bill 103 – which lowers the required amount of CNA training hours to match federal requirements and requirements in Minnesota.

LRB 0981 – which would direct federal funds from Medicaid expansion to increase reimbursement for personal care services by 2.5 percent each year. The reimbursement rate increase will go directly to the personal care worker.

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Memorial Day Remembrance 

Every Memorial Day, we remember the women and men who sacrificed it all for the freedoms that we enjoy. President Kennedy once said, “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it remembers.” As a mother of two children who have served or are currently serving in the military, I believe it is our duty to honor the women and men who have died and sacrificed for our nation. I was honored to spend Memorial Day with Somerset American Legion Post 111 and Baldwin American Legion Post 240. 

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Finance Republicans Cut Evers' Clean Water Budget Proposal 

Last week, Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance voted to cut $43 million from Governor Evers’ clean water initiatives. The committee previously blocked accepting $13.7 million in federal funding to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

Wisconsinites have increased their calls for clean water in light of recent studies which found that a high proportion of private wells had unsafe contamination levels. About 40 percent of Wisconsinites rely on private wells for their drinking water, including me. In addition to clean water being essential to public health, it is also crucial for tourism and our outdoors heritage. As a hunter and mother, I am disappointed that the cuts will come at the expense of the health of seniors, children, and families. 

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Celebrating June Dairy Month 

Growing up on a dairy farm, I look back fondly on the long and hard days our family worked to make the magic happen. The farm brought our entire family together. We worked, and when it got tough, we remembered that each day helped feed our neighbors and families across the nation.

Established in 1939, June Dairy Month helps celebrate dairy and our dairy farmers. Throughout Wisconsin, neighbors and friends can see – and taste – the impact dairy producers have on our state by enjoying the nation’s best cheese curds, ice cream, and milk.

This June Dairy Month, let’s celebrate dairy, our farmers, and our state’s heritage.

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District Events

Burnett

Burnett County Dairy Breakfast

Saturday, June 15; 6 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Four Cubs Farm

23250 S Williams Rd

Grantsburg, WI 54840

 

The breakfast features Jack's wild rice pancakes, cured ham, cheese curds with milk, juice or coffee and ice cream for dessert! Petting zoo, farm tours, trivia, live music, coloring and lots more. Adults $6, children $5 (6-12), children 5 & under free.

 

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.

 

 

Dunn 

Downtown Menomonie Farmers’ Market

Saturday, June 8; 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.

 

Dunn County Dairy Breakfast

Saturday, June 8; 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Alfalawn Farm
N2859 290th St. 

Menomonie, WI 54740

 

The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles with real maple syrup and flavored syrups. You'll be able to enjoy a variety of yummy dairy products, including white, chocolate and strawberry milk, Cady Cheese sticks, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery deep-fried cheese curds, McDonald's Yoplait Go-Gurts, and Swiss Miss pudding snacks.

Activities featured at the dairy breakfast will include a bake sale by St. Henry Church in Eau Galle, antique tractor display, petting zoo, tractor-driven hay wagon tours of the farm, and door prizes will be given away. Cost $6, children 5 & under free. 

 

 

Pierce

Chill on the Hill – Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, June 18; 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.

 

 

Polk

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.

 

Rhubarb Fest

Saturday, June 8; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Millpond Park

Osceola, WI 54020

 

Rhubarb Fest is fun for the whole family! Community wide garage sales, bouncy house, craft fair, farmer's market, bake sale, pancake breakfast, fishing clinic and Duck a thon at Millpond park and much more!

 

 

St. Croix

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!!

 

St. Croix Riverfest

Tuesday, July 16 – Friday, July 21

 

Lakefront Park

Locust and First Streets

Hudson, WI 54016

 

In Celebration of Life on the River join us for river related fun! Activities will include a concert in the Park by the St. Croix Valley Symphony, river clean-up, family paddle, demonstrations and more. For a complete listing of events please visit us online.