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Platteville: A Good Investment
Growing up on my family’s farm in Spring Green, we learned the
value of hard work and the importance of an education. Higher
and vocational education is a critical component to the success
of Wisconsin’s economy and our communities in southwest
Wisconsin. Unfortunately for many potential students and
families, the costs of an education beyond high school are
rising quickly and the job market for recent graduates can be
Recently we have seen some good statistics
about the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in my senate
district. A recent survey of the average starting salaries of
graduates from institutions in Wisconsin showed UW-Platteville
ranked second highest in our state
behind only the
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where tuition is nearly
five times the amount of UW-Platteville!
The average starting salary for a
UW-Platteville graduate is $48,800. Among public institutions,
UW-Madison follows at $46,400 with UW-Eau Claire starting at
$44,700. UW-Platteville graduates still fair better than those
from other private universities in Wisconsin; Viterbo ($47,400),
Marquette ($46,300) and Marian ($45,800). This is pretty good
news considering that those private schools cost at least
two-times as much as UW-Platteville.
High starting salaries are an indicator that a university is
focused on training students for high pay and in demand job
fields. UW-Platteville graduates are not only earning high
salaries after graduating, but are also paying less in tuition,
reducing the pressure on student and family budgets.
The combination at UW-Platteville of keeping student cost low
while maximizing a student’s earning potential is important
because it results in graduates having a lower investment
relative to earning potential, or a high return on investment (ROI).
Another annual survey of colleges across the country ranked
UW-Platteville first for ROI in Wisconsin. In this case, ROI
takes into account a graduate’s earnings potential and the low
cost of earning a degree.
The ROI at UW-Platteville is nearly two percent more than the
next institution, UW-La Crosse (9.3%). When compared to MSOE
(7.2% ROI), UW-Platteville is four points higher in ROI than the
only other private institution to make the list. The other UW
schools hover around 7-8% ROI, which demonstrates
UW-Platteville’s affordability and effectiveness among its
For more information and to connect with me, visit my website
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/17/marklein and do not
hesitate to call 800-978-8008 if you have input, ideas or need
assistance with any state-related matters.
2015-16 Blue Books
The 2015-16 Blue Books have arrived at the Capitol! If you would
like one, please let me know, I would be happy to make sure you
receive a blue book.
In the District
Mineral Point High School – Cornwall Exchange Program
Representative Todd Novak and I had the privilege of meeting
with a group of students and staff from Mineral Point High
School and their sister school, Redruth Cornwall from Redruth,
As you may or may not know, Mineral Point twinned with Redruth
Cornwall (when the miners settled in Mineral Point, many of them
came from Redruth, Cornwall) and for 16 years, they have been
doing a student exchange every year. They alternate every year,
in that one year students from Mineral Point go to Redruth
Cornwall for two weeks, and then the following year, students
from Redruth come to Mineral Point for two weeks.
It was great to be able to talk with them about Wisconsin State
Government and how things work here and also get to learn more
about their school and life in England. I hope they enjoyed
their visit to the Capitol as much as I enjoyed having them
*Senator Marklein and Representative Novak
with faculty and students from Mineral Point High School and the
Cornwall Exchange program
Fall Sports Teams in the District!
The 17th Senate District has an impressive list of sports teams!
I want to send my congratulations to all of the fall sports
teams that have already finished up their seasons.
Congratulations and best wishes to the football teams from the
district that are competing in the state semi-finals this
Division 6: The #1 ranked Darlington Redbirds take on
the #3 ranked Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs TONIGHT
11/13 at 7pm!
Division 3: The #3 ranked Reedsburg Beavers will take
on the #2 ranked Catholic Memorial Crusaders on Saturday
11/14 at 1pm!
luck and congratulations for making it this far!
2016 Senate Scholar Program
The Senate Scholar Program is an intensive week-long educational
program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate. Admission to the
program is highly competitive and is limited to 33 academically
exceptional high school juniors and seniors from around
Wisconsin. Each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close
view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy.
Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy
development, constituent relations, and processing legislation
by working with Senators, legislative staff and University of
The 2016 Senate Scholar Program is about to get under way for
three separate weeks on the following dates: February 7-12,
February 14-19, and March 6-11, 2016. Applications will need to
be received no later than January 3, 2016. Applicants will then
be notified of their acceptance on or shortly after January 15,
This years’ new Senate Legislative Education and Outreach
Officer, comes to us from Dodgeville High School where she has
been a Social Studies teacher for the past 15 years. I welcome
Tammy Wehrle and thank her for her willingness to take part in
this great program and opportunity for students.
If you are interested in this, please send an email to my
office: email@example.com, with your Name, Phone Number,
Address, and Email Address, so we can get an application sent
out to you.
Preventing Violent Crime in Wisconsin
Last week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved the
addition of two full-time attorneys for Milwaukee County. These
additional attorneys are to serve as special prosecutors to
assist the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office to handle
investigations and prosecutions of fire-arm related criminal
offenses in the City of Milwaukee. This would include any cases
related to gun violence and the illegal possession of a firearm.
These additional positions are part of the “Milwaukee Gun
Violence Reduction Initiative”, an agreement between the
Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee County DA office,
the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee Mayor’s Office,
and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. According to the
initiative, it is intended to address, “an increase in
firearm-related crimes, injuries, and deaths in the city of
Milwaukee.” This will be in effect until July 1, 2017.
Violent crime is an issue that impacts us statewide. However, it
is critical to note the pattern that exists in increased violent
crime in urban areas in Wisconsin. Similar to the rest of the
country, violent crime rates in Wisconsin are generally higher
in urban, highly populated cities. In the table below, a
“violent crime” is defined as either murder (homicide), forcible
rape, robbery, or aggravated assault. The second table shows the
rate of violent crime involving a firearm for the City of
Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin.
Violent Crime Rates Per 100,000 Residents for Cities with a
Population over 100,000 and Wisconsin*
*Identified offenses for Milwaukee, Madison,
and Green Bay were reported by the Milwaukee Police Department,
the Madison Police Department, and the Green Bay Police
Source: Legislative Fiscal Bureau & UCR program
Rate of Homicides, Aggravated Assaults, Robberies, and
Forcible Rapes Involving a Firearm Per 100,000 Residents in the
City of Milwaukee and Wisconsin
Crime Rate per 100,000 Residents*
Crime Rate per 100,000 Residents*
*“Firearm Crime” only includes homicides,
aggravated assaults, robberies, and forcible rapes in which a
firearm was utilized
Source: Legislative Fiscal Bureau & UCR program
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