Backing Words with Action I’m happy to report that, after many years of trying, we’ve succeeded in passing legislation to ensure that surviving spouses and dependent children of law enforcement officers or emergency medical services practitioners who die in the line of duty will continue to receive their health insurance.
Bewley and Meyers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Violence Against Tribal Women and Girls “We must do a better job of addressing the shocking levels of violence and abuse against tribal women and girls.”
Healthy Forests I am honored to serve on the Governor’s Council on Forestry, a group that works to find the proper balance between utilizing and protecting our forests.
The Right Way Forward Instead of putting 22 additional beds in Eau Claire, we can find a way to add four or five beds at four or five locations across northern and western Wisconsin. And we can find a way to make sure the beds are available when local law enforcement departments need them.
A More Complete Picture Most of my columns are about big issues, like the state budget or bills that the legislature has recently voted on. But there is so much more to the work that we do as legislators. The “big stories” however important, are a small part of the story.
A Good Thing Even in today’s highly polarized political climate, there are areas of agreements by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, things that will make positive changes in people’s lives and the wellbeing of our state.
Good News for Veterans in the Budget While it’s easy to get caught up on one or two of the hot button issues, I think it’s part of my job to highlight for my constituents some of the less talked about, but no less important programs helping our local communities. I’m glad to know that VORP will continue serving veterans.
Summer and Sparsity I’m disappointed that REpu stripped some of the Governor’s key priorities out of the budget, especially Medicaid expansion. Today I would like to talk about the changes they made to his proposals for education funding, specifically as it relates to sparsity aid.
Neither Snow nor Rain . . . Deter Northern Wisconsin Residents I was especially proud of the incredible turnout for the annual “Superior Days” lobbying effort that was held in Madison this week. Once again the Capitol was filled with concerned citizens from Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron Counties, advocating for local communities in Northern Wisconsin.
Time To Turn The Corner Unfortunately, as we turn the corner into a new session, lame duck bills adopted last month were designed to saddle our state with a troubled and largely failed agency -- the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) -- for months or even years to come.