March 23, 2010
Harsdorf Holds Listening Sessions
This month I held listening sessions in each of the five counties in the 10th State Senate District. It was a great opportunity for me to receive direct feedback and interact with constituents. As I visited different communities, including Ellsworth, Balsam Lake, Hudson, Menomonie and Siren, I heard a wide range of insights and opinions.
My office generally receives over 1,000 constituent communications through mail, e-mail, and phone calls in a given month. Constituents comment on pending legislation, offer suggestions on changing current law, provide general comments, or ask for assistance with state agencies. These various communications provide me with the opportunity to learn and get a sense of what people expect of government. While opinions sometimes greatly vary, citizen input is extremely helpful as I work to represent the residents of this area.
I especially enjoy old fashioned “Town Halls” as they offer personal interaction that enables individuals to share their personal views and stories about issues affecting them. During my latest round of listening sessions, many commented on their concerns with government spending, property taxes, access to Wisconsin news, and school funding. I would like to thank the over 100 people that took time from their day to attend. I am encouraged by the interest that individuals are showing by getting involved in their government.
To better serve constituents, over the last year I have streamlined my website, www.harsdorfsenate.com , to offer legislative updates and indexing of my comments on state issues. The site includes video, regular blogs, online surveys, and the ability to register for email updates. The ease of email and electronic communications greatly increases the volume of correspondence as well as accessibility for constituents. I welcome visitors and those that want to sign up and comment on e-news updates.