February 10, 2017

Governor's Budget Proposal

Earlier this week, Governor Walker introduced his budget proposal for the upcoming biennium. The framework the Governor has provided us with is a great first step towards crafting a budget that works for Wisconsin.

I am proud the Governor is prioritizing K-12 education in this budget. The additional $649 million in funding will help continue the proud tradition of strong schools in Wisconsin. The initiatives targeting rural schools will provide substantial assistance to our schools in the 1st District. You can click on the picture below to watch a video of my thoughts on the budget proposal.


I look forward to working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve upon the Governor’s budget over the upcoming months. The taxpayers of Wisconsin deserve a budget that works for them.

Boys and Girls Clubs Of Door County

On Thursday, I was very happy to help present awards at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Door County Stewardship Breakfast.  Triangle Distributing was recognized as Business Partner of the Year, UW Extension was recognized as Community Partner of the Year and Jeff and Brenda Lang were recognized as Volunteers of the Year.  Isabella Jimeniz-Seyer and Bryce LeGrave were named Members of the Year and they both spoke eloquently about the importance of the Boys and Girls Club in their lives.  We are extremely lucky to have the club in our community.  I cannot think of an organization that will have a greater impact on the future of our area.  Thank you to their wonderful staff and all of those who volunteer and contribute to make it possible.

I am pictured with Isabella, Bryce and Executive Director Julie Davis.

Coastal Management Council

This year, I began serving as the Assembly Representative on the Coastal Management Council. The Council works alongside state agencies and non-profit groups to preserve Wisconsin's coastal regions and protect the natural resource that is our coastline.

Last week, we met to hand out grants to local projects that fulfill this mission. Several projects in the 1st District received funding. The Village of Egg Harbor's project to improve Egg Harbor beach was approved and funding was also provided to complete the plan for the Little Lake restoration in Sturgeon Bay and the staircase project at Porte des Morts Park in Liberty Grove.

In District Listening Sessions on Budget

I will be holding several listening sessions on the Governor's proposed budget. I am eager to hear my constituents' insights on the budget and listen to what your priorities are.

I will be available to meet with constituents at the locations and times listed below:

Kewaunee County Listening Session

Where: City of Kewaunee City Hall, 401 5th St, Kewaunee, WI 54216
When: Monday, February 20th from 2:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.

Door County Listening Sessions

Where: Sturgeon Bay Public Library, 107 S. 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
When:  Monday, February 20th from 11:15 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.

Where: Southern Door High School Library, 2073 County Road DK, Brussels, WI 54204
When:  Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Brown County Listening Session

Where: Town of Scott Town Hall, 2621 Jody Drive, New Franken, WI 54229
When: Monday, March 20th from 6:00 p.m. --7:30 p.m. 

In Closing...

Thank you for taking the time to read my E-Update. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact my office. Chris and Stamena look forward to working with you. Also, if you would like a State of Wisconsin 2015-2016 Blue Book or 2017 State Highway map free of charge, just send us an email!

                                Have a great weekend,                   

             Representative Joel Kitchens




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