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  • Community Safety Initiatives 

  • Governor Evers Vetoes Middle Class Tax Cut

  • Fox Cities Paper Trail Addition

  • Stamp Design Contest and Deer Feeding 

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Ron's Recap: February 22, 2019  

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Hello! Welcome to another edition of Ron's Recap for the 104th Legislative Session. This periodic e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date on news from the Capitol and provide other helpful information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about information in this email, if you have an opinion on a legislative issue, or if you have a problem with a state agency. 

Community Safety Initiatives

On Tuesday, Senator Jacque and I unveiled a budget proposal developed by the Criminal Justice Coalition, a group with representatives from the Association of State Prosecutors, Wisconsin District Attorneys Association, Office of the State Public Defender, State Courts, and Wisconsin Department of Justice. The legislation  represents the united budget request of these entities and incorporates minor changes by new Attorney General Kaul.

This combined request includes:

  • Funding for 60.85 additional Assistant District Attorney (ADA) positions
  • The creation of a rural public defender program to increase access to defense counsel and public defender funding to avoid a Constitutional lawsuit
  • Funding for new DOJ staff in needed areas: Forensic Technicians, ballistics analysts, a Crime Scene Response Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children staff, a Digital Forensics Unit, two Assistant Attorney Generals, a Forensics Accountant, and a Special Agent
  • And more

Click here to learn more. 

Governor Evers Vetoes Middle Class Tax Cut

 

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I am disappointed that Governor Evers vetoed a tax cut for hardworking middle-class Wisconsinites.  Governor Evers repeatedly said during his campaign that he wanted to cut taxes for the middle class.  The legislation presented to him did exactly what he wanted to accomplish, yet he still could not reach across the aisle and work for the benefit of millions of Wisconsinites.

I urge Governor Evers to include this legislation as passed in his upcoming budget proposal.  Assembly Bill 4 was fully funded, unlike the Governor’s proposal, and affects a greater number of Wisconsinites as well.  Wisconsin’s surplus is the taxpayer’s surplus.  It’s your money, not a government slush fund.  The Governor is embracing hyper-partisan liberalism and will raise taxes on farmers and manufacturers which will jeopardize middle class jobs and the state’s strong economy.

 

 
Great News for the Fox Cities Paper Trail

The City of Menasha has landed a $100,000 tourism grant from the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to help pay for the construction of a $900,000 segment of the Fox Cities Paper Trail. The new trail will begin at the intersection of Plank Road and Oneida Street. It will run east and north through the 60-acre Menasha Conservancy to the intersection of Nature’s Way and Province Terrace.

Half of the 2,600-foot trail will be asphalt pavement, and half will be boardwalk. The entire trail will be lighted. "It's going to be a very beautiful stretch of trail," Menasha Parks and Recreation Director Brian Tungate told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

You can read further details about the project and the impact it will have on the community by clicking here or on the image below. 

 

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Stamp Design Contest and Deer Feeding

  • The Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking entries for the Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contests.  The contests are open to Wisconsin residents, who are 18 years of age or older.  Entries are due July 15, 2019.
  • As cold and snowy weather continues throughout Wisconsin, state wildlife officials offer a reminder that feeding deer during the winter months is not advisable.  Creating and improving habitat for deer during the summer months helps to fulfill the needs of deer herds during the winter.