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  • New District Attorney Positions in the Budget

  • Governor Evers Vetoes Pro-Life Bills

  • Tick Bite Prevention

  • Labor Shortage

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Ron's Recap: June 28, 2019  

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Numerous communities around the 3rd Assembly District will be hosting parades, concerts, fireworks, and other celebrations next week. Below is a list of communities in the area who will offer firework shows: 

July 3rd

Appleton: Memorial Park at 9:15 p.m.

Kimberly: Sunset Park at dusk

 

July 4th

Menasha: Jefferson Park, 9:30 p.m.

Hilbert: Civic Park at dusk

 

July 6th

Brillion: Braun’s Deer Run Golf Course at dusk

 New District Attorney Positions in the State Budget Passed by the Legislature 

This week, the State Legislature passed the 2019-2021 state budget.  I am glad the Third Assembly District will benefit from the funding of sixty-five new Assistant District Attorney positions, two of which will be in Outagamie County. These new positions will help get criminals off the streets and keep the Fox Valley safer. While not every recommendation made in the criminal justice budget proposal I unveiled in February was adopted, this budget makes strides to fund this core public safety responsibility to the public. I will continue to advocate for an additional circuit court branch in Calumet County and work to ensure justice is achieved and communities are kept safe. 

 

The budget has been sent to the Governor and awaits his signature or veto.  If the new budget is not signed by July 1, the State of Wisconsin will remain open and operating under the previous (2017-19) budget until a new budget has been enacted.

 Governor Evers Vetoes Four Pro-Life Bills

 

I am disappointed that Governor Evers' vetoed four pro-life bills, including the Born Alive Protective Act (Assembly Bill 179). 

AB 179 would require any health-care provider present at the time an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as they would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The health-care provider would also be required to ensure that the child born alive is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.

Governor Evers also vetoed my co-authored Assembly Bill 183, which would have prevented Medical Assistance taxpayer dollars from being granted to entities that perform abortions. Unfortunately, Governor Evers saw these common sense bills aimed at protecting innocent human life as "not a productive use of our time". I will continue to stand up for the right to life for the most vulnerable and voiceless members of society. 

Protect Yourself From Ticks This Summer

With warm summer weather here, many of you will be spending more time outdoors in places where ticks are active. You can take several steps to "fight the bite" and prevent illnesses spread by ticks, including using personal protection, removing ticks as soon as possible, and getting rid of ticks in your yard. Ticks are typically most active in Wisconsin from May to September, but it is still important to use caution year-round.

Deer ticks are a known carrier of Lyme Disease. Wisconsin had approximately 3100 cases of Lyme Disease in 2018, and the average number of reported cases has more than doubled over the last 10 years. 

To find out information about tick bite prevention, tick removal, and additional resources, click here. 

Shortage of Workers for Manufacturing Jobs

Wisconsin's economy echoes the national trend. Our economy is doing so well, we are having trouble finding enough workers to fill positions, particularly manufacturing jobs.


89% of manufacturers report they cannot fill all job openings. The reasons given for not filling the positions were:


- Shifting skill sets due to advancing technologies;
- Misperceptions of manufacturing jobs;
- Retirement of baby boomers

Nevertheless, the Wisconsin State Legislature has taken the following steps to invest in worker training programs: 

 - Expanded the summer youth employment program statewide.

 - Increased funding for the Career and Technical Education grants by $6 million so that more high school students have access to technical education courses.

 - Increased funding for the Wisconsin Technical College system by $25 million. 
 -  Provided $500,000 for Project SEARCH to connect individuals with disabilities with jobs.