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  • State Budget

  • Nominations for Fox Cities Youth Alliance Awards

  • Fox Cities Paper Trail Addition

  • Bonus Turkey Hunt Authorizations and More! 

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Ron's Recap: March 1, 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. 

Governor Evers' Budget Address

Last night, Governor Evers delivered his first budget address. While I am optimistic about the opportunity to work together, I am disappointed by what I heard. 

Governor Evers spoke of the opportunity to be bipartisan and work for the people of Wisconsin, yet his budget priorities sound like a laundry list of radical liberal policies.

The facts are simple: thanks to Governor Walker and Republicans in the Legislature, Wisconsin has a budget surplus of $588 million, we invested a record amount of money in education that actually made it into classrooms and not the administrative bureaucracy, and, importantly, we cut taxes for Wisconsinites.  I am disappointed Governor Evers wants to go backwards with the failed ideology of taxing and spending, thinking it will lead to prosperity.  Wisconsinites cannot afford the fifty dollar tax increase on median value homes and the myriad of other tax and fee increases the Governor is proposing.

Despite our ideological differences, there are some initiatives I am glad to see the Governor included in his budget. As a member of the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, we laid the groundwork for funding broadband expansion grants, which the Governor is funding dramatically in this budget.

Criminal justice funding is another area for bipartisanship I can support. Just last week I introduced a bill that represents the combined budget request of the criminal justice community. The plan I introduced, developed by the stakeholders in the criminal justice system, included funding for more than sixty new prosecutors. The Governor’s proposal provides just 25 new prosecutors when 120 are needed, but is a step in the right direction.

I will also reiterate my call for Governor Evers to follow Democrat Governor Tony Earl’s example in 1983 and keep his redistricting proposal out of the state budget so it can be judged on its merits.  Including wholly non-budgetary and entirely political proposals in his budget, such as the redistricting commission, driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, and the decriminalization of marijuana, poisons the atmosphere for bipartisanship.

To watch my reaction to the Governor's Budget proposal, click here

 

Nominations for Fox Cities Youth Alliance Awards

The Youth Alliance Awards presentation is one of Volunteer Fox Cities’ signature events and is the only volunteer award & recognition program exclusive to young people under the age of 18.  The award program, started in 1994, seeks to recognize the spirit of volunteerism, as found in future leaders of our community, and to encourage young people and adults to take hold of that same spirit in their own lives.

All individuals and organizations throughout the Fox Cities are encouraged to nominate any youth or youth group who has demonstrated a commitment to helping others and has succeeded in positively impacting the lives of others. Of all nominations, one individual and one group is chosen to receive the The Fox Cities Youth Service Award in recognition of service to the  community.

If you wish to nominate a group or an individual, click here to fill out the application, find out more information, and see past winners. 

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Road Construction on Highway 10

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be performing work on US 10 from WIS 114 to WIS 32/57 during the summer of 2019. Work on Highway 10 will include: 

  • Milling and overlaying the roadway pavement
  • Spot curb and gutter replacement at intersection radii
  • New pavement marking
  • Center line rumble strips
  • Increased paved shoulder width and shoulder rumble strips

Construction will begin sometime in the summer and is expected to last roughly 2 months.  

 
 
 

Turkey Harvest Authorizations and More! 

  • Bonus turkey harvest authorizations (previously known as “leftover permits”) will go on sale the week of March 18th.  In total, 109,771 bonus turkey harvest authorizations are available across all seven turkey zones for the 2019 spring season.

 

  • County Deer Advisory Councils throughout Wisconsin will hold meetings March 11th – March 22nd to begin the process of setting antlerless harvest quotas for the 2019 deer seasons.  All council meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity to provide feedback on the development of quota and season structure recommendations. 

 

  • Wisconsin invasive species officials are asking the public to help identify and locate populations of the invasive Amur Cork Tree.