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  • Cutting Back on My Expenses

  • State Parks Are Open!

  • Conversation with Mayor Woodford

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

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Ron's Recap: May 1, 2020

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Yesterday, the Assembly Committee on State Affairs heard testimony from industry experts regarding the Back to Business Plan published by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Speakers at the hearing represented the following organizations:
• Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and members of their organization
• Secretary-Designee Missy Hughes, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
• Members from the Wisconsin Grocers Association
• Members from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association
• Members from the Tavern League of Wisconsin
• Members from the Wisconsin Dairy Alliance
• Members from the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association
• Members from the Wisconsin Bankers Association

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 Cutting Back on My Expenses

Wisconsinites are tightening their belts in response to COVID-19. I need to tighten my expenses, too. Every dollar my office spends is a dollar taxed. It is a dollar that could be used for other state needs. I am proud to save Wisconsin taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars this year by providing the same services with half the staff. We will do our best, despite the largest influx of constituent contacts in our office’s four year history.
I support Republicans’ call for a spending freeze to the second year of the Wisconsin biennial budget. Further, I appreciate Gov. Evers’ 5% reduction, too. However, we need to do more to cut our expenses. We need to find other opportunities to reduce our expenses. If we do not, we will regret it next budget cycle. The people of Wisconsin expect their leaders to make tough choices and that is exactly what needs to happen.


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 State Parks Are Open

Starting today, many of Wisconsin's closed state parks will re-open, including High Cliff State Park. An annual park sticker will be required to visit state parks.

  • State parks are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Closed Wednesdays
  • Hunting and fishing on public land is open. 
  • Annual park admission stickers are required.  You can purchase them from the DNR over the phone (with a credit card) at 1-888-305-0398. The call center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the purchase of admission stickers.  



Conversation with Appleton's Mayor Jake Woodford 

This week, I had the opportunity to speak with Appleton's newly elected mayor, Jake Woodford. We had a productive conversation regarding Appleton's plans to support its businesses after COVID-19. No matter who you supported in the mayoral race, we should rally around Mayor Woodford's efforts to promote Appleton after COVID-19. 

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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Applications are now being taken for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). PUA is a benefit available to individuals who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 who do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance including independent contractors, the self-employed, and non-profit employees.


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