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  • Last Chance to Fill Out Budget Survey

  • Memorial Day Remembrance

  • Strong Economy

  • Free Fun Weekend Outdoor Activities

 

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Ron's Recap: May 23, 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. 

 Last Chance To Fill Out Budget Survey

For the past several weeks, my office has received over a thousand responses to my budget survey. Thank you to those who took the time to fill out my budget survey! If you have not yet done so, now is your last chance to take my budget survey. I am here to represent you and I want your input. You can fill out my survey online by clicking here. 

 

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 Memorial Day Remembrance

This Memorial Day, we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of our nation's heroes. The brave men and women, who were willing to fight and to die for their country, believed in something greater than themselves. Let us never forget their sacrifice!

The city of Appleton's annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. May 27. The parade will start on College Avenue at Appleton Street and end at Pacific and Owaissa Streets (the entrance of Riverside Cemetery). After the parade, a traditional Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Riverside Cemetery. An additional salute will follow between Riverside Cemetery and St. Joseph's Cemetery.

 

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Strong Economy

For the 15th straight month, Wisconsin's unemployment rate was below 3%. That's below the national average! 

Last week, the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau revised its projections and now estimates that Wisconsin will bring in $753 million more in revenue than expected. Thanks to good governance and fiscal responsibility over the past decade, Wisconsin’s economy is booming!  As state revenues grow as a result, my colleagues and I are want to ensure that Wisconsin remains on strong footing in the event of another economic downturn.  That is why we are prioritizing tax relief, debt payment, and Rainy Day Fund reserves with the unexpected revenues!

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Free Fun Weekend

  • Free Fun Weekend is taking place on June 1st and 2nd.  On this weekend, Wisconsin residents and visitors can fish for free, hike or bike state trails for free, enjoy free admission to state parks and forests and ride public ATV trails FOR FREE! 

 

  • The Department’s draft Trout Management Plan is now available for public comment.  The plan covers brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and lake trout in inland lakes, ponds and streams of Wisconsin.

 

  • DNR is seeking citizen reports of turtle road crossing hotspots and to help protect nests as female turtles start leaving the water in search of an upland location to lay their eggs.

 

  • The agency recently announced its new online Environmental Division Quarterly Report – EM Insight.  The public can subscribe to receive quarterly updates on the work the Division is doing to protect Wisconsin’s air, land, water and public health through compliance support and partnerships with their customers.