Legislative Update

June 1, 2017

Here's What I 'm  Working On For You!

Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Madison. It is my solemn and continuing promise to deliver results on the issues most important to you and your family. Please feel free to call or e-mail me anytime. Thank you again for allowing me to serve you, and I hope to hear from you soon!


Prison Proposal Receives Statewide Media Coverage


Click here to watch my full interview on UpFront with Mike Gousha!

State Budget Continues to Make Progress

The Joint Committee on Finance is continuing its work developing the 2017-2019 biennial budget for the state of Wisconsin. Here are a few updates on recent budget provisions passed by the Committee. You can always follow along with the Committee’s actions by watching live on Wisconsin Eye!

Dementia Care Specialists

On May 25th, 2017 the Joint Finance Committee voted to increase the number of Dementia Care Specialists from 19 to 24 in 2018. This is a tremendous success to increase the number of  Dementia Care Specialists in Wisconsin. Dementia Care Specialists provide a number of supports to individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. This is a critical initiative towards investing in long-term care options for Wisconsin residents.

UW System

Representative Nygren (R-Marinette) motioned to authorize starting the Engineering Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the 2017-2019 budget. This will help UWGB to grow and excel in the future as well as attract more students to the campus. This exciting new program will allow UWGB to continue meeting the needs of its students while at the same time engaging a more diverse set of students.

The Joint Finance Committee also voted to continue to freeze tuition throughout the UW system for two more years while also freezing segregated fees.  The freeze on tuition and segregated fees aims to ensure that a college education through the UW System remains affordable for the hardworking families of Wisconsin.

Welfare Reform

The Joint Finance Committee and Governor Walker are supporting a measure to require able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage through BadgerCare.  For individuals who test positive, this proposal would ensure that they are connected with the treatment they need. 

Workforce Development

 The Committee approved the Governor’s recommendation for additional funding for Fast Forward grants, which provide critical workforce training. The allocation would allow for another $11.5 million dollars in this budget toward these grants. This includes specific funding to broaden the scope on eligible teachers through the Teacher Development Program, increased funding for Career and Technical Education, and grants to school districts that purchase technical education equipment.

Assembly Bill 331: regarding expungement of records of certain crimes.

Assembly Bill 345: regarding work release for inmates in Department of Corrections contracted facilities.

Find the full list of legislation Authored or Co-Authored by Rep. Steffen here!


Successful Listening Sessions!

 I truly appreciate the chance to hear from my constituents and their concerns. If you missed the listening sessions you can always submit a Contact-Me form to let me know what your thoughts are.

State Agency News

 Free admission to State Parks this weekend! What a great way to kick off the summer in Wisconsin. Click the picture for more details.


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