Legislative Update

August 25, 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!


Foxconn and Budget Update

This week the Committee on Joint Finance met for a public hearing in Sturtevant at Gateway Technical College to review the Special Session Assembly Bill 1 (Foxconn legislation), which was passed by the Assembly last week. The hearing allowed citizens to come out and share their thoughts on the project and its impact in Wisconsin. The public hearing was specifically set in Sturtevant to ensure that the people most likely to be directly impacted by this project had an opportunity to provide input to the Committee. The hearing showed that people in the area where Foxconn is looking to locate are optimistic and excited for this new project. Reports show that Foxconn may bring $4 for every $1 invested.

In addition the Committee on Joint Finance also met on budget related issues on Thursday, taking up various topics such as natural resources, corrections, revenue, and state public defenders. Here are a few highlights:

Department of Natural Resources:  The Committee on Joint Finance voted in favor to repeal the forestry mill tax as well as putting more funding towards environmental quality measures and approving reorganization of the Department of Natural Resources in order to better manage department priorities and workload.

Public Defenders: The Committee on Joint Finance also approved a proposal to convert the State Public Defender to a block grant appropriation, this will allow for improved agency management.  Additionally, the Committee approved  more than $3 million in pay progression for State Public Defenders in order to reduce reliance on private bar attorneys, and ensure adequate legal representation for Wisconsin citizens.

Department of Revenue: The Committee on Joint Finance voted to increase the lottery advertising budget by $1 Million annually. Revenue generated through lottery sales are used to reduce property tax bills for homeowners.

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection: The Committee on Joint Finance  voted to keep the Wisconsin's Farm-To-School program. Additionally, the Committee approved increased funding for livestock registration, which is an important tool in helping DATCP better respond to outbreaks of diseases on farms.

The next committee meeting for Joint Finance will be Monday, August 28 at 1:30p.m.

Assembly Bill 457
Regarding dental provider network rental by insurance plans.

Senate Joint Resolution 70
Regarding honoring the life and public service of Secretary Kitty Rhoades.

Senate Joint Resolution 69
Regarding honoring the life and public service of Theodore "Ted" Kanavas.

 LRB 3320: Regarding to allowing municipalities to provide evidence in support of a challenged assessment.

LRB 2414/1 & 4055/1: Regarding exemption for student entrepreneurs from the initial filing fee for forming a limited liability company.

Find the full list of legislation I've Authored or Co-Authored  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.

In-District Events...

Howard Farmer's Market: Every Tuesday through September 26 from 4-7pm. Location: Howard Village Center.

Summer Cookouts In The Garden: Every Wednesday through August 30 from 11am-1pm. Location: 2600 Larsen Road Green Bay, WI.

Packers Heritage Trail Trolley Tour: Wednesday Aug 30 from 3pm-4:30pm. Location:

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