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Forward Fridays


Welcome to my latest e-update! Here are highlights from the past week as your state Representative. 

As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns you have.

Forward together!  

School Visits

Last week, Milwaukee area legislators met with Superintendent Kevin Posley of Milwaukee Public Schools to discuss MPS's priorities for success. Dr. Posley presented meaningful data and information about how the state budget impacts MPS. 

This week, I got to check out the Longfellow Middle School STEM Fair and a Wauwatosa East theater presentation. I'm extremely impressed by the hard work and talent of our students. 

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McKinley Elementary School (Wauwatosa) 

I was excited to greet both McKinley and Washington Elementary School at the Capitol this week! Senator Kooyenga and I talked with the students about lemonade stands (and the important legislation related to them), how many light bulbs are in the Capitol, and who Sen. Kooyenga's and my bosses are. Thanks for visiting!

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Next week, I look forward to visiting Fairview South in the Elmbrook School District, and receiving visits from other schools at the Capitol. 

Adoption Task Force

Adoption Task Force.pngThis week, I was appointed to the Assembly Task Force on Adoption, a bipartisan group of 10 Republicans and 6 Democrats. This committee will focus on addressing the barriers facing biological and adoptive parents in the adoption process. I am honored by my appointment to this task force, and am committed to making this process better for children and families across our state.

For my full statement on my appointment to this task force, click here.  

Budget Update

University of Wisconsin System: Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted to extend the tuition freeze without funding it, and fund UW system programs at nearly $70 million less than the proposed budget. "I feel like I've been kicked in the shins," UW System President Ray Cross said after the vote.

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Department of Natural Resources: Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee also slashed many of the budget's DNR proposals, including the creation of the Natural Resources Science Bureau. They also decreased the proposed funding for the Department of National Resources by $28 million, which will diminish the impact of proposed clean water initiatives.

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 Happy Birthday, Wisconsin!
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On May 29th, the state of Wisconsin celebrated its 171st birthday. I'm proud to call this state home! 

DNR: Free Fun Weekend

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Photo Courtesy of DNR

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources "Free Fun Weekend" is taking place this weekend, June 1st & 2nd.  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. 

Click here for more information!

Looking Forward

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We have office hours in Wauwatosa TODAY at Cafe Blue. Time slots are mostly full, but feel free to stop by and say hi between 3-5pm! We will be hosting more in-district office hours next month if you can't make it today.

Feel free to email or call my office with any questions or concerns, or meet with me at one of my in-district office hours or listening sessions.


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov


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