Budget Committee Holds Hearing in Oak Creek

On Wednesday, the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee held it’s second of four statewide public hearings at the Oak Creek Community Center. Despite the inclement weather, more than 300 people registered to testify and provide input on the proposed state budget.

Prior to the budget hearing, I invited members of the committee to visit MATC – Oak Creek to witness firsthand the important role the school plays in preparing students for high-demand jobs in southeastern Wisconsin. Back in February, I toured their facility to learn about their efforts to help local employers address workforce needs.

Tech colleges, such as MATC, play an important role providing students with hands on training to fill high-demand jobs in the trades and skilled manufacturing. The school’s apprenticeship program has a remarkable success rate and is vital to workforce development in the region.

It is important to continue investing in our technical colleges and workforce development programs as many workers in the trades are moving toward retirement.

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During the hearing, committee members heard more than eight hours of testimony from people all over Wisconsin. Among the priorities highlighted, many expressed the need to address transportation, education and workforce development in our region.

The committee will hold two more hearings in River Falls and Green Bay before heading back to Madison to craft the budget.

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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the hearing but still would like to provide input, please feel free to contact my office or attend my upcoming in-district office hours. Times and locations for office hours will be announced soon.

Lastly, I want to thank all our friends and neighbors who came to provide input and to the Oak Creek Community Center for being great hosts!

Ride-Along With Local Law Enforcement

On Monday morning, I had the opportunity to do a ride-along with Officers Hill and Curran from the South Milwaukee Police Department and Oak Creek Police Department to learn more about the day-to-day duties of our local police officers.

The ride-along gave me an opportunity to witness firsthand the daily experience of our local law enforcement officers from minor traffic stops to helping our neighbors who may be in danger.

Both officers expressed gratitude for the welcoming demeanor they receive from people in our community as they strive to keep us safe and free from violence.

I am thankful to both officers for letting me tag along for the day and to all our local law enforcement for working to keep our community safe!

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