The Week in Review
Taking the Lead on
At a Capitol press conference this week, my GOP colleagues and I introduced
a package of bills aimed at combating homelessness in Wisconsin.
In the past, the Federal government addressed the issue of homelessness by
providing funding and services to those in need, but funding for the
homeless has decreased significantly in recent years. So, Assembly
Republicans are stepping up to provide innovative approaches to address the
The bill I introduced on Wednesday takes a unique approach to ending
homelessness by providing individuals with tools needed to find stable
employment and begin contributing to the community.
The bill creates a pilot program through the Department of Administration to
provide funding for a community program connecting homeless adults with
permanent employment. Additionally, participating municipalities would be
required to add financial support to be eligible for the program.
This is an exciting opportunity for the state to partner with local
municipalities to provide people with work experience and job skills that
lead to permanent employment and reduce homelessness. I’m confident in the
program’s potential here in Wisconsin.
Welcoming Home Our Returning Soldiers
Thursday morning, soldiers in the Wisconsin National Guard returned home to
Milwaukee after spending the past eleven months in Guantanamo Bay protecting
It was truly an honor to be part of this special ceremony, greeting each soldier as they
returned home for the first time this year. It was a heartwarming scene as
friends and family embraced their loved ones after being away for so long.
Being a member of Wisconsin’s National Guard is a service to both their
state and their country. While each solider has a typical day job, they
often pack up and ship out whenever and wherever needed.
It was an honor to meet these brave men and women; and I am grateful for
their dedication and service to our country.
Old Glory Proudly Made in Oak Creek
Keeping with our patriotic theme in the district, I had the
opportunity to tour Eder Flag located in Oak Creek. Founded over 100 years
ago, Eder Flag is the largest manufacturer of flagpoles in the country. When
the company was first founded, they focused primarily on flagpoles. They've
since expanded to making state flags for each of the fifty states.
A World War II veteran, Eugene Eder believed that the
American flag ought to be made here in the United States. That same belief
is still firmly instilled in the company to this day. It's hard not to feel
patriotic while walking through the facility, witnessing the pride and care
that goes into each hand-sewn flag. If you see a flagpole in the district,
there's a good chance it was manufactured by Eder Flag right here in Oak
It was great to witness first-hand Old Glory being produced right here in
Oak Creek. I want to thank Tony and Jodi at Eder Flag for providing this
Budget Listening Sessions
On Thursday, I wrapped up the evening in South Milwaukee with a budget
listening session to hear the thoughts and concerns of residents throughout
the district concerning important legislative issues.
Similar to listening sessions held throughout the state last week, education
and transportation were two of the most talked about budgetary issues. I
believe that an open format discussion is an integral part of the
legislative process, because it's one of the most effective ways to get
feedback from residents in the district. I want to thank each of you who
took time to visit with me on Thursday evening, and I'll share your thoughts
to the members of the Joint Finance Committee. I want to especially thank Mayor Brooks
and City Clerks Jim Shelenske and Catherine Roeske for their help with
As we continue moving forward with the budget process, I encourage you to
contact my office to share any thoughts or concerns you may have. You can
contact my office by phone at (608) 266-0610, or by email at email@example.com.
Have a great week!