The Week in Review
Senator Richard Grobschmidt
This week, I had the pleasure of testifying on
Senate Bill 99 before the Assembly Transportation Committee. SB 99
authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to erect signage designating
a bridge in honor of former Sen. Richard Grobschmidt. The newly named bridge
stretches along the Hank Aaron State Trail connecting Lakeshore State Park
to the mainland.
Rick was a lifelong public servant, teaching at South Milwaukee High School
and later in his career representing our district in the Assembly and the
Senate. His impressive career culminated in his role as Assistant
Superintendent of Public Instruction. Sadly, Rick passed away last year
after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Friends and family, including Rick’s wife Barb, made the trip to Madison
from South Milwaukee, sharing heartwarming stories and speaking to his
tremendous character. It was wonderful to listen to her testimony dedicated
Never one to brag, Rick was revered by his colleagues and constituents for
his work ethic, working tirelessly but never seeking headlines. His memory
lives on and will be properly honored with the naming of the Richard A. Grobschmidt memorial bridge; I can’t think of a better honor for a great
Have a great weekend!
Joint Finance Approves Historic Investment in Education
The Joint Finance Committee resumed work on
the budget this week approving several motions including $639 million in new
funding for K12 schools throughout the state. It is the largest investment
in K12 education in Wisconsin’s history.
The committee also approved measures to retain and reward teachers by
streamlining the licensing process so that high quality educators will be
more likely to teach here in Wisconsin upon graduation.
The committee is scheduled to meet next week with plans to finalize the