The Week in Review
Last week, Governor Walker was joined by
students and residents from across the state for the annual lighting of the
Capitol Christmas Tree.
The beautiful, 40-foot balsam fir was donated by Jim and Debbie Ryf from the
Town of Emery located in Price County in northern Wisconsin. Every year,
students from around the state create ornaments adorning the tree from top to
bottom. This year, student ornaments commemorate the 100th year of the
Wisconsin State Capitol.
The Capitol Christmas tree is selected every year by donation on a
first-come, first-serve basis. The tree must be a balsam fir grown in
Wisconsin standing 35-55 feet tall.
The 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested and delivered by the Great
Lakes Timber Producers Association. Thanks to everyone who contributed to
this year’s Christmas tree!
Have a great weekend!
On Thursday, my colleagues and I participated
in Dressember, a movement that aims to raise awareness and funds for
anti-human and sex trafficking efforts around the world. Dressember
encourages women and men to wear dress clothes for the entire month of
December to show support.
Human trafficking, often occurring in the form of sexual exploitation and
forced labor, has become a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise
impacting every county in Wisconsin. Last session, Rep. Loudenbeck and I
passed legislation that encourages venues where human trafficking is likely
to occur to hang posters with the National Human Trafficking Hotline to help
those in need.
More work is still needed but my colleagues and I are committed to putting an end
to human trafficking in Wisconsin.
Big Bundle Up
Winter has finally arrived and with it, frigid
temperatures. Now is the perfect opportunity to participate in Wisconsin’s
annual Big Bundle Up charity drive, that invites residents across the state
to donate gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, scarves, snow pants and
other warm winter clothing items for those less fortunate. The items are
then donated to local charities.
For more information on how to participate or to find your nearest donation
location visit: https://www.travelwisconsin.com/bigbundleup.