May 7, 2021

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First Budget Votes

The Joint Finance Committee took its first votes on the 2021-23 state budget process this week.

Among the first votes taken were removing 384 divisive and non-fiscal items from the budget. This happens every session, regardless of the governor or legislature. Often, these are policy items that the governor would like to see passed without going through the rigor of the regular legislative process. This year, these items included offering in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and legalization of marijuana, among many others. These items don't belong in the state budget.

The JFC also removed over $1 billion in tax increases and returned expenditures to base--the same budget that the legislature passed and the governor supported and signed two years ago. Fortunately, these actions will put budget discussions in a good place. We now have $2.5 billion in uncommitted funds either to spend toward the state's priorities or to return in the form of new tax cuts.

Commemorating Teachers, Nurses, and Police

As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close and National Nurses Week begins, I would like to take a moment to thank our teachers and nurses. Between their dedication in treating people through the pandemic, or reconfiguring lesson plans to accommodate virtual instruction, both professions had a challenging year. Your commitment to serving out communities is appreciated!

I'm grateful to have wonderful colleagues from both professions who lend their experience and expertise to the conversation. Here is a message from three of my nurse colleagues commemorating National Nurses Day.


Next week is also National Police Week. Today was the 31st annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the State Capitol grounds. This ceremony honors all law enforcement members killed in the line of duty, including the honor roll of names that will be added to the memorial. This year, six names will be added, bringing the total number listed to 285.

Sadly, even an event as solemn as this was met with protesters displaying vulgar signs and shouting obscenities at our officers. If you or a loved one is a member of law enforcement, know that you are appreciated and that the sacrifices your profession makes every day are recognized!

Spring Survey

Thank you to the many constituents who have already submitted their response to my spring budget survey!

There was a brief glitch in our survey vendor's system last weekend, which was preventing some from having their addresses validated correctly. I am told this issue has been resolved.

If you have not submitted your survey response yet, I encourage you to do so here, or respond by mail when surveys begin hitting mailboxes throughout the month of May.

Community Events

 Germantown

Event: Farmers' Market

Date and Time: May 8th from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Village Hall - N112 W17001 Mequon Road

Description: The farmer's market is back for the season. Saturdays thru October 23rd from 8am-noon. Vendor application available here.

Menomonee Falls

Event: Kids Fishing Derby

Date and Time: May 8th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Mill Pond Park - Main and Mill Streets

Description: Free and open to kids ages 3-16. Registration opens at 9:00 and the fishing contest runs from 10:00 to noon. More information here.

Glendale

Event: Bayshore Art & Artisan Fair

Date and Time: May 15th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and May 16th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Bayshore - 5800 N Bayshore Dr.

Description: More information here.