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Advocating for Alzheimer's

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*I participated in a panel along with (from left) Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Skowronski, Sen. Testin, and DHS Secretary Seemeyer.


    This Tuesday, I spoke at the Alzheimer's Association's advocacy day in Madison. It was an opportunity to share how Alzheimer's and dementia have impacted my family and why it is important to keep searching for a cure. Legislators also gave advocates suggestions on how to talk to their own representatives to raise awareness and advocate for more progress.

    There are some striking statistics related to this disease. For example, every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's, and the disease is the 6th leading cause of death in our country. Over 5 million Americans currently live with the disease, and as the population ages, that number could reach 16 million

    Alzheimer's is a costly disease both physically and economically. Alzheimer's and dementia cost the United States about $259 billion in 2017, and the costs could climb to $1.1 trillion by 2050, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Over 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia, often a challenging job.

    All these statistics prompted legislators like Rep. Skowronski and myself to draft bills assisting Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers, sufferers, and medical providers. Of the introduced bills, four passed the Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. They are now awaiting Senate action. This is great progress for Wisconsin to address pressing needs relating to these diseases.

    As always, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please contact me. You can share your thoughts, find out additional information on issues, or see where I stand on any legislation. I look forward to hearing from you and, as always, working for you.



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Representative Paul Tittl

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*Rep. Skowronski received the 2018 Leadership in Advocacy award for his efforts with the Alzheimer's and dementia bill package. 

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*Above: Members of the Assembly Committee on Environment Forestry listen to testimony. 

*Below: I testified with Sen. Stroebel (left) before the Senate committee and with a member of Sen. Stroebel's staff (right) before the Assembly committee.

Another Win for Business and the Environment

    On the heels of the pyrolysis bill, Sen. Stroebel and I introduced another pro-business and pro-environment bill: AB 941. Currently, when iron and steel are processed, slag is produced as a bi-product. In this instance, slag is treated as solid waste when it should actually be considered something of value.

    The bill changes the characterization of slag so it is not considered solid waste when it is managed as an item of value in a controlled manner. It keeps this bi-product out of landfills and allows valuable slag to be more easily reused by businesses in Wisconsin.

    I testified in favor of AB 941 before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on Feb. 15th and before the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry on Feb. 19th. The bill passed the Assembly on Feb. 22nd and is now in the Senate. 

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Groups Visits Amid Session Schedule

    My office hosted two bigger group visits last week Wednesday, a day filled with advocacy groups from many different organizations. Individuals from across the state visited Madison, including people from our community.

    The first meeting took place as part of the Cooperative Network's first annual Co-Op Day at the Capitol (above), and included my constituent, Dan Siemers from Siemers Holsteins in Newton. The second group (below) came down to Madison as part of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association advocacy day. Attendees included Angelica Schmitt and others from Lakeshore Community Health Center. Both meetings were helpful and productive. Constituents are a vital resource to legislators, often having the best ideas for new programs or legislation in Wisconsin.

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WI Human Resources Advocacy

    Last Wednesday, Doug Hamm stopped by to share his views relating to issues facing local employers and employees in the workplace. Doug is a human resource instructor at Lakeshore Technical College. As always, I enjoyed our conversation.



WI School Counselor Association Visit

    Todd Hadler, a school counselor at Monroe Elementary School in Manitowoc was another visitor to my office last week. He came by as part of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association advocacy day in Madison. As someone who deals with children's mental health needs in our community, it was great getting to speak with Todd.

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  Madison, WI 53708-8953
  Phone: 1-888-529-0025


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Community Events
  • March is an ideal month to Learn to Hunt. For more information on spring turkey events, visit the DNR's webpage.
  • In mid-March, County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will host their spring meetings to discuss the 2018 deer seasons. The Manitowoc CDAC is looking to fill two vacancies. If interested, contact Larry Bonde.
  • Tax season is upon us! Wisconsinites can use a free, fast and accurate online tool to file state income taxes: Wisconsin E-file. Contact the Dept. of Revenue with questions or to check on the status of your refund.
  • Do you know someone who is a high school sports super-fan? The Wisconsin High School Sports Awards show is searching for the most spirited prep sports fans in the state through the Sideline Selfie contest! The contest ends on April 27th, and winners will meet Aaron Rodgers! Learn more.
  • March is Music In Our Schools Month! Recently, I met with a music educator from my district who shared her perspective on the impact music has in our schools. This is a great time to celebrate high quality music education programs in our schools.
  • The "Help for the Homeless" hygiene drive runs through Mar. 11th. Find out where to donate here.
  • The Manitowoc Public Library is hosting Great Decisions 2018 each Monday night from 6-8 p.m. through March.
  • Manitowoc County Fairest of the Fair applications are now being accepted! The deadline is Mar. 15th.
  • The next Manitowoc Fish & Game meeting on March 1st at 7 p.m. will focus on honeybees. Come learn more about these amazing creatures.
  • Silver Lake College is hosting a roundtable discussion on March 2nd to discuss "Impurity-the Importance of Literature in Society."
  • The NAMI Family to Family spring series will start on March 6th from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 
  • Want to learn about how plants survive winter? Surviving the Freeze is scheduled for March 3rd at 10 a.m. at the Ledge View Nature Center.
  • Beginning March 4th, the Rahr-West Museum will host a youth art series, with Manitowoc Public School District featured from March 4-18th.
  • There will be a public skate March 3rd and 4th at the Manitowoc County Expo Center.

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