March 9, 2018


Many thanks to these long-term care providers who made the trip from Sheboygan County to visit the Capitol this week!  Like so many industries in Wisconsin, their industry faces a nearly desperate shortage of employees.  Our state's all-time record high labor participation rate is great news for employees everywhere: demand for your labor has never been higher!


On the broader topic of health care: I've voted repeatedly in this legislative session with Assembly Republicans to protect you from the Obamacare disaster.  With insurers fleeing the individual market one after another, Governor Scott Walker just signed into law Senate Bill 770 to help stabilize the marketplace; Minnesota recently implemented a similar plan and saw rates go down by at least 20 percent.  I also voted for a bill to ensure that, no matter what happens in Washington with Obamacare, a group health benefit plan in Wisconsin may not penalize you or limit your coverage due to a preexisting condition and may not take into account your health status when setting rates; regrettably, not a single Wisconsin Democrat voted with me on this bill.


You deserve better than Obamacare.  You ought to have more than one or maybe two health care plans available in your county.  You definitely don't deserve the 100% rate increase that Obamacare created right next door to you in northeast Wisconsin.  That's why we acted now to make sure you have access to affordable care before it is too late!


As always, I encourage you to follow my updates on social media or contact my office directly with your questions.  Best wishes on your weekend!


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Coming up soon on the evening of Monday, April 9th, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Conservation Congress will hold their annual spring hearings across the state.  Every county's meeting occurs at the same date and time; the Sheboygan County meeting will occur in the Plymouth High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM.


If you've never been to one of these events, it's really something!  The general public is invited and welcome to vote on a wide-ranging series of recommendations that directly informs the policy process, and you even have the opportunity to propose ideas directly for the Congress to consider in the future.  I strongly recommend that you get ahead of the game by reading the meeting agenda, now available online, so that you may research your voting options before you arrive.


Also: the design contests are now open (until mid-July) for artists to submit images to be selected for the 2019 state Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamps.  Hunters who purchase these stamps (as part of the hunting license required to pursue these species) fund the restoration and management of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat.  Click here for contest details!




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