April 3, 2015


It's a busy time of year here in Madison!  The spring legislative season is in full swing as we discuss ways to improve upon Governor Scott Walker's budget proposals and continue to receive public input from listening sessions occurring across the state.  I will keep you informed regularly with this update, but I also encourage you to follow my updates on social media or contact me directly with your questions or comments.


We also had a bit of fun at the Capitol last week when the Wisconsin Grocers Association arranged a friendly competition.  My constituent Mai Her, employee of Festival Foods in Sheboygan, is Wisconsin's reigning Best Bagger, and she challenged Senator LeMahieu and me to a "bag-off" contest.  The judges said I did well in the Style and Appearance category, but Mai soundly beat me in the Technique and Weight Distribution categories and took home the first place title.  Even Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Minority Leader Peter Barca got in on the action.  I've included a video clip below.


I wish you a blessed Easter weekend and hope you enjoy watching the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four tomorrow night!


Law Enforcement Memorial License Plates

A constituent wrote me a letter last week asking for my help to create a law enforcement memorial license plate to honor the sacrifice of fallen heroes such as State Trooper Trevor Casper.


As it turns out, Governor Scott Walker signed a law last spring to do exactly that.  I got a sneak peek at the design this week from the Department of Transportation, and it looks fantastic!


Watch for these license plates to be available for purchase at local DMV service centers as early as May 1.


Reminder: Listening Sessions Coming Up!

I will be holding more joint listening sessions with Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) in the district next weekend.  Please feel welcome to come and share your thoughts with us!


Saturday, April 11th, 10:00 AM
Lakeview Community Library
112 Butler Street, Random Lake

Saturday, April 11th, 11:00 AM
Cedar Grove Public Library
131 Van Altena Avenue, Cedar Grove


Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Visits Sheboygan County


Last week, Senator LeMahieu and I had the opportunity to tour two Sheboygan County businesses with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.  We got a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing expansion on the campus of Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan before visiting Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies in Oostburg.  The hard work and dedication of these community leaders make Wisconsin's economy strong!  Thank you!



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