6-4-21
Thank you for reading my weekly e-update. This past week was another busy one in Madison. I'm looking forward to sharing what I've been up to this week with you.
Vaccine Discrimination Bill

On Wednesday, I gave testimony on my bill AB309 which prohibits discrimination based on vaccination status. We're living in a strange time where people are feeling compelled to share their private medical information, and even if they aren't, employers are asking for it. This is taking away from our medical freedom. Protections to prevent discrimination on the basis of a person's vaccine status is lacking in Wisconsin. This means both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will not be discriminated against, and prevented from equal access to education, services, employment, academia and more. AB309 aims to promote informed consent and individual choice when making healthcare decisions. Click on the picture to watch my testimony.

First School Group Visits Capitol

I had my first school group visit this week. They were high school students from St. Croix Central AP U.S. Government and Politics class. I had an awesome time talking to the students and showing them around our beautiful Capitol. 

State Budget Update

Thank you to those who sent in budget surveys. Please keep sending them in or take the survey online.

A couple months back, I included how the state budget process works in an E-Update. The budget process is very different than what I do for my family and business. Here's a quick overview of the budget process, and how far along we are in the process.

 

1.The Governor gives his proposed budget

  • Governor Evers brought forth his proposed budget at the end of January

2. The 16-member Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) holds informational briefings with the state agency heads to discuss their budget requests

  • These briefings took place in February and March and could be watched on WisEye

3. Legislators and JFC hold public hearings to listen to constituents on what is important to you in the budget

  • We were lucky enough to have JFC host a hearing at UW-Stout back in April

4. JFC spends several weeks voting on individual pieces of the budget -This is where we are currently at in the budget process

Here are some key items JFC has voted into the budget

  • Helping our Wisconsin's veterans with a $10 million appropriation to support Veteran Nursing Homes, increase funding for veteran suicide prevention, and doubling the governor's proposal for funding county veteran services officers

  • Increase funding for the Housing Assistance Program (HAP) by $600,000 annually. This program provides grants to local governments, non-profits, and for-profits to operate housing and supportive services for homeless with the ultimate goal of transitioning homeless individuals to independent living
  • Provide an additional $1 million annually for the Youth Apprenticeship Program – quadrupling the Governor’s proposal

  • Approve nearly $2 billion in funds for k-12 education which includes a guaranteed minimum of $781 increase per pupil for in-person schools, increase Special Education Categorical Aids by 10%, additional $12 million for aids for mental health categorical aid which is doubling the program, and invest $13 million in High Cost Transportation Aid which many school districts in the 29th district will benefit from

  • provide $200,000 which is a 38.5% increase from 2019 to support farmer mental health assistance programming

5. JFC takes its final votes and the budget goes to the Assembly and Senate to get voted on. Both houses have to pass the budget before the governor can sign it.

6. Once the budget is on the governor's desk, the governor has partial veto authority that allows him to veto individual pieces of the budget before signing it into law

Upcoming Events 

Park Art Fair

June 4 & 5 at Mary Park, New Richmond

Baldwin Windmill Days

June 9-12

June Dairy Month Events in the Area

Join Alice in Dairyland for National Donut Day at Donut Sam's in Menomonie -Monday, June 14 from 7am-1pm

Dunn Country Farm Bureau Dairy Grilled Cheese Drive Thru -Saturday, June 26 from 10am-2pm at Countryside/Landmark Coop in Menomonie or Baier Creek in Elmwood

 

All the best,

Rep. Moses
29th District
State Representative


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Rep. Moses
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PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
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