OCTOBER 23, 2015

Transportation Update

On Monday, the Department of Transportation (DOT) sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), asking for the release of an additional $200 million dollars in bonding that was approved during the 2015-2017 state budget. If released, the additional bonding will help to reduce the declining condition of state highways while allowing 5 major highway projects to continue instead of being further delayed. Read the letter here.

Yesterday, Governor Walker was joined by community and local business leaders from the Beloit and Janesville areas at a press conference in Turtle Township, along the I-39 / 90 expansion project, asking JFC to release the additional bonding requested by DOT. Read the Governor's press release here.

As a member of JCF, I plan to vote “Yes” on the DOT’s request to release $200,000,000 in general obligation bonding. As stated in the DOT’s letter seeking JCF approval, this contingent bonding would provide an additional $125 million for Major Highway Development funding and an additional $75 million for State Highway Rehabilitation funding. I have been a consistent and vocal proponent of the I-39/90 expansion project and the public safety, economic development and tourism benefits it will deliver.

Above: Rep. Loudenbeck and Governor Walker talking about the importance of the I-39/90 project at the press conference.
Photo courtesy of: Stateline News

Dementia-Friendly Employer Toolkit

Today I attended a press conference in Lake Geneva where Governor Walker and the Department of Health Services (DHS) unveiled a new dementia-friendly employers toolkit.

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, is a national health epidemic that cannot be ignored-particularly in the workplace, where an increasing number of employees are balancing career responsibilities with the challenges of caring for a loved one. Serving as a caregiver can impact a person's physical health, create financial strain, and increase general stress levels, which can lead to depression. These changes have the potential to affect an employee's job performance, but with the proper workplace support, employed caregivers can successfully manage both their caregiving and workplace responsibilities. This Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit is designed to provide employers with the knowledge and tools needed to successfully support employees who are caring for a loved one with dementia. For more information visit the website.

Above: Rep. Loudenbeck is joined by Chair of the Speaker's Taskforce on Alzheimer's and Dementia Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades, Director of Aging and Disability Resources Carrie Molke and Rep. Tyler August at the announcement of the new toolkit for dementia-friendly employers.

New Blue Books

The 2015-2016 Blue Books have arrived! If you would like a complimentary copy, please send an email including your first and last name and complete mailing address to rep.loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov.  If you live outside the 31st Assembly District we will gladly forward your request to the appropriate legislative office.

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