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Budget Update

The Joint Committee on Finance will begin voting today on the Governor's budget proposal. We will first vote to remove policy from the budget and then take up parts of 15 different agency budgets. This is the next step in the budget process after the public hearing stage. The committee held four public hearings around the state in Janesville, Oak Creek, River Falls, and Green Bay. I also traveled to Wausau, Arcadia, Black River Falls, and Fountain City to join two of my colleagues; Representative Snyder and Representative Pronschinske, to engage with their constituents and hosted six listening sessions in my own district. I am excited to get to work on the budget after taking input from all over the state! You can follow along with the Joint Finance Committee's Executive session here and read the budget papers here

 JFC

100 Years of the 19th Amendment

On June 10th, 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. From 1846 to 1919, different groups of women's rights supporters had focused much of their energy on winning the vote, even though each pursued different strategies. In 1867, the first Wisconsin state convention for women's suffrage event was held in Janesville, WI! 

This year in the Capitol Rotunda, the Wisconsin Historical Society has recently installed a large paneled exhibit, "The Women's Hour Has Struck, Wisconsin: The First State to Ratify the 19th Amendment."

The exhibit, which centers on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote features images and copies of original documents in the Society’s’ vast collection. It explores the origins of the movement, a suffrage timeline, the 1912 referendum, Wisconsin’s role in the ratification, how the 19th amendment was passed, important Wisconsin women to the suffrage moment and the aftermath.

The exhibit is part of a larger celebration that will happen on June 10, 2019, the exact date 100 years ago that the state assembly passed the resolution. The celebration in June will include the original 19th amendment document on display as well as speakers, other artifacts and objects on display, and more.

The exhibit will be up until it is replaced with the Capitol Christmas tree in November. 

 Women's Exhibit

Broadband Funding Opportunity!

USDA Rural Development is now accepting the first round of applications for the Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program).

The ReConnect Program seeks to build improved broadband e-Connectivity infrastructure for as many rural families, businesses, farms, schools and health care facilities as possible so that they can succeed in the 21st Century.

Rural telephone and broadband service providers, rural electric cooperatives, national and regional private companies, nonprofit organizations, tribal entities, and State and local government instrumentalities are likely to be awarded funds, but eligibility depends on State and local laws. An applicant must be able to supply retail broadband to customers.

Funds will be awarded for projects in rural areas with a population of less than 20,000 residents, where there is not sufficient access to broadband service. (10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream). The funding is technology neutral, as long as it funds infrastructure that reliably supplies retail service to customers at 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.

Application deadlines are May 31, 2019 for grants; June 21, 2019 for the loan and grant combination; and July 12, 2019 for loans.

Funding award maximums per project are $25 million for a grant, $50 million for a loan and grant combination, and $50 million for a loan. You can apply for a grant or loan here

National Travel and Tourism Week  

In Wisconsin and Rock and Walworth Counties, we have a strong tourism economy supported by effective tourism marketing. In 2018, travelers spent an estimated $13.3 billion in Wisconsin, a 5 percent increase from 2017. In Rock County, travelers spent $251.2 million, and in Walworth County travelers spent $$569 million. The overall economic impact of tourism on Wisconsin is $21.6 billion and $411.9 million in Rock County, and $762.3 million in Walworth County; generating 199,000 jobs statewide and 4,154 in Rock county and 7,123 in Walworth County. 

Tourism

 Spring Survey 
Many of you have already taken my survey online or by the newsletter. If you haven't already please feel free to click below.

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ICYMI: In Case You Missed It.

Lake Geneva Regional News: County unhappy with state lawmaker inaction on "dark store" tax issue

Here and Now: Budget Discussions

 

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Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
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