April 30, 2021

  

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Committee Updates from Madison 

This week, I was in Madison for an Education Committee meeting.  Following a public hearing and executive session, the committee had the chance to hear from the Department of Public Instruction and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau on the issue of school funding and the counting of students. With this being a budget year, it’s important for legislators to have this information.  We need to make sure that, regardless of zip code, all students have access to a quality education. I appreciated the insights that these departments shared with the committee.

This week, the Paddlewheel Raffle bill received a public hearing in the State Affairs Committee. I appreciate that so many folks from around the district took the time to submit testimony in support of the legislation. The hearing went well, but there are concerns that the legislation could violate the tribal gaming compacts and put in jeopardy the gaming dollars the state receives from the tribes.  I anticipate the bill will receive a vote from the committee, but it’s likely to be vetoed again by the governor unless some resolution can be found.  I am committed to working with all interested parties to find some agreement to move this bill forward.

Oconto County Towns Association Meeting 

This week I joined many local officials at the Oconto County Towns Association Meeting. There were some great discussions, and I appreciated hearing from the County Clerk and Health Departments on elections and vaccination status in the county. 

DWD Unemployment Update 

With the high number of unemployment claims being filed in Wisconsin and nationwide in recent months, delays in determinations and payments have been a too common occurrence. As a legislator, I'm able to reach out to DWD and make an inquiry on your behalf if you are experiencing issues or delays with your unemployment claim.

Click here to request an Unemployment Claim Inquiry

Outdoor Recreation Resources
& Small Business Grants

The Department of Tourism has some new resources available through their Office of Outdoor Recreation. Along with an updated website full of resources and tools, they've also launched the Outdoor Business Directory, which aims to connect folks with our outdoor recreation-related businesses and organizations. The website also boasts a new Research Library with reports and studies in Wisconsin and nationally on outdoor recreation-related topics. The office has also partnered with the DNR and DHS to provide a Outdoors COVID-19 toolkit with information on how to safely enjoy the great outdoors. 

I'm also pleased to share that Wisconsin will also be awarding up to $420 million to small businesses impacted by the pandemic through the new Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program. Funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), small businesses would be eligible for grant awards of $5,000, which could potentially help about 84,000 Wisconsin businesses. The details aren't available until the federal rules are finalized, but in the meantime, check out this page for updates and information as it becomes available. 

Fishing Opener on May 1st

It's definitely starting to feel like spring in Wisconsin, so it's a great time to do some fishing. The 2021-22 fishing season will open on May 1, without any changes to season dates, and all regulations and license requirements still apply. As you head to your favorite fishing spots, remember to stay safe and release fish responsibly. For more information on the fishing season, licenses, and regulations, check out the DNR's fishing resource page.

COVID-19 Quick Links

Below are some quick links to essential COVID-19 resources and information:

Follow the Legislative Action

In order to stay up to date on any legislation, proposals, or your legislator, a free notification service is available through the Wisconsin State Legislature's website. You can sign up for nightly personalized email notifications based on our state's legislative activity. This is a wonderful way to stay informed about state politics and proposals that you are interested in.