March 26, 2021

  

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Assembly Working to Limit Government Overreach

This week, the Assembly was in session on Tuesday to debate and vote on a number of important bills, including Senate Bill (SB) 183, which makes sure federal COVID-19 relief funds are properly accounted for and used responsibly. Under current law, the governor has sole discretion of spending of stimulus funds from the federal government. With the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 sending $5.7 billion to Wisconsin, with $3.2 billion of it going directly to state government, I believe it's important that the public should be able to have input on how that is spent.

SB 183 would do what more than half of the states in the US have done. This bill isn't unprecedented, and similar oversight actions were taken in 2009 when Wisconsin received stimulus funds following the recession. That's why I voted in favor of this bill when it came before the legislature this week, and I hope to see this bill signed into law soon.

More Area Budget Listening Sessions Announced 

I've mentioned this a lot in my past few e-updates, but I want to keep you updated on the latest regarding upcoming budget listening sessions around the state and in the district. The Joint Finance Committee (budget committee) still has the four upcoming committee listening sessions as follows:

  • Friday, April 9 - UW Whitewater, Whitewater
  • Wednesday, April 21 - The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander
  • Thursday, April 22 - UW Stout, Menomonie
  • Wednesday, April 28 - Virtual

Input on the budget can also be shared with the committee through their email: budget.comments@legis.wisconsin.gov. They've also created a website that provides an opportunity for Wisconsinites to share their budget thoughts and priorities with the committee at large: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments

There are also a number of budget listening sessions that I'm holding with Senator Felzkowski in the 36th Assembly District, which are as follows:

Saturday, March 27

  • 11:15 am - Dunbar Town Hall (N18956 CC Camp Rd., Dunbar, WI  54119)
  • 1:45 pm - Stephenson Town Hall (W9484 County Rd. X, Crivitz, WI  54114)
  • 4:00 pm - Oconto Falls Town Hall (8680 Hwy 22 W, Town of Oconto Falls, WI)

Tuesday, March 30

  • 9:00 am - Crandon Public Library (110 W. Polk St., Crandon, WI 54520)
  • 11:30 am - White Lake Town Hall (615 School Street, White Lake, WI 54491)

I'm looking forward to hearing from folks around the district on what their priorities are for this budget. If you are unable to attend but still want to have your voice heard, please feel free to reach out directly to my office to share your thoughts on the budget or any other state issue. 

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

Annual Road Construction Preview & Future Plans

It's getting warmer, and spring is just around the corner. As Wisconsinites, we can expect to see traffic cones popping up along our roadways after their winter hibernation. With construction season about to being, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has released some helpful new resources for drivers to keep track of upcoming construction projects and detours.

The DOT released their 2021 Annual Construction Preview this week for the North Central Region, which includes all planned road constructions taking place on state and US highways in our area. Since construction schedules can fluctuate due to weather or crew availability, they also have created a new interactive construction project map, updated weekly, showing current 2021 projects and future projects planned for the next six years. All current or future projects using any state or federal funding can be found on this map, along with the latest details and updates. 

As these projects get underway, it's helpful to have a heads-up on road closures or detours as you plan your trips or commutes. The 511 website or app are both useful tools that have detailed information on current conditions, closures and more throughout Wisconsin. And as always, remember to slow down and watch for work crews on our roadways this season, so we can all get home safely.

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.