September 10, 2021

  

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20th Anniversary of 9/11

It feels like almost everyone of a certain age can remember where they were on September 11, 2001, though for the younger generation it is something they learn about in history class. That tragic day lives on in our memories, and this Saturday marks the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks. We will never forget the lives lost that day, or the actions of the brave first responders and Americans that stepped up when our nation needed them most.

It's important to remember what happened that day and make sure our younger generation is made aware of why we commemorate this day. So please join me this weekend in pausing to reflect on the events that changed our country back in 2001, and remember the victims, families, survivors and heroes who stepped up that day. 
Pre-Order New Wisconsin Blue Book

The new Wisconsin Blue Books are almost here, so now's the time to pre-order your 2021-22 Blue Book! We're expecting them to be sent to legislative offices on September 21, and at that point my staff and I will start mailing them out. The Blue Book is a publication released every two two years by Wisconsin, which essentially is an almanac with information on the government, economics, demographics, geography and history of Wisconsin, along with contact information for state offices and officials. It also includes a special article each year on a unique topic related to Wisconsin. Hardcover copies of the Blue Book can be pre-ordered for no cost through my office by clicking the link below: 

Pre-Order a 2021-22 Blue Book

Workforce Innovation Grant Program

A new grant program was recently launched in Wisconsin to help improve workforce innovation. The Workforce Innovation Grant Program was created to help areas around Wisconsin solve pressing workforce challenges by providing up to $10 million in grant funding to collaborative, sustainable, and innovative pandemic-recovery plans developed by regional organizations. The program encourages the development of leading-edge, long-term solutions that enable businesses to more easily find workers and empower those workers to more successfully prepare for and connect to the family-supporting careers in their regions. More information on the grant, along with the application process and deadlines, can be found here

Question of the Week: 
Dentists Administering Vaccines

Earlier this session, 2021 Wisconsin Act 8 was signed into law which allows dentists to administer the flu and COVID-19 vaccines. A new bill seeks to build off of that to allow dentists to administer all other vaccines on the immunization schedule, similar to pharmacists, as long as they follow the same vaccination training requirements and criteria as pharmacists.

Supporters of the bill say that it is aimed to increase access to vaccination opportunities. It's aimed in part at low-income families with children, who may not always be able to afford regular care, though it could also help adults who need boosters or annual preventative vaccines. Some of the lowest vaccination rates for school-aged children particularly occur in lower income areas of the state, and these kids are more likely to be behind on vaccinations. Because dental offices around the country periodically offer free dental care to children from lower income families through an ADA program, this bill would increase their access to vaccines by making it possible for them to receive them while they are already getting dental care.

Opponents say that despite the medical training dentists go through to get their degree, vaccinations should not be administered by these individuals. They are also concerned with the dentist's ability to answer vaccination questions in comparison to a pharmacist or doctor. There are also concerns that it would create more work for our dentists and cause logistical issues for dental offices if they also can provide all vaccinations and not just flu and COVID-19. 

Like I mentioned last week, vaccination is a particularly relevant issue, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on this bill. Please take a moment to answer my question of the week:

Click here for my Question of the Week

Last Week's Results:
Vaccinating Minors Without Parental Consent

I've heard from many people around the 36th Assembly District in response to last week's question. The chart below represents the responses from constituents to the question as of Friday morning. I expected there'd be some opposition to this bill, and the response from the district informed my decision to not add my name as a cosponsor. 

Fall Color Report

If you're like me, you can't believe it's almost fall again! Especially in Northern Wisconsin, fall is always a beautiful time of year as the trees put on a show for us. If you'd like to get out and enjoy the changing colors as we head into fall, click on the map above or here to view an interactive statewide map where you can track when the leaves start to turn and where. 

Specialty Crop Block Grants Available

The Specialty Crop Block Grants in Wisconsin are used to support the specialty crop industry as a whole, and non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural groups are encouraged to apply. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. A more comprehensive list of eligible specialty crops is at: US Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Program. 

The grant funds projects that focus on enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education, or market development. The funds come from the US Department of Agriculture and the program is managed through DATCP at the state level. For more information about the grant program, eligibility and application timelines, check out the press release

Upcoming District Events

The following are just a few of events that will be occurring soon around or near the 36th Assembly District. Please let me know if you have an event you would like to have considered for inclusion on this list. As always, remember to take proper precautions when at events for COVID-19 and check their webpages for any updates or cancellations.

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.