State Representative Don Vruwink
Bills, Budget, and Bucks
State Budget Signing
Earlier this month Gov. Evers signed the two-year budget bill. I was privileged to be one of a few legislators invited. With his veto power, Gov. Evers added $100 million for education while retaining cuts to income and property taxes. The budget leverages an unprecedented $2.3 billion in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan. It adds $465 million in new funding for local roads, highways and transit aids. Click here or here to watch the Governor discuss some of the highlights in the budget or here to watch the whole press conference.
Wishing the Bucks the Best of Luck
Click here to view the video that I created with my office wishing the Bucks good luck as they go into game four tomorrow!
America’s 250th Anniversary
In 2026, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of our nation. Earlier this year, I contacted Assembly Speaker Robin Vos about creating a commission to commemorate the the event, specifically highlighting Wisconsin’s role. Speaker Vos drafted a bill, Assembly Bill 388, which passed the Assembly Tourism Committee unanimously on June 16, and the full Assembly on June 22. It now goes to the State Senate for consideration. Under the bill, the Commission must coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies to improve infrastructure, welcome tourists, and prepare educational opportunities for public, private, and tribal elementary and secondary schools to use in preparation for the 250th anniversary. Click here to watch my remarks.
Fourth of July Celebration
After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Milton’s Fourth of July parade was better than ever. I appreciated all of the handshakes and hugs. Click here to see all of the pictures from the celebration.
So far in the legislative session I have co-sponsored 105 bills. Most recently, I co-sponsored bills regarding voter registration, legislation that would require the state of Wisconsin to purchase USA made materials when possible, and legislation that would give grants to schools to provide critical incident mapping data to law enforcement agencies. Click here to see the full list of bills I have co-sponsored this year.
Tourism and Entertainment Industries Grants
Gov. Tony Evers announced more than $140 million in grants to businesses and organizations that play an integral role in Wisconsin's tourism and entertainment industries. The new grant programs will be targeted investments in industries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live event venues, movie theaters, summer camps, minor league sports, and the lodging industry. Additional investments will be made in reopening Wisconsin historical sites and marketing support for Wisconsin's tourism industry. To learn more about the grants, please see the full release here.
New Marine Sanctuary Protects Shipwrecks
The Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary has moved closer to becoming a federally designated sanctuary by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This important designation will help preserve the maritime history of the state and the current 36 shipwrecks that are documented in the area. The marine sanctuary will be a 962-square mile area off of Lake Michigan, located roughly between the towns of Port Washington and Two Rivers. To learn more about this, click here.
Smithsonian Museums to Reopen by September
All Smithsonian Museums are set to reopen by September. There is a phased reopening occurring, so different museums will be opening up throughout the month of July and August. Additionally, there have reservations are now required to enter the museums due to COVID-19. Click here to see the complete schedule and information about their reopening.
Wisconsin Science Festival
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Science Festival where hundreds of organizations around Wisconsin connect people with science, technology, engineering, art and math. Last year, the Festival had more than 43,000 attendees and more than 100 events with activities for all ages and interests including hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more. You can join in on the fun, connect to new audiences and build partnerships by hosting an event this year! Events submitted by August 1 are eligible to receive a Wisconsin Science Festival Host Kit. Check out the Wisconsin Science Festival website here for more details.
Office of Representative Don Vruwink
State Capitol, Room 5 North • PO Box 8953 • Madison, WI 53708
Phone: (608) 266-3790 • Toll-free: (888) 534-0043