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May 19, 2017


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Great news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as Wisconsin's unemployment rate falls to 3.2%, its lowest point since February 2000.

Expansion of Dementia Care Program in Wisconsin

"In Wisconsin, it is estimated that 115,000 individuals aged 65 and older are living with some form of dementia. Over the next twenty-five years, this number is expected to more than double. To address this problem, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services created the Wisconsin Dementia Care Specialist Program at five Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state. Since its inception, the program has grown to include 19 DCS workers who cover 26 counties and 3 tribes. I have been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for this program and the great benefits it has had for Wisconsin." Continue Reading...

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Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network Visit

Bob Schroeder, Mary Mezera, Emily Jachon, Leean White, Linda Boll, Valerie Hiltbrand, Jan Lien, and Linda Vetterli visited my office on behalf of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network. During our meeting we discussed their legislative priorities including an increase in Medicaid Personal Care funding which provides help to elderly people who need assistance with everyday tasks such as dressing and meal preparation. We also discussed funding for the Dementia Care Specialists Program. As a top priority of mine, it was a privilege to hear first hand how this amazing program is benefiting our seniors. Thanks for stopping and I look forward to continuing our conversations.

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Tourism in Southwest Wisconsin

Last week, I spent a day visiting Taliesin and the American Players Theatre in Spring Green. These two destinations top the list of must-see places to visit in Southwest Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism released data showing that visitors spent $12.3 billion in Wisconsin in 2016 for the 7th straight year of tourism growth. I hope that my bill creating the Frank Lloyd Wright trail is the first of many pieces of legislation that continue to drive tourism in the 51st Assembly District and around Wisconsin.

Left: Jim Erickson and Carrie Rodamaker of Taliesin showed me around the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Right: Carrie Van Hallgren of American Players Theatre introduced me to the staff hard at work designing and constructing the costuming for their upcoming summer shows.

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School District Visits

 Before the end of the school year, I plan to visit every school district that I represent. On Monday, I sat down with superintendents and staff from Blackhawk, Pecatonica, and Iowa Grant school districts. Today, I'm visiting Darlington and River Valley. So far, each meeting has produced meaningful dialogue on the unique legislative priorities of each school district. Overall, district administrative teams are pleased with the additional funding put forth in the governors budget proposal. Thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their day to have a conversation with me. I look forward to finishing up my tour in the coming weeks!