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August 25, 2017
   

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Eagle Scout Presentation

On Sunday, I had the honor to present a certificate to Bradley Grebner of Monroe Boy Scout Troop 115 to commend his achievement of the rank of Eagle Scout. To earn this honor, Bradley lead an effort to raise funds for a Smart Board at the Green County EMS station. Congratulations, Bradley!

Environmental Budget Victory

On Thursday, the Joint Committee on Finance met to finalize portions of the budget. Among other topics, the committee voted on funding for the DNR and Environmental Quality provisions in the biannual budget.

My budget motion to increase funding for land and water county conservation staffing grants by $900,000 in 2017-2018 and another $900,000 in 2018-2019 was approved, and will be included in the final budget when it goes to the Governor's desk. 

Land and water conservation staff collaborate and work with local land owners to conserve and maintain the state's limited land and soil productivity, lakes, streams, and groundwater while protecting our environmental infrastructure.

Wisconsin Ranks #1 in the Nation for Health Care Quality

On Monday, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released rankings showing Wisconsin ranking #1 for overall health care quality in the nation. Followed by Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Wisconsin has ranked outside of the top three only twice in the past ten years.

This ranking, based on performance across 130 different categories, comes after Wisconsin's Critical Access Hospitals were ranked as the best in the nation by the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Critical Access Hospitals are defined as hospitals with 25 or less impatient beds and are typically located in rural areas. This is great news for Wisconsin and our rural communities.

Southwest Wisconsin's Unemployment sets an Example for the State

County unemployment rates for July show Southwest Wisconsin leading the state. Iowa County is tied with Dane County for the lowest unemployment rate in Wisconsin at 2.5%. Right behind are Lafayette and Sauk County at 2.6%, Green County at 2.7%, and Richland County at 2.8% compared to the state average of 3.3%.

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New Intern in Madison

This week, Highland Senior TJ Cool started an internship in my office. He will be helping with constituent outreach, policy research, as well as a variety of other tasks. A die-hard Cubs fan, TJ's primary sport is Baseball, but also plays Basketball and Football at Highland High School. TJ is graduating in 2018 and is planning to apply to Princeton, UW-Madison, and Northwestern to major in either political science, history, or archaeology. Welcome aboard, TJ!