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February 14, 2020



Watershed Protection Committee of Racine County

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Last Friday, I travelled to Racine to speak about the findings of the Water Quality Task Force to the Watershed Protection Committee of Racine County. The event focused on no-till farming and using cover crops to prevent runoff. Thank you very much for having me!


Agriculture Press Conference

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On Monday, I had the opportunity to speak at a press conference regarding a bill package the assembly is working on. I understand how important agriculture is to this state, and have a vested interest in ensuring that our agriculture industry stays strong. The answers to the challenges facing farmers do not lie in Madison. Instead, we must make investments that provide support to where it is needed most. 

I've spoken with many farmers in southwest Wisconsin, and have learned that the legislature, needs to continue to work closely with producers to maintain our agricultural legacy. This package of bills includes seven initiatives that provide funding for research, grants for dairy processing plants, and tax credits for farm buildings. In addition, agricultural bills that are already making their way through the process will also be prioritized. I expect these bold proposals, developed with farmers’ input, will receive bipartisan support. 

Librarians visit 


On Tuesday, Representatives from Southwest Wisconsin Libraries visited my office as part of the Wisconsin Library Association Legislative Day. Bob Boyle of Darlington, Vickie Stangel of Dodgeville, Nancy Howard of Dodgeville, Jody Hoesly of South Central Library System, Sarah Kyrie of Argyle, David Kranz of Southwest Wisconsin Library System, and Carol Murphy of Dodgeville spoke to the importance of libraries to local communities and our state. Thank you for visiting!

 John Walker

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The Assembly approved Joint Resolution 127 recognizing the 29th anniversary of the start of the Operation Desert Storm on January 17, 1991 and honoring the veterans of this conflict. I had the honor to meet John Walker, Post Commander of the 3rd District VFW in Shullsburg, following the ceremony. Thank you for your continued service to your county and our community!

 Green County Leaders

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On Wednesday, I got to speak with the Green County Leaders, who are a group of individuals interested in learning about government. I spoke with Nicole Wyss, Chris Schmidt, Aaron Heim, Jake Grinnell, Sarah Goeke, Laura Hibbard, Rebekah Rath, Matt Honer, Megan Schilt, Lona Slack, Gina Butson, Lisa Paske, Stacy Cavanaugh, and Kelly Knox. Thank you all for stopping!

American Institute of Architects 


On Wednesday, I met with Rob Wheat and Paul Grzeszczak of the American Institute of Architects to discuss their legislative priorities. Thank you for stopping by!

 Pharmacists Visit


On Wednesday, I spoke with a group of UW Madison Pharmacy Students with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin about technician registration, pharmacy benefit managers, and contraceptive prescribing. Pictured are Kyle Arnoldussen- PharmD, Sean Van Helden, Alex Breister, Erika Buchel, and Noah Kaitz.

 Dementia Stabilization Unit

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On Tuesday, I met with Maria Johnson with Green County ADRC, Adult Protective Services/Mobile Crisis to discuss the Dementia Stabilization Unit in Monroe. The goal of the unit is to provide a safety net for individuals, families, and caregivers in crisis, and to return people to their homes with better support and education. Green County is leading the nation with the development of their Dementia Stabilization Unit. I look forward to continuing to work with Maria and the Green County ADRC as they do this important work in southwest Wisconsin.


Have a Great Weekend!