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March 14, 2019


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State Championship

The Black Hawk girls basketball team won the state title 51-36 over Clayton in the division 5 championship game. The Monroe girls basketball team had a great season as well, ultimately finishing up as the runner up in division 2.

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Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Jill Gaskell, Jill Underly, and Marissa Theorin representing the Wisconsin Association of School Boards came to my office this week for a very productive conversation on the needs of local schools and the funding issues they are running into. When Governor Evers and I met at the start of the term, one of the areas we agreed we will find common ground is education and working to change the formula for funding school districts. The Governor's budget has parts in it about special education, having predictable and sustainable state funding, and addressing teacher shortages that WASB and I agree would be beneficial to the 51st district.

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Water Quality Hearings

The Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality announced the first two informational hearings will be March 20 and April 3 at the Capitol. I think it's important to let the community be as informed as possible on the topic and understand the complexities of groundwater quality. The inaugural hearing will include testimony from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey. Following these presentations, committee members will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts. I look forward to hearing from the public and come up with the best bi-partisan solutions to the problem.


This Week's Visits

I had some fantastic visits from constituents this week. The American Players Theatre came to discuss the strong economic impact they have on the area. 112,123 individuals attended plays at APT during the 2017 season and 14,150 tickets were sold to audience members from outside of Wisconsin. They also have a great educational program that reaches more than 12,000 students from across the state. Thanks to Sean Sobecki, Amy Mueller, Michele Traband, Carrie Van Hallgren, Carol Jefferson, and Michaela Kraft for coming in.