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March 6, 2020


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Don’t forget to “spring forward” one hour at 2:00AM on Sunday, March 8!

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Novak Bill Signed Into Law

This session, I authored legislation that would provide local governments additional flexibility, cut down on costly special elections, and increase voter turnout. Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 310 into law this week allowing local governments to use a best estimate of net new construction in place of final figures in a referendum question.

Thank you to Green County Clerk Mike Doyle, Treasurer Sherri Hawkins, and Pleasant View Nursing Home Administrator Terry Snow for traveling to Madison to testify on this important legislation.


Local Road Projects Funded

Transportation grants totaling $75 million were awarded this week by the Evers Administration. Sneed Creek Road in the Town of Wyoming (Iowa County), Blackhawk Road Bridge in the Town of White Oak Springs (Lafayette County), and N Loop Road in the Town of Jordan (Green County) will be receiving approximately $65,000, $52,000, and $119,000 respectively.

It is no secret that our local infrastructure is in need of repair. Investments in our rural roads are vital to Wisconsin’s economy. The budget I voted for allocated $90 million for local road repairs. Governor Evers cut this by $15 million and removed requirements that the funds be used for our roads. This change led to funds being diverted away from roads for bike paths and bus systems in Milwaukee.

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Upland Hills Health Ribbon Cutting

Since my first term in the legislature, I have made it a priority to fight for high quality healthcare around our state, especially in our rural areas. On Sunday, I was honored to join UHH Board of Trustees Secretary Brad Laufenberg as he cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of the Upland Hills Health Building Project. The completed project includes an expanded surgery space with additional room for state-of-the-art equipment, expanded birthing suites, and modernized impatient rooms.

Upland Hills Health is in its 6th year of being ranked as one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation. They are an example of continued excellence and it is a privilege to have UHH as part of our community.

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Land & Water Conservation Panel

This week, Wisconsin Land and Water hosted their annual conference in Green Bay. I was honored to join water quality leaders on a panel to discuss “What Follows the Year of Clean Drinking Water?” I, alongside Dairy Business Association’s John Holevoet, Amber Meyer-Smith of Clean Wisconsin, and Eric Ebersberger from DNR discussed legislative proposals put forward by the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality and next steps to address this important issue.

Wisconsin Land and Water supports the efforts of approximately 350 conservation staff across 72 county Land Conservation Department offices. They work to provide training, facilitate conservation standards, promote youth education, and build partnerships.

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Briefing on Coronavirus

This week, the Department of Health Services hosted a briefing for legislators and staff on the current status of the Coronavirus disease in Wisconsin. The Department informed us that they are continuing to closely monitor the situation while conducting disease surveillance. They are working with CDC to ensure that our local communities are prepared, and providing guidance for schools and childcare.

There was added emphasis on the fact that the risk of anyone getting Coronavirus in Wisconsin is still low. To help stop the spread of the virus, be sure to wash your hands often, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.