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 July 12th, 2019

Contents

  1. My Statement on the Budget Vetoes
  2. Racine Water Quality Hearing
  3. Local Events

 

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

This week is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Fifty years ago, two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to set foot on the moon.  The State Historical Society has a special exhibition at the Wisconsin Historical Museum from July 17th-20th that features lunar rock samples as well as a Wisconsin Flag that was onboard Apollo 11. Click here for more info. 

My Statement on the Budget Vetoes

Last week, Governor Evers vetoed certain provisions of the budget. These vetoes will have a lasting impact on our district. While he included funding for our state highway projects, increased funds for K-12 education, as well as maintaining funding for our hospitals, he made some unfortunate changes to the budget.

The budget, as submitted by the Legislature, would have given Green County an additional half time Assistant District Attorney, and Iowa County a full time Assistant District Attorney. The Governor removed this provision, and as a result, Green and Iowa Counties may not receive this additional position 

While state highway projects for our area were left untouched by the governor’s veto pen, Governor Evers took $15 million from the $90 million set aside for transportation. He also vetoed a direction that the remaining funds be spent on local road aid for towns, villages, cities, and counties, meaning that he created a $75 million fund that allows the DOT to prioritize other projects. This could mean that our tax dollars which were meant to be spent projects close to home, may be sent elsewhere.

The budget that we passed also would have provide funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Money that would have been given by the state would have been matched by federal dollars. Now that that provision was removed, Wisconsin is missing out nearly $808,900.

The budget that we submitted would’ve helped all Wisconsin families and was a compromise. I hope, moving forward, we can move past partisan politics and find common ground. I will continue to be your independent voice of reason in the legislature in order to make sure that together, we keep Wisconsin moving in the right direction. 

WQTF logo.jpgRacine Water Quality Hearing

On Thursday this week, The Speakers Task Force on Water Quality held a public hearing in Racine. We heard from Val Klump, the Dean of UW Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Science, Frank Masters from the Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program, the Municipal Environmental Group (MEG) and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Water Council, the Alliance for Water Stewardship, and also from Monte Osterman, Chad Sampson, and Dave Giordano of Racine County Initiatives. We also received a tour “From Flush to Finish” at the Racine Water Treatment Plant. It was very interesting to hear about what is being done in Racine to prepare water for release into the environment. Click here to learn more about the Task Force.

 

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Local Events

Belmont

  • Music at the Mound, Thursday, July 18th, 6-8 pm. Belmont Mound State park. More information here

Blanchardville

  • Cruis’n Wisconsin Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, Sunday, July 14th, 8 am-5 pm. More info here
  • Universe in the Park, Sunday July 14th, 8-10 pm, Yellowstone Lake State Park. More info here

Dodgeville

  • Farmers Appreciation Day, Saturday and Sunday July 13-14. Sip and Savor, and Fireworks on Saturday. Parade, festivities, and lunch starting at 11. More info here.