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November 5th, 2021


This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Rural Arts Grant Testimony
  • Lois Clifton Ceremony
  • Congratulations Dodge-Point Girls Cross Country
  • Bluebooks: Copies Available
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Rural Arts Grant Testimony

This week the Assembly Committee on Rural Development held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 422 (AB422), which creates a rural creative economy grant program.

I co-authored this bill with Rep. Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield)and Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fon du Lac) after having initially worked on this idea during the budget process. I am glad to see this proposal come before the committee for a public hearing because this grant program would surge investment dollars to our rural communities.

Large cities and urban areas often benefit from philanthropic donors that work to advance the creative economy in those spaces. This oftentimes leaves our rural creative economy with the potential to be overlooked when it comes to fostering artistic and cultural efforts in small communities. Beyond the appreciation for these artistic and cultural elements there is also a significant economic component at stake; the creative economy provides jobs.

The bill would provide grants with a dollar-for-dollar match to businesses, associations, or local governments working to promote and assist creative businesses, products, or services in communities with less than 20,000 people or areas that are not urbanized according to the federal Census Bureau. The Arts Board in the Department of Tourism would distribute these grants on a competitive basis and report back to the Legislature to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The funding available for the grants would be $500,000 over the biennium with a maximum grant award of $40,000 per recipient.

I also want to thank Kate Koziol from Southwest Regional Planning Commission for coming to Madison to testify on the bill as well.

This proposal will assist our rural communities as they recover from the pandemic and will inject critical investment dollars into our local economy to support the creative economy.


Lois Clifton Ceremony
I had a great afternoon last Saturday celebrating the 90th birthday of Lois Jean Clifton, Montfort. Lois is an icon in Southwest Wisconsin. I was proud to present a State Proclamation with Representative Travis Tranel to Lois to honor her. This year is also her and husband LaVerne's 68th wedding anniversary!

Congratulations Dodge-Point Girls Cross-Country

Congratulations to the Dodge-Point Girls Cross Country team on winning the WIAA Division 2 State Championship last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids.

What a way to end the season! All of your dedication, hard work, and training paid off! Way to go ladies and coaches!


Blue Books Still Available!

The 2021-22 Wisconsin Blue Books are now available! These books contain important facts about our state as well as contact information for state government agencies and elected officials.

If you'd like a copy, my office will send you one free of charge!

Please email my office at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or call (608)-266-7502 and provide your full name and address and I will send you a copy.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For all full list of COVID-19 vaccine sites statewide please click the vaccine finder link here.


Have a Great Weekend!!


As always, please do not hesitate to follow up with any additional questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 237-9151.