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February 5th, 2021


E-Update: Mask Mandate, Budget Priorities, DBA Award, American Heart Month


Contents

  • Mask Mandate
  • Reducing Property Tax Burden on Homeowners
  • Dairy Business Association Award
  • National Heart Month
  • District Shout-Out

 Mask Mandate Vote

On Thursday the Assembly voted to repeal Governor Evers emergency order which includes the statewide mask mandate, by a vote of 52-42.  I voted against the repeal based on my own concerns and what I was hearing from constituents in my district. Again, I want to thank all of my constituents that took the time to reach out to my office on the mask mandate.  Over 80% of the constituents that contacted me support the current health order and mask mandate. I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on this issue. I want to say that no matter how you feel on this issue I will continue to encourage all of my constituents to exercise personal responsibility and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC and other public health agencies. These guidelines are strong tools to stop the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to work on a more expansive vaccination plan.

While I have some concerns on Governor Evers authority to issue several emergency orders in succession, I believe any actions to repeal his orders are premature. There is currently a case pending in the State Supreme Court that could clarify whether Governor Evers has the authority to issue consecutive emergency orders without first consulting the Legislature. At this point, it is clear a court ruling is the only option to determine whether Governor Evers has the authority to issue new emergency orders through executive action. As soon as the Assembly repealed his order yesterday, Governor Evers issued a new executive order.

 


Reducing Property Tax Burdens on Homeowners

 

A recent study published by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau found that Wisconsin property taxes continue to decrease as a percentage of home value. In the upcoming budget I plan to continue my work with legislative colleagues to ensure we craft a responsible state budget while ensuring that we do not raise taxes on hard working Wisconsinites.


DBA Legislative Excellence Award

Yesterday I was recognized by the Dairy Business Association for my legislative work on agriculture issues during the 2019-2020 session. I am honored to receive this award for my work on dairy issues. I am proud to represent an Ag reliant district. Ag issues will continue to be a top legislative priority this session.


National Wear Red Day

 

February 5th is National Wear Red Day. Wear Red Day is part of American Heart Month which seeks to raise awareness for heart health. Currently cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately, many women are unaware of this statistic. During these challenging times it is important to maintain healthy habits and regularly visit your doctor for annual check-ups.

 


 District Shout-Out

This week I want to give a shout out to the Monroe Clinic’s Director of Emergency Services Anna Taylor and EMS/Trauma Coordinator Mary Tessendorf. Anna and Mary recognized that the national shortage of PPE and the effect it was having on local first responders in our district. Mary and Anna were able to rally their team to identify and coordinate a N95 Mask Fit test for local police departments and EMS workers in our district. They fit over 300 individuals and also created 40 reusable gowns to distribute to local healthcare providers.

I want to thank Mary, Anna and their team for their dedication and work to serve our community during the pandemic, you work is important and inspiring!


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.