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Wisconsin Right to Life

On Wednesday, I meet with Grace Skogman from Wisconsin Right to Life to discuss how the legislature can work to protect the most vulnerable in our community. I share their commitment to believing that each human life is inherently valuable from fertilization to natural death. 

 

Governor Evers' Budget Recommendation Briefs:

This week is the sixth edition of Governor Evers' Budget Recommendation Briefs. For the coming weeks, we will be sharing provisions included in the governor's budget recommendations to the legislature. It is the responsibility of the legislature to make changes to the budget and return it to the governor for his approval. Each brief will focus on one or two sections of the budget. This week the brief is on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR):

 

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • Provide $25 million for a PFAS action plan. This would include 11 new positions.
  • Authorize $700 million for the Stewardship program for ten years and expand allowable uses.
  • Provide free state park admission for fourth graders.
  • Provide body cameras for wardens at the cost of $457,400 per year.
  • Create a new law enforcement records management system with 2 reallocated positions and $1.6 million.
  • Provide $900,000 per year for boating safety and enforcement aids and $900,000 for state and local ATV and UTV funding and $200,000 for snowmobile mapping.
  • Provide $1.1 million for deer carcass disposal sites.
  • Provide $1.6 million for urban forestry grants and $325,000 per year for forest landowner grants.
  • Provide an additional $1 million GPR annually for well compensation, $1 million per year for urban nonpoint flood control studies, and $12 million in bonding from the EIF for nonpoint flood cost sharing. Provide $6 million in bonding for dam repair and removal and $25 million in bonding for contaminated sediment removal.
  • Provide $5 million in a revolving loan program for landowners on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior to help with their homes threatened by erosion.
  • Increase CAFO fees from $345 to $545 and imposes an application fee of $3,270.
  • Ban coal tar based sealants.

Joint Finance Committee State Budget Hearings

The Joint Committee on Finance has announced the dates and locations of the State Budget Public Hearings. Click here for the Press Release

 

The remaining public hearing schedule is:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Virtual

 

Below are the links to the 2021-2023 Executive Budget and the Budget in Brief: 

 

2021-2023 Executive Budget: https://doa.wi.gov/budget/SBO/2021-23%20Executive%20Budget%20Complete%20Document.pdf

 

Budget in Brief:  https://doa.wi.gov/budget/SBO/2021-23%20Budget%20in%20Brief.pdf

 

Federal Funding Appropriation Legislation

Governor Evers has already vetoed legislation that would establish legislative oversight for the billions of federal COVID dollars. I joined my colleagues in passing additional legislation that would appropriate the $3.2 billion coming to Wisconsin from the American Rescue Plan. The Legislative package included:

*Legislation for a summer sales tax holiday for the hospitality industry received bipartisan support*

Protecting Individual Liberty Legislation

On Wednesday, the State Senate passed two bills I authored with Senator Jacque. AB23 prohibits the Department of Health Services and local health officers from requiring individuals to receive a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. AB24 prohibits local health officers from closing or forbidding gatherings in places of worship to control outbreaks and epidemics of the 2019 novel coronavirus. These bills are now awaiting action by Governor Evers.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, April 16 – National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Saturday, April 17 – Husband Appreciation Day
  • Sunday, April 18 – Adult Autism Awareness Day
  • Monday, April 19 – Bicycle Day
  • Tuesday, April 20 – Volunteer Recognition Day
  • Wednesday, April 21 – Big Word Day
  • Thursday, April 22 – Earth Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - April 16
  • 1881 – Western gunslinger, Bat Masterson, fought in his last shootout.
  • 1917 – Lenin returned to Russia from exile.
  • 1947 – Financier Bernard Baruch coined the term "Cold War."
  • 1947 – Fertilizer explosion killed 581 people in Texas.
  • 1972 – Apollo 16 departed for the moon.