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Joint Education Informational Hearing

On Thursday, the Assembly Education Committee and the Senate Education Committee held a joint informational hearing to seek information regarding the distribution of federal funding to Wisconsin k-12 schools.

 

Click here to view the informational hearing.

Assembly Transportation Committee Passes Infrastructure Legislation

On Wednesday, the Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation that will allocate $308 million of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. $144 million for grants to counties. Not more than $2 million of this amount may be paid to each county. The bill also provides $164 million for grants to municipalities. 

School Open Enrollment Applications Open

The open enrollment application period for the 2021-22 school year is currently open. The deadline for applications is April 20th, 2021 at 4:00 pm. For more information please click here or follow the link below: 

 

https://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment

 

If you have any questions regarding the open enrollment application please email my office at Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wi.gov or call at (608) 266-3156

Governor Evers' Budget Recommendation Briefs:

This week is the fifth 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 University of Wisconsin System (UW System):

 

University of Wisconsin System (UW System)

  • Freeze undergraduate tuition and provide $50.4 million GPR to the UW System.
  •  Provide $39 million GPR for a tuition promise program to fund tuition for households $60,000 AGI and below.
  • Provide $10 million GPR for mental and behavioral health support.
  • Provide $40 million GPR in operating funds.
  • Allow UW System to invest funds outside the state investment fund and allow borrowing for operating funds.
  • Provide $9 million GPR for the freshwater collaborative.
  • Provide $5 million GPR for nurse loan forgiveness and $5 million GPR for a prison baccalaureate education program.
  • Provide funding for various other education programs.
  • Provide a nonresident tuition exemption for undocumented individuals and certain Native Americans.

 

Joint Finance Committee State Budget Hearings

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

 

The public hearing schedule is:

  • Friday, April 9, 2021 UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
  • 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

Fire Management

With the recent rise in wildfires in Wisconsin, it is important to know the burning restrictions in place and how to prepare and protect your home from wildfires. Click here for information on burning permits. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a fire management dashboard that can be found here which provides information about wildfires and prescribed fires across the state.

 

For questions regarding burning restrictions and fire activity please call 1-888-947-2876. 

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, April 9 – National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
  • Saturday, April 10 – Siblings Day
  • Sunday, April 11 – Barbershop Quartet Day
  • Monday, April 12 – National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • Tuesday, April 13 – National Library Workers Day
  • Wednesday, April 14 – School Librarians' Day
  • Thursday, April 15 – Jackie Robinson 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 9
  • 1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union General Ulysses S. Grant.
  • 1940 – Germany invaded Norway and Denmark.
  • 1959 – NASA introduced America's first astronauts.
  • 1987 – The United States Secretary of State George Schultz condemned Soviet spying.
  • 2003 – The city of Baghdad fell to the United States military forces.