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 August 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Welcome to my August e-newsletter. It is always an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh.

As your state representative, one of the most rewarding opportunities is meeting with students to discuss state and national government, how laws are created in a representative democracy, and how young people can get involved. 

As students and teachers are preparing for another year of learning, I welcome the opportunity to schedule a visit with your student's classes. I have a presentation on state government that can vary in length, anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour, depending on your schedule.

In addition, I am able to arrange class tours of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building and can also arrange for a professional photograph to be taken of the group. 

As always, if I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to reach out. You can call me at my Madison office at 608-266-2254, my home at 920-232-0805, email me at Rep.Hintz@legis.wi.gov, or stop by my office hours in Oshkosh. 

Sincerely, 

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Constituent Services 

It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. As we move into the fall Legislative session, my staff and I are always ready and willing to help you. I encourage you to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns.  

Here are a couple of materials I am happy to provide to my constituents at no cost: 

  1. 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Book 
  2. Wisconsin Road Map, laminated
  3. 2019-2020 Wisconsin Road Maps, folded for travel
  4. How a Bill Becomes a Law, a workbook guide to law-making in Wisconsin
  5. Wisconsin Assembly Coloring Books

 

Kaiser Foundation: Medicaid Expansion 

Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a brief linking Medicaid expansion to increases in coverage, financial security, and economic benefits for states and providers. Below are a few highlights from the brief's findings: 

  • States that have expanded Medicaid reported using new or increased provider taxes and fees to fund all or part of expansion costs.
  • Medicaid expansion results in state savings and creates opportunities for investments in other areas such as increased funding for education and transportation.
  • National research found that there is not significant increases in spending from state funds. This means that the federal government will cover 90% of expansion costs in 2019 and years thereafter.
  • So we not only get to keep our hard-earned tax dollars here in Wisconsin, we also get to lower premiums for people and families who have private insurance.
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Office of Sustainability 
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This past month, Governor Evers signed an Executive Order requiring the Department of Administration to create of Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy. 

The office will have a goal of ensuring all electricity consumed in the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050.

The Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy will be charged to promote the development and use of clean and renewable energy across the state, advance innovative sustainability solutions that improve the state's economy and environment, and diversify the resources used to meet the state's energy needs.

Recap of Last Month

Tommy G. Thompson Center Badgercast

I was pleased to have been a guest on The Thompson Center's Badgercast. On the show, I discussed my time in the Legislature, social media, and topics of bipartisanship. You can listen to the episode HERE

 

Steamfitters Local 601 Tour

Last month, the Assembly Democratic caucus had the opportunity to tour the Steamfitters Local 601 facility in Madison. 

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WMC Policy Day 

On August 13th, I participated in the Legislative Leadership Panel, hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. I was given the opportunity to update the audience on my legislative priorities, including overall job growth for the state of Wisconsin. 

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Looking Ahead

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This Satuday, August 31  from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Leach Amphitheater, 303 Ceape Ave. ALL proceeds will go directly to kids and families in the Oshkosh Area School District for basic needs.

Celebrate Oshkosh will take place rain or shine. Beers will be $2 if it rains on the day of the event and free if it snows.

The J-Council Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on the amphitheater stage.

Here is a list of events taking place at Celebrate Oshkosh:

  • "The World's Largest Meat Raffle,"  There will be 10 total meat raffles. Paddles will be sold for $2 and are good for two raffles. Wheels begin spinning at 4 p.m.
  • Cow Patty Bingo — 160 squares will be sold for $100 each. The square that gets fertilized on first will win the grand prize of $3,000. Three raffles will take place for the remaining ticket holders. Second place wins $500 while third and fourth place takes home $250.
  • Sheepshead Toss — It is $10 per fish thrown. Prizes include a world record sheepshead trophy, custom sheepshead cornhole board, wheel of cheese and beer.
  • Backpack Sale/Sponsorship — You can buy a backpack for $20. The backpack is used for a child in need.
  • Canadian Tuxedo Contest — Wear your best denim suit and show it off for all to see. The king and queen will be chosen by the crowd and will receive a gift card to Duluth Trading Company. A mullet trophy will also be handed out.

Tune in on Monday September 16th, at 10AM on WHBY AM 1150/103.5FM/106.3AM for another episode of "The Leaders" with host Josh Dukelow where I will be sitting down with Rep. Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Josh Dukelow to discuss legislative priorities. 

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In the News

Wisconsin to take on gun reform following El Paso, Dayton mass Shootings (August 9th)

Immunization Rates in Wisconsin Schools Continue to Slide (August 26th)

HNG News: Back to Immunizations (August 27th)

WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan to Resign Sept. 3 (August 27th)

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  • 2019 Rent Smart workshops are now available. Rent Smart is a FREE program that provides practical education to help people looking for rental housing find, get, and keep suitable housing. This program focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience.  It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord.  Emphasis is on forming a strong landlord-tenant partnership.  Rent Smart starts participants on the right path for successfully establishing a positive rental history.

    Completion of the course provides you with a certificate to show your commitment to being a good tenant.  Each Rent Smart workshop consists of 2 sessions, and participants must attend both sessions to receive the certificate of completion.  More information can be found HERE

  • The Wisconsin Immunization Registry is a database that tracks vaccine records for Wisconsin children and adults at no cost. Tracking an updated vaccination record using WIR will save you money, time, and the hassle of making additional vaccine appointments. The Wisconsin Immunization Registry useful for identifying each patient's needed immunization history, allows you to enter current and historical immunization information, and can be used to track each school district's immunization rates. You can use the data for future visits at the doctor's or for school enrollment. 

If you ever have questions regarding resources in Oshkosh, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at 608-266-2254 or email me at Rep.Hintz@legis.wi.gov.

Office Hours

I'll be having office hours on Friday, September 20th from 10:00 AM to Noon at the Seniors Center. Hope to see you there! 

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