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April E-Newsletter 

 Election Year Updates 

During election years, representatives are prohibited from sending any more than 49 similar pieces of correspondence (mass emails for example) from their legislative offices after April 15th. Therefore, this will be my final e-update until after the fall elections. I will, however, be able to stay in touch with you through social media, my website, and through my legislative email, rep.hintz@legis.wi.gov.

Webster Stanley Visit 

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always love the opportunity to speak with students about state government.  Thank you to the teachers and fourth graders at Webster Stanley Elementary for being such great hosts!

Oshkosh North State Championship 

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On March 17, 2018 the Number 1 ranked Oshkosh North High School Boys Basketball team beat Brookfield East 61-44 in a battle of the Spartans to win the WIAA Division I State Championship. I was happy to welcome Oshkosh North to the Capitol right before this historic win. Congratulations to the team on a fantastic season!

 School Safety Press Conference

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As we saw the bravery of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students, children in Wisconsin stepped up. I am proud to stand with Wisconsin students as they advocate for responsible gun legislation that will keep them safe in school. We can support bi-partisan common sense reforms, like universal background checks, which keep our schools and communities safe. 

 Foxconn Town Hall

Last year, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed legislation to provide tax breaks and cash incentives to the Foxconn company to build an LCD screen factory in Racine County. This spring, Wisconsin Assembly Democrats will be holding town halls across the state to discuss the project, and what it means for Wisconsin Families. I hope you'll consider joining me on May 2nd in Menasha. 

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 Session Wrap Up Notes 

Despite significant disagreement between Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans over the importance of transportation infrastructure funding and the shortsighted decision to spend billions of dollars on the Foxconn project, I was proud to support the following bipartisan victories this session:

  • More Money for Oshkosh Schools: Under Act 141, there will be increased funding for rural schools and historically low spending districts like the Oshkosh Area School District. This will make it less likely that districts like Oshkosh would have to gain voter approval through a referendum to adequately fund public schools in the future.
  • Preserving the Historic Tax Credit: Governor Walker gutted the Historic Tax Credit with a veto in his 2017-19 state budget. In response, a bipartisan law was passed, which raises the amount of credit claimed per project under the Historic Tax Credit from $500,000 to $3.5 million. This credit supports redevelopment and reinvestment in existing historical buildings and helps redevelop downtowns and historic main streets throughout Wisconsin.
  • First step towards juvenile justice reform: This session, we passed AB953 which aims to reform Wisconsin’s troubled juvenile corrections system and provide better outcomes for kids, keep staff safe, reduce recidivism long-term, and save taxpayer money. This bill will eventually close the existing Lincoln Hills facility, and create an evidence-based regional model. Corrections reform has been a priority of mine since I was first elected.

I’m always looking to support good ideas that improve our state for the people of Oshkosh.

Office Hours

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My next office hours will be on April 27th from 10:00-12:00 in the Oshkosh Seniors Center. I  hope to see many of you there!