June 2021 E-Newsletter

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to my June E-newsletter. It is an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh in Wisconsin’s State Capitol. With the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the budget process, upcoming events, COVID-19 vaccine information, and more.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254 or my email at Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Sincerely,

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2021-2023 Wisconsin State Budget

Governor Tony Evers introduced his proposed 2021-23 state budget in February (the new budget year begins on July 1, 2021). In April, the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held a number of public hearings throughout the state to hear from Wisconsinites about their needs and priorities. In May, the state learned that due to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Governor Evers’ successful vaccination rollout, Wisconsin’s economic growth had generated an additional $4.4 billion in state revenue. In addition, the ARPA provided an additional one-time no-strings-attached $1 billion incentive if Wisconsin expanded its existing BadgerCare program to expand health insurance access to cover those earning roughly $12,000 to $18,000 a year. Expanding BadgerCare would also save more than $600 million over the biennium.

This unprecedented revenue put Wisconsin in an incredible position to build back better from the pandemic, maximizing resources to fund key investments in public education, health care, local government, transportation and broadband infrastructure, and targeted tax relief. Governor Evers proposed using the one-time federal money to fund $850 million of local infrastructure projects around the state, and depositing the remaining $150 million in the state’s rainy day fund. Unfortunately, the JFC made numerous inexplicable changes to the Governor’s proposed budget, while also rejecting additional federal revenue. As a result, state residents lost out on $1.6 billion over the next two years.

Despite the record state revenue surplus, Republicans chose to cut Governor Evers’ proposed budget considerably. For instance, new K12 funding for actual classroom instruction was cut by 90%. Under Governor Evers’ budget, the Oshkosh Area School District would have received more than $21 million in new classroom funding. Unfortunately, the Republican budget results in just $1.3 million in new funding. It is incredibly disappointing that kids were such a low priority. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the state support for the UW System and local government. The reality is, the state had the opportunity to invest in the future by funding programs, and still been able to cut taxes. A budget that prioritizes the best interests of our state would have built off of our successful pandemic recovery by maximizing state and federal resources.  

I voted against the budget bill passed by the State Assembly on Tuesday. The State Senate is expected to pass the budget bill later today, after which it will be delivered to the Governor’s desk for either his signature, veto, or partial vetoes. 

The state budget is massive and provides funding for numerous programs and services that impact everyone in our state. And the process and development of a budget is a long and complicated process. Please feel free to reach out to my office if you have any questions on the budget or the process.

For more detailed information regarding the Wisconsin state budget process, please click HERE.


Funding Approved for UWO’s Clow Hall

The budget passed by the Assembly did include $26.9 million in bonding for the renovation of the UW Oshkosh’s Clow Hall, which houses the nursing and education programs and is a central hub of the UW Oshkosh campus.

Renovations of the nursing portion of the building were completed in 2016, but renovations to the teacher education portions of Clow Hall were delayed. This much-needed investment will transform the building into a modern center of learning and research for our future educators. I have been a proud advocate for the completion of this important project over the last decade, and am happy to see the project finally pass this crucial milestone.


Young Voter Legislation

6/11/21 - Representatives, students, and interns at the steps of the Brown County Courthouse for a press conference announcing the young voter legislation package.

Earlier this month, I was pleased to introduce legislation with my colleagues Representative Kristina Shelton (D-Green Bay) and Representative Lee Snodgrass (D-Appleton) aimed at increasing youth civic engagement in the electoral process. This project began after I met with two Oshkosh high school students, Anika Larson and Simone LaBillois-Steffens. The students are founders of Let’s Vote Wisconsin, a nonpartisan youth voter initiative group.

The electoral process is an invaluable opportunity for young people to play a role in shaping their future, and young voters are essential to the continued strength of our democracy. It is more important than ever that the next generation of Wisconsin voters are educated, empowered, and ready to make their voices heard once they become eligible to vote.


Fourth of July Parade

Join members of our community for the return of the Fourth of July parade presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 437! The parade begins at 9:00 am on July 4th at the corner of North Main Street and Ceape Avenue, continues on N Main until E Irving Avenue, and then goes east until Menominee Park and disbands on Hazel Street near Menominee Park.

For more information, please click HERE.


City of Oshkosh Public Input Forms

The City of Oshkosh wants your input on a variety of issues in our community.

  • To provide input on proposed developments for the Sawdust District, please click HERE.
  • For the bicycles on sidewalks survey, please click HERE.
  • For the 2021 Oshkosh citizen survey, please click here HERE.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Winnebago County

As Wisconsin works to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Wisconsinites, my office will continue to do its best to share information on how and where you or your family and friends can receive the vaccine. For a full list of vaccination opportunities in Winnebago County, please visit the Winnebago County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine informational website HERE.

Get your COVID-19 Vaccination at the Oshkosh Farmer's Market July 10th, inside the Time Community Theater. An information booth will be located near the theater on Main Street.

The Sunnyview Expo Center regularly holds walk-in vaccination clinics. Registration will open at 8:30AM Friday mornings for the following week. The Sunnyview Expo Center also holds walk-in vaccination clinics. For more information and updates on when future vaccination rounds are announced, please click HERE and HERE. Any Winnebago County resident that has a barrier preventing them from scheduling online may call the hotline at 920-232-3026.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community vaccination site at the Culver Family Welcome Center on the Oshkosh campus generally opens registration every Friday around 3:00PM, and closes it once appointments for the next week are full. The Culver Family Center also hosts walk-in vaccine clinics. For the most up to date information or to schedule a visit, please click HERE

The Menasha Health Department holds vaccination clinics at the Menasha City Center Building in Menasha. For clinic information and online registration through the Menasha Health Department, please click HERE.

The Aurora Medical Center at 855 N Westhaven Drive schedules vaccines for everyone, including non-Aurora patients. For more information, please click HERE.

Walgreens, CVS, Walmarts, and Meijers are also offering walk-in vaccinations.

There are other vaccination opportunities available in Winnebago County. These include Hometown Pharmacy, Omro Pharmacy, Pick ‘n Save, and more.


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 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Newsletter, please feel free to contact me.  


Rep. Hintz
State Capitol, Room #201 W
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 555-1234 or (608) 555-1234
Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov|