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 July 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Welcome to my July e-newsletter. It is always an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh. I look forward to continuing our work with the Governor and my legislative colleagues to move Wisconsin forward.

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


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Budget Signing

Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 biennial budget into law while using his partial veto authority to make significant improvements to the bill.

I am confident the Governor did what was best for the people of Wisconsin. While the Republican budget missed many opportunities to invest in our state and communities, Governor Evers was successful in moving Republicans to increase investments in areas beyond the levels of the past eight years. Signing the budget demonstrates that Governor Evers was not interested in petty political games.

Signing the budget gives schools certainty about their funding, and ensures that needed road projects will start on time. I look forward to continuing to work on the many popular provisions in the People's Budget that Republicans stripped out including Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana, and a significant increase in special education funding.  


Read my Response to the 2019-2021 Budget

Earlier this month, the Oshkosh Northwestern published a column I penned in response to the Republican budget proposal. Unlike the GOP version, Governor Tony Evers' budget maximizes opportunities and resources for our state, addressing our most pressing issues.

"Opposing a solution simply to thwart a new governor from accomplishing what he promised hurts the state. A budget is about priorities, but it is also about managing resources efficiently and effectively. That represents a missed opportunity "The People's Budget" would have better addressed going forward."

You can read the full article HERE.   

Read My Column about the Man & Ag Tax Credit

"Each time Republicans pass knee-jerk, politically motivated tax policies like the Manufacturing and Agriculture tax credit, the ability of our state to put money into the priorities of the people is diminished. Each time Republicans choose policies slanted in favor of the ultra-wealthy, our ability to invest in the quality of life for the people in our state suffers."

Read the full column HERE.

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 New Podcast: Some Assembly Required

The Wisconsin Assembly Democrats have launched a new legislative podcast! I hosted the first episode with my friend and colleague, State Representative Greta Neubauer (D-Racine), discussing redistricting and the impact it will have on our state in the coming years. Check out this LINK to listen. 

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Recap of Last Month

I had a blast celebrating the 50th year of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture in Oshkosh this week. 

I hope you had a safe and happy Fourth of July. I had a great time walking in the parade and spending the day with my family.


On Monday, July 8, I had a productive discussion regarding the biennial budget and redistricting with Rep. Steineke on "The Leaders" with host Josh Dukelow.

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On Wednesday, July 10, I attended the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Retiree Picnic. It's always an honor to go to this event to thank these men and women for the years of hard work they spent working in our community.


On July 18th, I spoke at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Conference in Stevens Point. The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees nationwide who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, and railroads. I'm thankful they invited me to speak at their conference to update them on the latest events at the state capitol.  


Thank you to everyone who joined me at both my office hours last week at the Senior Center and at my booth at the Farmers Market.



This week, I was a special guest on a podcast produced by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership. I really appreciate the Center taking the time to interview me. 


Looking Ahead

In August, I'll be participating in a panel during Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's Policy Day with Speaker Robin Vos, Senator Scott Fitzgerald, and Senator Jennifer Shilling. 


In the News

One Year After Trump's Foxconn Groundbreak, There Is Almost Nothing to Show For It (June 28)

UW Oshkosh's Clow Social Science Center Gets Funding in 2019-21 State Budget (July 3)

Republicans Propose Constitutional Amendment Limiting Governor's Veto Power (July 11)

Foxconn Plant to Open in 2020 With Fewer Jobs Than Promised, and State Rep Has 'No Idea What They're Actually Going to be Doing' (July 11)

Helpful State Resources

  • The Department of Health Services (DHS) has tips to keep you and your family safe during severe weather. If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed due to recent storms, floods, or other disasters, you're not alone. The Distress Line is available anytime to provide you with confidential emotional support. 
  • Recent storm events have led to severe storm damage in many areas across the state. In response to these events, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has launched a webpage to provide municipalities, businesses and property owners with information to aid cleanup efforts related to debris disposal and planned demolition activities.
  • The August 1st application deadline is approaching for trappers and hunters who wish to pursue bobcat, fisher and river otter this fall.
  • Summer is in full swing, and the DNR Get Outdoors! event calendar can help you plan your next outdoor adventure.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Minnesota DNR in a public awareness campaign urging boaters to be aware of the risks and problems caused by excessive boat wakes.  Driven by a growing number of calls and complaints about excessive wakes, both states launched an educational effort urging people to "Own Your Wake - for everyone's sake” to spread the word about the importance of minimizing wakes that might pose a nuisance or hazard to others.

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 at the Seniors Center. Hope to see you there! 

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