May 2018 State Capitol Report

State Capitol Report

Friends and Neighbors,

Throughout our state and nation this Memorial Day weekend, thousands of individuals and families will take time to enjoy a long weekend together. Whether you are traveling or staying at home, though, I hope you will join me in taking some time to remember and honor those who died while serving our country.

As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, or have a problem with a state relate related problem, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or Rep.Ohnstad@legis.wi.gov.

                                             

                                                            Image of the State Capitol with Tulips

Rep. Ohnstad Receives WEDA Award
I am honored to be named a 2018 "Champion of Economic Development" award by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). Looking ahead, I will continue to work for continued economic development in the 65th District. 

According to WEDA, recipients were chosen based on who best exemplified their mission of promoting economic development and showed a commitment to making Wisconsin a better place to live, work, and do business.   

                     

Rep. Ohnstad meeting with a group of scholars from Shanghai Normal University to discuss healthcare and education

2018 Legislative Survey 
Earlier this year, my office sent out our legislative survey. I enjoy hearing from my constituents and wanted to share with you all some of the results returned to us.  You can see the results of the survey below.
Total Responses    65th AD   Percentage                
    239 %                
Q1-Do you support legalization of medical and/or recreational marijuana?          
Yes   133 56%                
No   65 27%                
Undecided   35 15%                
No Response   6 3%                
                       
Q2- Do you feel our state is doing enough to support our students in the college/university?      
Yes   51 21%                
No   139 58%                
Undecided   38 16%                
No Response   11 5%                
                       
Q3- Do you support the weakening of environmental standards for the proposed acid mine up north?    
Yes   25 10%                
No   177 74%                
Undecided   29 12%                
No Response   2 4%                
                       
Q4- Do you believe we should give Wisconsin workers an option to voluntarily participate in a paid family medical leave program?
Yes   151 63%                
No   22 9%                
Undecided   57 24%                
No Response   9 4%                
                       
Q5- Do you believe Wisconsin workers should receive a living wage?          
Yes   203 85%                
No   17 7%                
Undecided   9 4%                
No Response   10 4%                
                       
Q6- Do you support requiring a background check for all gun purchases?          
Yes   214 90%                
No   12 5%                
Undecided   5 2%                
No Response   8 3%                

Child Tax Credit: What You Need to Know  
The Department of Revenue (DOR) will be accepting applications for the $100 per-child tax rebate starting May 15, 2018. All residents of the state of Wisconsin are eligible to receive $100 for each dependent child under the age of 18 who are living at home.

Qualifications:

  • Under age 18 on December 31, 2017

  • A dependant of claimant for tax year 2017

  • A Wisconsin resident on December 31, 2017

  • A Unites States Citizen

  • A social security number to prove you were are a Wisconsin resident for the 2017 tax year

  • A social security number for your child and their date of birth

  • A bank routing number and account number for direct deposit.

You can also visit childtaxrebate.wi.gov through July 2, 2018 to apply.

I am disappointed the Governor is using this one time pay-off as an election year gimmick. This is fiscally irresponsible and will not help our state achieve prosperity, rather it is unsustainable and inequitable.

With this money, the State of Wisconsin could have fixed lead pipe laterals and expand rural broadband to areas where it is needed the most.

Kenosha Farmer's Markets
The outdoor Farmers Market is up and running! We are lucky to have farmers market options almost every day of the week! Here is a list of the times and days of the week for each location.
  • Kenosha Farmer's Market - Pennoyer Park
    3601 Seventh Ave (next to the Band Shell)
    Tuesdays, 6am - 12pm

  • Kenosha Farmer's Market - Columbus Park
    54th Street & 22nd Avenue
    Wednesdays, 6am - 12pm & Saturdays 6am - 1pm

  • Kenosha Farmer's Market - Lincoln Park
    18th Avenue & 70th Street
    Thursdays, 6am - 12pm

  • Kenosha Farmer's Market - Baker Park
    66th Street & Sheridan Road
    Fridays, 6am - 12pm

In addition to the rotating Farmer's Market, there is also the HarborMarket on Saturdays located at 56th Street & 2nd Avenue from 9AM - 2PM.

Upcoming Events
CUSH Immigration Task Force Immigration 101: Facts, Myths and the Human Story 
When:
 Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:30-7:30PM
Where: Kenosha Public Museum
What: The Kenosha Public Museum will include a presentation, by the Racine Interfaith Coalition, Exploring Immigration Issues. Attendees will also hear personal testimonials from immigrants and refugees. Sponsored by CUSH, LULAC Council 360 and Forward Kenosha.

Memorial Day Spring Fling 
When:
Saturday, May 26th, 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Where: Kemper Center, 6501 3rd Ave, Kenosha, WI
What: Join the Kemper Center  in honoring our service men and women! We will have live big band music by "Southport Sound", complimentary dessert buffet and DANCING! Tickets sold at the door, $15 per person. $5 discount to all military or those in uniform.

Navy Ship 40 Kenosha Memorial Day Event 
When: Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9:00 am
Where: At Navy Park, the corner of 6th Avenue and 54th Street, Kenosha WI  
What: In observance of Memorial Day. For more details about the ceremony please contact Dick Stader at 262-654-9202

VFW Post 1865 Kenosha Junker Ball Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Monday, May 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Where: Junker Ball located at 6618 39th Avenue, Kenosha, WI
What: Flag Retirement Ceremony to be included at 1:00 pm. For more details contact Dennis Eis at 262-652-2751

Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Monday, May 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Where: Library Park located at 711 59th Place, Kenosha, WI
What: In Observance of Memorial Day. For more details contact Rich Bowker at 262-909-1248. 

Relay for Life Bingo Benefit
When: Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Where: Moose Lodge 3003 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
What: Join the Senior Action Council for their Bingo Benefit! This event will be open to the public!

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