State Capitol Report
When: Now through March 20th
Where: Anderson Arts Center, 121 - 66th Street, Kenosha
What: Sample over 40 pizzas served from local pizza establishments and vote for your favorite tasting pizza
When: February 24th from 5-7pm
Where: Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th Street, Kenosha
Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
When: March 2nd, 2019 10AM—4PM
Where: UW-Parkside Frank J. Petretti Fieldhouse
What: The 2019 Kenosha Expo - Health & Home Show is a family-friendly, fun and informative opportunity to meet the many businesses and organizations that make the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce such a strong association. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
When: Friday, March 8th, 5:30-9pm
Where: Madriano Marina Shores
What: Click HERE for more information
“Reaching for Rainbows” Pursuit of Excellence Gala
When: April 9th, 2019 5:30 reception, 6:30 dinner
Where: Carthage College, Todd Wehr Center
What: Tickets are $50 per person, To purchase tickets, obtain sponsorship or ad information or to donate, visit mahonefund.org, call Karen Kaiser at the Kenosha Community Foundation 262-654-2412 or email email@example.com.
Friends and Neighbors,
The past few weeks have been busy ones in my State Capitol office. From committee hearings to constituent visits to meetings on legislation, it has been a whirlwind of discussions, activity, and action. I have also enjoyed seeing so many of you out and about in Kenosha as I have attended events and spoken with you about the issues facing our state.
A few weeks ago, Governor Evers’ addressed the state with his vision of access to affordable healthcare, family-supporting jobs, better schools, and improved roads. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues on a bipartisan basis to achieve these commonsense goals. I am optimistic about the future state of our state as Governor Tony Evers moves Wisconsin forward.
Meeting with Governor Evers
It’s refreshing to have a Governor who is ready to work for the people of Wisconsin.
2019 declared as “The Year of Clean Drinking Water”
Safe, clean, drinking water is fundamental to the health of all Wisconsinites, which is one of the biggest reasons I applaud Gov. Evers for declaring 2019 as the year of clean drinking water. 1.7 million Wisconsin families rely on private wells and between 2007 and 2010, state health departments tested about 4,000 private wells and found that 47% did not meet one or more health-based standards for measures like bacteria, nitrates and heavy metals, according to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Health.
This will go a long way toward getting assistance to communities that are trying to replace the lead pipes that carry contaminated water to Wisconsin families and many lead to long term developmental problems for our children.
I am optimistic about the future state of our state as Governor Tony Evers moves Wisconsin forward. Governor Evers’s vision of access to healthcare for all, family-supporting jobs, better schools, and improved roads has broad support from Kenosha residents across the political spectrum. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues on a bipartisan basis to achieve these common sense goals.
GOP Spending Plan
Wisconsin Democrats have offered a tax reform plan, providing broader relief for Wisconsin families from a sustainable long-term funding source. Our tax plan would first apply with tax year 2019, affecting approximately 84% of filers who have net tax liabilities, and includes a source for long term funding by capping a tax giveaway for wealthy manufacturing companies.
We all know the economy moves in cycles, and we need a viable tax cut for Wisconsin families when our state finds itself in another economic downturn. Now is the time for my Republican colleagues to stop putting politics over people and figure out a tax plan that is fair and sustainable.
Our tax plan would first apply with tax year 2019 and affects approximately 84% of filers who have net tax liabilities.
Wisconsinites want family supporting jobs, funding for schools, roads, and healthcare expansion, not an irresponsible spending proposal using one-time resources to pay for a tax cut working people deserve.
The Governor’s budget will be announced in two weeks. The budget process is when tax policy should be made.
For too long, hard working Wisconsinites and local officials have been denied the ability to assess taxes in a way that is fair to everyone, not just wealthy corporations. In a referendum to end dark stores, 88% of Kenosha voted overwhelmingly in support to end a system benefitting the wealthiest of Wisconsinites at the expense of those who need it most.
I would like to commend Governor Evers on restoring equity to our tax codes and putting Wisconsin families first, with his plan to address the dark store issue in the budget.
In the last legislative session, I was pleased to join my colleague, Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), in authoring new legislation to fully legalize cannabis in the State of Wisconsin. This proposal included the manufacturing, distribution, delivering, possession, and use of both recreational and medicinal cannabis. Just earlier this month, the Governor announced his administration’s steps towards legalizing marijuana, in his 2019-2020 Budget by calling for its decriminalization and legalization for medicinal use, expungement for certain possession amounts
I know this legislation would benefit a variety of individuals, specifically veterans with PTSD and individuals with certain health complications. Rest assured I will be working closely with my colleagues to see this legislation become this coming legislative session.
Black History Month
Since 1976, Black History Month has been celebrated to honor the contributions of African American trailblazers, activists, and pioneers for all they’ve done for the State of Wisconsin and the nation. I would especially like to commend the Black Legislative Caucus for all of their hard work organizing another successful Black History Month here at the capitol.
I was pleased to once again participate in Kenosha’s annual African American Read In at the Public Museum. I selected a piece written by a 4th grader’s entry from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” Essay contest. I would like to thank the Kenosha Public Museum for putting together this program every year, as well as all of the participants.
As February and Black History Month comes to a close, we must also take the time to reflect on how we as elected officials, can do more to support Wisconsin’s African American communities.
Each year the Gateway Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors. For individuals interested in applying, please submit your application before March 15th, 2019. More information can be found here
Donations are being sought for children who receive assistance from Women’s and Children’s Horizon. All donations must be collected by April 7 so there is time to assemble and deliver the baskets to Woman and Children’s Horizons in advance of the holiday .For more information, contact Justine Bidigare at 734-776-7779 or email firstname.lastname@example.org