State Capitol Report
Capitol office will be closed on Monday, January 18th in recognition of
Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic for Dogs & Cats
When: Saturday, January 16, 9-11:30am
Safe Harbor Humane Society, 7811 60th Ave
When: Monday, January 18th from 12-1:30pm
Where: Gateway Technical College, Madrigrano Auditorium
Speaker: Thelma Sias, Vice President Local Affairs for Wisconsin
Urban League MLK Event
UAW Local 72 MLK Event
African American Read-In
Kenosha Snow Daze
The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is cooking up marketing efforts for year two of its Downtown Kenosha Restaurant Week with help from a $14,850 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
Taking place February 20-28, Downtown Kenosha's Restaurant Week includes fixed price menus from 20 restaurants, coffee shops, diners and bakeries. Grant funds will go towards new marketing materials aimed at boosting the number of Restaurant Week diners and increasing awareness of Kenosha’s bustling community of eateries.
Click HERE for a list of participating restaurants and for more information.
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis
situations. Operating with federal and state funding, the program
provides assistance to approximately 230,000 Wisconsin households
Your household may be eligible for WHEAP services
based on a number of factors. However, if the gross income for your
household is less than the amount shown on the following chart, you
might be eligible to receive assistance. Households must complete a Home
Energy Plus application through the local WHEAP agency.
As your state representative, one of my jobs is to introduce legislation
to address Kenosha's needs and concerns. I will be focusing more and
more on the laws and policies of our state. I'll be devoting time to
researching what changes make sense. If you have
ideas for possible legislation, I'd love to hear about them! Do you have
an idea for a state law that needs fixing? Have you had an experience
that brought a state problem to light that you would like to see
As another new year begins, this 2015-16 legislative session is coming to an end. The State Capitol has been filled with committee meetings and floor sessions, as Assembly leaders have indicated the regular legislation session will conclude at the end of February. During the next several weeks, I encourage you to keep your eyes and ears open about the many, many bills being rushed through the legislative process. The final weeks of sessions are always known to be full of legislative activity, and I expect this year to be no different.
This session has been a disappointing one, with attacks on our voting rights, women's health care, government transparency, and our environment, to name just a few issues. I think we'll see more of this over the next month. At the same time, we have seen legislative Republicans ignore some of the most important issues for Wisconsinites. They've refused to hold even a simple public hearing on raising the minimum wage, earned income tax credits for the working poor, or many other issues facing the middle class.
Regardless, you can be sure I will continue working
hard to bring these important issues to the forefront and make sure the
voices of the 65th district are heard.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this State Capitol Report. And, as always, if you or someone you know is having difficulty in dealing with a state agency and would like help, I hope you will give my office a call. You can always reach me at (608) 266-0455 or Rep.Ohnstad@legis.wi.gov.
January Declared Mentoring Month
I am very excited to tell you we are officially in the middle of Mentoring Month in Wisconsin. You may recall reading in one of my State Capitol Reports last year Assembly Joint Resolution 2 had passed the Assembly. KAFASI's RSVP Manager Rebecca Stevens and Randy Hutson, who serves as a mentor, had joined me in Madison to witness this exciting day.
Well, during one of the final days of session in 2015, the State Senate decided to pass AJR 2 as well. By doing so, January has now officially become Mentoring Month in Wisconsin!
As I did at the time, I am still serving as a mentor for a grade school student. I look forward to that mentoring time each week, and I know it is helping the student as well. Being a mentor is incredibly rewarding, both for mentors as well as the young people they are mentoring. I'm thrilled January is now Mentoring Month here, and I know it will help raise awareness about mentoring and encourage people throughout Wisconsin to consider becoming a mentor.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor here in Kenosha, please click HERE to contact Rebecca Stevens.
ICYMI: Tammy Conforti Honored
For KDPP Leadership, Innovation
Photo credit: Brian Passino, Kenosha News
By now, nearly everyone knows the Kenosha Dream Playground Project has become a reality and opened for the enjoyment of all children and their families. If you've been reading my State Capitol Reports for any length of time, you know Tammy Conforti was the driving force behind this. Because of her incredible work, I was pleased to nominate her for the 2015 Lloyd D. Gladfelter Award for Government Innovation. This award recognizes nonelected municipal, county, state, or federal employees who have helped solve problems for Wisconsin residents and improve public service in our state.
I was thrilled to learn Tammy was not only recognized by the award committee, but she received First Place! We know here in Kenosha just how hard Tammy worked to make the KDPP dream a reality, but it's extra special for her work to be recognized at the state level as well. Congratulations Tammy, and thank you again for your inspiration and determination!
Voter ID Required for 2016 Elections
The address on
your ID doesn’t have to be current. The name on your ID doesn’t need to
be an exact match for your name in the poll book.
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